Tom Hiddleston on the Tiddleshagging of 2016: ‘It comes down to being authentic’

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Here are some photos of Tom Hiddleston back in LA on Sunday following his appearance at Comic-Con in San Diego. Apparently, that’s Taylor Swift’s car and driver, and we know/believe that Taylor stayed in LA while Tom was in San Diego. Is Tom headed back to Australia alone? Will he fly out on a private plane financed by Taylor? Is he about to bolt? I have no idea. But there is a rumor going around the British papers that Tom wanted to bring Taylor to Comic-Con but his bosses “banned” him from bringing her. His bosses specifically feared that the Kong: Skull Island presentation would become a “circus.” Yeah, I can see their point. Meanwhile, Tom was asked (by People Mag) about his Summer of Tiddlelove and the attention he’s gotten. His answer was… interestingly worded.

So how is Hiddleston handling all this new attention in several different areas?

“I don’t know, it comes down to being authentic,” he says. “Everything you do you have to make sure you truly believe in it and as long as you know that, it doesn’t matter what anyone else says about it because the nature of being a public figure is that everyone will have an opinion about anything you do, and as long as you know why you’ve done something and you’ve committed to it with authenticity then you’re okay.”

[From People]

“Authentic” is such an odd word to use in this instance. What’s it like getting so much attention for dating pop music’s biggest Mean Girl-liar? “Well, it comes down to being authentic.” As in, his girlfriend got caught in a huge lie and for him it’s all about being authentic? Or is the bigger inauthenticity this relationship? “Everything you do you have to make sure you truly believe in it and as long as you know that, it doesn’t matter what anyone else says about it.” That sounds like how actors approach their Method. Actors have to really believe what they’re saying and doing. They have to “live” authentically in their character. And right now, Tom is trying to authentically play the lovesick Tiddles boyfriend.

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  1. Sixer says:

    HOORAY! He’s back to the Hallmark archive. THIS is the Tommy we know and love.

    True believers can quote this forever to prove that he is in REAL LURVE.

    Arsewipes like me can quote this forever to prove that he is a FIRST CLASS PLONKER.

    This is what we want, Tommy-omelette, this is what we want!

    • Mira says:

      Hallmark archive hahaha!

    • Jellybean says:

      I think it is the first time I have seen the expression “First Class Plonker” on this site. I approve! It is one of my favourites.

      • Sixer says:

        Haha. Well, he is, isn’t he?

        We give too much credit to a cut glass accent, you know. It doesn’t equate with gravitas or intellect or anything else. But it is what Eton and Oxbridge give you: the chutzpah to say something like this when you’ve spent the last month behaving like a cross between a fame-desperate dickhead, the creepy uncle at a teenager’s birthday party and a character in a Mills & Boon novel.

        AUTHENTIC!

        You’ve got to hand it to him. I’ve got more front than a supermarket and even if I wouldn’t dare say something like this after his recent history. Big up to Tommy!

      • Mira says:

        “We give too much credit to a cut glass accent, you know. It doesn’t equate with gravitas or intellect or anything else.”

        So accurate! He’s been behaving like hes a cast member on TOWIE for a month now. But as long as the accent is right its al la di da i guess. White upper class privilege really is a powerful thing.

      • LinaLamont says:

        @Mira

        Ugh. So sick and tired of the “white privilege” tag every time someone wants to drag someone. Cut-glass accent does not equate to white privilege. It’s a lazy, tired takedown.

      • Little Darling says:

        Oh Sixer, how I adore your comments and your spirit!!! You always are spot on and HIlARIOUS with your commentary. xoxo

      • lindy79 says:

        Plonker and Arsewipes should be used often.

      • Sixer says:

        But apropos Tommy, a cut glass accent does equate to class privilege. If he spouted half the Hallmark archive/self actualisation bullcrap that he does without that accent, a lot more people would notice.

        I mean seriously: he’s just told us the last month was AUTHENTIC behaviour, for heavens sakes. How can he possibly sit there and say that with a straight face?

        Luckily for us all, I am here to remind everyone that TOMMY TALKS NONSENSE.

      • mee says:

        love it. do i have to go to eton or oxbridge and be from some privileged english background to get one of those cut glass accents? i would love to be able to speak nonsense with impunity. i’ve become oddly obsessed w/TH b/c I couldn’t figure out whether he was real or not and i’ve decided he’s all plastic, all fake, pretty much all the time.

      • LinaLamont says:

        @Sixer

        “But apropos Tommy, a cut glass accent does equate to class privilege. If he spouted half the Hallmark archive/self actualisation bullcrap that he does without that accent, a lot more people would notice.”

        Puhleeze. He’s an actor spouting stuff.  Who are these “people” who do or don’t take notice?  Fans. Big whoop. Every fanbase will support their idol. So what? Some people find his cut-glass accent attractive. Others find a cut-glass accent effete. Some people are superficial; some not. I’ve heard plenty of cut-glass accents mangle grammar.

        Trump has a down-and-dirty NY accent. He’s white privilege (if we’re going to sling that phrase/epithet around) personified. Plenty of people laud his bullshit, regardless of the accent (and with bad grammar). People hear or believe what they want… regardless of accent. They’re infatuated with their idea of their ideal.

        Anyway, Sixer, not taking issue with you, just the idea that most actors are that important outside of their fanbases.

      • Bonzo says:

        TommyAnnE is an expert at using lots of words but saying nothing of substance. It annoys me to no end in an interview when he’s asked something better than the usual junket question and he spews out this kind of drivel.

        I used to think he was so guarded he refused to give an answer that might give a glimpse into who he really is, now I’m beginning to think he’s incapable to giving a response that shows real depth and understanding.

      • Jellybean says:

        LinaLamont,

        I agree that the ‘privileged’ tag is being over used. Somewhere, someone on the planet is in the pitiful position of being able to speak without someone dismissing them because they are more privileged than someone else. But, an Old Etonian is privileged on an epic scale and I reserve the right to be more impressed by someone who has dragged themselves into the same position as an Old Etonian, even if they cannot express themselves as beautifully and exhibit uncouth traits such ambition, determination and, worst of all, pride in what they have achieved.

      • Sixer says:

        Lina – at the risk of being serious – which ruins my vibe on a LEGS post and is meh – I agree and I disagree. Class privilege is real and not a thing to shrug off, particularly when extant in its most acute form as personified by a British Eton/Oxbridge alumnus. You can purlease all you like but you’ll still be wrong to trivialise it.

        However, two recent examples might illustrate where I agree.

        Lord de Hiddlesburp: as detailed above. We’re expected to dismiss all the evidence before our eyes because a posh boy says authenticity.

        Boris Johnson: spends months telling outright, demonstrable lies and inciting racism in order to win the Brexit referendum.Within days of the result has reneged on every lie told and is happily spouting different posh boy polysyllables as the new foreign minister for his country.

        Hiddlesburp – does he matter? No. Is he on the radar of many people? No. A silly, trivial actor in the silly, trivial world of entertainment.

        Johnson – does he matter? Yes. Is he on the radar of many people? Yes. Millions are dealing with the fallout from his actions.

        What connects the former, which doesn’t matter at all at all at all on a cosmic scale, and the latter, which really, really, really does? Class privilege, which I mockingly nickname a cut glass accent. That’s where we disagree.

        But I don’t want to wind myself up: I want to laugh at LEGS being a plonker. So I’ll go back to doing that now!

      • Chelsea says:

        @ linealamont

        White upper class privilege is very real. Its ignorant to dismiss that it’s not a thing. There are studies and statistics on this. No offense.

      • LinaLamont says:

        @Chelsea

        “White upper class privilege is very real. Its ignorant to dismiss that it’s not a thing. No offense.”

        I never dismissed White upper class privilege as a thing. I’m sick of it being flung around at every and any opportunity/argument. It’s a specious argument in half of the posts. It’s becoming a slogan being stripped of its import.

        No offense taken. I have a thicker skin than that.

      • LinaLamont says:

        @Sixer

        “Class privilege is real and not a thing to shrug off, particularly when extant in its most acute form as personified by a British Eton/Oxbridge alumnus. You can purlease all you like but you’ll still be wrong to trivialise it.”

        As I replied to @Chelsea, I’m not the one trivialising it. It’s those who water it down.
        Perhaps, had I posted with a cut-glass accent, my comment would have been better understood, received, given more gravitas?

      • Chelsea says:

        Lina

        We need to discuss these things none of our problems are solved if we brush it aside or get defensive when it’s brought up. Speaking as a white person here. Hiddleston ticks all the boxes so it’s brought up for a reason. If you’re a British person in that class system you understand this.

      • Sixer says:

        Lina – then we do entirely disagree! Class privilege manifests in both important and unimportant spheres. When it manifests in unimportant spheres, it’s not being watered down: it just matters less when you look at society as a whole.

        This dingbat having, as I say, the chutzpah to describe himself and his recent behaviour in ways that are the polar opposite of what millions of eyes have been observing and laughing at for weeks, and expecting to be believed? That’s the entitlement borne of class privilege.

        As Chelsea says: this is particularly acute in Britain – not so much in the society as a whole, but with regards to this very specific, very privileged elite.

      • LAK says:

        I’m with LinaLamont.

        Especially if they can pronounce the following sentences correctly…..

        ‘Moses supposes are roses, but Moses supposes erroneously!’ 😉

        Sixer: the man is a human labrador. Of course he would say this sort of thing. Labradors are generally this sincerely eager.

      • Sixer says:

        *covers the ears of Young Dog*

        How very dare you bring Labs into this, LAK! Besides, the operative word is sincerely. Not one we’d usually associate with LEGS. He blinds us with the Hallmark archive: he doesn’t actually MEAN it. Pfft.

        (You know from longstanding where I am on this topic, darling!)

      • Chelsea says:

        after this summers calculated Pr campaign I don’t see him as eager puppy.

      • LAK says:

        Sixer: i remain baffled by every aspect of him.

        I occasionally read his threads because the comments are entertaining, but i suffer second-hand embarrassment at his antics, and i think of Lab-like behaviour in his attempts to be liked.

        Good in dogs, not good in humans. I would quietly delete and avoid this sort of person in real life.

      • Chelsea says:

        Duplicate comment

      • LAK says:

        Chelsea: to behave from a place of privilege and to be a human lab are 2 very different things though they aren’t mutually exclusive.

        I’ve met both types of people of all races.

        I don’t assume that an eager to-be-liked-to-the-point-of-buffoonery personality is behaving that way due to privilege. And Boris Johnson is an outlier. No Politician, of any race has behaved like him and been rewarded. He is as bafflingly successful as Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

        What Linalamount has explained several times is that white privilege exists, but it isn’t the catchall explanation for the world’s malaise as seems to happen in these conversations.

        Sometimes, a person is just an idjit irrespective of background.

      • Dippit says:

        Being Scottish, I would like to contribute the word “walloper” (Scottish Urban meaning) to accompany @Sixer’s “plonker”.

        Typically phrased as “Ya Walloper” or “he’s a right Walloper”.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        We have brought up the Labrador puppy comparison many times before

      • BluBare-E says:

        THANK YOU @ LAK, @ LinaLamont

        “. .white privilege exists, but it isn’t the catchall explanation for the world’s malaise as seems to happen in these conversations.”

        @ LAK , so true.
        If more people could understand this distinction, Brexit would never have gone through. Voting angry and posh bashing all the time, blaming All of them for everything, doesn’t bring about social change or progress.

      • Birdix says:

        LinaLamont–I was reading your posts and hearing them in my head in Lina’s accent–did not give you gravitas!
        (What do you think I am, dumb or something?)

      • LinaLamont says:

        @LAK says:

        “What Linalamount has explained several times is that white privilege exists, but it isn’t the catchall explanation for the world’s malaise as seems to happen in these conversations.

        Sometimes, a person is just an idjit irrespective of background.”

        Yes. Thank you.

      • BluBare-E says:

        @sixer

        I don’t understand why you want to make a serious issue and such a personal judgment of him in the arena of ultimate superficiality, entertainment industry and the absolutely disingenuous social-media, celebity-journalism. You’re citing intentionally malicious gossip and snarky social media chatter as your “evidence” that he’s supposed to honor with “authentic” honesty? Pahlease, indeed. That’s a bunch of BS. There’s no credibility or sincerity in celebrity gossip / social-media discourse, mostly a lot of reactionary biases and fabrication. Why would any actor elect to disclose the actual mechanisms of their personal life to this hoard of sharks?

        TH is doing what they all do in this business, some better than others. But JUST because he comes from Eton privilege, he’s is ALWAYS judged by a different standard, an impossible standard at that. And all this in a business that requires actors navigate shallow, predatory social discourse while retaining an unobjectionable public persona. But no, forget all that. Hiddles’ Etonian entitlement and accent are all that’s required to negate his character and him as a person altogether. No need to put any situation into context and give him any benefit of the doubt that you’d give others.

        (Sorry if I’m ranting. I’m not as skilled with squibs as others around here)

      • LinaLamont says:

        @BluBare-E

        Yes to both of your posts. Thumbs up (hah… no emoji available to me)

      • bonzo says:

        And there goes the fun… gotta keep scrolling.

      • BluBare-E says:

        @LinaLamont

        Thanks and Thank you for all your posts. I concur with them all.

      • LinaLamont says:

        @Birdix

        Why , I make more sense than – than – than Calvin Coolidge ! Put together !

      • Browniecakes says:

        I found myself tuning out and having to rewind some of the SDCC interviews with him because he’s so loquacious. I wonder if Taylor is ever thinking about the cats and hey maybe I can send Tom for takeout when he goes on and on.

      • Denise says:

        I think some commenters in this thread don’t live in the UK and therefore have a different opinion on the validity of Sixer’s assertion. Tiddles is a product of our hierarchical culture. A culture very specific to Britain, in that it is not hidden but flaunted shamelessly in our faces every minute of every day. There is a divide here, and it is forever deep.

    • Mia4s says:

      If he really wanted to bring her to the Con I think you can revise that to “Unprofessional First Class Plonker”. 🙄

    • littlemissnaughty says:

      I don’t understand Hiddleston. He’s attractive in a milquetoast, eager way that makes my fun place go bone dry. He’s boring and he wants to be considered cute so badly that I just can’t. What is his appeal? I know it’s all subjective but then he says sh*t like this on top of the boring!

      • shelly says:

        “that makes my fun place go bone dry”
        Ha Ha.
        Thanks for that, I just snorted loudly in work !!

      • It'sJustBlanche says:

        “Fun place go bone dry” is the best line ever. Thanks for making my day. I’ve got three kids out of school for the summer and I work from home and I needed that laugh.

      • Azurea says:

        😁👍🏻

      • Little Darling says:

        HAHAHA!! I used to really love Hiddles. When I frist found out he could do impressions, I swear, I swooned. BUT, this whole debacle has serious emptied my love tank for him. Even seeing his eager beaver smiling face in the header photos makes me roll my eyes, and I’m sad about that a little.

        However, I think he’s perfect jelly to Taylors peanut butter, so I hope they last forever and ever.

      • Sixer says:

        Littlemiss – he rocks a suit and his legs look nice (if they’re not in shorts). And he’s not a bad actor. Also, he is not a diva professionally. These are all good attributes. And the legs make him bangable in my book, even if he would need my best ball gag. Without the ball gag, he would ruin all sexiful things by saying his usual nonsense words.

        But I like him mostly because he gives such fertile material for mockery!

      • spidey says:

        Careful Sixer, you nearly paid him compliments there. :wink:

      • LinaLamont says:

        Apropos of nothing …TH looks like a better-looking Peter Cushing, to me.  But, TH does look good in motion, more often than not. IMHO.

      • littlemissnaughty says:

        Sixer, for real though. Those are the basic requirements for an actor. Although I can’t argue with a woman’s leg obsession. It’s such a rare thing that it should be encouraged. I get it though. We all have that one actor/musician/moron who is so hot until he says words. Mine’s shown up at Comic Con as well and I hesitate to watch the panel.

      • shelly says:

        @ LinaLamont he does look like Peter Cushing, I suggested David Niven the other day, but Cushing is more like it.

      • Sixer says:

        Littlemiss – that was honestly me being for real. But if you’re asking what his attraction is to other people, who take him seriously? I think there are some hopeless romantics who take his nonsense speak at face value and love it. I also think the posh Brit gentleman stereotype has a big appeal, especially stateside.

        And I also think we get to like who we like, you know? No justifications required. Mr Sixer likes ME for heavens sakes! He thinks I walk on water, am beautiful and am a lovely kind person. Most people would find that odd!

      • Bonzo says:

        And yet, he calls you Great Gob Almighty!! Lovingly, I’m sure.

        Funny thing, the Mister feels the same about me and I intend to keep him in his delusion until he’s senile and I don’t have to worry about him wising up!

      • Sixer says:

        Mocking equates to true lurve chez nous. In case you hadn’t guessed!

      • littlemissnaughty says:

        Sixer, I was joking. Mostly. ;-) I know you can’t argue about people’s taste. But I do worry about those who believe his word vomit. Or maybe we should worry about HIM because it’s entirely possible he means it. He’s dating Swift for god’s sake. Either they’re having a romcom lovefest going or they’re both terrible, manipulative liars who like to sell this facade and then turn around and have the dirtiest … you know, instead of what I imagine. Which is endless cuddling. Oh my god I need to stop.

      • Sixer says:

        Endless cuddling! Sexiful made anodyne. Oh lord. I can’t stop laughing. I think he probably cries a lot. Or… something.

        I can’t even go there with down and dirty. This would be a cosmic impossibility, surely? The universe would reverse big bang. Or also… something.

      • Dippit says:

        @Sixer

        “A fraction of a second and the elements were made. [showmance contract signed]
        The bipeds stood up straight, [took gangly pap walks]
        The dinosaurs all met their fate, [Swift's 2009 - 2016 PR strategists]
        They tried to leap but they were late [Kim already had the receipts ready]
        And they all died (they froze their asses off) [even the most cold blooded]
        The oceans and Pangaea [World Tour of Lurve Fail]
        See ya wouldn’t wanna be ya [<--- majority public sentiment]
        Set in motion by the same big bang!"

        /Apologies to "The Barenaked Ladies".

      • Sixer says:

        Brava, Dippit!

      • Dippit says:

        @Sixer – I’d bow but it might make the “Big Bang Theory” theme earworm I now have all the louder.

        BTW, agree with all your ^^^ Brit “cut glass” privilege as a blind for assumed credibility; and I speak to that as having some of my education having taken place in one of the environments you mention – not Tom’s, the other place.

        However, my accent, although sometimes considered “posh” (urgh) remains distinctly Scottish.

      • Sixer says:

        Public school and Russell Group (not Oxbridge!) alumnus myself, Dippit. Perhaps you have to live among it to actually GET IT?

      • Asia says:

        What is he going to do? He is in a very odd place. He cannot leave Taylor, I do think he loves her but I don’t think he sees what is means to love someone like she has been exposed to be. How can someone who behaved one way, date someone who sells pictures to the paparazzi and would let a man be maligned viciously for something that she knew he didn’t do. Do you know that the producer of the Grammys said in an interview in Feb that she had “an advance on the track and thought it was funny”. I mean lecturing on authenticity and continuing in the circus is laughable.

      • Dippit says:

        @Sixer – I remain glad my realisation of all I benefited from, and continue to do so, came early. There’s an odd counter-intuitive stark relief in play.

        May I ask which Russell? I passed time at Edinburgh too and have done some visiting work elsewhere.

        Teehee, “public school” reminds me of my great uncle who was called up WWII. His training barracks were in England. The new squaddies were put on the the parade ground and asked “public school to the right, others to the left”. “Public School” in Scotland is the local council school so, by his terms, my great uncle went Right. Wound up a commissioned officer rather than grunt. Wound up serving 25+ years postwar- left as rank of Brigadier teehee.

      • Annetommy says:

        Blah blah blah. But I don’t care – he looks great. And if you want to compare him to vintage movie stars, he looks most like Leslie Howard. While I’m feeling a bit snarky, the Russell Group of universities is an entirely self-appointed supposedly elite group, named after the Russell Hotel of course, where they formed. It’s often treated as if it were an official seal of approval, when it isn’t. And I went to one.

      • BluBare-E says:

        “I think there are some hopeless romantics who take his nonsense speak at face value and love it. I also think the posh Brit gentleman stereotype has a big appeal, especially stateside.”
        @sixer

        See, I think it’s the OTT mockers, and ones that get judgmental and really offended by him or something he says that take what he says at face value. You call it nonsense, but this whole industry and it’s social critics are what’s nonsense, so I don’t take much of what any celebrity says at just face value. I know you’re thinking of the little tweens that think he’s “prince charming” perfect. But plenty of his fans can see he’s fallible and has to “double speak” for his profession (i.e. He said he’s committed- “authentically” committed. No mention of love.) It may not be admirable, but it’s understandable and realistic.

        Even though he’s not prince charming incarnate, he is a very lovely gentleman even by British standards. I don’t happen to think all poshies are all that, but when they’re interesting, got looks, taste and personality, it’s definitely appealing and probably more so stateside, sure.

      • Sixer says:

        Dippit – UCL for Literature. I loved it there.

        Annetommy – to be fair, they were trying to protect their research money rather than to be elite in the wake of the various liberalisations of HE. And there actually was no Russell Group when I applied in 1992 to start studies in 1993.

        But this will make you laugh.

        My (posh, public) school had had me down for Wadham at Oxford purely because I was a loudmouth on these kinds of topics even then. They do like to turn out the liberal columnists at Wadham. Anyway. There was a huge row because the school wouldn’t let me do A level Sociology alongside Lit and French. It had to be Latin or Classics instead. At that time, and now, as LAK will attest, subject combination is one of the ways public schools maintain privileged access to Oxbridge.

        So I left public school, went to a local FE college, did the A levels I wanted to – including Sociology AND Politics, LOL – and went off to UCL instead of Wadham.

        And I’m still the same old obnoxious loudmouth today!

      • Annetommy says:

        I would say that articulate is a much more accurate description Sixer. Yes, I take your point about funding, and they are in fact the research intensive universities. Good for you for sticking to your guns.

    • PaschaP says:

      “We give too much credit to a cut glass accent, you know.”

      +100000

      The guy is a walking ham; he is panto personified. His impressions alone… good god.

      I mean the guy didn’t even effectively utilize any of the Stanislavsky/Strasberg/Adler/Hagen etc I’m assuming he would’ve learnt at RADA for those ridiculously staged, histrionic photo sessions with Swift and co (plus a few family members thrown into the mix).

    • Miss Jupitero says:

      First class posh-puppy PLONKER, omg.

      I am just agape at how…. dumb this response is. This is the power of privilege folks: you can say the most idiotic things, but if it is in the perfect accent, nobody will notice.

      Everything is great as long as it feels authentic to me! Wooooeeee. Now take me to that private jet!

      • Sixer says:

        See? Back to the Tommy we know!

      • Bonzo says:

        So plonker without “Rodney” is more insulting, amiright Sixer???

        I need to understand the subtle shades of meaning of the British insults I want to use. I need to look authentic!

      • Miss Jupitero says:

        He was there all along Sixer, speaking in bumper stickers.

      • Sixer says:

        He was, Miss J, he was.

        Bonzo – plonker is just a less rude version of dick, really. You can be mean with it or you can be humorous with it, depending on context. I think context is usually fairly clear even to non-Brits. But if you invoke popular culture by adding Rodney to it, you will always mean it humorously, not meanly.

      • Bonzo says:

        I like plonker better than dick. Sounds less angry and more thump-on-the-forehead-speak.

      • Sixer says:

        If you’re a Britisher and therefore swear a lot, like wot we all do, the mean way of saying plonker would remove the Rodney and add an effing!

      • Bonzo says:

        See here’s the thing… I’m not mad enough at Tom for being a famethirsty twat so I’ll just say plonker, in the same way I’d day dunderhead.

        Boris, on the other hand, is in the process of ruining countless lives so Effing Plonker doesn’t seem harsh enough. Effing Arsewipe seems more appropriate.

      • Sixer says:

        I think Boris is either a fluckmuppet or a flucknugget. Without the Ls, obvs!

    • lilacflowers says:

      Striving to make you happy as always, Sixer. It was time to rummage in the Hallmark archive once again.

      • Sixer says:

        You know it. This gives credence to my hypothesis that celebrities only exist in the ether and purely for the purposes of my amusement, right?

      • Lilacflowers says:

        Exactly. And the sooner they all realize it, the better for us all.

        Now, I need Alien Beauty to fetch me something cold. This heat is ghastly

      • Sixer says:

        Since LEGS is getting such a hard time today, I am willing to lend you Alien Beauty – for the duration plus a day.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        Thank you. You are so kind. I promise to return him without any obvious scratches

    • Christin says:

      Can someone translate? Sounds like he’s using a lot of words to say he’s ‘keeping it real’(?).

      In swifty songwriting terms, I started hearing ‘haters gonna hate’ when reading part of his wordy words.

      • Sixer says:

        Here is my best effort:

        When you saw me wearing suede shoes on the beach, when you saw me wearing an I Heart TS t-shirt frolicking in the sea, when you saw me doing my best and well-practised throat-bearing pose in Rome… in fact whenever you saw me over the last month – this was the REAL ME. I expect you to believe this, credulous but adoring public. Thank you. Exit, pursued by a bear.

      • Christin says:

        Thank you, Sixer. This has become a rather boring story (despite snakes and feuds galore), but that translation brought back images of more fun times. Four weeks seems ages ago.

    • Bonzo says:

      This is what his Etonian-Oxbridge education has produced… a bucketful of shallow say-nothingness verbiage. I swear, he is so utterly devoid of self-awareness. After a month of making himself look like a middle-aged dumbass drooling over a teenage mean girl, he vomits up this nonsense. The Hiddiot needs to drop any references to “authenticity” since he flip flops like a fish struggling to breathe out of the water. How does he say this crap without laughing??

      I can’t conceive of a scenario in which I’ll ever look at him without eye-rolling first, then sniggering. What a boob.

    • Nicole says:

      Such a magical comment…”first class plonker” I laughed

    • Yoon says:

      Lololol “first class plonker” I’m dying

  2. Karen says:

    “As you know why you’ve done something (FAME) and you’ve committed to it (I <3TS Shirt) with authenticity then you’re okay (EMMY NOM)."

  3. Mira says:

    He should teach Taylor how to about being “authentic ” :)

    • Mia4s says:

      Sounds like he’s already been getting talking points from her publicist.

      Authentic?

      AHAHAHAHAHA!!

  4. pikawho? says:

    He’s authentically getting fresh cash deposited into his account every week.

    He’s committed to being Taylor Swift’s bottom until the money runs out or it stops paying the sweetest currency of all — attention.

    • Annetommy says:

      Basically calling him a prostitute is rather unnecessary. Unless you’ve hacked into his bank account of course.

      • pikawho? says:

        You’re right. There’s no place for snark on a website called “Celebitchy”. I’ll stick to posting dry humorless comments that can only be backed up with verifiable facts. LMAO

      • Annetommy says:

        I’m all for snark – my nickname is Snarky McSnark Face – but that was a snark too far IMHO.

  5. Brunswickstoval says:

    Ok I’m struggling here. Was he once attractive and it’s gone or was it never there? Cause that photo with the microphone is not a good one at all

    • shelly says:

      He looks ok in the ones of him with his suitcase, maybe the lighting at Comic Con was bad because he does look quite rough in the mike one.

      Maybe the Tiddlesbanging is wearing him out !

    • pikawho? says:

      There was a brief window between like 2010 and 2012 where he was attractive and had the smooth normal skin of a man his own age. I honestly think he spent 2013 in a tannery or something. He has looked rough since then.

      • shelly says:

        I wonder how he’ll look when he finally goes bald.

        I actually find bald men quite hot, as long as they have the right shaped head for it, step forward shaven headed Tom Hardy and I always thought Bruce Willis looked better bald.

        Not sure if TH will be able to carry it off though and judging by the first picture where he is looking down, it won’t be long before he is in the shiny pate club.

      • LWithHearts says:

        Edward Norton – SO hot bald. Hot either way really.

      • Miss Jupitero says:

        Peak Hiddles was around the time of THC in my opinion. It’s been downhill ever since.

      • THEPELICAN says:

        I don’t think baldness will be a concern. His Sugar Baby will buy him some hair plugs.

      • Me says:

        @missjupitero
        THC…. God, that look… I used to adore him. Now I look at him and think WTF?! Any guy who bangs Swift is out of his mind. Lost his appeal. Too bad. I really liked the guy.

      • jammypants says:

        @Miss Jup, peak Hiddles is Robert Laing for me (but then I think his James Conrad is looking pretty good)

      • Bonzo says:

        As much as I loved the brick sh!t house Coriolanus, Laing was THE BEST. His hair was PERFECTION.

        Between lack and sleep and sun damage during his fall promo tour, things started going south after that.

      • jammypants says:

        @Bonzo, I thought that too with the sun damage, but his skin looks surprisingly even toned in candids.

      • Annetommy says:

        Ed Norton was in no way bald the last time I saw him LWithHearts – I agree he’s hot. Football manager Pep Guardiola is a hot bald man. Doesn’t bother me at all.

    • CornyBlue says:

      It was never there. He was kind of cute if you squint particularly once upon a time but now..nope! lso his hotness is supposedly in his Shakespeare quoting and double masters

    • OhDear says:

      Most of the attraction was from his personality/image. IMO, he was adorable when he was younger (about the time of the first Avengers movie), but he is/was more nice looking in an average way.

    • popup says:

      I know. it’s so hard to explain him to my friends, who simply do not see it. My favorite Hiddles is from the 2013 SDCC session of NerdHQ. The fitted white shirt with the shirt sleeves rolled up, smooth, tanned skin, good haircut that was sort of a deep auburn. He looked his best there, I think. And SO earnest with his answers, to the point where I want to close my ears and go “lalala” at certain points, but so charming and cute. Again, the photos from that event don’t really do it for me, but I can’t resist the video.

    • Asia says:

      the old tom is gone. his nerd hq chat was an attempt to replicate the wonder that was the first chat. he has so much soul searching to do. let’s be honest, he is super talented but- 1) hugh laurie , john le carre, and robert downey jr. are the draws of his biggest successes 2) he essentially has 4 financial flops in a row 3) people who loved him are laughing at him because he acted without an ounce of discretion for months now, yet he was so protective of his image as an actor who is known for acting. had they quietly fallen in love, it would be eventually accepted. but her immediately moving on, publicizing it, and being photo ready—it’s so gross and damaging

      • Evie says:

        @Asia: All good points, succinctly made. And as far as Hollywood A list leading man status: his looks are disappearing fast because of rapid aging. This plus his inability to date, to be a box office draw who can carry a big budget film, probably means that the A list leading man status will elude him. He can have a great career as a character actor because he does have acting chops. And yes, he shot his image as a serious actor who desires his private life to “remain sacred” with the OTT actions over the past 5 weeks. He won’t live that down anytime soon. But he’ll continue to get steady acting jobs — maybe just not at the level he wants.

      • BluBare-E says:

        BTW only one film was a big budget studio movie and he was a leading character but NOT the main lead protagonist. The other three were independent films, and of them only one failed, but his performance was great and unanimously phrased.
        The other two were not expected to make any money cause they were more experimental ( and OLLA the director messed up the distributing too as I understand.)

        Henry Cavill is hot and has a good leading man HW career. Maybe he’d be more to your liking. He’s a winner.

      • jammypants says:

        @Evie, I dunno, I thought he looked pretty hot in the Skull Island trailer, whew! (better than Pine, sorry Pine admirers)

  6. AlleyCat says:

    It’s so weird that Taylor is financing basically their entire relationship. I respect that she’s the bread winner between the two, but it’s just so odd seeing her send a damn car to pick him up at work. It makes him look like he’s using her/has no control and it makes her look like she’s a control freak/desperate.

    • cyn says:

      She used to send a plane for the Kennedy kid and sign him out of school. Nothing strange about Tay Tay.

    • Trixie says:

      If a man sent his girlfriend a car to pick her up at work, would you feel that same? That it makes her look like she’s using him/has no control and it makes him look like he’s a control freak/desperate?

      If a woman wants to be the dominant party in the relationship and the man consents to it, what’s the problem?

      • Elisa the I. says:

        HA!

      • shelly says:

        Taylor Swift the dom with TH as her sub…I like that idea, it sounds like a highly comical bedroom situation.
        Mainly because she has such a vanilla rep, if she was a total freak that would be awesome.

        Anyway Women have been getting dragged for being gold diggers for decades, nice to see a bit of equality and a Man getting the same treatment.

        *Ahh AlleyCat that’s a shame..I’d love to think she’s got a secret wild side.

      • AlleyCat says:

        @trixie Um, if he’s financing everything (planes, hotels, houses, cars, etc), then yes, I would judge that too. I think relationships should be on equal footing. Obviously my opinion means nothing to them, and they’ll continue to do what they want, so no reason to get upset.

        @Shelley There were rumors that a few of her bf’s broke up with her because she didn’t like sex, so I can believe that she’s a Dom in every aspect of her life except the bedroom.

      • Sixer says:

        Oxbridge types are renowned for enjoying a bit of domination. Jus’ sayin’.

      • Sue says:

        There is no problem when a woman is or wants to be dominant in the relationship. She is ‘dominant’ because of another position in her professional life, it´s different industry – her market value is ca. 50x higher than his, he´s 9 years older, a man and every man has an ego. So I´m wondering how does it feel to be sponsored by 26-years old girl when you are the 35-years old man? Even if you consent to it. He doesn´t have any other option because these are the financial facts.

      • Sophie says:

        Well said.

      • BluBare-E says:

        @Sue

        There’s not going to be a lot of options for her with men her age or older. She’s at the top of her industry among male and female musicians. She’s going to always be the bigger bread winner than anyone she’s involved with, at least for a good while.

      • jammypants says:

        “She’s going to always be the bigger bread winner than anyone she’s involved with, at least for a good while.”

        This

    • Lilacflowers says:

      If she is going to refuse to fly commercial, drag her huge entourage everywhere, and demand upgrades over the perfectly nice accommodations his employer is providing, then yes, she should pay the difference.

  7. jeanpierre says:

    Here, straight from the horses’s mouth. This relationship is nothing but a manufactured PR distraction. How very Kardashian of Taylor.

  8. cyn says:

    Oh ffs! Dude, go away! Loki better be epic in Ragnarok, or you’re dead to me.

  9. kiki says:

    OMG. Tom we get it you love Taylor Swift, just leave it alone.

  10. Jane says:

    Good! If this indeed happened, am glad someone said “No” to her. I am sure she gave everyone the stink eye and had a tantrum, because her ego couldn’t take it. I swear, she is looking more and more like a person with a histrionic narcissistic personality disorder every day.

  11. Fa says:

    Ironic isn’t while his girlfriend is not authentic personally, also don’t lie Tom you care what public think about you as well as any celebrity

  12. Nick says:

    The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

  13. saltandpepper says:

    Yes, because his answer was so ‘authentic’ and he didn’t rehearse it as he knew he would be asked. He never seems authentic in his interviews and has proven that he doesn’t know what the word means through his actions the past month and a bit. He’s as fake as she is and is lapping up the attention and milking his little cash cow for all she’s worth.

    • Elisa the I. says:

      …it’s a really bad idea to look for authenticity, truth, realness etc. in the entertainment industry.

  14. Bichon says:

    As per George Costanza: It’s not a lie if you believe it.

    • Maria says:

      seems like he also takes hairstyle advice from George Costanza

    • OhDear says:

      It sounds like he’s trying to convince himself. We’ll have to wait and see what happens next.

      • Marian says:

        THANK YOU!!! That’s what I thought! He didn’t sound like he was talking to anyone but himself in that little tyraid. “If I click my heels together 3 times and wish really hard . . . . I’ll wake up and won’t have been a complete idiot this past month. If I just believe hard enough!!!”

    • Miss Jupitero says:

      Burn!

    • Bonzo says:

      Exactly!!

  15. cyn says:

    Side note: new jacket but same damn gray shoes!

    • lilacflowers says:

      He did switch out the shoes for SDCC. Brown oxfords.

    • twilly says:

      That new jacket is too small. He can’t seem to dress himself. How old is he again??

      • Dara says:

        It must have come from the stylist, she was tweeting/bragging about dressing him for SDCC. 75% of the time she puts him in things that don’t quite fit. She must pick based on chest/waist, and then forgets that his arms are six inches longer than her average client, and he winds up looking like he’s a middle-schooler grown out of last year’s clothes.

      • BluBare-E says:

        I looked at the pics again, and I really don’t see what you guys are talking about. Didn’t notice anything misfitting the first time I looked and still can’t see anything now.

      • jammypants says:

        @Dara, it amazes me that putting men in clothes that don’t fit is trendy right now. It’s awful.

        that said I like the jacket

  16. OriginallyBlue says:

    That was not answer.

  17. Maria says:

    Massive fivehead.

  18. Dippit says:

    “… and as long as you know why you’ve done something [signed up as a contract boyfriend], and committed to it with authenticity [pap walked and pda'd through gritted teeth, and even committed your young niece for extra method points], you’re okay [to wh*re yourself out in the hope of A-list and $ even if you look (image and physically) awful]“.

    I think my correction stands as a credible parse, but even the most charitable read doesn’t make his own words equal a ringing endorsement of authentically loved up.

  19. grabbyhands says:

    Well, he didn’t lie-he is authentically committed to this fairy tale dream romance image they’ve got going. Too bad for him that she keeps showing her ass and proving everyone right about what a thin skinned control freak with a victim complex she really is.

    The latest is that IG has given her an unprecedented level of control over her account so she can blanket delete negative comments from her pictures. So basically, people can bombard other celebrities with racist, sexist abuse, but the second someone puts a few snake emojis in a comment, they flip out and shut it down. I’m not sure how she thinks this will help her image.

  20. Jenn4037 says:

    Zac Levi posted a pic of he and Tom, and Tom was wearing a new shirt. I think. That’s all I’ve got.

  21. PaschaP says:

    Twiddles is the biggest, high profile role he’s landed so far in his career, and seemingly his least convincing performance to date.

    • Asia says:

      @PaschaP : briiliant comment . Also, this is the Shakespearean drama he longs to be in.LOL

  22. GGKURAI says:

    ***Tom’s phone rings***

    Tom: Hello?

    Woman: Tom? Katie Holmes here….two words: Burner Phones.

    ***Line goes dead***

    • CornyBlue says:

      Not that I dont hate Taylor, but comparing this to a situation to Katie/Tom Cruise is so weird. Like there was legitimately a chance of Katie Holmes getting hurt because of the cult involved. This is just too much thirst on Tom’s part.

  23. Anon says:

    Authenticity is his favourite buzzword, He’s been banging on about it for years.

    For example in 2015 he told the Guardian that “I have tried with all of my power for there not to be any inauthenticity…There is no version of me presented to you that’s been created or is artificial. The people I’ve always respected have an integrity that is unassailable.”

    I find it interesting that his definition of “authentic” has changed subtly. It’s no longer about whether the version of yourself that you present to the outside world is artificial. He now says that you are authentic if “everything you do…you truly believe in it…as long as you know why you’ve done something and you’ve committed to it with authenticity then you’re okay”.

    So it’s now ok to present a version of yourself to the world which is artificial as long as you believe that this is the right thing to do. To my mind the change of emphasis suggests that he is well aware that the version of himself that he has recently presented is created or artificial. Not I believe in the sense that the relationship is fake, but in the sense that we have been shown a carefully curated public performance of that relationship.

    • Miss Melissa says:

      ” The people I’ve always respected have an integrity that is unassailable.”

      Unassailable integrity is not a phrase I think of when considering Taylor Swift.

      • Dippit says:

        Then it must be tough for him to look at his gf (or in the mirror for that matter) with any respect.

      • MI6 says:

        ^ this, Miss Melissa.

      • Bonzo says:

        To me that applies about as much to him as it applies to Taylor.

        He knows how to say what people want to hear due to a desperate need for approval, but he seems to be playing a role even when he’s off-screen.

        This is a big reason why I have no doubt this relationship will blow up in their faces at some point. Two people who are playing a “part” can’t maintain that character indefinitely. They will start showing their true selves and the union will implode as a result. It’s just a matter of time.

    • Crumpet says:

      I think you are over-thinking it.

    • BluBare-E says:

      “Not I believe in the sense that the relationship is fake, but in the sense that we have been shown a carefully curated public performance of that relationship.”

      I agree. I don’t necessarily think their relationship is fake anymore, but I don’t think it’s real either. As in real love or meaningful connection and compatibility. I see it now as a relationship of convenience as much as it is for mutual benefits, PR.

      I think it was proposed and began as a advantageous professional coupling. And in true fashion, Tom, who doesn’t do anything half way, is all in and fully committed. He’s got nothing else going on in his romantic life anyway. Now he has expanded his public profile and has someone to hang out with and dote on every day. Sex? Maybe, if she wants it, he’d probably comply. Otherwise, I think he’d just compartmentalize it and tuck it (desire) away. But hay, he’s still committed.

  24. Miss M says:

    I am very interested to know about the guy in the purple (?) tie. That’s all.

    • lilacflowers says:

      I think he is hotel staff.

    • shelly says:

      Purple tie Man is trying to mind control TH, either that or he is thinking, “OMG that fellow is boning Taylor Swift”

    • Miss M says:

      Thanks, ladies! Far more interesting than HIddleston.
      @Shelly: I think purple tie man is thinking: This is the guy women are going crazy for ? puft!

  25. InvaderTak says:

    Yeesus H Christo. WTF is wrong with him? Welp, I guess this is what happens. So basically what he meant was: “I sold my soul, don’t you dare call me a wh0re. I’ll be there for you as long as it works for me. I play a game, it’s called insincerity.” -Nine Inch Nails
    But he plays sincerely, so he’s still “authentic”

    • LittlestRoman says:

      Sincere insincerity is a concept that my (often-too-earnest) Midwestern self is struggling to comprehend. Excellent invocation of NIN lyrics, BTW.

  26. Londerland says:

    Weird. That is the response of a man far more concerned with how he looks to other people than with anything else.

    It does demonstrate that he and Taylor are actually a perfect couple. Both are totally hung up on how they come across to other people. She’s hellbent on her maintaining her Instagram/cupcake/squadgoal/innocent little girl perfect life; he’s desperate to be an affable, eager, “authentic” thespian. Both so desperate to be likeable, both so unable to understand why people find that so off-putting.

    They’re a perfect couple.

  27. Dippit says:

    I wonder if he means when Taylor committed to trying to use the ‘authentic’ IMAGE/facade she’s carefully curated over years on brutal PR management to “authentically” play the victim and destroy the career of ‘the nasty black man’ and she’s “okay” because she’s the ‘authentic’ lily white damsel.

    Lies don’t matter, as long as you “authentically commit” to do “something” as she did – authentically seek and destroy… and far from for the first time.

  28. AG-UK says:

    Who wears suede shoes in the middle of summer? Well in the UK you can wear boots but LA??

  29. LOLADOESTHEHULA says:

    I’m mostly bored with this whole circus, the only highlight has been seeing Tommyboy exposed as a shameless thirstbucket. I’ve always found him fug and annoying af. He’s 10 times more cloying than Anne Hathaway, whom I actually like, but hasn’t received even a quarter of the backlash she did.

    He’s a beneficiary of cishet, white, male AND class privilege and still has to resort to the cheapest of PR tricks to keep himself relevant *Cackles*

    • Flowerchild says:

      I disagree Tom is getting the same treatment as Anne did. Prior to Anna over the top Oscar campaign, she wants really getting the backlash. Tom is getting the same type of backlash now because Internet found out their “nerdy and smart” boyfriend is not better” then the other male celebrity and is more then capable of play the game.

      • Chelsea says:

        You cannot compare him to Anne or cumberbatch. Their thirst was for an Oscar. Hiddles thirst is just for relevancy.

      • FW says:

        @chelsea
        “You cannot compare him to Anne or cumberbatch. Their thirst was for an Oscar. Hiddles thirst is just for relevancy. ”

        +1000000
        I don’t like the PR campaign for Oscar but it’s ok since the campaign is backed up, usually, good work. TH’s current campagin is so annoying because it’s backed by his famewhoring.

      • BluBare-E says:

        @Chelsea, @FW

        It’s just so easy to have a HW career. Like anyone should be able to do it.

    • Annetommy says:

      I had to look up cishet, and guess what, I found out I was one too! I was secretly privileged all this time! Go me!

  30. seesittellsit says:

    He is authentically defending a relationship with possibly the least authentic human female on the planet. Truly, the human mind is a marvellous trickster!

  31. Browniecakes says:

    I’m sure Luke Windsor appreciates having time with Tom to discuss ‘things’. Marvel or WB probably will pay for his flight to AU. I’d love to hear audio of the question that got us this weird answer. Seems out of context. He still seems to be answering the ‘is this for PR’ question which has been surpassed now by the ‘how can you stand her’ question.

  32. spidey says:

    Perhaps he met and really fancied her to start with, decided it was time for a bit of fun, then when the Kanye shit hit the fan decided it would look really bad on him if he bailed at that time?

    • BluBare-E says:

      Possible spidey. I can mostly buy it. Ready for a bit of fun, yes, and a little high profile boost. All fun and no one gets hurt. I really doubt he knew all that much about her other than a song or two and that she’s a super famous, grammy winning, pop star.

      • jammypants says:

        I see him as naive on just how much infamy follows her. That said, this is the biggest public image hit Taylor seems to have gotten and too bad Tom is one of her bf’s at pretty much her lowest low.

  33. KatM says:

    Spidey, good point. I think that would have been an amazing disaster if he would of bailed then. She would have pulled out her hot pink poison pen and written a real doozy about him. “Ode to Loki” by Ursula Sjoberg….

    • spidey says:

      Another point which I made on an earlier thread – I hope to goodness he never drowns a puppy! :)

  34. LucyHoneychurch says:

    It’s not a mystery. He’s trying to say he’s really attracted to her without saying it directly. Whether you believe that or not is up to you.

    • EnnuiAreTheChampions says:

      Right. He’s saying that his feelings/actions are authentic, and as long as he knows that, it doesn’t matter what people think. Though I suspect he’s also telling himself it doesn’t matter; I’m sure he does care and I’m sure it stings. But there’s nothing he could have said here to change the minds of those convinced it is just a PR relationship, and I don’t think he was really even trying to do that.

      I don’t like this relationship, now that I know more about TS. I think it’s an infatuation that he threw himself into 150%, just as he does with his work, and that he went much too fast without taking enough time to really get to know her. I think as part of dating her, he deferred to her and altered his usual practices and preferences regarding privacy in his personal relationships. I think he has made some poor decisions that have affected the public’s perception of him at the moment. But I don’t think that makes him inauthentic; just human and fallible like the rest of us.

      And that’s likely going to be it for me in today’s thread. Reading through 300+ versions of “OMG, Tommy said ‘authentic’ but I know he’s really a liar and a fake and anyone who feels otherwise is delusional!!!!” is not my jam on a Monday.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        Bravo, Ennuire!

      • The Understudy says:

        So perfectly put Ennui!

        Of course he cares about how he is perceived but he willingly dived in head first and will now have to live with the consequences. Wherever this relationship goes his image has been dramatically altered, whether he likes it or not and though he may have realised this would happen dealing with it in the world outside of Taylorsville is another thing entirely.

      • BluBare-E says:

        Yes, so well said Ennui. Not my jam even on a Tuesday.

        @Understudy
        I think his image is dramatically altered mostly among those that only care how a celeb is perceived and treated by social-media and the gossip tabloid world. I’m sure there will be others who will only hear of him from those sources, and that’s sad. Still, I think he has a lot of fans that aren’t so invested in the court of gossip snark. So there’s hope – I hope.

      • jammypants says:

        @Ennui, very well put. I skipped pretty much most of the discussions yesterday. I barely had a functioning brain. Mondays are truly the worst.

        Tom is the kind of guy to take risks. Makes me think of his quote back in his 2013 NerdHQ. I had to google it because I couldn’t remember the exact phrasing. I think he dived headfirst, like he did with the films that weren’t well received and sometimes you win (The Night Manager, Loki) and sometimes you lose (I Saw the Light, Taylor).

        “I gave myself permission to care, because there are a lot of people in this world who are afraid of caring, who are afraid of showing they care because it’s uncool. It’s uncool to have passion. It’s so much easier to lose when you’ve shown everyone how much you don’t care if you win or lose. It’s much harder to lose when you show that you care, but you’ll never win unless you also stand to lose. I’ve said it before. Don’t be afraid of your passion, give it free reign, and be honest and work hard and it will all turn out just fine.”

  35. MI6 says:

    I may be in the minority here, but I’m not convinced he was talking solely about the relationship. He is the consummate politician.
    There’s an ET clip from SDCC where the reporter asks “Did Taylor come along?” and TH looks genuinely annoyed. “I’m just here on my own,” is the terse reply. Then the obligatory follow up question about the movie. (Luke’s face says it all. I do not envy that poor man).
    Infatuation doesn’t last forever. A little distance can provide a lot of clarity – for those who are willing to see it.

    • shelly says:

      Oh dear he had better get used to being constantly asked about TS, the price he is paying for a higher profile will be never ending curiosity about his gf/fiancée.

      This is your world now Tom, embrace it.

    • Flowerchild says:

      @ Shelly when did they become engaged?? Or are you going by the tabloids 😂😂😂😂

      Ya he needs to get used to it not only is he dating another celebrity, but he agree to turn their relationship into a media circus with all the Photo ops, and running to the tabloids.

    • Flowerchild says:

      .

      • shelly says:

        Flowerchild I believe in Tayto, I’m confident an engagement is just around the corner !
        I think he’s in it to win it.

    • Dara says:

      wrong spot

    • Sue says:

      I think TH looked annoyed also during Nerd Q with Zac. Something was so off there. Thank God it was only 26 minutes. I was thinking what was Zachary thinking while looking at Tom formulating his usual long elaborate answers. And then when Tom tried to ‘flirt’ (?) with the audience describing how he likes breakfast.
      I also noticed how TH was ogling Brie at the beginning of Skull Island panel, interesting… ;-)

      • Lilacflowers says:

        What was off was that his appearance was delayed considerably by the previous panel going long and he wasn’t going to be able to give the people the hour of time they paid for through no fault of his own.

      • twilly says:

        He also told a girl that was chosen to ask him a question. Girl: “I didn’t think I’d get picked”. Tom: “You must have had some idea since you raised your hand”. Or something close to that. Not very nice.

      • K.C. says:

        @twilly I quite enjoy sarcastic Tom. He seems more like a Real Boy and not a Ken doll that way.

      • spidey says:

        @twilly, having listened to it, there wasn’t anything wrong with the way he said it.

      • Erinn says:

        Personally, I didn’t listen to it, but I laughed reading it. It reads like teasing – nothing major. And I mean – it’s true. If she truly thought she’d neverrrr be picked, she wouldn’t have raised her hand.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        I thought that was really funny and not mean at all.

      • MI6 says:

        He did seem edgy. I picture TayTay on one end and Luke on the other and Tom as the rope in this little game of PR tug of war.

      • Bonzo says:

        I finally got around to watching it and I agree, he wasn’t as relaxed as he was in 2013.

      • jammypants says:

        Different perspectives. This is the most “Tom” I’ve seen since a few weeks back. He was adorkable, sassy, and a bit tired looking, imo

    • Lilacflowers says:

      You are not alone but yes, we are in the minority.

      • MI6 says:

        …hence the copious libations. ;)

      • lilacflowers says:

        And chocolate. In fact, considering a chocolate martini right about now. I’m also learning that when I describe myself, I must use words that also describe my boyfriend because, apparently, once you date, you become a single inseparable entity, not just physically but in the minds of others. This is frightening me as I just can’t get that into Star Trek or Notre Dame football. Definitely going for the chocolate martini.

      • MI6 says:

        +1
        Star Trek, jazz and Westerns
        (Not necessarily in that order)
        And only under extreme duress
        …Pass the chocolate martinis, please
        😒

      • lilacflowers says:

        Oh God, no, not jazz! Mercifully, I am spared that. The blues, the boyfriend loves the blues and I’m fine with that. Have a whole picture of chocolate martinis.

  36. Betti says:

    Of course Tay Tay wanted to go to Comic Con given that she a bit of a bf stalker and plus it would have been good PR for her. Thou the people who go to CC wouldn’t give an eff about her, it would have all been about him and his co stars which am lot sure Tay Tay would have liked.

  37. Nicole says:

    Called it that WB said no to Taylor. That was a no brainer for sure because homegirl hogs the spotlight and she probably would’ve used it as a way to change the narrative. WB was not about to let her drama over shadow their money.
    And that statement was…odd. Authentic…what part of your two week pap stroll was authentic?

    • LadyLoo says:

      No, remember, she doesn’t want to be part of the narrative, never has wanted it. She’s our generation’s Greta Garbo, she just wants to be left alone.

    • BluBare-E says:

      We don’t know that WB had to step in and make sure TS didn’t show up. Perhaps they brought it to his attention, but he may have had no intention of taking her anyway. At least I certainly hope not. CC is his work. It’s about him and promoting his films. She would have been a third wheel.

  38. KatM says:

    It was probably immensely difficult for the smarmy twins to physically separate from each other for a whole twelve hours. I am surprised she let him out of her sight. Ursula probably threw her phone at the wall when she found out she was not allowed to chaperone him. I am sure she had him driven there and back by her team so she could monitor all his movements. : )

    • JHK says:

      @Katm 😂 I’ve thought that a crowbar was probably needed to separate them the few times they’ve been apart.

    • Dara says:

      I saw a Tumblr post (or maybe it was somewhere here on CB) that called her Barnacle Barbie and I nearly bit my tongue in half trying not to laugh hysterically while I was on a conference call – I couldn’t hit the mute button fast enough!

  39. Han says:

    He looks so old how is he only 35? I need receipts!

  40. Grace says:

    Authenticity is what I would use to describe designer handbags, not people and their relationships. This response is so oddly worded. It almost sounds he’s using authenticity in the place of genuineness. So anything would look sincerely genuine as long as he tries REALLY really hard? With precision and training too. *shrugs* I mean, who wouldn’t be moved by real love?

    It’s okay, Tommy old boy, you date whoever you want.

  41. Dani says:

    He’s so annoying. Boy, bye!

  42. Guest says:

    Authentic and Hiddleston? With Swift? Hahahaha… Please, just shut it…. I can’t stop laughing about this one. Oh boy, what did I ever see in this guy?

  43. Guesto says:

    Tom has left lots of potential wriggle room in that genuinely authentic completely off-the-cuff and not-at-all-rehearsed-many-times-in-front-of-a-mirror response.

  44. Chelsea says:

    Remember when he said he so private? Then he dragged out his mum and niece for photo ops. Remember when he humblebragged the director of TNM said he’s so enigmatic. Then he wore a I ❤️ Taylor Swift shirt, because that’s so enigmatic.

    I bet this quote will come back to bite him in the ass too 😂

    • popup says:

      Hahaha. Sooo enigmatic! Major cringe moment.

      But he’s also said that people are full of contradictions, that people are “inconstant.” If true authenticity is about being “being yourself,” that to me means being a messy human being full of contradictions, so both he and Taylor have that down. To be a completely consistent person in the public eye is inauthentic, because you’re forcing a linear narrative that’s not reflective of true life. Authenticity isn’t necessarily about consistency.

      That said, “being yourself” isn’t really great advice for everyone, either, if that means holding onto prejudices or being an idiot or losing your moral compass.

      So my advice to Tom is to be less authentic. Strive to be a better version of yourself.

      • Chelsea says:

        Authentic means being truthful or genuine non? Taylor is far from that. Him ? …well what to say.. hes very good at saying the right thing…

      • popup says:

        I’m just quibbling on the definition. Also, just to be clear, I think this relationship is real, not for PR. So I do think he’s being “authentic.” She’s a huge star, so once he started seeing her, I suppose he bent his own personal privacy clause. For normal people, maybe this is like agreeing to tell one’s parents or friends about a new relationship when normally you’d keep such matters on the down low. I don’t think that was a great move on Tom’s part. Tiddlesbanging has been fun but I think it would’ve served him better to be less of a thirsty dweeb about it.

      • Chelsea says:

        Dating her isn’t what makes his previous quotes look inauthentic it’s the rolling out of the relationship in such a public way. Dragging out relatives for photo shoots. As we have seen Taylor disappears when she wants to. They could have dated in much more private ways if they had wanted.

      • Asia says:

        The idea of him lecturing on authenticity when the love of his life is having 2000 articles written about her history of hypocrisy speaks to his absolutely inability to see the truth. What kind of values will that family have if they got together long-term. Brand Taylor is not authentic at all and he has lost credibility. It extends beyond the private life; his movie choices have been unsuccessful (though he is a talent). He does not speak in the trailer of his new movie. Wow, Tom!

      • lilacflowers says:

        @Asia, the Oscar winning actress doesn’t speak in that trailer either.

  45. Christianna says:

    Poor guy. I feel so bad for him!

  46. Grace says:

    I have a confession to make: I listened to bits of his Nerd HQ Q&A with headphones on, not watching. The voice was still good but I didn’t want to look at his face. Is this common reaction around?

    • Sue says:

      I did that too and then I also watched it. totally different experience in comparison to 2013 appearance. But it´s been 3 years since Loki´s show, so ;-)
      But when I listened to his voice and saw him there I too had the images of him in the tank top, or in Rome etc. in my mind and I couldn´t connect them with the person on the screen.

      • Dara says:

        I haven’t watched this year’s Skull Island panel or Nerd HQ, but last year’s appearance for Crimson Peak was pretty subdued too, even the Nerdist podcast was pretty tame, aside from GdT teasing Tom mercilessly. The 2013 SDCC experience will never be topped, and I look at it as the exception rather than the rule. Tom was probably still so pumped from the reaction to Loki’s takeover of Hall H that all that joy and exuberance had to go somewhere, and Nerd HQ was the perfect outlet.

      • jammypants says:

        “But when I listened to his voice and saw him there I too had the images of him in the tank top, or in Rome etc. in my mind and I couldn´t connect them with the person on the screen.”

        Characters aren’t real people though.

  47. holly hobby says:

    Hmm.. That’s a pat, sterile response isn’t it? No declarations of mad love for the Blonde Mean Girl? Authentic as in “I gotta play the part of lovesick swain?”

    They won’t last past the year.

    • saltandpepper says:

      I think he’s in for the long haul. Why not? He’s found the goose that lays the golden eggs. That’s him done. Over easy.

    • Abby_J says:

      According to Jocelyn Dashwood from the movie, What a Girl Wants, Tom is just being very British. She says something like, “No hugging, dear. I’m British. We only show affection to dogs and horses.”

      See? Hiddles wants to show his obsessive undying love for Swifty, but he just can’t. He’s pushed his British sensibilities too far already with the goofy pictures of him and her squad on the slide, and that I (Heart) T.S. shirt. He doesn’t want to lose his passport for showing too much affection.

      Yeah, sorry. I’ve really got nothing. ;)

    • Sophie says:

      Gonna last. These two? You can bet they’re in for the long haul. Engagement by the end of the year.

  48. Jane says:

    He’s so gross and so thirsty.

    • Guesto says:

      Oh stop being ridiculous. He may be thirsty and can certainly be accused of ‘hide behind a cushion’ cringe, but ‘gross’ should really be reserved for those who are gross.

      For the purpose of my argument, I give you all the things that ‘gross’ is that he is not: vulgar, coarse, crude, obscene, rude, ribald, lewd, bawdy, dirty, filthy, earthy, smutty, risqué, indecent, indelicate, improper, impure, unseemly, offensive, pornographic.

    • LadyLoo says:

      There you go, Jane. Did you not mention needing a thesaurus in your post? Seems like you must have given the above response.

      Hypocrisy is gross. I think it’s a perfectly appropriate word.

  49. K.C. says:

    I was DREADING his SDCC appearance and can’t find a single thing to make fun of. He was totally lovely and kept the thirst at minimum, which I know is particularly hard for him at Comic Con. He passed on the opportunity to sing happy birthday! I was proud. So proud. That’s what I like to see, Tom. More of that, please.

    As for the authenticity quote—Sixer is right, so very Hallmark. He has a future as a greeting card writer. Or a politician. But good on him for “committing” to whatever he’s doing. Whether he’s head over heels or just gunning to be a superstar, no one could claim he’s not putting 110% in.

    Also, new jacket? Do my eyes betray me? MAGIC.

  50. platospopcorn says:

    Keep yapping, Tommy! I spent my weekend binge watching Happy Valley and Grantchester, so I have a new ugly-hot British boyfriend…James Norton <3 Huzzah!!! I'm going to specifically avoid WORDS this time and just stick to pictures. Oh…and my new boyfriend CAN ACT. Sorry, THiddy…

    • Lilacflowers says:

      Tom is James’s RADA mentor

      • MI6 says:

        …mentee? Or did he actually mentor Tom?

      • Lilacflowers says:

        James would be the mentee. He brought it up in some interview I read that they get assigned mentors and he got Tom, who is always busy but does find time to talk to him.

      • platospopcorn says:

        La la la la not listening!!!! You bring far too much insight and reason to this board, my dear. You know I’m just upset with Tommy for being try-hard for the whole world to see. (It was easier to forgive when only we could see it!) But I’m not kidding about the severity of my new crush. Norton has an absolutely mesmerizing subtlety that both Tom and my other former boo, Benedict, lack. No hammy brute force acting to be seen! It could be the blush of new love talking, but he’s seriously good. Don’t tell Taylor he’s the new odds-on favorite for Bond, though…ack…

      • popup says:

        You are f*cking amazing @ Lilacflowers

      • Sixer says:

        Plato – you will have to prise Norton from LAK’s cold, dead hands. Careful not to mention this crush on any BRF threads hereabouts: she might see you!

        He does a VERY good jaw clench, does Norton.

      • platospopcorn says:

        @Sixer — Many thanks for the heads up! I’ll be sure to keep my squee-ing to a minimum in her presence…No interest in starting a fight, because he’s ALL MINE at the moment XD

        And my laudatory comment above was meant for @Lilacflowers — Between her dedication to speaking facts into nonsense and @K.C.’s ability to always see the positive angle, Tom will never truly be persona-non-grata around here — As it should be!

        Now, to slog through War and Peace…not sure how I feel about brunet Norton, but I’ll make it through somehow <3

      • jammypants says:

        I prefer Norton brunette. He didn’t catch my eye as a blonde(?)

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @Platos and Popup, thanks

        *looks around very carefully. Seeing no sign of LAK, believing the coast to be clear, sends James over to Plato with a bottle of wine*

        I haven’t been able to bring myself to watch War & Peace yet, even though it also stars my beloved Paul Dano. Attempts to read the novel have traumatized me.

      • platospopcorn says:

        Thank you @Lilacflowers! And just for you, @jammypants, it looks like he’s brought the wine as a brunet <3

        https://www.instagram.com/p/zzxlZhxIVS/?taken-by=jginorton

      • bonzo says:

        I got through halfway through the BBC War & Peace series and Dano was far and away the best thing in it. Couldn’t keep watching it though, as there were better series grabbing for my attention.

        I adored Dano in Love & Mercy.

        Agree that Norton is one of the most talented young actors out there. His Tommy Lee Royce was mesmerizing.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @Bonzo, I think Dano is one of the best and most underrated actors working. He can do anything

      • jammypants says:

        @platospopcorn wine and brunette curls, perf

    • spidey says:

      @ Lilacflowers – I only lasted one episode of War and Peace I’m afraid.

    • Bonzo says:

      Happy Valley is my favorite British police drama! Norton was genuinely creeptastic in it and Lancashire is such a fabulous mess of a woman. I love her.

      She’s got me shouting “What a sh!t week!” whenever applicable after watching the last episode of season two….

  51. Kate says:

    So many words to say nothing at all. This headline gave me the biggest laugh all day.

  52. shelly says:

    Norton would make a good James Bond, hunky and suave..Hmmmmm

  53. spidey says:

    wrong place

  54. mrsrockstar says:

    A little late to the party for hiddleston but my husband and I were talking about this and we agree on this one-TS is ambitious, savvy and talented and has a good body for designer displays (tall and thin) but lacks the key ingredient sex appeal. Neither one of us can see this woman as a sexual being. Making out like a high school cheerleader but impossible to imagine making love. Her”passion” comes across like a teenager who hasn’t “done it yet”.i would not even be surprised to find out that she hasn’t consumated any of these relationships.Very weird vibe

    • Annetommy says:

      As I’ve said before, I don’t try and envisage celebs in the sack, it seems a bit creepy, but maybe I’m in the minority.

    • LadyLoo says:

      I don’t find it creepy to think about a romantic relationship (celeb or not) in terms of its sexual component. It’s an integral part of any romantic relationship; true intimacy can’t come from any other source. So if you’re going to talk about a relationship that’s meant to be romantic, talking about the sexual chemistry between the people in the relationship is fair game.

      Besides rockstar isn’t having detailed fantasies about TayTo, all she said was that she could imagine TS as a highly sexual being.

      • LadyLoo says:

        *couldn’t imagine* – that’s important!! Sorry to misrepresent your comment, rockstar.

      • Annetommy says:

        Not convinced that one can tell how “sexual” someone is by looking at them, either by themselves or in interaction. People present themselves publicly in different ways, and upbringing has a lot to do with it. She is also conscious of image, which so far has steered away from stereotyped hoochie coochie girl. I’ll reserve judgement on what she’s really like in private.

    • BluBare-E says:

      Mee tooo Rockstar. Everything you said. About Taylor that is. I’ve had sex.

      I think. Can’t remember. Probably.
      :)

  55. AlmostKael says:

    I loved him as Loki but bumping into him in London back in 2014 made me question the ‘authenticity’ of his public image… Not as nerdy and friendly as I expected…

    • LadyLoo says:

      Would you like a cup to pour your tea in, AlmostKael?

      • AlmostKael says:

        Ahah, I kinda already poured it in my review of High-Rise. I bumped into him in Belsize Park at night. I was walking up to a pub eating a cake on the way. He was getting out of a car, probably going home. He was in my path so I said ‘You are Tom Hiddleston aren’t you?’ And he said ‘No’. I took it as a joke and laughted it off and said ‘I saw you at Thor’s press Q&A in France, would love to interview you for my blog. Can I give you my card?’. I expected a simple yes or no but he started telling me ‘I am preparing for a role at the moment so I cant talk about it’. I said ‘Yeah sure, after the movie is released’. And then it just got bizarre.

        He said ‘Well you wouldnt talk about a painting you are in the process of painting its the same with acting’ or something like that. He was SO serious, not condescending but lecturing me definitely. And this was in the middle of the night with no one around.

        So I just said ‘OK can I just give you my card and contact me whenever’. I asked his assistant if he could hold my box with the cake in it so I could reach in my bag to find a business card and he gave me the most condeacending look ever. He actually stepped back a little. Had to tell him ‘its a cake its not toxic’. Gave my card and went on my way.

        Never heard from Hiddleston and frankly didnt want to interview him anymore anyway. I have met quite a few actors in town and the one who made me feel awkward is Hiddleston. Thought that night he wasnt the geek happy to giggle with fans he pretended to be with his dancing and all. The whole Taytay thing confirms my impression of him.

      • Becky says:

        Almostkael, if he was going home and you stopped him in the street then it’s not surprising he was a bit rude. He’s had his fair share of stalkers and he probably thought you were one. I get the impression he’s very wary of journos outside of a work event.

      • spidey says:

        @Almostkael, Perhaps you should have taken the hint when he said “no”.

      • LadyLoo says:

        You needed to have given him some cake. Fake persona Tom Hiddleston loves cake! Authentically loves cake and authentic frosting. So maybe Fake Tom would have made an appearance.

        *Real Hiddleston is probably gluten intolerant and HATES it.*

    • popup says:

      @almostkael I’m sorry Tom wasn’t kind to you but I have to admit I’m with the others who think he had a right to be wary. Trying to put myself in his shoes, this is like someone approaching me on the street for a donation. No matter how worthy the cause, if I say “no,” the person needs to move on instead of trying to debate me. Also, I would probably be annoyed if after I already declined, the person then asked me to hold their cake while they looked for something in their bag. It just may not have been the right forum to request an interview.

      • AlmostKael says:

        Just to clarify: did not stop him. His car was cutting the pavement. We came face to face. It’s my job to ask people for interviews. They can give their agents emails or else or if they dont want to actually say no instead of lecturing someone. If I had been an Empire or Vanity Fair journo I bet his attitude would have been much different.

      • AlmostKael says:

        He just seemes to assume I was dumb wanting to interview him about a film I hadnt even seen yet. I understand what you all say about him being wary but again, I had actors refusing interviews before and they did it in a cool way.

      • LadyLoo says:

        There is a way to politely and professionally decline an invitation or request. Seems like TH hadn’t planned and practiced that part of his nice guy persona.
        You can bet if she’d said, “Hello, I’m AlmostKael from VF or Empire,” he would have happily taken the card. He knows where the bread is buttered. He took a turn into Hell No Lane the second she said “blog.” I can very much imagine that TH thinks/thought himself above interviews with “blogs.” I’m pettily pleased that he had to do the promo walk of shame during ISTL. Sony had him turning up to the opening of an envelope and talking to every back-of-beyond country radio station, blog and low-level journalist across the country. And it still bombed.

      • Miss Jupitero says:

        I’m with LadyLoo on this one. Whatever he may have felt, there was no reason to be rude or unkind. There is a professional way to say no, and this isn’t it. No puppies were eaten, sure, but it does kind of put a ding into his “nice guy” image.

      • popup says:

        @AlmostKael did your run-in with Tom coincide with his Coriolanus run, by any chance? That was around the time I detected that he soured a bit on fans and public interaction. He still took photos and signed selfies, but I think he learned to establish stronger boundaries with fans. The stage door was getting out of hand and he even asked fans on Twitter to be nice to theatre staff.

        As for ISTL promo tour, that kind of down home every radio station approach is in line with how country musicians do their own promo. I wouldn’t consider that the walk of shame; it’s just how promotion is done for the country music set.

      • LadyLoo says:

        @popup He wasn’t a country musician promoting a new album. He was a Hollywood star promoting his Oscar worthy performance in a serious bio-pic. When he’s talking to youtube bloggers and podcasts that no one’s ever heard of, that’s the promo walk of shame for a man like TH, or the man TH thinks himself to be.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        Kimmel, Colbert, Charlie Rose, The Talk, Today show, James Corden, Seth Myers

      • Dara says:

        ISTL promotion was an odd hybrid of PR approaches – plenty of national exposure, but also a lot more regional promo than is usual: local news shows in Chicago & Wash DC, Q&A’s after screenings in NY, SF, Chicago and DC, and a fair number of 1×1 interviews with online media/bloggers and regional podcasters that usually don’t snag someone of Hiddles’ caliber. I think Sony figured they could send Tom the circus bear on a whistle-stop charm offensive which would give them some free headlines and bring people to the theater, but it didn’t really work.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      2014 London for 1 1/2 months, Canada for 3 months, Los Angeles briefly, Bora Bora for 1 week, London briefly, Northern Ireland for 2 1/2 months, London briefly, Mallorca, London briefly, Nashville for 1 month, London briefly, Shreveport for 3 months with 1 weekend in London for awards ceremony.

      • BluBare-E says:

        There you go again Lilac with all those facts.

        :)

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @Blubare, I like facts. I like specific dates.

      • jammypants says:

        Seriously, I know people are coming out of the woodworks for the pile-on because it’s convenient, but why not bring it up when it happened? I just find these sudden “stories” a bit convenient now that his image is being dissected.

    • MI6 says:

      Big TH fan here and that sounds about right 😅
      #lovesnarkyTom

  56. Browniecakes says:

    Why is he working out so hard?

  57. FW says:

    Did he answer the question in the first place? when did this interview happen? Luke indeed needed to sit him down and better prepare for these TS related Qs

    Eye-roll the authentic statement from the man dating a most inauthentic pop-start. they are a perfect match. expecting the engagment and marriage

  58. AlmostKael says:

    @spidey that’s kinda my point. He is supposed to be really cool especially with fans but actually he is not. He was very much in the spotlight back in 2014, that’s why I assumed he was joking when he pretended not to be Tom Hiddleston. Sorry but Im not a stalker and I wasnt being rude or creepy. i have met many other celebs with an A-list status and they did not give off that self importance vibe. Guess you had to be there.

    • spidey says:

      You said you wanted to interview him for your blog and handed him your card, so he was entitled to think you were an unprofessional journalist rather than a fan.

      It might be your job to ask for interviews in a professional situation, this wasn’t one.

      • AlmostKael says:

        As if a lot of work opportunities are only created through ‘proper’ channels…. Especially in the movie business.

      • LadyLoo says:

        How is asking someone to take a card considered “unprofessional?” If he’s in the hairdresser’s chair, at the doctor’s office, having a meal at a restaurant, sure you don’t go in with an interview request and card. Standing on a walkway in public with no one else around isn’t “sacred” space. We can see now that TH doesn’t have “sacred” space really.

  59. AlmostKael says:

    Thank you LadyLoo, you have articulated perfectly what bugged me. He would have definitely not dared to talk to me as if I were a clueless child if I hadnt been a blogger. Offering business cards is def professional. Take it and never get in touch if you are not interested. Simple as that. I bumped into Mads Mikkelsen smocking a cigarette outside about a week ago: asked him for itw, realized I did not have a card on me. He gave me his agent number, I thanked him he stoop up with a big smile and shook my hand. Agent declined interview for now and thats fine. Its just the business. Why be weird about it? Just did not expect that attitude from TH.

    • Becky says:

      Almostkael, you said he was getting out of a car and probably on his way home. If it’s the pub I think it is then you were right outside his gate. If that’s the case I’m not surprised he was a bit rude. Just trying to suggest why he was a bit off with you

      • AlmostKael says:

        I see what you mean but you know I also bumped into Henry Cavill in his neighborhoud while he was walking his dog and he was adorable. The only person who had been ‘off’ has been TH. I sensed there was a gap between who he was in private and in the public eye. To take his word, I dont think he is authentic. When I saw his Rhode Island pics I thought that for someone who wants to be left to his creative process in peace, he actually doesnt mind a paparazzi camera or two!

      • MI6 says:

        @ Becky: It frightening that you know that.

      • Becky says:

        MI6, a friend of mine goes to that pub and has seen him a few times, I’ve been there once about 2 years ago.

    • LadyLoo says:

      You’re welcome, AK. Thank you for sharing your story. I should have forewarned that some people are willing to die on the TH bridge. Everything is defensible for some.

      • BluBare-E says:

        And some people have an agenda to tear him down for anything and everything and nothing at all. Hmm, who could that be, I wonder?

      • Bonzo says:

        I don’t hear her tearing him down, just telling her story. He was rude and he could have been more polite if all she wanted was to give him a card. Simples.

      • BluBare-E says:

        @Bonzo

        I posted my comment under @LadyLoo’s comment, not @AlmostKael story.

      • Bonzo says:

        I’m talking about both your comment of “having an agenda to tear him down” as well as the entire discussion as to whether or not Tom was rude according to AlmostKael’s story.

      • BluBare-E says:

        @Bonzo

        To clarify. My comment about “having an agenda to tear him down” was directed @LadyLoo. It was not directed to @AlmostKael or the rest of the discussion of her story.

      • BluBare-E says:

        @Bonzo

        (in continuation)

        I specifically directed my post under @LadyLoo’s comment :

        “I should have forewarned that some people are willing to die on the TH bridge. Everything is defensible for some. ”

        My comment is based on this and on 99.9% of everything LL posts here.

      • BluBare-E says:

        No. I’m going to cherish that 0.1% for all it’s worth. It’s the only strand of hope in humanity I have left.

        Why god, why?

      • BluBare-E says:

        Besides, you can’t change it. It’s there forever now. Ahah! ahahaha

        Forever!

      • BluBare-E says:

        I think I need to eat some lunch now.

      • Grace says:

        If it’s any cancellation, Tom isn’t getting special treatment. I’ve read Ladyloo on other threads, she sounds about the same.

        We all come here to laugh at celebs because gossip is supposed to be fun. People can have different opinions but each one of us has as much right to comment as the next person.

      • BluBare-E says:

        @Grace
        I understand BC is all about the snark for most. I just find some posters to be CONSTANTLY mean and spiteful. It doesn’t feel all that funny after a while and is pretty tiring.

        For the record @LL is not the only one, and that’s my comment on meanie commenters. I shall try to remember what you said and think better of some cause I wanna have fun too. But I do get fed up and gotta dish back some of the sh*t flying around here – or at least duck.

        I’m going to get something to eat now.

  60. Browniecakes says:

    I noticed Zack Levi wasn’t wearing a wedding band. Turns out he got divorced from Missy P after 6 months. He could school TH about rushing things.

    • spidey says:

      Except hadn’t Zack and Missy been together for quite a long time before they got married?

    • LadyLoo says:

      They were off and on for a few years, taking at least two “breaks” before getting back together. As I recall, they were actually on a break only a few months before the wedding. Everyone was surprised when they got hitched because people were thinking they’d broken up. When you need to take multiple breaks over the span of two years, marriage is probably not such a good idea.

  61. Sue says:

    A day without Hiddleswift article? :-O
    I´m nervous when & how they´ll hit us again ;-)

  62. AlmostKael says:

    @popup it was in august 2014

    • Lilacflowers says:

      😊

    • popup says:

      Hm, so August 2014 was the month of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (I do actually remember that since I’m heavily involved with ALS awareness). And it was also the month he was shooting High-Rise. Maybe he was feeling a little rude toward humanity given the role – haha. The role he was probably preparing for was Hank Williams for ISTL, another troubled character, since that began shooting in the fall. I don’t want to put too much weight into what kind of mindset his roles put him in, but it’s interesting to map out the timeline.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        He went to Mallorca that month too after finishing High-Rise. I like when stories provide specific dates without being asked.

  63. AlmostKael says:

    @bluebare-e: just so you know, I have always written good things about his performances. Good actor, just not that adorable. And my blog is on tumblr, I was there during the Loki mania.

    • popup says:

      Don’t think @blubare-e was talking to you

    • LinaLamont says:

      I give everyone one pass, unless they have a reputation. Even actors (ugh). Yeah, even actors are people and can have a bad/off day.

    • BluBare-E says:

      AlmostKael,

      @popup is right. My comment was not directed at you. It was for @LadyLoo.

      I’m sorry about your experience. It’s a drag when we have uncomfortable or negative encounters with people we like and admire. I don’t blame you personally for not liking him anymore, but I can’t go as far as saying this incident is proof that he’s a total fraud and nothing about his public persona is real.
      I don’t think any celebrity’s public image is the totality of who they are, and anyone can have a bad day(s). We don’t know what it’s like to be in their heads or hearts. We can only speculate here, hopefully with harmless humor and a lot of objectivity.
      I do appreciate your gracious recant of him. It’s refreshing to hear thoughtful criticism, we need more of that around here. Peace.

      • almostkael says:

        Thank you for your message :)

        Of course it’s not a proof of anything. Just my personal experience meeting him. And to be honest, it didn’t make me not like him anymore. I still went to see his movies and found him good in them. The whole Taylor Swift thing is actually putting me off more than my ‘bad’ encounter with him ahah.

  64. Lilacflowers says:

    I learned so much from Miss Thing

  65. shelly says:

    Who are Jarthy and Miss Thing ? Intrigue !!!

    • jammypants says:

      oh man Miss Thing! I remember her! I’m too lazy to go into detail, but she claimed to have been in close contact with Tom and later she got busted on her lies. It was a trainwreck.

      Jarthy was one of Tom’s f*ck buddies. Her troll game was strong with his fanbase.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        JArthy was an actual person in his life.

        MissThing popped up here in 2013 claiming knowledge of deep dark secrets and rude treatment. She got tripped up by her own timeline.

      • jammypants says:

        ngl, the trip up was too entertaining

    • Grace says:

      You need to ask Lilacflowers for the specifics. My recollection, brief as it is, Jarthy and Miss Thing, both occurred in 2013? Jarthy was a woman seen with Tom in public a couple of occasions, including the Wimbledon, after theatre night walk when he was doing Coriolanus, and a holiday in Tahiti the following summer. I don’t really know much about Miss Thing beyond, I think she came to CB to talk about how she was in contact with Tom and he was revealing a lot of ‘private’ things to her. She made him sound like an emotionally damaged puppy. As it turned out, someone else was winding her up by pretending to be Tom. She then disappeared off the radar.

      Ladies, feel free to fill in.

    • spittair says:

      @Grace, Miss Thing was/is a nefarious and unhinged troll from Tumblr (whose name I won’t mention), and who has quite the reputation. She made an appearance here on CB, but she trolled and catfished fangirls on Tumblr relentlessly, spreading rumors about Tom’s supposed sex life (i.e. very kinky, sub tendencies, playboy who uses women, abused as a kid, etc). I know this because I follow someone on Tumblr who was catfished by her into thinking she was going to commit suicide because she claimed Tom basically hit it and quit it. She went around sending people a pic of her holding pills and scaring them half to death. Be very weary of people/posts who make claims about knowing the “real Tom”. She has a PLETHORA of fake blog identities. I used to be on ONTD and was surprised to have come across her tall tales myself.

      • shelly says:

        Scary stuff, although when trolls get hoist on their own petard it can be very satisfying. Thanks for the info Ladies.

        I’m here for sh*ts and giggles, and because most of the contributors on here are very amusing.

  66. Sixer says:

    Well. This has all gone very boring and calendar forensics from 20bloody14-y. You lot are supposed to be entertaining me, not sending me to sleep! So i’ll give everyone a random quote of the day:

    “My pin the willy on the man went well.”

    I love Pauline Wilton. (Bonzo – that’s a spoiler).

    • Lilacflowers says:

      I need to work that into a court argument somehow

    • Bonzo says:

      Ahhhh… Pauliiiiine!! That must be from ep 4 since it’s the one I haven’t seen! She and Sharon Rooney make that show awesome.

      I fell asleep during The Secret Agent, so I guess I’ll pass on that one. Will give Beck a try tonight. I need something that really grabs me like Deutschland 83 & Spiral did.

    • Sixer says:

      Mr Sixer loved The Secret Agent. I also thought it was pants and shall be reading my book when he watches the other two episodes. Beck’s ok. Not my favourite of Scandi police shows. Did you like Dicte?

      • Bonzo says:

        I do enjoy Dicte, but not in a binge-watching sort of way. Similar to my response to 30 Degrees in February. I think I’m just more drawn to noir — like Trapped.

  67. MI6 says:

    If Twitter is to be believed, Tom is in NYC…doing damage control with Luke and disastrous NY team?
    Hmmm.
    I wish he’d click his heels together 3 times and get the f*CK back to Oz. Alone. Or with Luke, who seems to keep him (somewhat) in line.

    • Grace says:

      How is old Luke faring these days? Pursed lips? Stress lines on his forehead? Jumpy as he is approached?

      • MI6 says:

        @Grace: No, that’s Tom.

      • Bonzo says:

        Assuming Lukey Duke is still with him in NYC, that would lend weight to the theory that they’re STRATEGIZING the next phase, among other things. While we Celebitches see the need for damage control, I wonder if Luke is looking at the online metrics and smiling whilst shrugging his shoulders at the mocking from the press/fans? Since Tom willingly went along with the in-your-face PR campaign for TIDDLES, makes me wonder what Luke would deem a PR disaster, if not that.

        Perhaps the real indicator is what Tom does once he’s done working. The PR campaign had to get dialed down due to his Thor duties, but what will happen once he’s got lots of free time on his hands? I don’t think TIDDLES is over, but curious if there will be a shift in how they present themselves in the future.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      He could possibly be doing something involving a future theater project, especially as he has been in NYC For business meetings quite frequently since March. Also, many of the Thor actors like Idris, Jamie, Zachary, and Karl aren’t due in Oz until next week.

      But yes, it is most likely the MCU is going to fire him, mid-film, for dating Taylor Swift. And he’ll never work again

    • Lilacflowers says:

      No longer in New York. Pictures show him going through TSA at JFK tonight. Gray suede boots, white t-shirt, that jacket. Because jackets are needed on the east coast today.

      Conspiracy theories on next destination can start now

      • Sue says:

        …someone should steel the shoes finally :D or maybe he´s getting new pair of them after each control :-P

      • spidey says:

        Yes Sue, but if he did and got lots of new clothes someone somewhere would accuse him of being vain and even more image conscious. :)

        And I don’t like the grey shoes either but perhaps they are just comfortable?

      • Sue says:

        @spidey: I believe they are, maybe some kind of talisman :)
        I really don´t care about the shoes or his wardrobe, live and let live ;-)
        The images of him being check on JFK were just amusing, but he looks fine there.
        I still don´t get the trend paps documenting departures and arrivals of celebs on airports at all, it´s so unnecessary but funny :D

      • spidey says:

        Yes, at first I thought “what a place to be retying your shoelaces” before I realised he probably had to take his shoes off at security. :)

      • Sue says:

        He´s back in L.A:
        http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3710339/Tom-Hiddleston-lands-LA-console-girlfriend-Taylor-Swift-following-MTV-VMAs-snub.html

        Great airport pics again :P

        Conspiracies – to meet his authentic love or to continue to Oz? Probably both. Bets?
        TS will go with him again? Etc. etc.
        Oh, it´s exhausting to predict next moves in this chess game :-D

  68. twilly says:

    He’s in New York eating steak at the Balthazar and she’s in Nashville yelling at a guy out her car window to turn his earbuds down. Check out Brian Mansfield on Twitter and TheChickFlick, also a Twitter post.

  69. Christin says:

    How does *this* guy get so much attention? A Miss Thing? Attention in the streets (months ago, not just now)? I’ve obviously been under a rock.

    • BluBare-E says:

      Christin,

      Tom has had for several years now a very large, steady following of adoring fans from around the world like Europe, S. Korea, Russia, China, Oz, US, UK etc. His presence on Tumblr, Twitter, gossip sites, YouTube and Comic Con are continuously high over the years and that was before he started up with Taylor. He has been dubbed Tumblr’s boyfriend, the internet’s boyfriend.

      Although he’s been in several successful mainstream movies like Thor and Avengers as Loki and in War Horse, in the US he is more famous on the internet than through American mainstream celebrity/movie culture. Whereas in UK he’s a bigger deal and everyone knows him. On the internet and social media his fans come together regularly for years and endlessly quibble over his career, love life and the overall enigma of his personality. You can check out CB archives back to 2012 and see how his threads consistently have high click counts. See also all the videos posted on YouTube from years back and of course all the new and old Tumblr accounts devoted exclusively to Tom.

      • Christin says:

        Thanks for explaining. I am more familiar with Taylor (and I’ve never fully understood her level of success, having watched her since her country music teen years).

        Having checked out Tom’s impressions, I do understand the eager puppy references.

    • spidey says:

      Sounds painful!

    • BluBare-E says:

      Just balancing things out with some accurate information and resources for Christin to follow up and make her own evaluation if so chooses. After all, she asked.

      No rocks involved what so ever. Everything out in the open. That’s me.

    • Sixer says:

      Christin: you have now passed Official Beginner Level LEGS training.

      Intermediate Level deals with timelines.

      Advanced Level – it’s better not to ask.

      (Hardly anyone had heard of him in the UK either, until Tiddles, or perhaps TNM. Nobody at all in my circle has a clue who he is. Jus’ sayin’. Man’s internet famous.)

      • spidey says:

        @ Sixer, I doubt that Tiddles has registered that much with people who weren’t interested in him in the first place. Oh, and Daily Fail readers!

      • Sixer says:

        I only visit the Fail if a comment here sends me there, spidey. But yes, I gather from the Tiddlesbanging he has new-found popularity there!

        Like I say, he’s done a trade-off. Name recognition raised. A certain aspect of credibility lowered.

        If that’s what he wants, he should go for it. I approve because it gives me extra grounds for mickey-taking at the INauthentic nature of it all!

      • Christin says:

        I will wear my basic badge with pride. This thread just brought up new surprise about his appeal. I must check the archives for this Miss Thing ‘thing’.

      • Sixer says:

        Christin – there’s a phrase a mile wide but only an inch deep. Vis a vis LEGS it’s more an inch wide but a gazillion miles deep! Such is the nature of internet fandoms and anti-fandoms as this thread very much demonstrates. Your rock included the vast majority of people on planet Earth!

        *gives Christin pretty badge*

      • Bonzo says:

        Christin, be forewarned… When Cumby & Hiddles first came on my radar I went back and read the old posts on him… giggling my way through 2012 – 2013 posts. It’ll suck the hours out of your day for a month or more, but you’ll get some great laughs and understand some of the nicknames & references that are brought up. The Thornfield ladies were a hoot.

        It’s not the same on these posts without Fanty, Eve and J.Eyre and their smutty remarks… Sixer still brings the snark though. :-)

  70. spidey says:

    One thing I love about Celebitchy is the vivid imaginations. :)

  71. Lilacflowers says:

    I find the TSA pictures of shoe removal amusing.

  72. spidey says:

    wrong place

  73. spidey says:

    on a lighter note:

  74. guest says:

    guess who won “the rare of the year, 2016″? elba, and murray came 2nd and 3rd.
    ;)

  75. Dara says:

    A few different things maybe? If Luke is there, probably some media interviews. His manager and business lawyer have NYC offices, so they could be discussing any number of things. They don’t really need to meet face-to-face for normal business though, so maybe the rumored stage project is Broadway and not London.

    If I hadn’t misplaced my tinfoil hat, would think that Team Tom is having an emergency summit in order to figure out how to gracefully jump ship off the Taytanic.

  76. jammypants says:

    “If I hadn’t misplaced my tinfoil hat, would think that Team Tom is having an emergency summit in order to figure out how to gracefully jump ship off the Taytanic.”

    Jump off the ship before it sinks Tommy! kick Taylor’s skinny ass off that floating door. She’s the ice queen, she’ll survive the freeze.

  77. RUNSWITHSCISSORS says:

    “Luke now has to wear a blood pressure monitor at all times; his GP calls his condition ‘stroke-ish.’”

    Ehehehehe – thanks, LL! Definitely needed the laughs this post gave me!!!

    Regarding songs for the band, if it’s the Taytanic, aren’t they supposed to play “Nearer My God to Thee?” while it sinks? (I haven’t seen that old b&w movie in many years.)

  78. Lilacflowers says:

    I’m hoping Broadway

  79. Grace says:

    @spidey The night manager/Sherlock crossover? BBC is so full of baits.

  80. spidey says:

    YEp, but it was fun and I guess it will wind up a few folks.