Did Tom Hiddleston agree to Taylor Swift’s super-staged photo op?

tiddles glorious tiddles

Ever since The Sun dropped those photos of Tom Hiddleston and Taylor Swifty “courting” on the beach in Rhode Island, I’ve been riding a gossip-high. Everything about this is just… delicious. The memes, the speculation, the tears, the Tumblr meltdowns, the sycophantic press pieces and the “think pieces” slamming Tiddles for their obviously staged photos. I love it all. Tiddles is real. Tiddles is the summer romance we’ve been waiting for. Tiddles is everything.

Obviously, a lot of people are worried that the photos are just TOO staged. Those people have never, ever paid attention to Taylor Swift before, right? Because these Tiddles photos are remarkably similar to all of her other staged photo-ops with new boyfriends. Remember the Us Weekly exclusive photos with Jake Gyllenhaal? Remember those first staged photo ops with Harry Styles? Yeah. While I have no doubt that Taylor was the one engineering this photo op, give credit where it’s due: Tom played along. He wanted to be there. He wants you to know that Tiddlesbanging is happening.

So, here’s my analysis of TIDDLES: it helps her more than it helps him. TIDDLES and this photo-op is very much “on brand” for Taylor and she looks like a baller who brilliantly played her ex-boyfriend, Calvin Harris. But is this on brand for Tom? Not so much. But then again, we don’t know much about his romantic life other than a handful of Elizabeth Olsen and JArthy sightings every so often. And in interviews over the past few months, I’ve definitely been getting the feeling that Tom has wanted a girlfriend. Elizabeth Olsen kept playing stupid games about their status and Big-Boy Tom was open to having a real girlfriend, a real relationship, someone he could be photographed with. What I’m saying is that everything could be true, that the photos are staged and that Tom is Taylor’s jumpoff and this is all a PR strategy AND that Tiddles is real.

PS… if you check out People Mag’s timeline of events, you’ll note that People picked up on the same thing I noticed two weeks ago: that Tom arrived in LA (where Taylor was at the time) just a day before Taylor and Calvin announced their split. I think there was overlap, at least “technically” some overlap between Calvin and Tom.

Photos courtesy of The Sun, WENN.

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  1. Vaya says:

    Tom arrived in time to begin the relationship contract negotiations. Very professional.

    • Naya says:

      Pretty much. Going by how quick this happened, he isnt much of a negotiator and just accepted her first offer.

      • molee says:

        Both of them always seemed to me to be big-romantic-gesture people, and I think Hiddles would eagerly agree to this photo shoot even as just a saving face favor to Taylor. Didn’t he rush in to be her partner when no one was dancing at the MET Gala? There is no way that Tom could resist an opportunity to be a white knight to Taylor’s distressed damsel who is upset after a tough break up. Plus: Publicity!

        All that being said, while I believe these photos are fake and staged, I wouldn’t be surprised if over time, they fell in love for real. They are both such earnestly twee romantics and might get caught up in their roles.

      • hannah says:

        Sorry molee, but I don’t know if there are too many relationships in hollywood that aren’t staged and/or contractually obligated publicity stunts.

      • Rebecca says:

        I think that he might be gay actually and she is his beard. Many gay actors say it is hard getting leading man roles. Perhaps he is not ready to come out yet and this relationship benefits them both.

      • molee says:

        hannah, The Hollywood professional relationships don’t bother me; I don’t mind the staging, even here, especially here. I was just wondering if Tom had any more motivation beyond the money and fame aspect. I could see that the old-fashioned idea of offering assistance to a lady would appeal to him, along with the money and fame. I hate to sneer, but these two are so soppy and I could totally see both or either ruin a perfectly good contract by falling for the dramatic fantasy.

      • Elizabeth says:

        Rebecca, it’s certainly possible. Or maybe Taylor’s gay and Tom is acting as HER beard.

      • Camille says:

        Rebbecca – I think that too.

    • V4Real says:

      Can this woman be without a man for even a minute? This is starting to make me think the men are bearding for her.

      And what paps you know all of a sudden just shows up in Rhode Island….Rhode Island, people.

      • celine says:


      • Liv says:

        I don’t know why I have to defend her all the time since I’m not a fan, but she was single for at least a year I think.

      • PunkyMomma says:

        Totally agree. The appearance of having a man in her life is way, way important to her.

        ( I can only imagine the break-up songs coming over Harris, and eventually, Hiddles.)

      • V4Real says:

        “I don’t know why I have to defend her all the time since I’m not a fan, but she was single for at least a year I think.”

        You pay way too much attention to her for not being a fan. 🙂

      • Brittney B. says:

        When I was her age, I had pretty much been in one long-term (year-ish) relationship after another since age 16. That’s still true, actually, because I’ve been with my partner for 7 years. My longest period of being single (since age 16) was and is literally 3 weeks… and I met my current partner literally a few hours after a breakup.

        Now, I’m not saying that was completely healthy, and I’ve ironically found a lot of independence and growth with my partner. I was 22 when we met, but I didn’t have to dump him to work out some of my issues and get to know myself better. I resent the implication that wanting/preferring/always being in a relationship is a sign of neediness, or proof that you can’t be alone with yourself. If she wanted sex without relationships, we all know what she’d be accused of. She can’t win. She even stayed single for a year to deflect exactly this type of criticism, to get to know herself better… I’m not a fan either, but damn.

        Because if I had been a rich beautiful pop star with her connections? I’d probably be in the exact same boat. I did okay, but she can have so many beautiful lovers and friends, and she takes advantage of it. Sometimes it’s a red flag to jump from guy to guy, but sometimes young women are simply happier with monogamy than “playing the field”, and they keep finding people they like.

      • sherry says:

        I worked with a woman once who never had a period without a man. One of her ex-boyfriends asked me out to lunch one day and while we were chatting, he mentioned that he’d known her since high school and she never left a relationship without having another guy in the wings.

        She had just gotten married and 2 years later they separated and sure enough, she was dating someone else within a week of the separation (saying they were “just friends” yet they eventually moved in together).

        He blamed her mother and said it was pretty clear her mother drilled into her that she was not worth anything if she didn’t have a man. Which was shocking considering professionally, she was at the top of the ladder.

      • Kimbers says:

        Im starting to think she needs the beard too!

      • Nik says:

        @Brittany B
        “I resent the implication that wanting/preferring/always being in a relationship is a sign of neediness, or proof that you can’t be alone with yourself.”

        But it IS. Going from one relationship to next isn’t healthy. It’s one thing to want or prefer to be in relationships but always being in one is definitely a sign of those two camps. What a funny contradiction for someone to be like “I’m always in a relationship but hey I have no problem being alone”. Well obviously not.

        Being single is the best way to learn about yourself and what you want in your life. It’s harder to self examine when your constantly in a relationship. If you were able to do this, then it just proves its not impossible but that doesn’t make it any more likely.

      • V4Real says:

        @Brittney B who said ” I resent the implication that wanting/preferring/always being in a relationship is a sign of neediness, or proof that you can’t be alone with yourself.”

        Did anyone on this thread imply that it was a sign of neediness? I just made a comment that asked “Can this woman be without a man for a minute.”

      • Wren says:

        Sometimes it isn’t so much you “can’t” but that you don’t want to. Why should she be single? If she wants to be a serial monogamist then why shouldn’t she be? It’s not like at this point her dating history is some kind of secret. Any dude who gets with her already knows the worst possible outcome, meaning she’ll write whiney songs about what a jerk you are and the media will all up in your grill.

      • crtb says:

        My father was the kind of man who never lived one day in his life without a woman. He left his mother’s house to marry my mom. And from that day forward, he always had another woman waiting before he left the last one. He literally moved from one woman’s house into the next. I wonder about people who cannot spend time with themselves.

      • Liv says:

        No, I’m just regularly reading Celebitchy…

      • HH says:

        Weighing in here, I think it’s true that one can be a serial monogamist and not have any deep personal issues. That being said, I do feel like it’s pretty rare. Not being able to be single is indicative of larger issues, *for the most part, not always.*

        Also, I’ve always wondered about serial monogamy because, depending on how long the relationship lasts and/or how serious you were, you’re probably saying “I love you” to a fair amount of people. While there are different people that fit different “seasons” of your life, it seems weird to have a string of individuals you’ve used that special term with.

    • C says:

      Vaya, best comment.

    • iheartgossip says:

      You win the internet for today!! So True!

  2. Mia4s says:

    I literally laughed out loud at how staged they were! Hilarious! Those damn paparaz…err…one paparazzi all over the street…errr…secluded beach. 😜

    Not unusual for Swift but damn Hiddles is thirsty!! I get he’s desperate to move up a level, but he’s a better than average actor. It could happen with the work. Going the “sell the relationship” route? Ewwww.

    • MorningCoffee says:

      Yes! Her neighbors in Rhode Island can’t even walk their own beach, but somehow these magical unicorn photos are able to be snapped and eyewitnesses to their “LOVE4EVER.” ROFL!

      • Miss Jupitero says:

        Wait, does she have a privately owned beach? Or is she trying to keep the locals off of a public beach? I would be astonished if she did not buy private beach front. If the latter, how is she even able to do that?

      • Another Anne says:

        Her property abuts a public beach. She installed a sort of rock wall to block access to her property. No pap would have access to her property unless he were invited.
        But I think these were on the public beach, meaning she wanted (planned) to be photographed. That, and the fact that paps don’t hang out in sleepy little Rhode Island towns.

    • Rita says:

      These pictures were taken at Taylor’s secluded beach compound where normally a photog could not get within a mile of the place. I find it interesting that The Sun, a British tabloid was “hired” to break the story instead of an American tabloid.

      • Christin says:

        The same place the locals can’t access the beach because of her privacy concerns. Just so convenient.

      • Whatabout says:

        These were taken down the street from her house. In a very open area.

        Source: I have family in the area and am visiting now.

        As a side note the locals really hate her.

      • Sigh... says:

        This was my point yesterday: on the *off* chance these were *totally* non-pro, non-pap pics (with the best clarity ever), why would a *totally* non-connected, non-commercial, everyday citizen photog, who happens to have uninterrupted access an “intimate” moment in Rhode Island, ignore the multimillion US tabloid game and go to a Brit mag?

        And, again, the Daily Mail is supposedly the most read website in the world. Wouldn’t it better serve everyone involved to ship it & shop it there (or is *that* where they said “Naaaah. Too obvious”)?

      • Erica_V says:

        Rita – everything you’re saying is 100% false. These were taken on the town beach next to her house. She does not have a private beach, the beach in front of the cliff her house sits on is part of the local town beach. Other than when she first moved in, there have been no issues with locals getting on the beach. Also, you can literally stand on the sidewalk in front of her house it’s right on the road – so def not “can’t get within a mile”.

    • Verity says:

      Yup. The picture of him leaning his head on her back. The gallant jacket sharing. Do they plan their moves in advance? Like ‘I’ll rest my head on your shoulder, your drape your jacket over me gently and then we stare wistfully into the ocean.’

      Next time they’ll be kissing in the rain like in the Notebook.

      I’m glad people are giving them hard time for this nonsense.

    • cindy says:

      Oh this is so bad. Did she really do this? I have not seen a single movie with him in it, but I cringe in embarrassment for him anyways. Is he 15? Oh my god he will never live this down. Better he was caught going to rehab. And how does Swifty think this is believable? That she is caught by a paparazzi hanging out behind a rock on Rhode Island???? And I have been defending her because I couldn’t believe someone as foul as Calvin Harris would dump her. I still think that, but there is no way she can get out from under being mercilessleslly teased forever for this.

      • Bay says:

        “Better he was caught going to rehab.”

        Hey, my sarcasm-dar just broke. This was it, right? Sarcasm? Because otherwise, wut?

      • OTHER RENEE says:

        I have never seen a movie of his either. I don’t find him hot at all and I would not be excited to see him as Bond. This fake relationship does not up his profile in terms of quality; it diminishes it. It’s all just so CHEESY… like a big tray of cheese puffs.

      • cindy says:

        yes it was sarcasm!

      • Noname says:

        Oh come on.. this could very well be a real relationship with them staging the photo ops…

        Stop it with the Taylor hate.. I love this. This is the best gossip in weeks after the domestic violence and Brock Turner nonsense… this is good clean stuff.

      • cindy says:

        I don’t hate her, I really don’t. Its just a lot to take thats all. A restaurant would have led to a lot less jokes, and I’m surprised they didn’t try to do something a little less obvious. Taylor gets so much crap and she doesn’t deserve it. But this isn’t helping!

      • Egla says:

        I wonder if she has ever had a normal relationship with a guy. It looks like she wants to control everything , boss the guys and that’s why they run. I have a coworker like her (not as rich and beautiful by any stretch) but she does that. She plays hard: she decides everything even the major things and expects the guys to tag along. Needles to say she ends up dumped so often that i lost count now. And she never learns, she does the same thing over and over. I think she is a sociopath (my coworker, but Swifty might be too to some degree)

      • Maui says:

        “I don’t find him hot at all”

        The only role I found him vaguely hot in was as dark and smouldering Loki in the very first Thor film. Very intense and dark, and then he did cold and mean and lost very well in that film with Rachel Weisz. I’m convinced he’s talented, so I don’t fault him for this PR move. Back to his sex appeal, he’s just too boy scout / proper Brit boy for me, in real life.

        @Egla I don’t think she’s a sociopath; she has a lot of very solid girl friendships and they’re genuine friendships even though she likes to instagram-boast about her girl squad. I think she’d be a really whiny type of person to be with in a relationship though, and she seems quite self-involved with her hobbies and just a bit square and insular (probably a younger, pop version of Jennifer Aniston). But I agree with your assessment about getting her own way, but Tom Hiddleston looks just about ready to turn himself into a doormat for her if that’s her command. Anything for the Bond role!

    • Erica_V says:

      Just FYI – not a secluded beach it’s a public/town beach.

    • notlistening says:

      These pictures are so goddamn funny, I´m crying.

  3. HH says:

    Whatever happened to that new Taylor Swift? You know, the one that was just happy with her girlfriends. The one that didn’t enjoy the “sexist” way the media focused on her relationships. Was she only here for one album?

    • LB says:

      I’m guessing it was more important to show up her ex boyfriend? That seems to be the motivation people are projecting behind these staged pictures.

      I, OTOH, think she may have (emotionally) cheated or that she and Calvin were broken up before the MET party. Still doesn’t account for these pictures though.

      • HH says:

        It seems like that’s the motivation here. The way the story was being spun by Calvin (i.e. Taylor got to eager/desperate), I could see why that stings. However, stories blow over, ***if you let them***. In my mind, this is not only about her new relationship, but now begs analysis about the old relationship and timeline of events. On one hand Taylor got the upperhand, but on the other, this is quintessential relationship-drama Taylor-Swift that invited the media attention she supposedly hated. Overall, it’s harmless and she’s harmless, but there’s definitely a disconnect for me.

      • LB says:

        I agree. It’s always been hard for me to take her constant outrage at the media for labeling her immature, etc. seriously given that she seems to use the very same media to sell her HS level narratives.

      • bondbabe says:

        Well, she let Calvin Harris have his story put out to the media and then destroyed him without any public comment. A picture is worth a thousand words! Genius.

    • The Eternal Side-Eye says:

      One album and one music video.

      Ding ding.

      • HH says:

        HA! I guess she can’t run from who she really is.

      • bunny_ears says:

        I’ll raise you two albums and three music videos with Hiddles pretending to break up with her and begging on his knees for her to take him back.


  4. Mia V. says:

    This will be so epic, she already changed her style to match his in the pics.

    • Tash says:

      Lawrd, imagine all the angst after they break up!! All the songs! BTW, what rhymes with Tom?

      • Sixer says:



      • Leo says:

        That’s why I always wanted Taylor to date Eddie Redmayne! Just think of all the juicy words that rhyme with that – pain, no gain, in vain, main, slain, insane… But mostly pain.

      • Lucrezia says:

        I just looked up a “rhymes with” site to see what rhymes with Tom. I was going to write a corny song and have no qualms about cheating. But now I’m totally distracted and confused by the fact that – according to the website I looked at – Tom rhymes with … Vietnam.

        The heck? In what accent does Tom rhyme with Vietnam?

      • profdanglais says:

        Well… the Vietnamese one, to start. And all the others. It’s only in ‘Murica that I’ve heard Vietnam pronounced to rhyme with “ham”. Although Wikipedia gives both pronunciations, I’ve had many Vietnamese students and been to Vietnam and it’s always pronounced to rhyme with “Tom”. The “ham” pronunciation sounds uneducated to me, TBH.

      • Miss Jupitero says:

        I always felt that way about people who pronounce Iraq “Eye-RACK,” or Iran “Eye-RAN.” Even worse, “eye-RAIN-ee-anz.”

        WTF ‘Murca?

      • Lucrezia says:

        I work with several Vietnamese guys who definitely pronounce it “Nam”. I agree that it doesn’t rhyme with American ham, it has a much shorter “a”. But it’s definitely an “a”, not an “o”. (I’m not even American btw, so I’m definitely not using the cliched ‘Murican accent. I speak Strine [Australian].) Anyway, I just googled to check to see if Aussies say it wrong, and I can’t find a single version that sounds like “Vee-et-Nom”. All the Vietnamese accented versions are saying “Nam”. In fact, the Vietnamese examples sound closest to my natural Aussie way of saying it (both Strine and Vietnamese are a bit nasally). The American examples say “Naahm”, the British examples say “Nam” but kind of posh-ly.

        Perhaps I should be asking how you pronounce Tom! Are you saying it Taahm? (I can almost imagine an accent like that, something similar to a Boston one. Stahp Taahm, don’t pahk the cah there!)

      • Lucrezia says:

        *Edit: By “kinda posh-ly” I mean the UK examples are all using Received Pronunciation … I didn’t come across any Cockney examples or anything else.

      • We Are All Made of Stars says:

        Tom and Vietnam obviously rhyme, and Iraq, Iran, and Iranian are commonly and acceptably pronounced in an American accent exactly the way Miss Jupitero dislikes. Next?

      • Sixer says:

        We non-U Britishers kinda say “nahm” but with a shorter vowel sound. Just the one H!

      • Starkiller says:

        @profdanglais: I have never in my life heard a single person pronounce Vietnam to rhyme with “ham” in any country, including the US. But please, by all means, continue to disparage every one of us as uneducated yokels.

        @Miss Jupitero: Forgive me, I forgot that a British accent is the only acceptable one to possess. And yet, I have absolutely no doubt that if you ever heard an American pronouncing those “your” way, you’d trip over yourself to scream at them for “mocking your accent”. You can’t have it both ways.

      • Sixer says:

        Miss Jupitero is American. Jus’ sayin’.

      • profdanglais says:

        I’m American too, though I live in the UK. Sensitive much, Starkiller? Loads of people in the US say vee-eht-NAEM to rhyme with ham. I’ve heard them with my own ears. There are also people in the US who say vee-eht-nahm, which to my ears rhymes with Tom. People with the British accent that is common here in the south of England where I live would pronounce Tom with a shorter O that doesn’t really sound like Tahm, which is what I say. But regardless Tom and Vietnam are close enough that you could say they sorta rhyme. Close counts in horseshoes, hand grenades, and poetic licence, I say.

      • KiddVicious says:

        I’m American in the US and I’ve always heard it as Vietnam (-nahm) but when saying ‘Nam it rhymes with ham, no idea why the difference. But people who say ‘Nam are usually the people who fought there or are that age group or older.

      • Timbuktu says:

        I say nahm, not nam, but nam still doesn’t rhyme with Tom as far as I’m concerned? Aren’t they still different sounds?

      • Lucrezia says:

        Sorry, I didn’t mean to start an accent war. Just for the record, I wasn’t passing any kind of value judgement on anyone’s accent, just surprised that they’d be similar in any accent.

        @prof – Yeah, the “o” in an Aussie “Tom” is very short. This page (http://dictionary.cambridge.org/pronunciation/english/tom) shows US and UK for Tom, and I can see how a regional US accent might extend it even more and make it Tahm.

        You learn something new every day. I only noticed last year how the RP-accented English say “glacier”.

  5. kai says:

    He’s a 35-year old Cambridge-educated, RADA-trained actor who thinks doing a cheesy photo-op with Taylor freaking Swift will help him “make it”. That’s just sad. Don’t think that “it” exists…

    • GingerNYC says:

      ITA. Plus she’s like 10 years younger than him, and she’s just so unsophisticated, right? Tom isn’t my internet boyfriend or anything but I’m still disappointed.

      • AG-UK says:

        I agree. I think he is very talented but I know people love her but I couldn’t tell you a song or hum the tune she just grates on my nerves and I can just hear the conversation in her voice peppered with like, …. like…. you know like… It does make him seem desperate.

      • Lana 567 says:

        What makes her unsohisticated. Is it because she dates a lot and then when she breaks up with guys she writes and sings about the relationships. Yes she is younger than him but not by much. She is what 25 or 26. I really don’t understand why people have problem with the amount of men she has dated. No one says shit when actors, athletes, and male singers bounce from woman to woman. What makes Tom Hiddleston so “sophisticated” he is well spoken and talented but I think we need to stop putting Tom on a pedestal. Can we please stop romanticising this guy.

    • kai says:

      Just to make it clear: My problem isn’t that Taylor is “beneath” him or anything. He#s just really starting to look sad to me. Like people who are SO ambitious and never satisfied with what they have, always chasing that elusive “it”, making fools out of themselves and ending up miserable.

      • mp says:

        He is really akward, like uncool isnt he? Maybe that’s why they get along? One thing is for sure, look at their body languaje, then seem very confortable with each other, this isn’t something you get on the 1st week….just saying…

      • Miss Melissa says:

        Agree. She is a girl in the truest sense, not a grown ass woman. One would think he would like a grown up. Nope.

        But what Taylor IS, is a publicity magnet. He must really be insecure to want A list fame that badly.

        Honestly, he has SO much going for him. Credibility, education, credentials, work history, intelligence, sense of humor, and a good working reputation. He could walk the walk and just be about the work and live truly humbly and privately (as he has claimed so repeatedly he does). But this move and this “relationship” paint the true picture.

        Tommy is not just EXTRA, Tommy wants and NEEDS to be A list. All the press, all the attention, all the trappings.

        Not a grown up himself after all, methinks. Kind of a turn off for me. At least this will be entertaining.

        JArthy may have dodged a bullet here.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        I think she did.

        But I still miss her. I liked her bestest.

    • Locke Lamora says:

      Well, it did help a lot of people. PR relationships ( or real ones with a PR angle) have always been a part of Hollywood and they helped a lot of people. He should have chosen someone who isn’t known for PR relationships though, Taylor is getting predictable.

    • NUTBALLS says:

      Yeah, the whole “all I care about is the work” sounds pretty hollow now, doesn’t it?

      It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out for him over the next year. I doubt it will garner him any prime roles, but it will make him more recognizable in mainstream media — for better (more party invites, more hobnobbing with the big fish, more mag covers) or for worse (more tabloid features, more snark & mickey-taking, more getting caught up in TayTay drama).

      • Miss Jupitero says:

        I think it is really clear at this point that he is very, very thirsty for fame, red carpets, and A-list. I don’t think he is so much about the work, etc. I see very little there there.

        He is about go off to film Thor, he is not likely to be up for any awards or red carpets, he is still grasping to get Bond. This is a well-timed shot at staying in the media. But I don’t think it will serve him all that well. Looks pretty foolish.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        I was just thinking, the one way in which it would indirectly help him is by using the upcoming People & US Weekly magazine coverage to leverage in negotiations. I understand being able to show the studio that you can generate “free” publicity for them is a way of getting a bigger paycheck.

        In the long run, I doubt it put be the thing that bumps him to A-list status career-wise. But it will increase his value to the paps so in that sense, he’ll be moving up in the world of celebrities.

    • M.A.F. says:

      He made it on to all of the news shows this morning. He knew what he was doing. The recognition wasn’t coming fast enough for him. And since there was talk after the MET Gala, thanks to that “dance” off, he (and his management) thought this was the next thing to cross off the list.

      • We Are All Made of Stars says:

        In 20/20 hindsight, the conveniently “leaked” Met video was of course staged as a bridge for the public over to the next fauxmance. You can’t just pull out your iPhone and leak videos out of the Met Gala.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        The timeline has me thinking the romance was being planned back in early May when they were brought together at the Met Ball. Perhaps she knew that things were going south with CH so she and Hiddles (and their PR) planted the seeds for a new romance with the viral dancing video and the romance was already brewing when he was in LA, the day before the breakup was announced (which could have happened days before).

        Something tells me that this wasn’t all a coincidence for either of them, but rather a seized-upon opportunity.

      • Noname says:

        If you look at them dancing in the video… besides their awkward, white bread dance moves, it looks like he was into her. At least more into her than Calvin ever appeared to be.

        I don’t think this is fake but they definitely wanted their pic taken of them on the beach kissing. They could be into each other with both of them driving the narrative. I don’t know, I am not so sure why any of this bothers anyone here. This is fun stuff.. awesome. Especially since Calvin is pissed.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        Some of us who follow Tom enjoy taking the piss, so we’re having fun with it as we call out his famewhoring. It really is the best gossip we’ve had on him in a year!

      • M.A.F. says:

        I don’t think the dance at the Met Gala was staged. But after that video was linked and after PR people started to read the comment sections on the internet, plans were being made for sure.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        MAF, I think it probably went down that way as well.

  6. Amelia says:

    All the high-fives to Taylor. Well played girl, go get yours!

    • Size Does Matter says:

      I love this more than Cheez-Its.

      If he wanted a girlfriend, he got a GIRLFRIEND *jumps out from behind door waving jazzy hands*!!!!!!!!!! level girlfriend.

      • doofus says:

        “I love this more than Cheez-Its.”


        (but meeeeee tooooooo!)

      • Susan says:

        Omg size does matter, you just made me laugh tea out my nose. The two of them are very jazz hands aren’t they??

      • Amelia says:

        I love everything that’s happening here so much.
        The only thing my summer is missing is a large pitcher of Pimms and a little bit of sunshine.

        Mildly interesting fact – I work in the Sun newsroom as a freelancer and last night was HILARIOUS, absolutely everyone wanted in on this front page. When it came time to send it out to the evening papers shows, it was an absolute mess, we had to count down to the *second* when we were allowed to release the images.
        Still don’t know why they went to The Sun, of all places.

      • Cricket says:

        Amelia .. thanks for your insight.. I love tidbits like this.. many times juicier than the actual story itself 🙂

    • Naya says:


      I think its a contract but i still admire her PR game and hope she can work some banging into this business relationship.

    • Hudson Girl says:

      Agreed! This all is like Christmas in June for me. I pray to the Gossip Gods that this couple is real and long lasting. 😍

    • Lauren II says:

      I do not think it’s wrong that Tay is with Tom. Calvin told friends “he was bored, and trying not to break up months ago”.
      Calvin didn’t attend the Met Ball with Tay either-look what happened. Tom gave Tay the attention she was starving for.
      i love this romance, fake or not. I have never seen Calvin kiss Taylor the way Tom was kissing her. I could never resist Hiddles either-he is Everything.

  7. Tash says:

    Ah, disappointing whether it’s staged or not. Tom…tsk, tsk…I expected more from you.

  8. Franki says:

    I believe this more than I believed her and Calvin Harris. This may actually be real

    • Naya says:

      This is the question thats killing me. Whats real here? Was she and Calvin real or staged? Or were they real in the beginning and staged at the end? Tom and Taylor could be real but they are so perfect together on paper doesnt it seem like maybe a publicist thought this up? And what the hell was that photo shoot.

      • Algernon says:

        What if it’s all real but making deals with paparazzi is a reality of being that famous that is incomprehensible to the rest of us because it’s a problem we will never ever have to deal with?

      • diane says:

        I actually think Tom wanted a girlfriend. Wanted fun romance. Wanted a girl who would actually hold his hand in public. I say more power too you! Imagine how bad he felt with the whole EO mess. You go TH and Tay – have fun, hold hands and the world be damned. Even if this is planned at least it show love in this world filled with hate right now. 🙂

      • Algernon says:

        @ Diane

        My impression of Tom and Elizabeth Olsen is that they were into each other but wanted different things out of a relationship. I think Olsen values privacy more than he does. Tom seems like the type to enjoy a little spectacle in his relationships.

  9. Lindy79 says:

    All I hear when I see these is “Love is a Many Splendored thing”, but replace the word Splendored with Hilariously Awkward
    that and the tweet about it looking like a man bringing his dying nan to see the sea one last time

    • lilacflowers says:

      She needs to burn that ugly sweater.

      • M.A.F. says:

        I had a sweater like that once but I used it as a house coat.

      • I Choose Me says:

        Lilac! I scrolled all the way down looking for your name so’s I can hear your thoughts on Tiddles. Don’t leave me hanging girl.

      • lilacflowers says:

        Sorry, I Choose Me, I had to drive halfway across the state today and back with a short trial and a mediation in between and soon have to go out driving again. And I really don’t have any thoughts on Tiddles. Who he dallies with when I’m otherwise occupied, well, just so long as I don’t catch anything.

    • Paula says:

      looool this is so good!

    • Londongal says:

      Absolute LOL!

    • holly hobby says:

      I almost spat out my tea reading this! Funny!

  10. Scarjo says:

    This is the most stupid thing he could do for his career. He will not get the Bond role ever or any other serious role. He lost his mind he looks so stupid for a serious actor or a grown man!
    BIG failure Tom..

    • daisie-b says:

      If her legion of fans, 80,000,000 give or take, decide to buy tickets to his films, no studio would pass that up.

      • Yes daisie-b. That’s only if Tom wanted to make films that market to unsophisticated, screaming, teenage girls all of a sudden. “I Know What You Really Did Last Summer” will open next year starring Shakespeare-loving, RADA trained, and Cambridge educated Tom Hiddleston. I somehow don’t see Swifty fans looking at 35-year-old Tom and swooning. But their devotion to her will live on. I think he just screwed himself pr wise for a while. But at least he’s screwing someone else too. I guess?

      • NUTBALLS says:

        I don’t think her teenage fans would “get” High Rise. They’d probably be bored during ISTL. Yeah, I don’t see his box office numbers shooting up after attaching himself to Swifty.

      • Miss Jupitero says:

        And Nutballs, it is more than a bit of a ding to his Shakespeare-loving, RADA trained, and Cambridge educated brand.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        He really did a number on his brand yesterday, didn’t he??

        Brands can be rebranded, but he’ll need to learn some hard lessons first.

    • OrigialTessa says:

      I was thinking the exact opposite. Bond producers probably need him to be more famous, more well known (he’s only internet famous). And what better way to do that than to be in a summer romance with the most famous girl in the world? Look how many people know who Calvin Harris is now? It’s crazy how much dating her has raised his profile in the mainstream.

      • Naya says:

        But Bond is a ready made vehicle and the producers have never required the actor to be a household name prior to casting. And franchises generally arent bothered about the stars fame level (see all the lead stars on the comic films minus Affleck).

      • Mia4s says:

        Everyone seems to forget that Daniel Craig was barely known before he became Bond. Now he’s the most successful Bond commercially and critically. I don’t know what this PR silliness is but it’s not about Bond.

      • Miss Jupitero says:

        Bond doesn’t really look for “great” actors, and I have heard it is a franchise that is notorious for tanking careers. The actor becomes Bond. That’s really it. I read somewhere that Chiwetel Ejiofor backed away from it really fast because he felt it would damage his prospects for more serious roles.

        They may be trying to change that though with their recent casting of people like Feinnes and Whishaw in supporting roles. If this is the case though, hitching his wagon to Swifty isn’t the way to make an impression.

      • holly hobby says:

        Well to be honest when they hired Daniel Craig & Timothy Dalton, I was like WTF who is that? So name recognition isn’t a big deal with the Bond people.

      • Cricket says:

        I totally believe this and it was what I first thought as well. What is the norm ticket audience for Bond? I know since Craig, the $$ is more but wondering if Hiddles was going for the bigger exposure to younger audience? All the Bond news surrounds the age of all the prospects and how they were looking for someone younger.. interesting stuff.. this is such a juicy great summer showmance guilty pleasure.

        I think if there is a snapchat or video of Hiddles with TS cats Mr. Harris will have a meltdown behind his DJ booth.. lol

      • icerose says:

        the Bond producers in interview have stated that their choice is not a fandom or democratic decision.They will choose who they choose and it will probably be someone completely unexpected.Sam Mendes is leaving which leaves Barbara Broccoli who comes from family of producers as the decision maker
        I am pretty sure at the moment it is not Tom as he has already met with the him.

        For what it is worth I have thought over the last few weeks he had the air of a man in love so it did not come as that big a surprise-just the public display because it was so out of character but i really cannot get that excited about what the motives were or what the outcomes will be.I want more stage work and indie films and want him back in UK .

    • It’s like picturing Sean Coonery, Roger Moore and Daniel Craig being snapped kissing Taylor Swift. The Bond narrative doesn’t work. She’s a cute girl but not a sexy, mature, sophisticated, mysterious, grown woman.

    • diane says:

      Maybe he doesn’t care? Wouldn’t that be awesome? He seems like a nice person that deserve a little romance.

    • icerose says:

      good -i hope he never does get Bond so i can see him doing more stage work-and I am hoping for the babies with beautiful cheek bones

    • twilly says:

      He does look ridiculous! That pic of him leaning on her back is especially cringe-worthy. This makes him a laughing stock, in America, for sure. He should be embarrassed. You can tell they know about the paps because you see them looking over their shoulders a couple of times. What is he even doing after this next Loki role? Be Swift’s road manager. Grow up Tommy-boy – it’s well past time!

      • mee says:

        that (the one with his head against her back shoulder) is so silly and the pic that makes me think it’s all staged and PR. but maybe that’s how he behaves with a woman he’s met only a month or so ago? if so, maybe he and she are actually well matched!

  11. Sue says:

    I think he is sexy! And I am old enough to be his Mom – Go Taylor!!

  12. meme says:

    wow, hiddleston is quite thirsty. never liked him.

  13. Sixer says:

    The only question I’m asking is this: is TIDDLESBANGING up against a wall?

    If not, I shall be most disappointed.

    • NUTBALLS says:

      With clothes mostly on… a few key parts hanging out.

    • lilacflowers says:

      Ah, Sixer, you do not disappoint. And now, off to Worcester. Enjoy the cake.

      • Cricket says:

        Ha! Worcester.. yet another one of those words the strongly depends where you were raised/located on how it’s pronounced.. good luck with your case today Lilac!

  14. daisie-b says:

    If this was staged why is she wearing THAT outfit? If that is supposed to send a message it escapes me.

  15. Samtha says:

    I think they make a lot of sense together, actually…

  16. Brea says:

    It definitely helps him too, he’s still not *that* well known in the US, outside of the internet. He needs to get name recognition in the US if he wants to become a proper movie star and not just a working actor.

    • kai says:

      Serious question: Do movie stars still exist? Who’s he trying to become? Ben Affleck?? (I WANT A MUSIC VIDEO OF TOM FONDLING TAYLORS BUTT)

      • Brea says:

        lmao, Taylor from the block!

      • M.A.F. says:

        There has been talked for the longest time: the concept of the movie star is dead. Most movies now don’t make bank based on a person’s name. It’s all about franchise, franchise, franchise.

      • Linn says:

        Jennifer Lawrence probably, but otherwise not really.

    • Lucy says:

      I know someone who went to school with him and she said that even then he was desperately ambitious to be famous, and especially to be James Bond. I wonder if he’s truly accepted that he’s not going to get the gig yet.

      • spidey says:

        Of course she did. Especially as that must have been before he was 13 as Eton is boys only.

      • Rebecca/Becky says:

        Not necessarily Eton, uni or Rada perhaps?

      • Bay says:

        @spidey I LOL’d.

      • icerose says:

        An Eton stalker perhaps

      • Solanacaea (Nighty) says:

        @spidey, I think Lucy was referring to university, considering that school in many languages and in some areas of expertise are high education and not scondary/ highschools. Take as an example the School of Fine Arts..

      • TotallyBiased says:

        “Especially to be James Bond”? Uh, no. I don’t buy that at all. Ambitious while back in school? Sure, although for YEARS now people “who went to school with him” have been popping up with comments about how focused and serious about acting he was. Not a peep about any career trajectory that would end in James Bond, though. You nearly had it, if you hadn’t gone a step too far with the Bond comment.

    • Mia4s says:

      It will help him get magazine covers, but help his movies? Nah. I mean, Hemsworth was People’s sexiest man alive and then couldn’t open a phone book, let alone a movie!

      This is Scott Eastwood level PR. Scott Eastwood people!! For shame Hiddles.

      • Lana 567 says:

        I agree this will help him get more magazine covers. It might help his movies I mean he is still kinda Internet famous. This pr stunt seems beneath him or maybe not just because he is really well spoken and went to prestigious schools doesn’t mean he is not up for playing the game. The difference between him and say Scott Eastwood is that he is probably a lot better at pretended it’s all beneath him. It will be interesting to see how this will play out.

  17. zappy says:

    hehehe.. havent comment on previous thread but wowww.. best gossip ever.. I never attracted to Tom H, but he and Tay2 ?? never crossed on my mind

    • zinjojo says:

      I agree, this makes me so happy and I”m not a fan of either, but great gossip! However this plays out will be awesome.

  18. Miss M says:

    Swidles are so over the top that we will have a glorious Summer of set visits and instagram

    • NUTBALLS says:

      I was thinking this morning… TommyAnnE and Ramora have something else in common. They can compare notes when he’s in Oz.

  19. Lucy says:

    Ugh, can we please stop the whole “evil Lizzy played stupid games by not wanting to be photographed”? Especially after months of “evil Lizzie is obviously tipping off the paps and using him for PR”? You can’t have it both ways. Either she was the one trying to get papped for PR, or she was against being papped and stop poor Tommy getting his precious PR.

    None of us know anything about their relationship or why it ended, but most celebs in real relationships don’t exploit and stage pap ops, certainly not right away.

    Good for Tiddles if they’re getting PR out of this, and maybe they’re banging too, but no way do I buy this is any kind of real relationship.

    • kai says:

      I would totally buy TOm and Taylor as a real (If not PR-happy) couple, but calling the paps after, what? A week? Two weeks? Yeah… no.

      Also agree about Lizzzie! PLease let’s never again pretend that Hiddleston is not a first class famewhore.

    • Alex says:

      Right? I agree. This site is trying to play it both ways. First they say Lizzie is into PR. Now they say she’s playing games which is why Tom left. Seriously?

      Yea I doubt they are even banging or if they are it will be a short fling before Tom is out. Either way this is fake as hell

  20. Adrien says:

    The real star of the photoshoot was the stack of pebbles. Very Hallmark Greeting card.

    • icerose says:

      The real star you was the dolphin behind them I saw in one of the photos I blew up (not these) somewhere else -it made me want to travelling.

  21. JB says:

    Kaiser is right, this is just delicious. My favorite radio personality Charlamagne believes that Swifty staged this only because she’s got a new album on the horizon and she needs to be on everyone’s mind.

  22. Zapp Brannigan says:

    This entire thing is so delicious I am gaining weight just reading about it.

  23. I agree with everything you said. Hiddleston was a new celeb-crush for me so finding out he’s more immature or lonely enough to date a pop-star still engulfed in teenage antics is just…..baffling & disappointing to me. I just don’t see why he wants the world to know that Tiddlesbanging is happening as if that’s something for him to be bragging about. For Taylor however, that’s another story.

    • Rocío says:

      Why crushing Tom when we have Oscar Isaac!

    • The Eternal Side-Eye says:

      Seriously! I was JUST starting to look at him and think, “Huh, he is kinda attractive.” and now THIS.

      Attractiveness officially in the toilet.

    • K.C. says:

      Totally. I’ve been on the fence about him for years and was just starting to think maybe I should stop being so tough on his try-hardness because he seems like such a nice, talented guy. I was JUST starting to give him an actual chance, because I liked the less goofy, more mature image he was projecting. I never bought the Disney Prince thing, but I didn’t think he was this into the celebrity world. And I honestly love Taylor, but I don’t know what to make of this yet. Love it if it’s real, but if it’s all staged, I feel silly for investing any time in people this thirsty. Image control is fine. Kardashianness is unacceptable, though.

      I think I need to see how this plays out a bit more before I make a decision on my feelings on this.

      • Miss S says:

        To me he seems a bit of a f*ckboy. It’s like those guys who are extra sweet and considerate, really extra, totally full on romance but suddenly voom! They just move on. It’s more about the whole performance than genuine affection.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        The last three flings/relationships tell me that he currently treats lovers according to their ability to move his career forward.

        JANE- No benefit; kept underground, claimed it was nothing to write home about, lasted a year or so
        LIZZY- targeted ISTL marketing benefit, played PR games and coy with media prior to film’s premier, quietly fizzled afterwards
        TAYLOR – massive profile raising, staged pap snog early on, indicating she IS something to write home about

        Will he talk publicly about Tay or just pop up on her IG? My crystal ball is a bit clouded on that one.

  24. Sabrina says:

    I definitely think that he was on-board with this staged photoshoot. However I think that in terms of his long-term career this was not a good move to make. I can understand that he wants to be more famous but going about it this way just makes him look desperate.

    However, I am looking forward to seeing how this romance plays out and how soon it will be until we see pictures of him on Taylor’s Instagram. I kind of hope that this will result in him getting an Instagram account as well so that the two of them can tag each other in pictures.

  25. SM says:

    I think I just vomited a bit in my mouth llfrom looking at those obviously not stagged photos. Are they even called pap pics or self promotional pics? They are working those cameras like two pros (which they are). And I am not saying they are not a real couple (bless their hearts) and just a PR campaign, I am nearly stating that they overplayed this whole going public with your romance thing. The definition of hungry is what it is. I know that is what Swifty does, but the guy who is all Shakespearean and wants to be the next Bond. …Really?!!??

  26. Skins says:

    I don’t understand why a mature, accomplished man would want anything to do with this circus anyway. Like dating a high school girl. Seems every guy she goes with dumps her.

    • NUTBALLS says:

      Perhaps he’s not that mature… water is known to seek its own level. They both want attention and know how to get it.

      • kai says:

        Yes, pleeeeeaaaase, let’s drop the ‘classy, serious actor man’ thing. Please let’s not pretend he stumbled into this or that he’s “too good” for her. He’s not. THey really are kind of perfect together.

        (Nutballs, you’re fast becoming my favourite commenter in the Twiddleston saga. Just for the record.)

      • NUTBALLS says:

        kai, I’m finally feeling vindicated for all my snark now that the mask is off and his true colors are showing his naked ambition. It’ll be a lot harder for people to defend him after getting ridiculed and called out for his obvious grab for attention.

        At the same time, I’m grateful that he’s given all of us a reason to gather and chat. It was going to be a boring summer if he disappeared in Oz with nothing to talk about. 🙂

      • “water is known to seek its own level”

        Damn that’s good.

      • Leo says:

        The thing for me is, I don’t think he’s better than her or that he is the living embodiment of a Disney prince. I always thought that was a bit rubbish. It’s just that he’s sooo PR oriented and careful about his image of a serious, aristocratic, gentlemanly artist who is all about his craft and wouldn’t publicly acknowledge a GF even if his life depended on it that I always thought he would never go this far to show his underlying thirst.

        Somehow I thought there’s a line he won’t cross (ie. posing for the stagiest of all staged pap photos with a sugary pop-star knee-deep in high school drama), not because he’s above it, but because he was more savvy than that. But I guess someone in his camp believe this to be a good idea.

      • Elle says:

        NUTBALLS & kai – YES! I have always thought Hiddleston was one of those men who enjoyed being looked up to in a relationship. The type who likes a woman smart enough to realize that he’s smart, but not smart enough to challenge him.

        I actually think Swifty will be too much for him. She is very strong, very smart, & wildly successful. I think he’s in over his head on this one.

      • Sixer says:

        And when he get dragged for this, he’ll start complaining about posh-bashing AGAIN. I can see it now.

        It’s very hard to not say I told you so, ain’t it, Nuts?!

      • kai says:

        I can already hear the defenses. That’s the part that always makes me so angry. They’ll all blame her. So, good to know, I can still come here.

      • Lindy79 says:

        Agreed Nuts.
        In all honesty, both need to fire their teams if they thought these photos would do anything other than bring mockery from 90% of people. There are ways to do pap ops and still keep your dignity, this sure as shit ain’t one of them.

      • cyn says:

        When he gets dragged? Dude is already being dragged everywhere and it’s GLORIOUS! I can’t wait for Calvin to release his inner bitch. You just know he’s not going to let this stand.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        Sixer, with the massive disparity that exists between TommyAnnE and Swifty in the area of fame, income and accomplishments, I don’t see him putting up with being her b!tch. He’s always been the more famous of his romantic partners and being the little celeb trying to keep pace with his massively famous gf will have his ego in tatters, dontcha think?

      • Sixer says:

        Nuts – well, he’s going to find it a lot more difficult to wax lyrical-with-a-puke-bucket and get taken seriously, isn’t he? It’ll be more than just thee and me mocking the life out of him in future, I’m afraid. Still, until then we do get TIDDLESBANGING jokes and puns. It’s going to be wonderful!

      • Annetommy says:

        Kai, you can be a serious classy actor and still want a bit of nookie with a lithe lovely. People who are surprised or vaguely disgusted by that must have a more highfaluting view of human nature than me. Having a fling – if it is that – doesn’t negate all the other qualities that he has. In the hierarchy of vice, wanting to be famous and dating a bit of a ditz are pretty low down.

      • M.A.F. says:

        I said as much in yesterday’s thread. Tom and I are the same age but I could not stomach dating a person who wasn’t on the same level as maturity as me.

      • Rebecca/Becky says:

        Nutballs, from that perspective it will be interesting how this pans out.

        Tom is older, more experienced, highly educated and smarter – intellectually at least. Taylor is more famous, wealthy and I think more business smarts.

        I don’t recall him being so public with a lady friend since Susannah Fielding, and that was a serious relationship.

      • kai says:

        Again, my problem isn’t their hook-up. They make some sense to me. IT’s the blatant famewhoring that’s off-putting.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        As mentioned elsewhere on this post, he’s hurting his brand by chasing after Swifty and her megafame. He comes off as a first rate PR golddigger, which is in contrast to the image that he’s carefully crafted over the years. Some of us saw through it previously and are congratulating ourselves for calling it ahead of this drastic publicity move. He can recover from this if he wises up, but then again, there goes our fun.

        Tom’s always had such a carefully managed non-scandalous image, which made him rather boring in comparison to other actors. He just given us the biggest gift of gossip — but at what price? Now he’s at risk of becoming prime tabloid fodder by association. Nothing wrong with him dating publicaly, but the choice of partner makes a difference in how he’s perceived.

        Becky, this is his first public relationship since Susannah. The other two that we know about since then (JA and EO) didn’t have the publicity value that Swifty has. His strategy has clearly changed and we can expect him to be more public this time since she loves to IG the hell out of her romances based on what little I’ve seen.

      • I may be wrong but I believe he is interested in her whether these photos are staged or not. But was he so naive about her history, because he’s been busy with his life, that he could be completely blindsided at the extent/angle this is playing out right now?
        And I mean that in the sense of the details her side has put out about him courting her. Sending her flowers, they’ve been on a few dates & texting etc. I don’t recall him putting out details of his dating life like that with EO, JC or anyone really. Just the opposite. I can’t imagine he’s happy with that level of privacy she’s spilling in regard to details at this point. And it’s only been a day in the press. It’s a maturity issue.

      • Cricket says:

        “At the same time, I’m grateful that he’s given all of us a reason to gather and chat.”

        Totally agree!!! Reading this has made my day and loving the comments.. needed the distraction and entertainment of it all and looking forward to new interesting fun bits.. the world is a scary place right now and let’s face it, Kate Middleton’s nude pumps and boring lace is just not cutting it anymore.

      • delorb says:

        I’ve never thought of him as being smart. He did an interview with Benedict, where he spoke about horses on a football field (soccer?) that was ridiculous. It was like he was trying hard to come up with something smart to say and failed. Yeah, I laughed.

      • Miss S says:

        @Kai, that’s EXACTLY how I feel.
        “Again, my problem isn’t their hook-up. They make some sense to me. IT’s the blatant famewhoring that’s off-putting.”

        I probably didn’t know how PR oriented he was, and that’s why I’m so surprised. I saw him as a serious actor who wanted privacy after touching the craze of being an online darling. Being about the job while engaging with the media on a level you expect actors to engage when promoting their projects. But this is so extra! Even if they are real, these photos irk me.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        I’m laughing at this Telegraph article pointing out the incongruity of saying he wants to keep his private life private and hooking up with Swifty:


      • Miss S says:

        @NUTBALLS (great name!), I love the article! I actually love how some media is actually analyzing this beyond just superficial drama/gossip.

        There are more of that kind around:

      • NUTBALLS says:

        All the media sites calling it a staged pap shot was probably unexpected. They didn’t do it with the Wolseley pap walk, so I think this is a first for him.

        That’s what happens when you bang a superstar who loves social media, TommyAnnE!

      • bunny_ears says:


        I will never ever ever ever doubt your conspiracy theories ever again after this. EVER.

        I’m kinda disappointed in Hiddles and Swifty. This entire thing just feels off the rails crazy, with the staged photos, the ‘privacy’ complaints, everything. *gives both people major side eye*

      • MI6 says:

        @ Nutballs: this article sums it up perfectly. I love this line:
        “…All of which begs the question: does Hiddleston, who has always guarded his privacy obsessively, have any idea what he is getting himself into? And if so: what the hell is he thinking?”

        I’m not sure he was. Thinking, that is.
        Brand over and OUT.

      • Miss Melissa says:

        Water seeks its own level, indeed. Sums it up perfectly, Nutballs.

        He has shown us who he is. Believe him!

      • M.A.F. says:

        The Telegraph piece reads as a warning to Hiddleston.

      • Miss Jupitero says:

        Nutballs and Sixer, all I can say is that I am filled with glee– I have been calling out TommyAnnE’s silliness for about three years now. Now he has finally left his cake out in the rain. Mask is off, and we were right!

      • Sixer says:

        Miss Jupitero

        It’s just all so joyful!

        I’m still where I’ve always been vis a vis LEGS: he is thoroughly bangable, is reasonably good at acting, and he provides fertile fodder for mockery. This is everything I want in an internet boyfriend.

        I’ve been told off on here so, so many times for “vitriol” and “hate” and all that other nonsense, but the only topic on which LEGS actually annoys me is when he cries reverse classism, which I don’t find funny at all. That aside, I couldn’t have asked for more from him than TIDDLES. I can see that it’s going to be even better than JArthy. The jokes just write themselves and it is glorious.

      • TotallyBiased says:

        Sixer–Never understand why anyone would be telling YOU off!
        No one is more biased than I (it’s on the label!) but the idea that you spew hate/vitriol towards PuddleTom/LEGS is ridiculous. I may have –rarely– thought you went a little far, and said so, but you have always been a witty, mildly snarky counterbalance on these pages. We miss you when you aren’t here!
        And I, too, think Swiddles/HiddleSwift are going to provide oodles of entertainment 😂😸

  27. NUTBALLS says:

    Tom’s found an easy way to score his first People magazine cover.

    • Dara says:

      And they’ll probably spell his name right this time. I was still seeing “Hiddlestone” in some articles, even up to a few weeks ago.

      Can I just say that I think it sucks that parading a personal relationship (real or otherwise) in public works faster to improve name-recognition and press coverage than talent and hard work? Now I understand why other less-talented celebs have resorted to it. Tom has been working almost non-stop for 3 years and didn’t really get much traction, so I understand the urge to try a short-cut. I understand it, but I still think it sucks.

      • MI6 says:

        @Dara: completely agree.

      • Cranberry says:


        Yes Dara I completely agree. I don’t think this is real what so ever, but unfortunately, I think it may have been necessary or at least what Tom’s management deems necessary at this point. He’s 35 yr old and very British, how else is he going to cross over in US market at this point? If it’s not now it will most likely be never. – is how I think his management looks at it.

        I think this all sucks too and wish he hadn’t decided to go this route, but I can understand the reasoning. This industry is unforgiving on so many levels, but especially to anyone that doesn’t look younger than 35 max. Sure he doesn’t have to be an A-list Hollywood star to do good work in film/theater, but he got very far on his own and created the opportunity to go farther. So why wouldn’t he and those that believe in his talent want that for him if the opportunity is within grasp? No it’s not romantic or earnest, but this multi-billion $ industry is devastatingly tough especially for “maturing” (over 35), non-americans.

    • NUTBALLS says:

      Dara, as much as I take the piss, it’s understandable when you think of all the hard work he put into the four projects that he filmed in 2014-2015 only to have all of them fall short of expectations. TNM did well outside of America, but you know that AMC had to be disappointed that the numbers didn’t end up where they’d hoped. He is taking the short-cut to broader name-recognition and time will tell if it actually pays off. It’s hard to be optimistic with the way he’s being mocked in the media and feeling the criticism that’s so often leveled at Taylor.

      I expect this gossipy narrative to be front page news on People and Us Weekly, blazing a new publicity trail for TommyAnnE. He may even get his own cover — “Get to know Taylor’s new man” sort of spin.

      But, I think Taylor’s more business savvy and is the one totally in charge here. She’s turned the speculation about her love life into a cottage industry and knows keep people interested in it. Tom’s following the script like her lap dog and it remains to be seen if it is a net positive result for him. Being famous means little if you’re not working on the projects you really want.

  28. ApplePieNYC says:

    I love it. Staged, un-staged, who cares? They’re consenting adults and whether this is just a fling, or a legit romance, they clearly are ok with it going public. And that’s just a lot less stress than trying to stay under the radar. I hope they have fun together – if he’s wanted a girlfriend and now he finally has one, for however long it lasts, then God bless the man. He deserves to be happy!

  29. Neal says:

    Of course it’s staged! Lol. But next time I really need them to up their game. Add a puppy or maybe a pony! Maybe them playing with her cats? The possibilities are endless.

    • Susan says:

      Hahahahah Neal I’m sure Olivia Benson has been mobilized and will be in a Hiddleston Instagram video by months’ end.

  30. Marty says:

    Well, if she writes a song called “I was supposed to be your one and only dragonfly” you know who it’s about.

  31. MI6 says:

    I don’t doubt there is a mutual attraction there – he IS a wannabe musician, after all, and maybe she’ll let him sing background on her next album…but that’s a metaphor for this whole “relationship.” He’s singing background to her rebound.
    I’m in PR – it’s advantageous for both and potentially lucrative for him, but HIGHLY disappointing from an actor of his intelligence and caliber. His talent would’ve carried him anywhere he needed to go. Cheap PR trick looks cheap.

    • Londongal says:

      ^^THIS^^ It has almost killed my massive lady boner for him. Not that fact he has a bird, but this fake bollocks AND with such an epic famewhore who is as immature as her. Disappointingly thirsty.

    • Rocío says:

      Will this help him to get his coveted James Bond role? Taylor will write the soundtrack? Jajaja please, no! Better Gillian Anderson than this guy.

    • Bay says:

      Oh, first Bond, and now he’s a “wannabe musician”? *eye roll*

    • Miss S says:

      I guess we kind of expect these cheap tricks from low level, not really talented actors right? This is so off putting.

    • Noname says:

      Like I keep saying.. I think he is into her and doesn’t care, he knew the photos were staged and still doesn’t care. He can be interested in her and a famewhore.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        I think Tom cares very much what the public thinks of him. He’s worked hard to maintain a certain “above-reproach” image which is crumbling under the weight of their weird PR and sketchy beginnings.

    • icerose says:

      I just think the Trolls, people who love the the WORDS “fame whoring and thirsty”and those who have never liked Tom and or his new lady friend tyler? will keep it going as long as they can but it will go the way is goes and it a few months time it will be forgotten and most people will just get on with the next gossip event .
      Tom will be working and will have brushed off any negative outcomes and continue working with or with out babies with long legs and beautiful cheek bones

  32. Looty says:

    The more staged the better! This relationship cannot possibly be too phony for me. I’ll have the entertainment of watching them realize they have developed real feelings for each other. I picture them in bed together, each talking about themselves and the other not listening to a word. They’ll be blissfully happy, and I’ll be happy for them. They’re entertainers, they’re doing their job, and I really respect that.

    • Susan says:

      Looty great comment! These comments are as fun as this crazy “romance” is going to be. Happy day!

    • kai says:

      “each talking about themselves and the other not listening to a word”…. *snort*

    • NUTBALLS says:

      I really love this comment.

    • Brea says:

      I love this!

    • I Choose Me says:

      I’m torn. I love me some Hiddles and I’d hoped he was above this PR staged pics nonsense but I guess he feels he has to up his hustle game. On the other hand, the snark that Tiddles has generated and will generate in future is giving me loads of gossip delight.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        ICM, I think most of us are feeling that ambivalence. It’s the most exciting news since THEO and before that, Bora Bora.

        But this gossipy narrative takes the cake. Nothing tops a TayTay hookup. He’s a bona fide tabloid celebrity now.

      • icerose says:

        NUTBALLS it is a wonderful development and very true to his spontaneous streak which has been lurking behind all that dancing-i always hoped he would do something like marrying someone people think was inappropriate and this is even better.Go Tom

  33. H says:

    Not a Taylor or Hiddleston fan, but from rumors going around, he seems a bit more sophisticated than her (bedroom-wise). Are we going to have Arthy-like sightings in sex shops?

    Nope, just can’t see it.

    • Hudson Girl says:

      Don’t forget, people are rarely as they seem. The fact that she kept John Mayer’s attention for more than 2 weeks still blows my mind. (I think Mayer is a slutty, self-absorbed ho-bag).

  34. Lynnie says:

    I always knew PR relationships were a thing, but I guess it never hit me till now. How sad. Why would someone want to do that to themselves? Is popularity that much more important than self-worth?

    • Susan says:

      She needs him to blunt Calvin’s ‘I dumped her because she was needy and wanted to get married’ campaign. He needs her to make him a household name. Plus let’s be real, they’re both dorks! And love publicity. This is going to be a great summer of cheesy epic photo ops.

    • NUTBALLS says:

      “Is popularity that much more important than self-worth?”

      Their popularity is tied to their self-worth, so it’s a bit messy in the head, y’know? They’re surrounded by PR people and other “yes” people to see how shallow they appear to the rest of us.

      • MI6 says:

        Well said as usual, NB. Sad, but true.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        I just realized my words went off the rails between my brain and my fingers!

        “They’re surrounded by PR people and other “yes” people and can’t see how shallow they appear to the rest of us.

        Or don’t care.

      • icerose says:

        Nutballs yes but no different from most people who crave recognition,love and friend via what ever method they choose it is only that most of us lack the opportunity to do it on this scale or are too inhibited etc

  35. lautie says:

    i don’t like Tom no! no! no! Calvin was perfect! lol………….but anything to make my girl happy

  36. Christin says:

    Maybe she’ll help promote the I Saw The Light DVD release July 5. He can dress as Hank on the beach during all the jumping around she does for Independence Day.

    • OhDear says:

      I’m cringing at the potential cacophony that will be them singing and playing guitar together.

      Oh God. A duet.

      And if he does get Bond, could you imagine if she got tapped to write/perform the theme song? *cringes*

      • Christin says:

        Music meets acting, and vice versa. This will likely provide several weeks (maybe months) of new entertainment. Clearly, they are not shy about publicity.

  37. LizLemonGotMarried says:

    This makes sense to me. Earnest, a little eager, some puppy-doggedness…Yep.
    I’m calling it now. Ten bucks says they get married. Calvin Harris (Adam Wiles) always seemed like he pictured himself as a little edgy, a little off the beaten path for Taylor, who is the queen of mainstream. Hiddles, on the other hand, is just adorable vanilla and perfect for Taylor’s image. They can dance like dorks, her cats will love him…
    This makes SO much sense to me.

  38. haley1020 says:

    wow tom has literally turned into michael fassbender 2.0 how sad

    • kai says:

      Um, NO?!? Trying to imagine Fassbender on a beach with Taylor Swift…. -head explodes-

      I WISH Tom would turn into a FAssbender. MF, at least, seems somewhat authentic.

    • NUTBALLS says:

      Tom makes Fassy look good. At least Fassy knows how to have a long-term relationship. He’s had at least three that I know of in recent years, hasn’t he? How many has Tom had? zero.

      • Annetommy says:

        Not sure that that is a reflection on anyone’s character Nutballs. There may be various reasons why people don’t.

      • M.A.F. says:

        Fassbender is on Swift’s level with relationships. When he has them, he is in them for a while (a year or more) but he does go from one right into the other.

      • Mira says:

        True. But if you don’t have any relationships over a 5 year period, because or so people used to say here at least you like to keep things private. But then make it public within weeks of dating the biggest pop star in the world, you risk looking like an opportunist.

        I think Fassy genuinely enjoys womens company. I am not sure Tom really does. He talks a good talk but i am not sure its that genuine. All i have seen is him using females to further his career/ sell movies. His true love is his career imao.
        I don’t think they are comparable
        Switfy has only had one relationship that lasted a year. The rest are a few months at the most.
        Also Fassy doesn’t really jump straight from one to another. He generally has a a 5-6 month period as a single man. He had broken up with Nicole at least year before he got with alicia. He had no official girlfriend in that period.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        Fassy still looks better than the non-committal Hiddleston. He’s been with Alicia for a year & a half, despite their very busy work schedules.

        Tom’s first public relationship with a woman in 5 years and it’s with a big, attention-loving superstar. I think there’s reason to think Tom has commitment issues in his relationships.

    • Abigail says:

      Nope, not Fassbender, who has only a handful of pap photos with Alicia after nearly two years.

  39. Rocío says:

    My only side eye is to the age difference. Why men don’t date women their age? Viejos verdes o asalta cunas as we say in Argentina….

    • Maria says:

      why do young women date old men? if they werent old men couldnt date them.

      • Rocío says:

        You’re right, María. I put all the blame on the men but as they are older (not wiser) they should have known better.

  40. Maria says:

    Taylor as usual but Hiddlestom unleashing his THIRST.

    the white privilege power couple!

    this looks like a total panic reaction on Taylors part (and her team). she was just being all over social media with their first anniversary and gushing about “the most special person” in award speeches and then bang! thats not a smart or thoughtout strategy.

    Hiddlestom needs to be told that Bond isnt the same target audience as Taytay.

  41. haley1020 says:

    wow 1st tom works with woody allen and now he’s in a fauxlationship with that bitch what’s next is he gonna have a baby with her so that he could win that emmy for night manager

    • lilacflowers says:

      Because in the real world pregnancies win Emmy votes. Sure.

    • Erinn says:

      “with that bitch”
      I really hope you’re joking here.

      • Cricket says:

        I know right?! .. only ‘bitch’ it seems in this story is Calvin ‘Adam Wiles’ Harris.. he doesn’t go away quietly and could be the most interesting aspect of this new summer romance.

      • Noname says:

        @ Cricket… I cannot wait for Calvin Adam Wiles Harris to have an epic meltdown… he can’t block her career like he did Rita… this is sweet!

  42. K.C. says:

    The pictures are posed, but I suspect the relationship is legit, actually. They just seem too well-matched for it not to be real. Especially because even if I seriously doubt the validity of these pictures, I think them dancing together at the Met Gala was spontaneous and real. And showed just how alike they are.

    With staged pics, these two control freaks have the power to handle how they’re seen together and what their joint image is. Because it’s so sudden after her breakup, they probably wanted to be the ones to put this out into the world, right? Make it look romantic instead of scandalous. I get it.

    Honestly, these pictures are being so poorly received that they couldn’t have done it for good PR. It’s not a good look on either one of them, and everyone is calling them on it. It makes it look like she cheated on Calvin, and it makes him look like a home wrecker who is desperate for fame. I highly doubt they’d engage if it weren’t legit, because there are so many things to make fun of here. But to control how their coupledom is portrayed in the media? THAT makes sense to me.

    • Maria says:

      It isnt the first time Tom has been seen as a homewrecker.

    • kai says:

      If they had waited a bit longer and rolled this out slowly over the summer and be a liiiiittle less cheesy about it, I would have totally, happily believed them as a couple. Why come out after two weeks? I feel hit over the head by their PR.

      • Vegas says:

        The awkward timing actually screams “legit relationship” rather than “PR”. The timing is messy. Just like real life can be. A PR relationship would have a much better script.

      • Rebecca/Becky says:

        Kai, that’s my thinking also it’s just too quick. She only announced her breakup with CH 2 weeks ago.

        I can’t see how they’ve actually spent much time together. After the Met Gala Tom went straight back to London, and the only other date they could’ve met up is 31 May (according to the People article), until he was seen in NYC the end of last week.

      • Leo says:

        Also, various rags published photos of Tom with two different women on at least two separate occasions during that time. I have no idea what his relationship to them is, but from a PR point of view, if you only have a period of several weeks in which they were supposed to get to know one another and at least two pap-ops with Tom hugging/going out/dining with other women, it doesn’t really look solid.

      • kai says:

        Vegas. Yeah… no. This sort of thing is completely consistent with Swift’s earlier relationships. She always does these romantic photoshoots. And Hiddlestons’ PR never seemed all that sophisticated to me. I think he’s somewhat booksmart and good with words, but I never found him all that smart. I think he really is thirsty enough to do this. (When I say ‘PR relationship’, by the way, I don’T mean that they’re not really hooking up. I totally believe they are. But they’re using it for press after all of five minutes)

      • K.C. says:

        @Vegas, that’s my thinking. This is too messy to be fake. It makes them both look shady since she just got out of a relationship.

      • Dara says:

        @kai, I never quite got the impression TH’s PR team was all that brilliant either. Good at what they did – to a point – but I just don’t think Luke/Prosper has the US market figured out, or had the connections to get any traction for their client. In the end Team Tom hired a US-based firm and I think they are the ones that got him all the recent talk show appearances.

        I’m leaning towards a real relationship, but one that will have a highly managed, and visible, message. I simply can’t concede that the entire thing is a contrived business arrangement. Admitting Hiddleston might really be that much of a famewhore (and hypocrite) would kill a piece of my soul tbh, and I don’t have that much to spare after dealing with the state of the world in recent months. So for my own sake, I’m #teamtruelove (that’s only slightly sarcastic) until I have absolutely no reason not to be.

      • K.C. says:

        @Dara, I’m so on the same page as you. I’ve liked a lot of celebs who turned out very disappointing (in worse ways than being a famewhore), so I really wanted to be able to put a wee bit of faith into one famous guy. Just a little bit. I’m not an easily-led fangirl, but he won my skeptical heart over. I was ready to buy into the nice guy thing after typically going for the edgier types. I was into it. Sigh. I’m really torn on this whole thing. I like both of them separately and think they’d work well as a couple (media perception aside, I think Swift seems like a reasonably kind and intelligent person), but I also acknowledge they’re both VERY careful with their image and know how to play the game. So I too want to accept #teamtruelove for my own sake, otherwise I’m losing two celebs I liked in one fell swoop. With so many sad things in the news lately, I want to believe in something as happy as the image of these two dorks dancing together. I’m willing to give it a shot, but this is a rocky (haha) start.

      • kai says:

        Dara, I’m with you. I mean, why wouldn’t he be into her? She’s basically him, with boobs and more money.

        TMZ has a ‘Who’d you rather’-poll Tom vs Calvin. Ugh. I bet he voted for himself.

      • Dara says:

        @K.C. I like Taylor too, I’ve never understood the weird, irrational hate she sometimes gets from people and it annoys me how the media tries to turn her own success into a punchline, but I’ve never followed her or her personal life all that closely.

        I’ve wanted Hiddleston to be willing/able to have a public relationship for a while now, but the sudden eagerness to put it all out there is odd, especially after all the “some things need to be sacred” statements he made about his personal life being off limits. One thing is for sure, this will be interesting to watch, however it plays out. And here I was afraid it was going to be a boring summer in Hiddles-land. Careful what you wish for.

      • K.C. says:

        @Dara I think Taylor unfairly gets a bad reputation. I never liked her and started following her the last couple years, and I think she genuinely seems like a smart businesswoman with a good head on her shoulders. She’s nice to fans, doesn’t embarrass herself saying or doing stupid things, and has achieved a lot in her relatively young career. I have no doubt her persona is insanely controlled, but that’s the worst I could say about her. Like Tom, I think her public persona is likely relatively true to who she is, but she’s careful to keep her actual private life on lock-down. She controls her own narrative like no other, but hey, good for her. There are so many losers in Hollywood that I think it’s nice to have someone like her around.

        Given prior statements from him about his private love life, it is a bit ridiculous that Tom would go public with a relationship to one of the most famous women in the business. We have the receipts, so changing his tune that drastically would be, well, gross. Privacy might go out the window in favor of fame. But at the same time, he might refuse to ever talk about Taylor and just let people gossip about photographs–not hide, but not give much away, either. And I’d be happy about that. If he starts gushing about her everywhere I’ll be majorly side-eyeing and will totally disengage from this nonsense. But for now, I think it’s too hard to tell where this is headed. It might be a total lie, a half-truth, a photo-op, or #truelove. No way to know until we learn more!

    • JenniferJustice says:

      I don’t know that I assume she cheated, but I think her need to constantly, and I mean CONSTANTLY have a dude on her is just gross. Nothing to do with feminism or what’s good for the goose….This girl seems debilitated being alone or just with friends. She has to be with someone. Her revolving door disgusts me on many levels.

  43. MellyMel says:

    Just read on Buzzfeed that a fan of theirs wrote a Tumblr fanfic of them meeting at the Met Gala and dating…back in 2014! Off by two years but still funny & curious. I’m not a fan of hers, but I’m so here for the comments and theories! It hasn’t even been 24 hrs and this is so entertaining lol.

  44. Kelly says:

    Oh no! I don’t want a song about Tom H!

    Hmm, what could it be…”Dragonflies don’t live forever…”

  45. Svetlana says:

    Happy couple? I don’t know….Hiddleston looks a bit depressed. Are these two people even real, or they exist only on the internet?

  46. Bay says:

    A question to get how this works: Tom and Olsen go on to a pap-full restaurant, and it’s OBVIOUSLY a fake staging; now, these two go on to a secluded place… and it’s OBVIOUSLY a fake staging.

    Just, where are people supposed to go?

    • K.C. says:

      I think the issue is that it seems like they are playing it up for the camera. Although to be fair, I’d believe paparazzi are hanging around T. Swift’s R.I. stomping ground more than following THEO around. I want to give them the benefit of the doubt. Because, as I keep saying, I do believe that they’re a couple. I’ve even thought before that they’d make a good pair, so this isn’t a bad thing to me. But their poses are suspect. If this ends up playing out more naturally for the duration of their relationship, maybe this incident will be overlooked. But right now, it looks weird.

      • Bay says:

        I don’t mean to sound creepy (I will), but do any of you people ever happened to spot regular people canoodling in public? Because, it tends to look pretty corny and cliched.

      • JenniferJustice says:

        Not often, but one time really sticks out – my family was on vacation up north (that’s what we do in Michigan – go upstate – IDK why.) Anyway, we stayed one night half way up north at this rinky dink motel with a pool. My son was excited about the pool. When we walked in, there was a woman in a bikini sitting on the edge of the pool by the ladder in the shallow end and her three-foot tall boyfriend was in the pool standing in front of her. They both had a glass of wine and it obviously wasn’t their first of the evening. She was trying to be all sexy and getting annoyed everytime a kid splashed (we weren’t the only ones with a child in there) and she got a droplet of water on her, but she wouldn’t move – it was a posturing thing. There was a sign that clearly stated “no glasses or glass objects allowed inside pool area” but girlfriend didn’t think the rules applied to her. She blocked the ladder for the better part of an hour and gave the kids dirty looks. Finally, I told me son to cannon ball right in front of her. He did and it was awesome. She got drenched, got mad, and stormed to the unisex bathroom off to the side. When she came out, she whispered to her boyfriend and they left. My husband went in the bathroom shortly after that. When he came out, he told me she had peed every where in that bathroom. Revenge I guess? But yeah, I couldn’t say “Get a Room” b/c they obviously already had a room. Nobody wants to see people getting ready to do the nasty. Take it somewhere less public and dont’ use a kids’ pool to get your sexy on.

    • Rebecca/Becky says:

      Bay, you think these pics aren’t staged? The area is not known for paps and as some other posters have pointed out, Taylor has the area near her property on lock down, a photographer was there because they were given a heads up. How else would they know they were there, it’s not like pap hangouts like the Wolseley or the Ivy. That said there were fans last year who didn’t think that outing with Lizzie was planned.

      Just because these pics are staged doesn’t mean there isn’t something going on. Tom was spotted in the West Village last Friday 2 blocks from Taylor’s appt.

      • Bay says:

        What? Me, going up against the high and mighty sport of Let’s Slug the Celebs with the side of sexism and group think? Nah!

    • Miss Melissa says:

      “I don’t mean to sound creepy (I will), but do any of you people ever happened to spot regular people canoodling in public? Because, it tends to look pretty corny and cliched.”

      Excellent point, Bay.

      Nope, not often. Not like that.

  47. InvaderTak says:

    OMG this is a cluster. Who in the world thought this was a good idea?? No one, not even a good portion of swifts fans are buying it. I hope it goes away now and we can all politely forget about it. Like that time your friend gets wasted and hits on someone they shouldn’t. A Henry Cavill clause- a ‘this is so embarrassing I’m out’ clause. Good lord Hiddles.

    If they are legit (which I doubt) they are going about it publicly really badly.

    • OhDear says:

      Ha! Cackling at “Henry Cavill clause”

      • cyn says:

        I was hoping that this (whatever this is) would make it so that I could go back to openly lusting after Cavill but apparently even this circus isn’t enough. Well, back in the closet I go with my Tudors dvd and pictures of Henry before the toddler. Let me know when the Battle of the Two Fandoms begins or Calvin starts acting a fool.

  48. Vegas says:

    The pics are obviously staged, but only for the purpose of rubbing it in Calvin’s face.

    The actual Taylor and Tom relationship though is 100% believably real. She’s not gay, she’s not asexual. She just really really loves the idea of being in love with a guy who sweeps her off her feet. And she keeps trying. I can’t fault her for that. I actually wish them well.

    • Maria says:

      “I can’t fault her for that”
      you should though. she is an adult woman not a 5 year old.

    • kok says:


      Just when I think people are smart enough to catch on to the fiction she forms, I remind myself there are people who would never believe Taylor could be dishonest, or conspiratorial – that she’s just another girl trying to be swept off her feet, and it’s everyone else that’s unnecessarily critical to think otherwise.

      Thanks for making me remember you guys exist.

      • Noname says:

        Say what? She can be all the things you say and still believe in fairy tale romances or not… this could be very well a real relationship…………………….despite the staging of the photos.

  49. M.A.F. says:

    I have now upgraded to a couch. I have more alcohol and this time I brought s’mores.

  50. Net says:

    Radar says that Calvin sent some D pics to a music exec while they were together. Now the pic is being shopped.

    • Maria says:

      isnt that illegal?

      • Net says:

        Might be why they did not publish them. The article I read said that they saw the picture.

        It should be illegal to even send them. I mean..put it away. No one wants to see that. Not even your girlfriend, unless you are currently in bed with her. Otherwise..just no.

    • Cricket says:

      Maybe this is the rush to start the new Hiddles romance? Tay can’t be attached to any scandal.. I always thought something was a miss with the car accident story. it just gets juicier by the minute..

      • Net says:

        “the rush to start the Hiddles romance?”

        Is there ever NOT a rush? I mean GO GIRL. I would most certainly rush that man!

  51. Vladimira says:

    My first thought was ‘oh, look, two people met and fell in love at once, spontaneouosly…these things can happen, even if they’re famous’. But all the circumstances are just screaming against my perfect romantic picture. And Hiddleston is turnining into a ridiculous figure. To be fair, I always thought he was very ambitious and fame hungry actor. I’m from Slovakia, here no one knew about him (apart from marvel fans), and now, suddenly he’s all over tabloids. Congratulations!

  52. Meee4 says:

    I think as someone stated in yesterday’s thread that TH and his peeps thought it would be “oh aren’t they a nice couple. How sweet” good type of PR . But I bet he’s feeling a bit like the “morning after” now that even decent news outlets and sites have totally raked them.

    I also think most of us average fans do feel a bit annoyed that he basically spent the last like what 3-4 years guarding and cultivating himself as so private, only to turnabout and go 0-60 In a minute . I think we all were kinda hoping he really wasn’t going to ever really go there and use that tactic. But then if you’re in this businesses you gotta play the game and seize your opportunities.

    Also stated in the previous thread he can no longer be all innocent and romantic about quietly finding the one. He just blew lid off of that hope chest.
    Maybe this is his intention, to get away from the “princely” image and just say “hey, I’m just a dudebro like every other guy!”

    • altariel says:

      Yep, agreed. No idea if they are in it for the long haul, but he should be aware of how she operates, I’d think. She used him with this photo-op, whether he agreed to play along or not. Still wish he had chosen more wisely, even if he’s guilty too of seizing upon this opportunity.

    • Maria says:

      Tom is certainly a Guardian reader, he cant have missed that article.

      agree with everything you said. his claims of privacy are void.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        Rest assured, Tom’s PR team is all over this and keeping him informed when he doesn’t have time to read comments himself. It’s their job to monitor his image online and put strategies in place to mend it. Waiting to see what his next move is in light of the mocking and calling out he’s getting…

      • Maria says:

        oh of course but i was talking about Toms private interest. im just pretty sure he is a guardian reader and as a celeb who does not want to go down the rabbit hole of reading about yourself the guardian is a safe place. but the article about the pictures was one of the most popular and in the sidebar.
        i just could totally see that Tom wanted to catch up on UK politics and look at the EURO results and then saw that article and thought “oh my jolly old sport” or whatever english people say.

        im also sure he does not really care about the average gossip reader and what they think of him (even though he certainly is aware of his image and very eager to be seen as a great guy) but that the guardian target audience, left wing intellectuals is mocking him and seeing through him must sting.

    • kai says:

      Do you think they lay in bed together, checking the internet for reactions?? aaaaaaaaawkward. what a strange life.

      • Meee4 says:

        Well a lot of them do. Or else we wouldn’t have Twitter feuds or comebacks.

      • InvaderTak says:

        Yeah, that article about sums it up. He has so many people rooting for him, even in the press! Why gossip gods, whhhhhhy? did anyone think this was a good idea at all? Make it go away!

        When I go for a tin foil hat conspiracy, I think his new American management started this. The talk shows, more pap photos and now this. I get angling for a higher profile, but this is a serious misstep. And one that could seriously redefine his image in a way that he didn’t seem to want. Hit reset dude. (At least, for now, that’s what I want to happen) But then again, how could he NOT know what would happen? Maybe the timing got away from him? I’m not ready to write him off as a total hypocrite yet so I’ll come up with anything RN lol

      • kai says:

        When did he change management? Interesting.

        InvaderTak, he might also just really be into her. He met a hot young blonde who came with the added promise of superstardom… How could he resist?

      • Dara says:

        Kai, his “management” is based in the US – and he’s been with them for a while (a fair number of his recent costars share the same management firm, but that could be coincidence). He also has both US and UK agents, again for a while now. What’s new is the addition of another PR-firm in addition to Luke/Prosper PR. The new company is US-based, and has offices in both NY and LA. I don’t know if they are a permanent addition or just brought on because he had a lot of US promotion to do. It’s also possible Sony or AMC hired them for their specific projects, but some eagle-eyed fans first spotted their people at TIFF last September and they were with him for almost every US event since then. Luke re-appeared once Tom landed back in the UK, so they may divide duties based on location.

  53. Jess says:

    Personally I think it’s funny, and say get it girl. Whether it’s staged or not doesn’t matter, people have this perception of her that she’s clingy and desperate to be married and Harris even tried to use that to his advantage when he dumped her, he didn’t have to say anything but he had his sources go and say all the above about her, and it backfired on him and now he looks stupid. Play on Taylor…

  54. JenniferJustice says:

    I just lost respect for Tom Hiddleston – Big Time!

  55. Mira says:

    Janet Street Porter says Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston’s romance is fake: “He’s so desperate to be Bond”
    Nailed it, at least the Bond bit.

    • icerose says:

      and Janet Street Porter just loves to have her say on evert thing-keeps her in the press

    • InvaderTak says:

      He has personally DENIED that he’s anywhere near the role. Multiple times. She’s just yakking to seem relevant.

  56. browniecakes says:

    Song of the day?

    Thanks Kaiser for confirming the timeline. I was wondering about LA.

  57. Vladimira says:

    His two month american press tour that continued when he returned in England…it was well planed and brilliantly done self promotion. If you look more closely, you’ll see it was all about him. He’ s done houndreds of perfectly executed interviews, red carpet photos and appearings….and now he’s literally all over the the media. Quite a turnover! Yep….he’s openly aiming for the big fame. And that’s ok. He’ s a fine actor:-)

    • Meee4 says:

      I think he got a good taste of the American pie fame machine (amongst other things) and enjoyed it. What will really be telling if is he moves outta London. Hmmmmmm.

      • Cranberry says:

        He’ll never move out of London. Even if he has to get a place in LA to live for few years for his career, he’ll always keep a London house as his real Home.

    • Cranberry says:

      Yes Vladimira, I’m seeing the payoff too. And I’m fine with big fame too. I don’t think it diminishes all the hard work he’s already done or his personality as a whole. No I don’t like the narrative or the tactics but we are talking about the most lucrative, unforgiving, fake, billion dollar biz there is -aside from politics, and those that happen to get the opportunity at all only really get one shot at it.

  58. Betsy says:

    I’m glad he’s shown his hand. Now most people see right through him. He’s no better than the superman actor

  59. Thirsty fake childish tomfoolery.

  60. Mira says:

    Of course he agreed to it. His publicist is following Taylors publicist on twitter,they probably arranged this photo shoot together 🙂
    And give Elizabeth Olsen a break. Why would anyone think she is the one who called the paps? If anything it now looks as if she tried to keep things private and he wants to be part of a celebrity couple.

  61. Erica_V says:

    Just so everyone is 100% clear this was not a secluded beach, it’s the town beach next to her house. Her property is not on “lockdown” as I said above you can literally stand on the sidewalk in front of her house. She did not build any sort of wall to “block locals” she rebuilt an aging sea wall to protect the base of the cliff the property sits on.

    The house sits on a cliff overlooking the town beach. She does not own any of the beach and other than when she first first moved in, local beach goers are not hassled or prevented from being on any part of the beach.

    I live in RI and it’s for some reason super important for me to stress this was in a very public place and not secluded or private at all. Anyone above saying anything otherwise has no clue what they’re talking about.

    • Crumpet says:

      Wow, it’s so nice to read a little dose of reality here instead of all the tinfoil hat conspiracies. Thanks for the ‘one the scene’ reporting, so to speak.

      I happen to think they are enjoying a tryst. Nothing more calculating or complicating than that. I think this site sometimes could use a little application of Occam’s Razor. They are together and want people to know it. End of.

      • Noname says:

        Exactly. I keep saying this.. I actually think he did pursue her, that he’s attracted to her and that he got her attention. Because if I had a choice between Calvin Harris or Tom Hiddleston… Tom Hiddleston will win all day, night every day, every night. And maybe she will get some good sex out of it. There I said it. LOL.

      • JenniferJustice says:

        Sorry, but you’re being naive to the way that industry works. Nothing either of them do is “the easy answer”. It is all very stategized. No doubt this is for publicity and will boost both their fame. To me that is the Occam’s Razor for their world – everything is done for publicity. There is no sincerity.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        “everything is done for publicity. There is no sincerity.”

        And that’s the rub, isn’t it? It’s not that he’s having a fling with someone younger, much bigger, celebrity. It’s that anything managed by PR isn’t pure, spontaneous romantic love. It’s impossible to know where the attraction ends and the and “using” and opportunism begins.

        They’re definitely using each other for PR purposes and are likely well aware of being used. She has less to lose in this arrangement, already being an established megastar. How Tom-the-wanna-be-A-lister fares in all this has yet to be seen. His image and brand have certainly taken a hit, but that’s not necessarily unrecoverable.

      • Net says:

        Yes..all the sex!

      • Erica_V says:

        Crumpet – I had to set the record straight, plus this is such delicious gossip on it’s own it doesn’t need any sensationalism.

    • TotallyOld says:

      While you may be correct about the property and beach that doesn’t preclude the fact these are set-up pap photos and not just some random pap strolling the beaches of R.I.

  62. tacos and tv says:

    Christmas come early! I can’t wait to see how this unfolds. Yes! Yes! YASSSSSS!

  63. Dippit says:

    It was obviously so set-up and staged. The publicists arranging this coupling are a bit obvious.

    I think Tom is trying to raise his profile for his Bond bid – maybe he’s been told that if he can draw a new, younger, and female audience to the franchise then the part is his.

    Taylor can’t be without a man and need to still appear desirable after the “Calvin was bored of her stories”.

    The deal between their teams was done swiftly (sorry) though.

    Three texts from my 22 year old (targeted market) daughter:

    “What is he thinking though… “;

    “Aye but it looks as if she cheated on Calvin! But I just feel it’s a stupid move on his part.”


    “Yeah, I’m not one of the heartbroken girls, I just feel it’s a bad move on his part; she’s toxic!”.

    • Noname says:

      Photos are staged but I think it’s for real.. at least for now. Your daughter’s texts kind of support that he’s probably into her on some level.

      • bunny_ears says:

        My friend is a huge Swifty, and we were texting about this last night. She definitely thinks there was potentially some sort of emotional cheating going on (otherwise CH wouldn’t be so pissy).

        I’m kinda with her a bit, but I kinda question TS’s mentality. She never seems to be without a guy, and I wonder if she’ll ever grow out of her HS mentality/playing the victim all the time.

  64. Svetlana says:

    I’ ve been waitting for years to see Hiddleston with a real, official girlfriend so I could dismiss my inner feeling of him being gay. And this is what I got??? Some cheesy and staged photos of him with pop princess Taylor Swift! I can’t stop laughing. If this turns out to be a real romance, God help them….if its’ PR, God help us all…media manipulation is ewerywhere around us….but this is so sad and pathetic….so I hope it’s real…for the sake of us, the real people:-)

    • InvaderTak says:

      Actually I’d say his top secret GF’s, dancing around drunk with women in a bar and his past relationships are more evidence that he’s not than any official GF could ever be.

      • Svetlana says:

        Hi, InvaderTak…are you stalking me? Just a joke:-):-) I actually don’t know much private personal details about him or his past relationships….just his public persona, interviews and a couple of movies. But I believe you…. that’s a relieve…guess this romance is real and my inner feelings are fake. Well, it wouldn’ t be the first time.

      • InvaderTak says:

        No lol not stalking you just happen to reply. I don’t think the romance is real, just a massively ill advised PR stunt. I still can’t get cynical about it either. I’m still just really disappointed; I really want to believe in the artsy actor bit. I’m a fan so I’ll probably make excuses until I run out of them. I wish this would go away by the time Thor 3 filming starts but I have a feeling it won’t. It’s just so. weird. Even Jag is teasing him about it now FFS. It’s time for a 180 and possibly some new advisors, real relationship or not.

  65. haley1020 says:

    why am i getting bradley cooper vibes from these pics/story

  66. Kri says:

    SWIDDLESTON LIVES!!! Oh man.This woman…I just can’t help but admire her.I’m all giggles at this werk.

  67. M.A.F. says:

    It’s moments like this that make me love the internet. #6 almost had me chocking on my almond.


  68. Bay says:

    Considering the negativity and trashing fest going on around here, one would have thought these were pictures of two criminals drowning puppies by the sea. But no. It’s two adults making out.

    WTF. I’ll never get what’s to be earned from aimlessly vilifying and humiliating people over the internet, over harmless bs.

    • Intro Outro says:

      Same bs was going on here when Cumberbatch got involved with Turner. First it was amusing, then disturbing, then boring to read. People analysing how the two of them were holding hands, how she walked away from him during one of the red carpets etc etc. But on the other hand, this is Celebitchy so people do the bitching ;D

      • Bay says:

        The nonsense over Cumberbatch was just as stupid. I mean “Oh, I think I’m going to have a baby for the Oscars!”. Who even comes up with this nuttiness?!

      • Mira says:

        I don’t think its the same. The Cumberbatch malarkey was mainly jealous fangirls on tumblr and some small part of the internet. The is ridicule/ conspiracy with regards to Tom and Taylor is everywhere, including serious places like The Guardian.

      • Cindy says:

        Exactly. Right now, The Guardian = Daily Fail.

      • TotallyBiased says:

        Yep, I’m going to have to agree there. They did a second article where they backed off quite a bit, and went the “we’re all just having a bit of fun” with this.
        Meanwhile, US outlets as serious as the Washington Post are all “hey, meet Tom Hiddleston.”.
        So perhaps more of a win than some are allowing.

      • Sixer says:

        The snottiness is peak Grauniad, though, isn’t it? They like to pretend to be all progressive and suchlike, but all their columnists are elitist Oxbridge alumni who deny their privilege and go about policing everyone else’s behaviour. They just don’t like one of their own getting down and dirty with a trashy (and American, to boot!) pop star.

        It’s just another layer of hilarity!

      • Cranberry says:

        @TotallyB, exactly. This has more to do with introducing Tom to the US media market.

        I think the Guardian is just jelly that the Sun was given first rights at the scoop and photos and are trying to cash-in too by taking the so called “critical” angle.

  69. Intro Outro says:

    I am enjoying reading all the verdicts and judgements and conclusions people here rush to draw much more than the actual news xD

  70. Bread and Circuses says:

    Conspiracy theories, they are a-flooding my brain!

    – Does Taylor have a new video or single coming out? I didn’t think so, so it’s weird timing for some manufactured relationship dramz.
    – Tom has always pinged my gaydar just a little. Does he need a beard? (Not that he and TayTay wouldn’t be a good match; they’re both very twee and white.) Does *she* need a beard? I tend to take her relationship with Calvin at face value, but she seems to navigate some deep-seated insecurity regarding always having a guy around.
    – Is this all just another eruption of TayTay’s inner volcano of hell-hath-no-fury-spite again? i.e. It’s not enough to merely break up with Calvin, he must FEEL that he is firmly in her past; her ego demands it–regardless of whether it’s true.

  71. JohnnyT says:

    This dude need not ever keep his hair any color other than black. Without the black hair he loses his hotness. Much like Elvis

    • saltandpepper says:

      Bye bye to 007. Silly man.

      • MoochieMom says:

        I swear I will set fire to all our Bond stuff if she sings the next Bond song and he is Bond.

    • Cranberry says:

      I agree. I like his hair black. The red was interesting too, but black or dark brown is his best look overall.

  72. isabelle says:

    If this is PR, its good for her and bad for him. She is so boring, zzzzzzzz, the men that do date her come off as basic Bobs. Boring and yes shallow. Oh well, she is apparently smarter than the men she dates, she may be the one actually using them.

    • kai says:

      “Basic Bobs”. Ha! Good one.

    • NUTBALLS says:

      I think you’re right on both counts. She’s smarter than we think and knows how to use them for her brand and as clickbait in her music. The more I learn about her, the more I think she’s quite the savvy businesswoman.

      I think Tom’s in way over his head with this one. 🙂

      • kai says:

        This made me listen to some of her songs. It’s nice, catchy pop. God, who’d have thought, I might come out of this a Swift fan…

  73. Clementine says:

    These two separately have always been in my top 10 of Celebrities that give me second hand embarrassment , together? OMG

    Anyway anything that keeps Hiddles further away from getting the Bond role is a result in my book though….

    • Guesto says:

      I don’t believe for a tiny minute that Hiddleston was ever seriously a ‘Bond’ contender.

  74. Chelsea says:

    This is too revealing for him I can’t stop laughing. 😂😂😂

    Wasn’t he supposed to be some deep intellectual shakesperian? Laurence Olivier and Einstein all in one. At least this is the impression I got from his fans, and the way he banged everyone over the head with his prestigious expensive education.

    And I read that he was way too educated for Elizabeth Olsen.

    Well that’s funny since Olsen went to college. Taylor is uneducated and not especially mature for her age.

    Twiddly do!

    • jammypants says:

      I’m so not down with people calling Elizabeth dumb and air headed. She’s educated and to me quite smart with her career choices and seems really chill.

  75. Beach girl says:

    I apologize if this has been mentioned before. I think he knows he’s not getting Bond. This is a calculated way to change the narrative And boost his profile to the A level, which he may have been counting on Bond to do. Sorry if this sounds cold. I’ve been in this fandom since THC and love his work. He’s worked very hard to get where he is but yes he wants it all and seems to have decided to change tactics to achieve it.

    • Miss S says:

      Him being bond doesn’t seem logical to me because, as far I remember, the actors chosen for the role are never obvious or expected.

  76. Josefina says:

    The only thing that has ever changed about Swifty is her hair, and good heavens her hair is awful nowadays.

  77. KiddVicious says:

    These will be the last photos we see, he’ll be dumping her after this from sheer embarrassment.

    • kai says:

      If he does, I hope she writes a song about him called Limp Dick. It would be so much worse to me if he bailed immediately. I want to believe that there is at least some backbone and authenticity left.

  78. MI6 says:

    One parting thought: I really, really hope when TH shows up on the Thor 3 set this summer that Ruffalo, Hemsworth, Levy, et al tease him unmercifully for this.

  79. TotallyBiased says:

    In terms of classy British actors supposedly lowering themselves, I’m actually more surprised to hear Helen Mirren will be in Fast and Furious 8!

    • jammypants says:

      Haha! Charlize is part of it too no?

    • Scotchy says:

      Yes both Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron are in the next installment, and yes even though those movies are ridiculous, I not so secretly love and have seen every single one !

    • Tiffany says:

      Helen has never said she is above franchises and hopes to be invited to do more. That is why she did the National Treasure sequel. Charlize worked with the director before and wanted to do so again. F. Gary Gray is no slouch in the director department, so why not as he is coming off of Straight Outta Compton. Easy money, acclaimed director, critics liked the films and they get tons of international attention.

  80. Maria says:

    NY Mag has another pov, with Kim Kardashians GQ interview and about Kanye and Taylors feud:

    • claire says:

      I don’t really see them as having any credibility over her. I believe it’s in the middle. They gave her a bit of a heads-up, she laughed not knowing the whole situation or the exact language, and now they’re trying to act like her approval was more than it was.

      And I’m sorry, but “playing the victim again”. Is she dare trying to insinuate that Taylor had no right to be upset years ago when this psycho narcissist stormed the stage during her receiving an award and took the microphone from her? I think she gets to be upset about that, FFS.

  81. Miss Jupitero says:

    Slate magazine nailed this. “Either way, Hiddleston does not come off well in the relationship. Maybe he thinks this is a move that will help him make the leap to leading-man parts, or even score him that coveted next James Bond role. But lounging on those Rhode Island rocks, he just looks like he’s gone from the media’s dancing monkey … to Taylor’s.”

    • platospopcorn says:

      Oh…SNAP! Tommy’s taking a MAJOR hit from respectable sources, and I *almost* feel guilty for all the delight it brings. I hope he really likes her, truly believes the backlash is worth it (whatever his motivation)…or manages an easy out.

      Australia anyone?

      ETA: There really is no easy out, though, is there? Even if he goes off to Australia, they claim to be just friends and then never set foot in the same general vicinity again, Tom will NEVER live this down. NEVER. This is impressions-of-Robert-Deniro-in-front-of-him x1000, and with a MUCH bigger audience. Despite the aforementioned glee…yeah, I think this was probably a bad move. Hindsight is 20/20, innit?

      • Maria says:

        right, this has backfired for Tom. totally. Taylor gets away with it because everyone expects her to do it. not a smart move from Tom and Luke.

        Tom wants to be seen as this sophisticated brainy actor but all the big outlets that are read by people who would appreciate someone like him laugh at him now. thats not good at all.

      • spidey says:

        NEVER is a hell of a long time. Outside of his fandom it will all be forgotten long before he has even finished filming Thor 3

      • NUTBALLS says:

        Spidey, we have looong memories here.

        He still gets the piss here for that MTV Awards appearance in 2013.

      • spidey says:

        Haha, Nutballs, ” here” being the operative word. As I said outside of his fandom who seriously remembers?

    • jammypants says:

      Slate’s been on a anti-Tom campaign due to their choice of Elba for Bond. Quelle surprise.

  82. Katie says:

    Taylor will always opt for maximum publicity. She thrives on it.
    This does not feel “on brand” for tom and I just can’t figure it out.

    • Maui says:

      His last few movies have been bombs, excepting Marvel stuff. He doesn’t have much lined up. I’m guessing he really wants that Bond role – and I hope he gets it. He’s genuinely talented but it’s such a wacky industry.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        TNM didn’t do as well here in the States, which I bet he was hoping for to introduce him to non-Marvel TV watchers and perhaps lead to another TV mini-series.

        He may have potential projects lined up after Thor but he hasn’t announced anything yet. Marvel probably has a hold on his calendar until they get Infinity Wars scheduled out. Not sure how much he’ll be a part of either of those films, but IW starts filming in November with Skull Island releasing in March, so he’ll have promo for that too.

    • spidey says:

      Leah, yes it was – averaged almost 10m viewers. He didn’t have anything lined up after THor 2 but has hardly stopped working since. So you are right, it’s a bit early to worry about his career.

      And do the fan girls/papers put more store in this sort of tales than the studios do?

  83. Just have to say there is a hilarious bit on a site called The Gothamist titled, “Tom Hiddleston Is Dead To Me.” The author laments her relationship with Tom she developed through the internet and from a distance at an opening and how it’s over now.

    Excerpt: : “Taylor Swift is the chick who acts like she’s in with the quirky nerds, but she’ll talk shit about you with the cool girls the second you turn your back. Taylor Swift will style herself as a country singer, but toss her guitar the second the pop charts embrace her. Taylor Swift had curly hair, but then she straightened it. Taylor Swift is a traitor.
    Tom Hiddleston, you have broken my heart. Do not attempt to contact me.”

  84. browniecakes says:

    Taylor and Tom just boarded a private plane heading to ???

    • Maria says:

      To the beach! To draw a heart with their names in the sand… next to the one she just made with Calvin.

    • kai says:

      bikini pictures in 3, 2, 1….?

      Sidenote: Damn, Taylor does have nice legs.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        Maybe she will redo the beach kissing picture that she did with Calvin furing last month’s Caribbean vacay. I bet these two could UP the twee quotient with no effort at all.

    • platospopcorn says:

      Whoop! And of my 1-2-3 options above, he’s clearly going with #2 — the backlash is worth it (whatever “it” is)!!! Good. This means I can stop feeling guilty and order pizza to go with my popcorn XD


      Bora-Bora? **snort**

    • Miss Melissa says:

      How do you know this? Lawd, I cannot keep up.

      • Meee4 says:

        There are pictures in Twitter and tmz. He’s wearing the same damn outfit!! I read it was just back to NY. Why drive when you can get your own plane.

      • Maria says:

        dailymail has got picutres.

      • Meee4 says:

        Also, if he’s been wearing pretty much the same outfit for the last week, just what the hell is in that suitcase of his? Piles of cologne and hair pomade?

      • browniecakes says:

        I think the outfit is not going to be on much longer.

      • jammypants says:

        @Meee4 😂

      • Meee4 says:

        Aaah! Maybe that’s why they’re wrinkle free and smell country fresh. I bet he folds them up neatly beforehand every time.

      • browniecakes says:

        @Meee4 – He may not have known how long he was staying – she can make a bad boy good for a weekend!

      • NUTBALLS says:

        Tommy is in mile high heaven, for sure.

    • NUTBALLS says:

      Didn’t someone here say he does an annual family trip to Mallorca? He hasn’t had that vacation he said was planned. Perhaps Tay is joining the family on holiday.

      His poor mum hasn’t seen much of him since he wrapped promo in May. I hope he won’t ditch her for Bora Bora with Tay Tay.

      • browniecakes says:

        He marries TayTay Mum Hiddles can have a second home in Spain.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        She might prefer babies to a casa.

      • Meee4 says:

        Can I just say these last three TH posts have gotten me through a very long ,not enough work to do , boss is away day. Thanks everyone for being hilarious with no hardcore nastiness. Just a lot of mutual side eyeing. I think the comedy gold awards do go to all of the legit media who are basically calling him an idiot. That aspect is way more fascinating than the actual “dating”. i really don’t think I’ve read so much snark in so little time. 👏🏼

      • NUTBALLS says:

        Meee4, the media response has been an added bonus to make this affair even more interesting. I find celebrity PR fascinating and the media is key to that, so when they pull a surprising move such as collective snark, it makes me wonder why.

      • Meee4 says:

        Things that make you go hmmm… I’m kinda wondering if certain media know something else about TH. Not necessarily regarding this situation, but maybe something in general. And I don’t not mean anything over the top(e.g. in the closet), but maybe something like “he really is a douchebag, screaming at peeps behind closed doors”. Now maybe they’ve just got some good ammunition and have just being playing nice. Then again they’re just humans like the rest of us and their BS Meters are also going off.

      • InvaderTak says:

        @Meee4: I doubt it. If they did have something on him he’d be dealing with whoever had the info, not going out with a pop star. He’d be giving interviews or something. Things like that tend to get on the internet first anyway if there’s any truth to them. And do you think TS would agree to help with that? Not a chance if it could possibly make her look bad. I don’t think anyone predicted he’d get this much shade from legit outlets, which from what I’ve seen started with Brit publications and got picked up by American ones. And the shade is another thing; I didn’t think legit news outlets would acknowledge her PR relationships like that. Internet gossips do it all the time but for the likes of the NYT to do that? That’s what makes me go hmmm. NYT has a whole story about how this was to distract from KK’s talking about the Kanye thing again. I mean, virtually no outlet other than the ones that do PR’s direct bidding are even trying to be convincing that everything is on the up and up. Still hoping TH wises up and cuts bait pretty quick and maybe fires someone for this bonehead idea before the Brit press completely turns on him over this. There seems to be no coming back from that at all. Then again, I want to believe. He might not care about any of this at all, or if he’s actually like what Nutballs thinks he’s like he might be enjoying the attention for attention’s sake. Time will tell won’t it?

      • Meee4 says:

        @invader. I guess what really meant is that they’ve had subtle, sort of non legitimate reasons to shade him, but just never had the opportunity until now. That’s what I should have said. It’s like they have been smiling and agreeing silently because he never really gave a inch until now. Make sense?

      • InvaderTak says:

        @Meee4: yeah, that makes sense. Misinterpretation on my part. And that’s possible. Brits throw shade like no other for sure. I have a really mind numbing job and get to thinking about these things way too much lol I really should be managing…something. But I love analyzing things like this. I’m a people watcher and I can’t help myself.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        Meee4, those Brit articles make me think there are those like me who haven’t bought the image he’s been selling, who are now throwing shade for what they thought was the case all along.

      • Meee4 says:

        Lol! I totally get that and do the same thing.

        To me it’s just like times I’ve wanted to just call someone out on something at work, but because of policy or status you can’t unless they really mess up. TH finally messed up. It was like they were collectively waiting for this “A HA! GOTCHA! moment

      • Original T.C. says:

        The media snark is just collective acknowledgement and hilarity at the Tswift formula: stage a PR couple pic to let everyone know about the new boyfriend, spend 2 months together, breakup and 2yeara later release a hit song aimed at Tweens about the “relationship”. Rinse and repeat.

        The Taylor guys are now viewed as suckers so having a grown man like Hiddles who takes himself so seriously being caught in the teeny-bopper Swifty formula is simply hilarious. Everyone gets it thus Universal snark awaiting the “love of my life dumped me” song. Delicious.

      • spidey says:

        “There seems to be no coming back from that at all.”

        Bit over the top?

      • InvaderTak says:

        @Spidey: I meant that he’ll never live this down in the press. Like I think it was the Guardian and other commenters have said, he can’t go back to how he used to manage his private life. It seems like press was pretty respectful of his not wanting to talk about his private life and this stunt blew that respect to kingdom come and I don’t think he’s ever going to get it back.

      • Bay says:

        @InvaderTak Well, in that case, that will be on the media that will chose to disrespect him, not on Tom (for going out in a date to the beach with a celeb, for heaven’s sake! this is not a crime against humanity, people).

      • Annetommy says:

        I’m really enjoying all the attention this is getting, but some of the rather malicious hilarity is over the top, as is the eeeewwww gross faction, and the I can’t respect him anymore vibe. So what if these photos were staged? Don’t know, don’t care. And so what if it’s out of character for him – no one is getting any younger, you only live once, take a risk now and then. She’s not after his money. And a lot of the media snarks would crawl over broken glass to have a babe like Taylor offer them so much as a cup of tea. Stuff it. I hope they have a good time.

  85. Sunny says:

    Maybe she got jealous of the attention Katy Perry has been getting lately with her new English actor boyfriend and went and got one of her own. She has manged to pick one who actually gets some work so I guess she beats Katy on this one!

  86. MoochieMom says:

    MoochieDad took great pleasure in telling me about this even though I already knew. He was born in England and has dual citizenship but he doesn’t do gossip because it is above him but he does read. I showed him the pictures and asked for his opinion. He was, “Meh, publicity,” until the one not shown on this post where Hiddles has his head over her shoulder. He looked back over all the pics and then pointed at that pic and said, “She’s pregnant or he isn’t into all this forever, ever, ever,” and laughed. I, personally, hope we have a Swifelston baby, Cumberbaby style, because I love good gossip.

    Edit: My husband brought out the same freaking jacket he has and I fell on the floor laughing.

    • Christin says:

      That’s funny. Maybe you can get an oversized sweater, go to a craggy-rock beach and recreate their poses. 😀

  87. NUTBALLS says:


  88. Solanacaea (Nighty) says:

    Oh my Goodness… Even Jaguar USa is using his name and hers for free publicity? And it’s funny.. ahahahahah

    • jammypants says:

      Tom is never living this down, never ever ever

      • Solanacaea (Nighty) says:

        Yep, everyone is making fun of this, I mean, Jaguar “employs” him… and the comments / answers to it are hilarious… I love the blanket one in case Taylor gets chilly..

      • SMUTBALLS says:

        I like the one asking if it was an “F” type.


      • Solanacaea (Nighty) says:

        It’s the car’s model ftype, the guy just wanted to confirm if they were giving the F the same meaning he was understanding.. LOLOLOLOL

        @You changed your name to smutballs??? LOLOL

      • NUTBALLS says:

        Nighty, I only change it when I’m dirty. 😉

        I caught the double meaning with the F type and that it was brilliant.

      • jammypants says:

        Flirty, fickle, funny, f*ckable

  89. Lolaloveslife says:

    I heard the most delicious rumour yesterday, completely unverified but now I can’t stop thinking about it. Taylor cycles through these high profile relationships because she is secretly a virgin waiting until marriage and while the dudes she is with are cool in the beginning, they get sick of waiting. Now I’m obsessing over whether Lord Dragonfly will put a ring on it. In otherworldly, I’m am educated woman in a reasonably difficult profession, and I have spent two full days now theorising about Swiddleston and Swifty’s virginity. I need an intervention.

    • Christin says:

      Not that she ever claimed it publicly, but several well known people who did (Brooke S, Britney) later admitted or were called out for not following through. I guess Jessica S made it to her wedding with Nick, but later made up for lost time.

      I really cannot get a read on where Taylor lands. Dating Mayer is one of the biggest puzzles, because he is such a blabbermouth. One would assume they went for it, but he’s never confirmed it the way he did with Jessica S.

  90. Grace says:

    Oh lordy what have we here?
    I don’t know if anyone still remembers me. Sadly real life has been a windmill for me in the last year and half but I do come back to CB every now and then to read all your witty comments.
    I am not sure if I should say ‘I wish we are meeting again under better circumstances’ or this is exactly the right type of circumstances – my goodness, are we in for a whole summer of photo ops? Before I can type anything coherent, I need to LOL…

    • jammypants says:

      Welcome back Grace! Long time no see! It’s been a quiet few months with posts mostly on his career and the odd gossip on THEO. This is a proper media storm.

      • Grace says:

        jammypants! *waving in excitement*
        A media storm indeed! Look on the bright side, it won’t be a boring summer. 😉

        I have to admit, after the initial what really what? shock, it doesn’t strike me as all that surprising. After a long time not making gossip headlines in a major way – if he’s ever – of course Tommy boy has to go out in a big style.

        I am more curious about the new projects though. Does he have anything lined up after Thor 3?

      • jammypants says:

        *massive CB hug*

        Yea at first I was like, really?! Then later I can see it. Still odd but hey, I wouldn’t say no to Tom either.

        Supposedly there will be a Shakespeare announcement this year. I’m not sure when they plan to do that though.

    • NUTBALLS says:

      Welcome back, Grace. You couldn’t have come at a better time.

      • Grace says:

        *jumping around* Nutballs, I have my mother staying with me for 4 and half months. At least I now have some gossip tea, fun discussion and witty comments to look forward to.

  91. Elise says:

    I can’t help thinking about the logistics of these photos. You’ve got two people sitting side by side, and then you’ve got her sitting in his lap with his legs locked around her, and they kiss… don’t you think at least ONE of them would take off their sunglasses? But they’re both wearing them. Seems very awkward to me. I vote staged–and badly staged at that. “Let’s give them a kiss and see how far they publish it.”

    • Dara says:

      As theories go, I actually like it better than the “emotionally stunted pop-star wanted to stick it to her ex-boyfriend because he was being mean to her” explanation.

    • Keaton says:

      Wow That is really interesting. Hah! FWIW I believe Kim and I don’t really have a dog in this fight.

    • NUTBALLS says:

      Just putting Kimye into the Taylor-Calvin-Hiddles drama makes this all even FUNNER. Was TommyAnnE advised of this before he signed his contract?

      • MI6 says:

        @Nutballs: I highly doubt it. Which makes it even more gross. If that’s possible.
        This is a classic case of be careful what you wish for.

  92. TotallyBiased says:

    After reading stuff on another site, I’m going with philanthropy (especially education) as their commonality. She funds schools and has donated tens of thousands to hospital bills.

    • browniecakes says:

      You can throw in country music and dancing like no one is watching.

    • K.C. says:

      Their public personas are actually alarmingly alike. They both wax poetic about ordinary things, and try to be polite and professional when in the public eye. They both balance the dorkiness/seriousness. They’re both really serious about success. I think they’re absolutely, 100% legitimate. Any issues I have with what’s happening has to do with this weird photoshoot. I really like the idea of them as a couple.

      • jammypants says:

        I noticed that too. But Tom is a dog person and Taylor likes cats. They are doomed!! 😉

      • Lucrezia says:

        Yeah, I think they match quite well as a couple, it’s the PR that’s intriguing me.

    • Bay says:

      Really? Considering the reaction, I thought she was a war criminal.

  93. Boss says:

    How long do you think it’ll be before Tiddles say Toodles to each other?

  94. Chef Grace says:

    it is the pics that make me laugh.
    The one of him, with his head on her back, looking all 17th century brooding lord of the moors..
    My poor cat has the same look on his face when my 5 year old nephew chucks him over his shoulder, while I grab my camera LOL

  95. Jayna says:

    Yeah, I just got a full look at all the photos. I agree about the one with his head on her back. It is so cringeworthy. LOL These photos are set up for sure and so obvious. I thought Taylor was a pro at this. It should have been just a couple of shots and no more, not this epic love story photo session.

    He wants to move up the food chain as far as notoriety over here. Breaking into America big as an actor from the U.K. isn’t easy. She wants to stick it to Calvin and all of those stories that she’s clinging to him wanting babies and marriage. I get it. They just shouldn’t have made it so obvious.

    I think they are into each other, though.

  96. Fire Rabbit says:

    Oh lord he’s turning into Whorlando Bloom.

    TBH, both of them have always seemed desperately thirsty to me, even if for slightly different reasons. Good luck with all that High School drama man!

  97. K.C. says:

    Here’s the thing I can’t get past–Taylor is smart when it comes to publicity. She may have done pap walks with past boyfriends, but it has never been this obvious and this called out by mainstream media. Not even close. I acknowledge that we probably see staged photos in magazines all the time, but we don’t usually notice. This is pretty noticeable. Obviously.

    I know this is like a conspiracy on top of a conspiracy, but–did they, for whatever reason, WANT this to look over-the-top? It’s almost like they were trying. If they were trying to put it out into the world that they’re an item, they could’ve gone to a restaurant, a store, a park. Anywhere. They chose a weird rock that looked difficult to get to. Why?

    They’re both crafty enough with their image to know better. Maybe she did it to stick it to Calvin? Not sure. But I don’t think either one would so easily let their love life be mocked the way it has been in the past 24 hours. Not accidentally. Taylor has plenty of haters, but knows how to keep her image looking good in the media. She’s smarter than this on so many levels–from the posed pictures to the awful timing right after her breakup, it’s just weird and seems badly executed. This incident has even her biggest fans questioning what’s going on. Maybe it was just ill-planned or something. But it’s honestly strange how many articles are popping up questioning the validity of this scenario.

    Love the idea of them as a couple. But the bizarrely clear staging almost makes me wonder if Tom told her he was having trouble breaking into the mainstream, and she said ‘I’m trying to make people forget about my ex…want to have some fun?’

    • Mia says:

      I’m telling you this is some sort of performance art piece. He’s parodying Benedict Cumberbatch’s showmance.

  98. verdant says:

    If they were both anywhere else it would be the same assertions of it being staged which I don’t think it is .
    Although I’m somewhat perturbed by his choice I can understand his focus on his career may have led to his loneliness catching up to him and perhaps being rash.
    She was eyeing him at that Wintour dinner party and she seems to turn on the wholesom charm for guys who end up falling for it until it quickly sours for whatever reason.
    Tom is a great actor and a nice guy and I just hope Tom isn’t being bombarded by nastiness and doesn’t get too hurt over it in the end.
    Must be tough to be accused of being fake by a bunch of strangers .
    And if this a mistake then thats ok.
    Still love him.
    Heres hoping for Jessica Chastain or Lana del Rey.

  99. Guest says:

    Anyone remember this?
    “some things have to remain sacred!”
    I can’t stop laughing……. Taylor Swift? I can’t. I just can’t. Sorry.

    • Me & Myself says:

      Yeah and about Twitter: “I don’t use it as much as I used to, to be honest there are a few trolls. It’s a distraction, I feel as though the most important thing is my work.” I’m sure doing staged photo ops with Taylor Swift isn’t a distraction at all… Gosh, I’m rolling my eyes so hard right now.

  100. Halvin Carris says:


  101. No Smoking says:

    They make a great couple.

  102. Clairej says:

    I have lost my lust for him overnight. Cannot explain why because I like Taylor. But he now has crossed the thirsty line. I had no issue with Benedict – couldn’t understand the hate. But this is weird. Maybe a dinner picture or a stroll in Central Park. No this isn’t completely normal.

  103. Browniecakes says:

    Tom will either be known as Taylor’s man or ex.


      “…known as Taylor’s man or ex.”
      Exactly! I was thinking about this earlier. If he actually proposed (dear God, please, no), he’d probably be referred to as Mr. Swift…

      I wonder how long he can tolerate being in a relationship where his beloved is far more rich and famous than he is.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        He will be referred to as Mr. Swift even if they don’t marry. She’s the wearing the pants in this relationship, not him.

  104. Spike says:

    Dang, I hung out at that same beach for a few months, not now. Wow I not so much missed out. Not so much.

    Canny Taylor, selfish Taylor – great timing. It’s the beginning of Summer season. It officially opened Memorial Day weekend. It’s a very nice small town. That beach is packed in the summer. The town’s population swells.

    As I mentioned in previous posts the town and businesses are dependent on Summer business. With an exception of one business, the whole strip was shuttered off Season. The same is true for some of the houses.

    Tom, what the? The word has been out for quite a while about Taylor preferring the fairer sex. I don’t know if it is an open secret or idle gossip.

  105. Nibbi says:

    i’m sort of disappointed in hiddleston. i just recently discovered how hot he is (i know, i’ve been living under a rock) but this kinda dulls his shine in my eyes. cheeseball.