Tom Hiddleston on Taylor Swift & the Tiddlebanging: ‘Of course it was real’

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I don’t want to oversell this, but GQ’s cover story on Tom Hiddleston is possibly the best piece of celebrity journalism I’ve ever read. “Best” as in “most enjoyable to read.” Best as in “she got him to talk endlessly about TIDDLES and whether or not TIDDLES WAS REAL.” The journalist is the “mystery brunette,” Taffy Brodesser-Akner. The article isn’t written as a Q&A session with pre-rehearsed answers. After talking about Taylor Swift the night before, Tom comes to Taffy’s hotel room before dawn the next morning to talk about love and broken hearts off the record. He heats up leftover bolognese for Taffy, which he made himself for when he was watching a screener of Moonlight alone the night before. She notes, “His zeal is bottomless.” She also notes, “By most definitions, Tom Hiddleston is… uncool. His vulnerability, his enthusiasm, his Bolognese, these are not trademarks of a dashing movie star.” You can read the full piece here and I would suggest doing so. Some highlights:

His enthusiasm: Tom Hiddleston is enthusiastic about everything: Barack Obama (“An enormously temperate man!”); his Thor director, Kenneth Branagh (“Such a humanist!”); Jonathan Franzen’s Purity (“It holds the Internet to account—it shows you how it can distort identity in an unhealthy way!”); Moana (“Incredible!”); Dwayne Johnson in particular (“That man radiates joy!”); Matt Damon (“I think he’s got real integrity!”); Michael Fassbender (“Extraordinary!”); Chiwetel Ejiofor (Amazing!”); this porridge he makes, which is just oatmeal and almond milk and chia seeds (“I’m obsessed!”).

He loves Tom Hanks: “His decency is poured into everything he does. I’m nowhere near Tom Hanks’s contribution or even close. All of it’s not high art, you know? But there is a value in it, you know, somehow, somewhere.”

What he wants to fix: He’s concerned about our “strange public distrust of experts… If you’re under attack, “if your values are under attack, if you’re being shamed, if you’re being humiliated, the animal response is to hide in the bush. It’s to be less, to make yourself smaller, to diminish in size and volume. And the lesson of 2016 is we have to love more, we have to risk more, we have to be braver, we have to be more outspoken.”

His first comment on Taylor Swift: “Taylor is an amazing woman. She’s generous and kind and lovely, and we had the best time.” But I didn’t ask that, I say. I asked something else. So I wait, and he says, “Of course it was real.”

The “I Heart T.S.” t-shirt: “The truth is, it was the Fourth of July and a public holiday and we were playing a game and I slipped and hurt my back. And I wanted to protect the graze from the sun and said, ’Does anyone have a T-shirt?’ And one of her friends said, ’I’ve got this.’ ” The friend pulled out the “I ♥ T.S.” tank top that Taylor’s friends are contractually obligated to own. “And we all laughed about it. It was a joke.” So that’s his statement on the entire relationship: an explanation of the tank top. “It was a joke,” he repeats. “Among friends.”

There’s more about Swifty: “I have to be so psychologically strong about not letting other people’s interpretations about my life affect my life. A relationship exists between two people. We will always know what it was. The narratives that are out there altogether have been extrapolated from pictures that were taken without consent or permission, with no context. Nobody had the context for that story. And I’m still trying to work out a way of having a personal life and protecting it, but also without hiding. So the hardest thing is that that was a joke among friends on the Fourth of July….I don’t know. I just, I was surprised. I was just surprised that it got so much attention. The tank top became an emblem of this thing.”

A relationship in the limelight: “I only know the woman I met. She’s incredible.” But, man, all those cameras. “A relationship in the limelight… A relationship always takes work. A relationship in the limelight takes work. And it’s not just the limelight. It’s everything else.” He wanted a regular relationship. So did she, he says she said. “So we decided to go out for dinner, we decided to travel.”

His endnote: “…Because you have to fight for love. You can’t live in fear of what people might say. You know, you have to be true to yourself.”

[From GQ]

That endnote comes before Taffy turns off her recorder and just sits down with him and talks to him off-the-record. At 6 a.m. in her hotel room. Taffy writes: “We talk about how relationships go sideways, how the ripples of a breakup can still pin you to a wall even months later. We talk about heartache. We talk about sadness and healing. We talk about what it’s like to love and what happens when the object of that love withdraws but all your love is still there.” And on and on. Basically, this is how Hiddleston is playing it in the wake of TIDDLES and the Tiddlesplit Heard ‘Round the World. He’s playing it as brokenhearted. He’s playing it as he was all-in and he really fell for Taylor and the world and the relationship chipped away at his natural enthusiasm. Is this the best strategy? Honestly, it’s not the worst. I’d rather hear from a guy who talks about his ex with respect and love – even if he’s talking way too much – as opposed to a guy who uses a national platform to slam an ex. So, well played, Hiddles. Maybe.

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  1. Clare says:

    Dude really needs new PR/media handlers.

    This interview makes him sound super lame. Ew.

  2. Sixer says:

    I congratulate you on the patience to read the entire thing, Kaiser. It was a bloody novel and I failed miserably at about 25% after Grace told me about it on the other thread. You just KNEW such a hagiography would be written by someone with a name like Taffy, right?! I’ll just precis it with what I put on the other thread. But y’know. Taffy is a true believer and she thinks LEGS is REAL. Snigger.

    GQ is the High Sparrow of the LEGS Militant.

    • Becky says:

      I’m put off reading just from a couple of his quotes.

    • Christin says:

      I’m attempting to briefly imagine what the off-the-record relationship ramblings were. Is he really a lovesick sap, or just trying to gain sappy sympathy?

      As for the July 4th photo fest, he was clearly “all in”. Love on the rocks. Almost Around the World in 7 Days. We remember.

      • Becky says:

        I think it was a serious discussion off-the-record of the the story/narrative he was trying to project. Considering it was a cover story he had more clout.

        And the quote about Taylor, is wtf?
        “Taylor is an amazing woman,” reads the prepared statement Tom Hiddleston has memorized and is now giving me at The Bull & Last, where his voice has gone low. “She’s generous and kind and lovely, and we had the best time.” But I didn’t ask that, I say. I asked something else. So I wait, and he says, “Of course it was real.”

      • Sixer says:


        Oh, lord. I think LEGS is trying to get back to the Internet Unicorn Princeling he was before all the various faux pas. So they got a nice posh girl to gush endless breathy words in GQ, the magazine Luke has locked down to be nice about him.

        But we’ve seen it all before and she wrote SO. MANY. WORDS.

        So I think a fail.

      • Becky says:

        Sixer, it’s in the article! He had a statement prepared and everything (Kaiser left that bit out).

      • Sixer says:

        I did try to read it but I got to the bit where Taffy proclaimed his realness, wet my pants laughing, and then just gave up!

        You really do have to love LEGS. He can double down on literally any and every possible idiocy.

      • Bonzo says:

        Sixer, this may be the first Hiddles interview I have no interest in reading beyond the cliffs/sparks notes version here. I want to keep my undies dry and if she’s proclaiming HOW REAL TommyAnnE is, I shall turn them yeller for good.

    • Merry says:

      Haha. I dont get the Hiddlestone appeal but I loved that piece. The last few paragraphs seal my impression of him as some kind of emo English lit professor. I always suspected he was the type to toss and turn at night wondering what a writer will write about him and then get up to send a pleading email to said writer. Now I have confirmation.

      Based on this impression, I would say he is the type to start viewing her kindness as a sign of romantic compatibility. I bet you he rang his bff as soon as she left to tell him all about it and ask whether he should date her. I bet you even more that the bff talked him into waiting until the article came out. I bet you everything I own, he is the sensitive type who will mull every paragraph wondering if she is throwing shade. I kind of ship them together though, she is clearly very kind and perceptive, just what a sensitive person needs. All this to say, I highly recommend reading the full GQ interview

      • Lahdidahbaby says:

        You have won me over to losing a chunk of my life to finish it, Merry. This is on you.

      • supposedtobeworking says:

        Isn’t it kind of tongue-in-cheek? Like she’s reporting what he wants her to report in a play by play, but letting you in on the joke? And everyone knows its a joke, but he’s still going to play it up and she’s still going to side-eye his motives while honouring his public persona?

    • Lightpurple says:

      Taffy needs an editor and I need some of that bolognese. I love bolognese. With bits of bacon in it. I want some of that beautiful bread that was in one of the pictures too. He can deliver both this evening as I prepare for a big snowstorm tomorrow.

      He can borrow one of my new Patriots shirts if he needs to cover any scrapes my nails make. Then he can shovel snow.

      • Sixer says:

        I’m so posh that I put pancetta in mine. And I call it ragu.

        I win, right?

      • SilverUnicorn says:

        None of you two win.

        Italian born and bred here, so no pancetta or bacon in a bolognese * the horror* (plus, of the two, bacon doesn’t even exist in Italy). I might agree with an Italian salsiccia though.

        You are forgiven (for now) only because I had to stand two decades of pineapple and chicken on pizzas….

        Off topic, did any of you see the Italian spoof video to welcome Trump? Similar to the Dutch one.

      • shelly says:

        My Husbands Spaghetti bollocknaked is the best. Beef AND pork mince, onion, garlic and pasata.

        Bacon or (shudder) carrots..No no no.

      • Sixer says:

        Do you know, I almost typed “sorry, SilverUnicorn” at the end of that comment! I am now sitting here imagining your face when you walk past the spaghetti carbonara ready meals in the supermarket!

      • SilverUnicorn says:


        Carrots should be in it.

        The original recipe is beef mince, red onion, celery, carrot (a garlic glove if you can digest it, I don’t put it in though), flat leaf parsley, seasoning and grated nutmeg. Salsiccia is sort of pork mince so it can go in it.

        NO mushrooms. My husband teases the hell out of me because I basically rebuke anyone who enhances Italian recipes with other ingredients, I am perfectly adhering to the Italian stereotype lol

        My husband is a cheeky Scotsman, any time he spots something like ‘enhanced’ Italian dishes in a supermarket he tells me or even brings me the package so I can throw a full-Italian-blown tantrum in public hahaha

        The latest horror I was presented with is the pizza with Nutella and marshmallows

      • Miss Jupitero says:

        Now that’s the right spirit. Give that boy a shovel.

      • shelly says:

        When I see big chunks of carrot in a ragu, I gag… But I defer to an Italian…And Gah mushrooms.

        Nutella and marshmellow pizza, say it aint so !

        He ( Hubby) also does a lovely Broccoli pasta with pine nuts and anchovies ( he got the idea from inspector Montalbano)

        Take that Hiddleston !

      • Sixer says:

        Silver – on a scale of 1-10, how bad is it that I buy gallons of this?

        (Also the salmon one.)

        Our friends in Tuscany always kill themselves laughing because we buy loads of it to take home when we visit, as it’s half the price in Italy.

      • Lightpurple says:

        @SilverUnicorn, I’m with you on the no mushrooms. And there should definitely be bits of carrots. The idea of pineapple on pizza has always been off to me. That Nutella & marshmallow thing is popping up constantly here in restaurants owned by actual Italians. Many of the small restaurants in Boston’s Italian neighborhood traditionally don’t do desserts but I’ve been seeing that creep onto the menus. I still prefer to finish dinner at the restaurant then head to a nearby cafe for espresso, pastry or gelato, and people watching

  3. savu says:

    I love that the gist is that he’s not “cool”, but that’s just who he is. What a pleasant human. Although all that positivity would make me want to strangle him eventually.

  4. MI6 says:

    I. KNEW.IT. I am going to gloat all day.
    I have been saying this since last summer- he really thought she liked hime and had no idea he was being used. He is that naive and that bloody honest. To a fault.
    It’s sad and sweet and charming and makes me love him more.

    • sura says:

      Lmfao oh my god you sweet summer child. Taylor swift, one of the biggest stars in the world, was just using poor itty bitty earnest Tom hiddleston? Oh lawd.

      • MI6 says:

        Thank you for your kind words. And yes, here’s proof.
        I wish you a speedy recovery from your cynicism.

      • Becky says:

        Well yeah, considering what happened with the whole Kim/Kanye situation, wasn’t that pretty obvious?

        Taylor uses nearly every involvement for PR. The only exception I can think of is that guy from the 1975.

      • SilverUnicorn says:

        MI6, an interview is not proof of anything….

        To be honest, it would be ‘proof’ only if you knew the man and you were being kept updated whilst he was with Swift.

      • Merritt says:

        While I don’t think Hiddleston was unaware of the reality of the situation, Taylor does use people.

    • Radley says:

      I wish you a speedy recovery from your naivety, before you hurt yourself.

    • MI6 says:

      @Silverunicorn: Think about it: he’s so painfully earnest and real, you can’t make this sh*t up. If it were contrived, he’d act much cooler.
      He’s incapable of artifice in his real life. This is proof of that.

      • Portia says:

        You know they used to say that earnest and real stuff about Taylor too before her mask started slipping. That if she was being fake, she’d act cooler, not dorky and lame, and that that’s why she’s real when compared to the other pop stars and celebs.

        Well, we all know how that whole package was constructed and contrived from start to finish.

      • MI6 says:

        Well, Portia, if TH starts showing cracks in his veneer, I’ll be proved wrong.
        But I don’t think that’s going to happen.
        She’s an entirely different story and he found that out the hard way.

      • cd says:

        Is he, tough, incapable of artifice? In his line of work I find that hard to believe.

    • Bread and Circuses says:

      I’m with you. He’s adorkable and delightful, and I’ll give him the (perhaps unearned) benefit of the doubt because of it.

      • MI6 says:


      • EnnuiAreTheChampions says:

        I agree, and I have to say that it’s irritating when posters who are less skeptical about him are mocked as “naive” or thinking-”challenged”. This is celebrity gossip about a man we will never meet. It’s escapism from a world that’s pretty dismal right now. And my escapism doesn’t have to take the same form as anyone else’s.

        I believe Tom is a genuine person, albeit a bit overly self-conscious. But sure, I give him the benefit of the doubt because I like him, and because I like liking him. That’s how I consume my celebrity gossip and that’s ok. I’m not planning to marry the man or lend him money, so who cares if I’m wrong?

    • Lauren II says:

      Tom was used by Tay to make Calvin jealous/pissed off, and it worked.
      Then the “This is What You Came For” debacle was full force. Calvin’s biggest hit was written by Taylor. Calvin claimed Tay wanted no songwriting credit, and Tay was singing on the track with Rihanna!
      Sometimes i think Taylor gains sadistic pleasure from humilating her lovers.
      I still like Tom, although maybe he talks too much.

      • MI6 says:

        Agree, Lauren. We can’t assume everyone is disingenuous and contrived. At least I can’t, and definitely not in his case.
        He’s way too nerdy to be fake. And I love it!

      • jetlagged says:

        @Lauren, I think you might be right about the urge to humiliate. Taylor has done exactly two concerts since the world learned she wrote This is What You Came For, and she’s performed the song both times – even though, imo, the girl does NOT have the range to pull it off. Her fans adore it, and think she’s asserting her power by reclaiming her own song. It just feels smug and petty to me, but what do I know.

      • TotallyOld says:

        @MI6. it’s not that he’s fake, it’s that he’s a try-hard to the inth degree. You should go read Lainey’s take on the article. I don’t usually like Lainey but she’s sees thru the bull by Taffy and believes after a while Tom got on Taffy’s nerve just a wee bit too much with his ever, always present and totally turn-off try-hardness! He will never overcome that trait, it just exudes from his every pore and every word out of his mouth.

        QQ your comment was the best, he looks totally different now that I see him as you described.

    • Bonzo says:

      MI6, you know I love you to bits, but I think it’s a big F—ing act to gain sympathy and rebuild his brand as the lovesick man who just can’t seem to keep the “lovely” girl he fell for.

      I call BULLSHIT.

      • MI6 says:

        And I love you right back, Bonzo. ❤
        But that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. He is intellectually brilliant and emotionally challenged. And he really didn’t see this coming.
        As far as inventing a facade, sorry, Luke, but his PR isn’t that good. Or calculated. What you see is what you get.

      • Bonzo says:

        MI6, You can rest in the fact that Tommy would send you virtual chocolates and love notes before he’d ever send them to me!!

        I still think he’s got you swindled, girl. ;-)


      • theHord says:

        “the lovesick man who just can’t seem to keep the “lovely” girl he fell for.”

        Yeah because when does that ever happens.

    • Elle R. says:

      I’m admittedly on the fence about how authentic Hiddles considered the relationship at the time. That said:

      This interview reminds me so much of a guy I went to college with. That guy was super bright (he went on to Harvard Med), always really happy and positive … and totally clueless when it came to the games women can and will play. I’ve long thought that Hiddleston was the English version of this guy, and this interview just reaffirms that.

      Oh, and this guy could be totally ruthless if someone crossed him. While still smiling.

  5. Greata says:

    He is equal parts EXHAUSTING and SHAMELESS.

    • laulau says:

      Like really earnest. I’m trying to think if i’ve ever met people as earnest as these posh-boy actors… I can’t come up with anyone.

    • Sixer says:

      But you gotsta love the chutzpah, dontcha?

    • Nancy says:

      Yep. Vanilla. But, got to be honest, I miss posting about these random celebs, celeb wannabes, etc. After November, nothing has been the same. Reality tv took over real television and actors and now one of their own took over the threads as well. trump put us all in a blender and shook us up and I don’t think anyone’s really the same as before. Six degrees of separation, everything goes back to him.

      • Lahdidahbaby says:

        Please talk to my husband, Nancy. He doesn’t understand why I’m AWOL most of the time now, why I can’t watch the news for more than a few minutes at a time (and it took me nearly two months to get to a point where I could watch it at all). He was so hurt when I called him Forrest Gump after he suggested we all give Trump a chance and hope he would “succeed.”

        “If he FAILS, our COUNTRY fails,” Mr. Lahdidah actually said.

        “If he SUCCEEDS, our country fails,” I yelled as I left the room. “How do you not SEE that?!?”

        And then came the Forrest Gump thing. I honestly did not know I was going to say it. It was an accident.

        We stared at each other then, just before I left the room. Time stood still.

        I realized later I never took it back.

        And somehow I still have not.

        Trump ruins marriages. On top of everything else.

      • Nancy says:

        I hear you and I feel your pain Lahdidahbaby. I truly do. There is nothing more frustrating to hear this “give him a chance shit.” especially from a significant other. My God, just the Brady thread yesterday is a clue of how torn apart we all are. Tell Forrest aka Mr. Lahdidah to get over it and himself. It’s not going to get better. If people are willing to accept this tyrant as the new normal, that’s what we’re going to get. As @lightpurple says RESIST. We cannot be compliant and shut off the tv and not read the papers. When I look in my crystal ball, I don’t see him going through four years….he’s having a rough time with barely over a month. Don’t forfeit your marriage, the mister will change his tune. Be strong!!

      • Crox says:

        “If he FAILS, our COUNTRY fails,”
        “If he SUCCEEDS, our country fails,”

        The scary part is that both of these statements are correct. :(

      • Nancy says:

        Can’t get you off my mind Lahdi: Hope you come back and get some encouragement. If I called my husband Forrest Gump, he’d ask why I was being so nice. That was hardly a deal breaker. Don’t be so hard on yourself, most all of us are transitioning into different people, but maybe it’s good, to make ourselves stronger and not victims. Just because king Joffrey wants things to happen, doesn’t mean they will. He’s already aged physically in a month, his daughter is losing venues to sell her clothes. Spicer and the wretched Kellyanne aren’t being taken seriously, they’re punchlines of jokes. So be encouraged, the majority of the population feels as we do. We shall overcome…damn it!!!

  6. Monsy says:

    call me hopeless romantic, a but i think these two are meant to be together, they are a match made in famewhore heaven :p

  7. sura says:

    This is mostly just embarrassing. He went to a reporter at 6am with leftovers to spill out his heart about a relationship that lasted a few months??

    • Kaiser says:

      No, the leftovers happened the first night. He came to Taffy’s hotel room to talk about love after two days of interviews.

      • Merry says:

        Having sent her a late night email requesting they have this unscheduled meeting. She also writes “he lives 20 minutes away, he was there in 15″. Was he already lurking in the lobby and set his stop watch when she said yes? Or was he sitting in his fastest sports car, all bathed and dressed at 6 am waiting for confirmation? Oh lord, its all just too funny.

      • ash says:

        seriously…if idris did that….. interview would have went unprofessional REAL FAST…

        there you go :) LOL

      • QueenB says:

        “he lives 20 minutes away, he was there in 15″”
        omg LOL! now i will also read this.

    • Becky says:

      From the Met gala until that dinner in Santa Monica, barely 2 months, and he was in London for most of May.

      I could almost believe some of what he was saying, until this bit: “We will always know what it was. The narratives that are out there altogether have been extrapolated from pictures that were taken without consent or permission, with no context”
      You mean the paid photog who followed you to RI, Nashville, a village in Suffolk and Rome, are you kidding?

      • Lacia Can says:

        That’s really the worst part of his claims. He’s said this very thing before. If Irc he said something like when everyone has a camera in their phone, it’s hard to keep things private. Like we couldn’t see the truth with our own eyes – pro photographers following them everywhere. I get that he’s trying to deal with the fallout, but lay off the obvious lies. They don’t help and in fact detract from the rest of what he says. Though nothing will ever make up for the I ❤TS tank top. Sorry Tom, you’ll never live that down.


        I think you’re right, Becky. And that hideous tank top was just a joke amongst friends? Then why did he wait so long to “explain” it?

        I stand by my previous snark:

        TS: “Here, put this shirt on.”
        TH: ???
        TS: ‘glares’
        TH: (meekly) “Of course, darling.”

      • Bonzo says:

        Yeah, it’s statements about the sneaky paps who just happened to know where they were in Rhode Island, Nashville, Suffolk, Rome and LA not to mention the huge welcome mat laid out in Australia when they arrived that tell you anything he says about the relationship is suspect. We KNOW they were calling the paps for maximum exposure and posing for them.

  8. HeidiM says:

    He seems like work.

    • MI6 says:

      Oh hell yes!!

      • Bonzo says:

        Good *work* if you can get it, right MI6??

        Swifty must’ve had a lot of patience to put up with his verbosity for two months straight… geez.

      • MI6 says:

        I adore him as a person and an actor. I NEVER said he was perfect.
        I’m quite sure he’s a heavy lift and Lilac’s ball gags would come in quite handy at times.
        Very specific times, Bonzo. 😉

    • Lahdidahbaby says:

      Lol! Beautifully understated, HeidiM. So why can’t I hate him?

      The legs, I guess.

      The legs have it.

  9. third ginger says:

    How can you disagree with anything he said [I don't mean about Swift]? His take on the disdain for experts is spot on. Here in America, we are suffering from a hideous lack of expertise. As for the enthusiasm, I have to say I have a similar personality. [ I call my daughter "world's best person since 1992." I say so and so is the cutest thing I have ever seen. This movie is amazing. MM's Sean Spicer is the funniest thing I have ever seen. on and and on] Much as we speculate, NO One here will ever know what happened between Hiddleston and Swift.

    Tom is extra, as the kids say, but he’s pretty harmless within current show business. Bring on the phony, famewhore, thirsty, unattractive, stop trying to make him happen insults.

    • happinessinme says:

      I’m with you on this. I’ll take these “flaws” over the abusers, racists etc. etc. I’m also getting kind of worried about how hip and cool it has become to dislike overly positive people lately, and to declare loudly that one is “petty”. I notice more and more people delcaring proudly to be “petty af”.Is this a step in the right direction? As for Taylor Swift, I really want her to find love, even if it leads to heartbreak after. I feel that way about her because I’m 28 (pretty close to her age), and well, I just feel for her.I’ll also declare upfront that I like her music as well, so maybe I am biased (Runs and ducks for cover).

      • third ginger says:

        I have said this before. It is fashionable to hate Hiddleston. Not in the joking, satirizing way a la Sixer and other posters. But in the nasty, hoping for the end of his career, name calling way. I also can’t fathom that some actually believe that his awkward, rambling GG speech actually cancels out his work with UNICEF.

        You want genuine assholes? may I suggest back to back interviews with Casey Affleck and Miles Teller.

    • Bluer says:

      His point about experts is very mainstream like most of the things he says, but there’s always the underlying message that he’s saying something so incredibly brilliant as a Cambridge/Eton/posh boy when he is really quite derivative (see his cringe-worthy superheroes op-ed in the Guardian). Disdain for science and research on climate change, yes, but he doesn’t seem to be aware, for example, that experts (economic rationalists from the Chicago school) created the GFC and development economists and IR policy hawks have created a lot of harm with their attempts at transplanting democracy and capitalism to random third-world places around the world. It’s nothing new to be cynical about the cult of expertise (in a reasoned rather than redneck way) and to say many experts/academics have cloistered themselves in their ivory towers for self-interest while screwing people over.

      And he’s just such an obvious fameho and square-nerdy type who thinks he’s so poetic and intelligent that it’s embarrassing. Ultimately it’s just about him being self-absorbed, isn’t it? And still trying to sell the Taylor romance like he didn’t call the paps.

      • third ginger says:

        I think he was aiming that experts comment at Trump and our recent election.

      • Bluer says:

        That’s evident but using “experts” shows he’s out of it and not the worldly, sophisticated guy he tries so hard to be. There’s been so much backlash against experts and keeping language inaccessible for self-interest, esp in economics. “Disrespect for facts” is on point.

  10. Alleycat says:

    Is he still playing the “we had no idea the cameras were ever there!” storyline? This is why he is getting mocked. This is why Taylor gets mocked. No one would care if they just owned the fact that they wanted to be seen. Taylor always wants to be seen. But don’t pretend like doing your pap stroll on the beach on multiple continents was genuine. And WHY DOES TAYLOR’S FRIENDS HAVE A SHIRT THAT SAYS ‘ I HEART TS’. That’s the real question. Who made it? Taylor? Her minions? How often are they forced to wear it? And considering all her friends are skinny models, I doubt it was actually one of theirs if it fit him. I’m calling bs!

    • Kaiser says:

      Reading in between the lines of what he says (he really goes on and on), I get the impression that he was very close to saying that Taylor was the one to over-publicize their romance and he was just in love and all-in.

      • Becky says:

        Oh lord he’s a better actor than I thought ;)

        If that’s the case I think he was smitten with her fame and status.

      • The Understudy says:

        Not sure I read it that way, more that she wanted a “normal relationship” so he set out to have one, in public, like a “normal” person might, ignoring the press. From what was reported I assumed she could not ignore the press and backed off.

        His honesty knows no bounds and I think in this he was desperately aware this would be poured over, true he comes over a little over eager to prove how much he cares but put yourself in his position, knowing how it’s haunting his career how best do you explain away that summer?

      • Lightpurple says:

        @Kaiser, that’s what I got too. She was the one calling and hiring photographers

      • MI6 says:

        Ditto. And what I’ve said all along.
        I’ll be done at some point.

      • Bonzo says:

        I have no doubt that TayTay was the one speed-dialing the paps, but I’m sure Tommy was totally fine with being front page of the entertainment news for weeks.

        I finally skimmed through this piece and my take is that Luke made it clear they wanted Taffy writing something that would generate the maximum amount of sympathy and “awwww” from the readers and make them forget just how ridiculous he looked prancing in front of the cameras with Miss Forever 13. Taffy did her best to deliver and for those non-skeptical readers, it will prove to be a success. For snarky bitches like myself, it just gives us more fodder for mickey-taking.

        He looks at me finally and he says, “I’m not going to live my life in hiding.”

        In other words, “Plan on my using my private life for PR from now on. Stay tuned!”

      • Uh-huh says:


        Yes, I agree.

        But the ‘private life’ you refer to there is not genuine either IMO. It’s all about his career. The whole thing. It looks like he’ll do anything, say anything, manipulate his image in whatever way he thinks will get him what he wants – Hollywood superstardom.

        All I can see now from this interview is a massive, massive disconnect from who he really might be in private (I think he probably is very kind, polite, wordy, well-educated, posh etc.), as opposed to Tom Hiddleston the wannabe A list actor.

        Tom Hiddleston the potential A lister did genuinely date Taylor Swift, had a great time, wore an embarrassing tank top for a laugh and is upset and wistful they broke up. Meanwhile Tom Hiddleston the person did it as a PR stunt to raise his profile and has to spin a few stories about it to keep himself in the game.
        Personally I think he’s going to get himself in a major mess mentally if he continues down this path – perhaps he’s already there judging by some of this interview.

      • jetlagged says:

        The nagging question(s) I have is how much exactly did Taylor share about the impending Kim/Kanye mess before Tom signed on for whatever this summer was? Did he know things were about to seriously brutal for Poor Taylor, or did he think he had a summer of carefree fun ahead of him, filled with lighthearted romance, private jet travel, and a scrapbook full of really high-quality vacation photos. Was the increased name/face recognition an added bonus or the whole point?

        Taffy touched on it in her article, but I still wonder if Tay hadn’t needed a very high-profile distraction from the looming bad press, would she have even given Tom the time of day or would she have stuck with Calvin I-don’t-do-pap-walks Harris?

      • Cranberry says:

        @Allycat – if you look at pic of that 4th July beach party there were others wearing the I <3 TS tank top. Plus in the pic you can see the tank top doesn't not really fit him well. It's obviously small on him and is stretched out and barely covers his chest even for a wet tank top.

        I do think Taylor did the Hiddleswift cause of the impending Kanye/Kim gate that was set to hit. I think Calvin's people and Taylor's people knew the song was coming out. One or two producers said they understood she knew or even heard the song before Kanye released it. I think Kanye's impending Taylor-scandal song is why Calvin got out when he did cause 1) he got all the US exposure he was going to get from being TS boyfriend, and 2) in the end his music and "street cred" leans more towards Kanye's and wanting to stay on good terms to do future projects with kanye and his US hip hop buddys.

        To answer your question. Idk if she disclosed that there was going to be a potentially big social media sh*t storm involving her and the Kanye-shians, but I truly don't thing either Tom or his PR advisors really understood how bad it would probably be if she did. Maybe it was down played to them and/or they were grossly unaware how TS fame was playing out in different social media circles, not just her fans. If his PR did know then they were short sighted only seeing TS for her legions of fans and not the increasing number of haters and annoyed non-fans.

        If we're going to believe Tom's interpretation then I would say she did not disclose it or did so casually and down played it. After all they got together pretty fast. I think Tom was dazzled by her fame, playfulness and tall-blond good looks. He obviously has had a lot of trouble managing relationships and his career. It seems to be the case for most celebrities imo. I think he decided to throw in his hat into Hiddleswift cause, why not? What else did he have going on for him in the romance dept? He expected to just have some type of holiday celebrity relationship like so many others have done before. But because of bad PR execution, the fall out from Kimye-gate and all the microscopic scrutiny, he has had to own it and profess more profound feelings for TS than what was really the case.

    • Adele Dazeem says:

      This was my question. People have “I love ts” t shirts lying around? It was the ONLY one available? Sorry hiddles, you had me til that. Didn’t he also have like a heart drawn on his arm?
      For gods sake, if you are going to lie, make it partially believeable. My kindergartner lies better than that!

      • Me444 says:

        See that’s just what I came to say. The ONLY t-shirt, that just happened to be there was that one? Really? And also why did that friend have that in the first place. It was a joke meant for others? or for him?. Especially knowing photos (authorized or not) were being taken..Okay.

        On the flip side I do see how one can get caught up in the whirlwind of it, especially if you want or need to be more famous yourself. I think he thought he had an element of control, but realized that was never going to happen with her. I know I’ve gone into things where I thought I knew what it was, or what I was getting into and boy was I wrong!

      • Anon says:

        If he wants us to believe that he had to borrow a t shirt because he didn’t have one of his own, that is a lie. He flew from London to the East Coast for Taymerica wearing a blue t shirt. Then he flew to LA from RI a few days after 4 July wearing a white t shirt. The same day he flew straight from LA to Australia (no stopover). When he arrived in Australia, mysteriously his luggage contained a number of other t shirts, in which he was photographed while jogging etc. He had plenty of choices. It wasn’t a case of “oh dear, does anyone have a t shirt I can borrow [impliation being: I don't have one].”

      • Crox says:

        You know A LOT about his T-shirts. :D

        I think he meant right there, on spot, where he allegedly hurt his back, he didn’t have a shirt, and he couldn’t bother to run to his room to get one. And it always looked like a joke to me, I mean, what else could it be. But I wrote this before: my husband once wore nail polish in my support, so I do get men who are not afraid to be seen as unmanly over something as trivial as a shirt or an accessory. And while I understand (but do not condone) the mocking, I too was surprised by the volume of it in this case.

      • virginfangirl2 says:

        It was a joke. Like the time I lent my male coworker my daughters pink princess umbrella and he used it and it was funny.

      • WTF says:

        Here’s my ‘guy’ take….the Tee was just a laugh. I kind of admire his “fun(ness)” for having the light-hearted-ness to wear it. (Doesn’t anyone else)? Yeh, it went horribly wrong for him when taken out of context & im sure he regrets what I think was originally an innocent, playful laugh. But He’s not that calculated. That’s a decent quality by comparison to some (and I’m not otherwise a fan of his bumbling ramblings).

  11. shelly says:

    He is eating pie, mash and liquor. The food of the Gods (if you are a Londoner)
    All is forgiven.

    • Umm says:

      Hes on Broadway market, near London Fields. Glad the amazing shops are in the photos (as are my flowers :P ). It was an exciting day when he came to shoot. Theres so many films shot here but its nice that they just showed the street for what it really is.

  12. OhDear says:

    He’s not going to say “yes, I wanted a higher profile in the US and she wanted a distraction from her lies about Kanye West, so we agreed on a mutually contractual ‘relationship,’” no? From a PR standpoint, it’s good because by saying that it’s real and keeping it positive, Swift and others can’t go ham on him being a “famewhore.”

    The rest of the interview is more in line with his actual personality.

    I’m side-eyeing his comment about Matt Damon having integrity, though.

  13. Mannori says:

    what’s the need of pointing out that half *SS phrase about not all Tom hank’s work is “high art”? Which might be even true, but posting it out as if he’s presiding on a pedestal of “high art” and looks down “popular” work? Could this guy just shut up please? He just can’t help it saying something pretentious even if he tries not to.

    • kaiC says:

      He’s also another one who doesn’t know what humanism is. Surprised me a little.

    • Lyka says:

      Lol, I kind of snickered at that too. Maybe he was trying to say he’s had this personal, internal focus on “high art” whereas truly great actors can convey humanity and authenticity even in lighter pieces of work?

      He went to excellent schools, so I suppose I understand that his 10-dollar word salads aren’t necessarily facades of intellect, but tell me why PhDs can speak more conversationally than this guy.

    • theHord says:

      Tom works for Marvel. I don’t know where you got the idea he looks down on popular work…

  14. Mia4S says:

    Haha! I can’t, I just can’t. There is nothing particularly wrong it’s just that he’s so EXTRA!!! Some guys can sell that enthusiasm and still be intriguing. He’s just exhausting.

    As an aside; has Academy Award winner Brie Larson spoken in any of the Kong trailers? It’s getting weird. I’m getting an iffy vibe off this movie. It will make money on opening, but a week later Beauty and the Beast is going to suck all the oxygen out of the room.

    • third ginger says:

      Brie’s character is a war photographer. Larson has said she is not a typical “damsel in distress.” That’s all I know. You are right about he box office. I think the strategy is girls vs. boys, which is odious but typical Hollywood marketing.

  15. kaiC says:

    Pictures “taken without consent or permission”? He’s full of sh-t.

  16. AG-UK says:

    Why did he think he needed to give all the details. He does sound lame he’s a good actor and nice but he would get on my LAST nerve and quick. Also no man in the world would make me wear that stupid tank top. I guess if you are in love and 23 no no no not even then. He was in denial if he thought it was going to be like dating some PR woman or some banker.

  17. Chef Grace says:

    He is the magician of words.
    He is the Warmer Upper of leftovers for the heartbroken.
    He is the puppeteer of interviews.
    He is Serious Tom, now, no longer Tom Foolery.
    He is just full of shite, but hey, harmless and good for a laugh.
    I will take a pass on his interview in GQ, or as Sixer refers to it, The High Sparrow of the LEGS Militant. :)
    It is more insightful to read everyone’s posts anyways.

  18. Slowsnow says:

    “Of course it was real” is the cutest #alternativefact ever.

  19. QueenB says:

    the hero of south sudan gives an interview!

    “The narratives that are out there altogether have been extrapolated from pictures that were taken without consent or permission, with no context”
    that personal photographer that Taytay hired or those pictures all of the social media of your “friends”, sweetie?

    the strategy is certainly better than the pr relationship. he is respectful and he fully knows that all of his fans are very gullible women who want to sympathize with poor little posh boy.

    anyway i want to express my thanks to hiddlestom and taylor for entertaining me for a bit with all of their silly nonsense.

  20. Slowsnow says:

    Also: it took this long for Taylor Swift’s pr team to reply to his mail asking if he could milk the summer of love debacle?

  21. third ginger says:

    Why does everyone who actually meets Hiddleston like him, extra as he is? There must be something likable about him.

    Even Lainey [at whose shrine I do not worship] has said he is a “lovely person”

    • Slowsnow says:

      He so wants to be loved… that he is.

    • popup says:

      Probably because he is genuinely nice and charming, which balances out the annoying need for validation/adulation. That’s his flaw.

      • Adele Dazeem says:

        Didn’t work for Anne Hathaway though did it?

      • popup says:

        That was mostly women piling on Anne, and women are so vicious to other women for such catty-ass reasons. I don’t think most men cared. I think Tom got some skeptical looks even from the guys on the T.S. debacle and so on, but men generally don’t seem to care about that stuff as much.

      • MI6 says:

        Very well said, Popup.

      • Crox says:

        I haven’t seen one man (besides gossip writers and similar, who go after every story anyway) care about Hiddleston dating Swift or wearing a T-shirt, online or in real life. I’m sure they exist but I doubt there’s enough to even make a pattern. It’s women who for some reason go all in on stories like these., either in good or in bad. The same with Hathaway.

    • SilverUnicorn says:

      I think it’s something different if you meet him or you have to spend a long time with him.

      As a meeting like for an interview or party, I do think he’s well mannerred and lovely.

    • Elle R. says:

      My feeling is that, extra as he is, he’s a hard worker. I have family who work in the film industry, and I’m consistently amazed at some of the stories they have about no-name actors who put on just unbelievable airs and demands.

      Given some of the egos and idiots, anyone (but especially actors) who comes to set, does their job, behaves respectfully towards the crew and cast (especially actors treating actresses well) – well, they’re going to be well liked.

      Plus, Hiddles seems to be one of the few actors who respects journalists and treats them well (even if it is just for his own ends), which is to his credit. Who knows what he says in private, but by all accounts he treats journalists like people and not adversaries. Maybe it’s because his sister is a journalist, but that’s to his credit.

  22. Arock says:

    Insert *sure, jan* gif

    • JulP says:

      You beat me to it! The story about the tank top makes no sense. I’m pretty sure saltwater actually helps heal wounds, so why the need to cover the cut? I can’t believe he’s had months to come up with an explanation for that and this is the best he could do (he also could have refused to answer questions about the Swift debacle …)

      • browniecakes says:

        Old guy played a game on the lawn with the kids and got hurt.

      • shelly says:

        Browniecakes I reckon it was a waterslide/chafing injury…Those can be really bad.

      • jetlagged says:

        Some of the worst pain I’ve ever felt is when I chafed my arms when spending the day floating down a river on a rubber inner-tube. Even a small breeze hitting the rash sent me over the edge.

      • Lightpurple says:

        Saltwater still gets to the skin through a t-shirt. Sunshine does not.

  23. SusanneToo says:

    I don’t generally like perkiness, either, but there’s something about Tom’s ingenuousness that gets to me. I like him, there I said it.

    • third ginger says:

      I think actually hearing him speak is different from reading the words. Still say “ideal pretend son.” This is from a mother constantly being told by her daughter to “calm the f… down.”

    • OhDear says:

      He seems genuinely sweet.

    • third ginger says:

      All sorts of people like him. They just don’t happen to be on CB.

      Seriously, my freshmen students swoon over him and would have no idea what anyone here is talking about.

    • Bluer says:

      I too thought he was totally genuine and people were just being haters by calling him extra…until the Taylor-Tom-pap-frenzy showmance. No one can say he doesn’t strategise and sell out for fame in an unsubtle way anymore. Seriously.

      • third ginger says:

        Being “extra” does not deserve hate. People are crazed over this.

      • Bluer says:

        He is super “extra” and unfortunately for him he’s in an industry where likeability is a big thing.

      • Cranberry says:

        There’s different degrees and styles of “extra”. When you say “strategic” I think of the Kardashians. Their personalities (if you can call it that) are certainly not enthusiastic, but any thing they do like maybe sneezing while driving is made out to be something news worthy or, rather, tweet-worthy I should say. Then there are those that are rather dorky, or too over zealous which is where Tom’s type of “extra” is imo.

        I don’t think it’s really fair to assume that he is always putting on an act just cause he puts his career first or cause you may not relate to him. His personality is very much like my cousin’s who I can’t relate to, but it’s her real personality. Some people cope the best way they know how. Sometimes it’s not the healthiest personality/coping traits, and those traits may only be one part of their selves that they share to the public, but that doesn’t mean they’re not genuine. I think people go too far in their name calling of him as extra to mean that he’s not genuine or that it’s all strategy. Yes he’s a public person in a business where he needs public approval (both professionally and personally imo), but he can go about doing what he needs to do for his profession while being who he generally is. Everyone has a public and private persona(s). We’re not talking Dr. Jekylle and Mr. Hyde here.
        Unlike most politicians, I think Tom really wants (maybe needs) people to like him not just so he can get their vote. He really wants to engage positively and make people happy. It may not be the most balanced personality trait, but it is a natural fit for the level of the industry he’s chosen to go for. In ent. business you need a lot of enthusiasm and the ability to regenerate it cause it can be very depressing and discouraging.

  24. Chef Grace says:

    To be serious. It’s all about the timing.
    Monkey Movie coming out and what better way to get publicity going for himself by doing The Interview.
    Diffuse those annoying reporters who will distract from the movie by asking those annoying questions about The Summer of Lurve.

  25. popup says:

    God, Taffy is such an amazing troll, a troll who found Tom endearing. I love her.

    Bahahaha! – “And here Hiddleston does a brief impression of Tom Hanks (he does very good impressions of everyone, including me after a day) that is hard to describe, except to say that it summons Tom Hanks in a very profound way. Its only flaw is also part of its charm: While he does the impression, he’s also looking at you to see how much you’re enjoying it, and then he can’t stop smiling when he sees that you are, so ultimately what you get is an impression of Tom Hiddleston enjoying himself doing a Tom Hanks impression.”

    • Lyka says:

      Lol, that quote is so shady and delightful.

    • Guesto says:

      @popup – That was the stand-out quote for me! It so perfectly sums up where Tom always falls down!

      I bet any money Tom won’t be able to leave it alone and will hand-wring and word-spin (earnestly) over it in some future interview. :D

  26. shelly says:

    He is tremendously sweet, by the sound of it. But boy his interviews can destroy a Lady boner in sixty seconds.
    Sorry to objectify, but just splay your legs, smoulder for the camera and keep your trap shut old boy.

    Bless him though. He sounds like a decent bloke.

    • Bonzo says:

      TommyAnnE’s harmless and mockworthy, even as he’s lying through his teeth to glue together the pieces of his shattered image.

  27. Mary says:

    He is so painfully lame. Im sad because I always had a huge crush on him (I still have but now Im ashamed to say it). He was great on The night manager, i feel so sorry for how he keeps doing this kind of stuff offscreen.
    Taylor Swift has now ruined two great crushes of mine: Tom and Jake :/

    • third ginger says:

      I’m fascinated by this sentiment [which is everywhere] I honestly do not understand. Maybe because I’m 64, not 24. Think it’s because there was no internet when I had crushes like that,so stars were not as well known. I go back so far that my first crush was Robert Vaughn, the original MAN FROM UNCLE. He was quite progressive and political and our noisy neighbor kept calling him a “commie.”

      I guess my biggest disappointment in a crush was finding out in the late 80′s that Dennis Quaid had a drug problem.

      • SilverUnicorn says:

        Oh Dennis Quaid, I agree with you third ginger.

      • Lightpurple says:

        I met Dennis Quaid. At a spa in Montana. I got a hot stone massage and he had the next appointment after mine and was sitting outside the door in a robe.

  28. Radley says:

    “Tom comes to Taffy’s hotel room before dawn the next morning to talk about love and broken hearts off the record. He heats up leftover bolognese for Taffy, which he made himself for when he was watching a screener of Moonlight alone the night before. She notes, “His zeal is bottomless.”

    LMAO, wut???

    This is entertaining. He’s an incredible try-hard. And this is fanfic. Whatever dude. Please just act and lay low. Stop trying to be a celebrity. I’m embarrassed for him.

  29. Dani says:

    We live in such a society where a man being honest about his feelings regarding a relationship/the end of it is considered lame and tryhard. Maybe he really did like her? Who are we to judge what went on besides what we saw? I like that he’s being honest, or at leas this version of it, and being open about what we were all speculating. I rather a guy proclaim his love for me and be kind after a break up than nail me to the wall and try to downplay whatever it was just because he’s ‘bigger’ than that. So, good for him. If hopeless romantic and lame is his thing, than so be it.

    • Becky says:

      A 2 month rs where they only spent a few weeks in each other’s company, with pap photographers on hand?

      Well I guess some people will believe the story.

      • Radley says:

        In a post Trump world, people’s…ahem…challenged thought processes should not surprise me. And yet, here I sit, surprised that anyone still thinks there’s a single genuine thing about Taylor Swift’s micro-managed public persona.

      • Dani says:

        My thought process is fine, thanks. I’m just okay with someone being earnest and naive as Tom is, if that’s what he really is. And, who am I to speculate whether he is or not considering I don’t know him or Taylor.

      • Bonzo says:

        The point some of us are making is that he’s obviously telling some alternative facts here. Being as both of them can go undercover when they want to, they made sure to be photographed non-stop for weeks all over the world, so they weren’t “hounded” by paps, but rather got free publicity by making sure paps were tipped off as to where they’d be.

      • Crox says:

        Bonzo, while I can believe the first photos were staged to control the narrative, everything after that is a wild card. Their relationship was huge news at that point, and people were treating them as fair game. There were even heated discussions online with people claiming that since they called the paps once, they should not complain even if they later take pictures without their consent (a view point that I find very problematic).

        And gossipers knew a lot about their whereabouts, some broke the news before the paps did. Now if random very invested fans (and foes) can track them down so easily, then imagine what paparazzis can do – they’re basicly professional stalkers.

        And for the record, I am not completely disagreeing with you that everything could be staged, I am just not sure why people doubt paparazzis actually invading privacy is, too, a thing (just like calling them on purpose is). None of us REALLY knows what happened, so treating it as a sure thing is even more “alternative facts” than what he’s doing. He knows the truth and he’s either telling it or he is lying. We, on the other hand, don’t even know anything and we still treat gossip as truth.

      • Becky says:

        Sorry Crox, I have to disagree – the photos at the airport, on the way and at his mothers house were obviously set up, particularly the one of the 3 of them, HDR shots, you can’t get those without the cooperation of the subject. Also turns out his mother lives on a private rd (as per the pic of all the paps who descended on the place the next day).. The photographer got a pic of them leaving the plane as well (how did they know where the plane was?).

        After that, the family walks on the beach were damage control I agree. Once you publicise yourself like this, don’t be surprised when you can’t control it.

        You also may have noticed that TS has disappeared off the radar recently, even though photos of her are valuable, showing that she can avoid being papped when she wants.

        I’m can’t understand why someone who want to keep their private life private, would date bloody Taylor Swift.

      • Crox says:

        But there’s still a lot of Taylor. Her going on a walk or jog or whatever she does, her dining etc. These are non-stories only a few media outlets pick up. Pair her up (or put her in another situation like with Kanye, where the blogs then wonder about every expression on her face), and all these non-stories will be covered everywhere again.

        And Hiddles gets photographed a lot at the airports. Are all of these sightings staged too? Each and every one? When these two got together, they were everyone’s fav gossip, so excuse me if I don’t give the paps a benefit of a doubt either. Especially on airports, where I’ve seen so many celebs ambushed.

        Taylor’s plane is tracked by her fans, I’m sure paparazzis are able to find the same info and also pay up for some intel.

        I don’t know if the photos with his mother were staged, but do you know the path they walked on? Is that path and that beach really private? I’m not talking about her house, I’m talking about the place where they were when they were photographed. Is there no way it can be photographed from afar from public land? Is there no way a photographer could trespass because he knew he’d sell pics for a good amount of cash? All that sort of things need definite answers before we jump to conclusions.

        Because if you can’t be certain, then it’s dangerous to treat it as a certainty.

        Look, again, for all I care everything could be staged. But to treat it with such certainty? I’m sorry, I can’t. I think *some* was staged, but some of it were paps being paps.

    • theHord says:

      It’s funny how this comment box mirrors precisely the sort of attitude Tom and the article’s author, talked about.

  30. M says:

    “The friend pulled out the “I ♥ T.S.” tank top that Taylor’s friends are contractually obligated to own.” WHAT???? Her friends are contractually obligated to own the t-shirts? Was he joking?

  31. sura says:

    After reading the whole thing the author clearly finds him pathetic. This entire thing is a piss take.

    • popup says:

      No, she doesn’t. Go through her Twitter feed for her commentary on the story. She genuinely likes him.

    • Guesto says:

      @sura – On the contrary, I think she just really enjoys him and all his needy, flawed earnestness. Also, as much as I think Tom is a galloping twit, there’s nothing remotely malicious or nasty about him and the writer’s acknowledgment and affection for the essentially decent person behind the galloping twit is clear throughout the interview.

      • third ginger says:

        You’ve made a point I have tried to make. Galloping Twit!! Oh my God! Hilarious. In a profession of genuinely awful people, Hiddleston is harmless. I think that is part of the reason he gets so much flak. I think he’s a terrific actor, but in some ways, he’s not suited to the profession at all.

      • Guesto says:

        @third ginger – For me, It’s not so much that he’s not suited to the profession, more that he wants far more from it than his particular talents can deliver. I think he’s a good character actor who believes (or has been led to believe) that Hollywood lead is within his grasp. To (mis)quote Quentin Crisp, he wants to live way beyond his natural income of applause.

      • MI6 says:

        …”galloping twit”
        I’m dying

  32. Hiccup says:

    He sounds like a puppy in love, super excited, super unrealistic, all over the place, feeling misunderstood because other people don’t understand how to love or how super special it all was. Meanwhile every sane person out of their teens who’s had a real long term relationship is just like Chill Dude! Wait until you get to know the person a bit better and save us all some eyerolling…

  33. spidey says:

    So when did off-the-record become ok to publish?

    And Tom – when in a hole stop digging.

    • SilverUnicorn says:

      He cannot help himself lol

      I actually find that endearing about him, it makes me smile.

      • Guesto says:

        Also, he wouldn’t be half as (unintentionally) entertaining if he stopped digging.

        Never change, Tom.

      • detritus says:

        I find it endearing as well.
        I dislike charming men. Earnest is lovely.
        The quote about watching you to see if an impression made you happy, and being happy about you being happy, I can’t hate that.
        He wants to make the people around him smile.

        Yes, I am a bit of a sucker.

    • browniecakes says:

      He needs to play it heartbroken or the famewhore thing rises up to the top again.

      • spidey says:

        @browniecakes – he needs to make the whole subject of Taylor Swift off limits at interviews, if they don’t like it don’t do the interviews.

      • Bonzo says:

        Agree, browniecakes. He need to do some image repair so the heartbroken guy in need of sympathy is a good one to promote.

      • delorb says:

        Late to comment, but the heartbroken guy doesn’t fit seeing as the relationship only lasted a couple of weeks and not a couple of years. He needs to own his desperation and go on Dancing with the Stars.

  34. browniecakes says:

    He needs a new girlfriend stat. I appreciate he was granted permission to talk but I have more questions. Why the parents meet and greet so soon? When cameras meet you ARRIVING at a restaurant, how can you think the paps are not notified (last date in SM, Italian rest. in AU)? Why walk on the beach on a clearly miserable day when you know cameras are on you (UK)? There’s a hundred more Qs, but I’m sure it will all come out in the endless future interviews with TH leading up to the premiere of KSI.

    • third ginger says:

      He does need someone new. I have begged my gay daughter to step in, but so far, no dice!

      • third ginger says:

        CBers, for some real bullshit from someone who can’t act his way out of a paper bag, see Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s statement that he’s glad he was not nominated for an Oscar. Me, too.

      • shelly says:

        @Third ginger, I myself am delighted not to be appearing on the cover of sports illustrated…For real.

    • Becky says:

      Well the parents thing is Taylor’s mo, she’s done it before (with kids and everything), of course he’ll never admit that.

      The narrative that’s being pushed here is to make him sympathetic and relatable, it was real, he was taken advantage of etc, and reading out that prepped statement is a diss to Taylor, it was deliberate.

      • virginfangirl2 says:

        In typical relationships parents are introduced right away, at least in my circles. Me and my husbands second date was to his Aunt’s 50th anniversary party, but no one thought him pathetic for it. I know they traveled for it, but travelling for them is constant and normal.

  35. Anilehcim says:

    I was shocked that he dated T Swift when the pics/news came out, and for me, it really brought down his market value. I don’t find him attractive anymore… this is probably unfair of me to say, but it’s my opinion. He was emasculated. I also always thought he had a sexiness to him, and Taylor Swift is a perennial child… she is a female Peter Pan. She has created an image of herself that is so child-like and immature that her being in a relationship with someone who has always come off as a grown man to me was just jarring and strange. Even when we get glimpses into her personal life, everything is so juvenile and contrived, its hard to imagine her having much in common with other adults. I always forget that she is a grown woman pushing 30.

    I also don’t understand why he’s even talking about this. It was not a good move for him, it made him look ridiculous, and he needs to move on from it.

    • twilly says:

      Spot on! By the way, does he have any upcoming roles, except promotion of Kong and Thor?

      • jetlagged says:

        Nothing that is officially announced. In fan circles, he’s rumored for Infinity War and its sequel, which are filming for most of this year. I have a profound hope, but no real proof, that the Lion Rampant / Robert the Bruce biopic that David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water) has been wanting to do will finally get off the ground – but Tom may or may not be a part of it. Tom has been hinting for months that a return to London theatre is imminent but again nothing official.

      • Lightpurple says:

        Working on UNICEF documentary; working on Early Man for Aardman with Redmayne and Maisie Williams; Avengers Infinty Wars; rumored to be in the Mendes directed play The Ferryman, which is sold out with no announced cast; will reunite with Ben Wheatley for Hard Boiled.

      • jetlagged says:

        @LP, the three leads for Ferryman have been announced, and Tom is not among them. I forgot about Early Man.

      • virginfangirl2 says:

        Wheately recently said they are working on Hard Boiled screenplay and Tom is supposed to be in it.

    • Radley says:

      Exactly. That was a terrible career move. A serious (or wannabe serious) grown-up artist should not fake date Tay Tay. Totally different target audiences. His audience didn’t buy it for a minute. He should have seen that coming.

    • Uh-huh says:

      I guess this was supposed to be damage limitation.

      It came across as a pack of pretty unconvincing lies to me. The ‘explanation’ about the tank top that he then proceeds to go on and on about… The nonsense about paparazzi intrusion (ha! like they didn’t hire people to photograph them! of course not!). The studied sadness about the breakdown of the relationship…
      Gimme a break.

      I suppose whatever he says about any of it, he’s going to make himself look a bit silly now. There’s no way out of it is there? Best to try and move on. But this whole interview is just more fakery and desperation. His PR strategy is just to keep on digging that hole. smh

      • theHord says:

        “paparazzi intrusion (ha! like they didn’t hire people to photograph them! of course not!)” You know, one thing doesn’t exclude the other.

  36. I Choose Me says:

    Tsk, tsk. Oh Tommyboy, despite your ridiculousness I still can’t quit you. If only you knew how willing I am to give you all the love and adoration you crave.

    • Bonzo says:

      As much as I don’t understand Tommy adoration anymore, this sentiment is rather sweet coming from you, ICM.

  37. seesittellsit says:

    Oh, someone hand me that violin over there . . . sobs. “But man those cameras . . .” Is he serious? That’s Swift’s m.o. and it got you more name recognition than Thor and Night Manager combined. Sorry, Tommy, but this one reeked, just reeked. Phonier than a $3 bill! And dragging your Mum and little niece into the charade, too, with Swiftie in Wellies . . .for shame!

  38. browniecakes says:

    Why was Taylor trying to jump on his back then in the ocean if his back was scratched up on I heart TS shirt day? I call BS.

  39. senna says:

    Taffy is a genius. I have never felt so secondhand embarrassed or uncomfortable reading an interview. It was like Taffy held up a lens to all of Tom’s earnestness and longing to be understood and need for her attention and approval and refracted it out to us, the public, as our proxy, in a way that felt almost too unmitigated to bear reading. That anecdote about how during his impressions of people he needs the continued validation of her entertainment was so telling. In spite of his dedication to the work, of uncovering truth about human experience in the process, of his genius for understanding characters, there also exists this yawning need for others to validate him which drives him to perfect all the other things about acting he cares about. That neediness coupled with his sincerity is a great vulnerability, and Taffy wisely meditates on how we undervalue his kind of earnestness, but it’s also so deeply insightful into his mentality that it’s a little like giving the press and the public a package of T.H specific kryptonite. If he needs to be loved, he certainly hates to be disapproved of. I actually feel a bit worried about Tom after reading that, and it’s unsettling. This was supposed to be a fluff piece about Tiddleswift, and then it turned into a soul-baring thing that got way under the veneer of guarded celebrity.

    • popup says:

      Of course it hurts him. Wouldn’t it hurt anyone to be talked about and ridiculed in public? That’s why I find it disingenuous when people here claim they aren’t being “mean” when ripping into celebrities. Of course it’s mean! That’s the whole point! This is why the worst thing for any celebrity to do is to Google themselves, especially when they have an outsized need for approval. The demands and harsh magnifying glass of fame cause the less stable among the celebrities to drown themselves in drugs and alcohol. Or they turn into Trump, who vents on Twitter over every slight.

      Taffy may be my favorite celebrity profile writer. She helps us see her subjects as real people, not as their manufactured celebrity personalities. She did an amazing job with a Christian Slater profile, too.

      • senna says:

        Long live “celebrities read mean tweets!” I guess I was thinking of a continuum of celebrity existence – on the one pole you have Rihanna, who, while she certainly has feelings, embodies an IDGAF attitude. Then you have Tom, who has both feelings and gives many an F about them and about what everyone thinks of him. Trumps are born, I think, not made – you can’t cultivate self-awareness and self-reflectiveness if you don’t have it already. Tom does not lack for either but sometimes I think his need for validation gets in the way of both processes. Case in point, this article. I still adore Tom, which is probably why this was a painful read for me.

        I loved the Christian Slater profile as well! I admire the way Taffy manages to be a presence in her interviews but not in a way that obscures revealing who the interviewee is at heart.

      • HappyMom says:

        Didn’t she write about Billy Bob Thornton too? That was brilliant.

      • jetlagged says:

        …and Tom Ford. Also brilliant.

    • third ginger says:

      I think it’s because he was so adored before the Swift romance. He always spoke so affectionately of his fans. Could he help it if their fantasy romance was so extreme, they now act like jilted lovers? If I hear of one more wilted “ladyboner” I am going to throw up. Can’t everyone just enjoy the young man’s work and leave it alone? I think he has some misguided notion that he owes people an explanation for Swift, which he does not. Agree that he does talk way too much.

  40. Luffy says:

    I actually forgot they dated. He seems much more at peace with the break up than CH did. I think CH was far more hurt and his relationship with Taylor was probably real and not a rebound showmance

    • Ari says:

      But you know Calvin Harris dated her for 18 months, sir twiddles dated her for 2 months. The latter was merely a fling. Whereas Calvin was as close to a real relationship she had ever been.

  41. Ari says:

    Woe is me!! Poor little Tommy pie 😂I bet all his fangirls will eat this up. Personally I think he sounds dishonest and a tad juvenile. Only a teenager would call dating someone for 2 months a ” relationship” and i dont for a second but that it wasnt played up for the media. He wants to put all the blame at the nasty Internet and the media for how it was perceived. Sorry sir twiddle you should have said no comment.

  42. Uh-huh says:

    Hilarious. And yet kind of sad at the same time.

    The whole thing was fake, gushing, pre-prepared and pre-scripted twaddle designed to massage and fix TH’s image.

    New PR people needed. Urgently.

  43. A. Key says:

    Taffy was either seriously overpaid to sell this $hit down our throats or she’s a daft naive woman desperately trying to get so far up his a$$ hoping he’ll like her half as much as he likes himself, for whatever reason.

    This interview is as embarrassing and face-palm-y as his PR relationship and GG speech!

    What the hell happened, as he gets older it’s like he’s regressing and becoming more foolish and ridiculous.

    • Uh-huh says:

      More desperate perhaps.

      It’s all too much. Even the headline on that GQ cover is OTT. Here to conquer America? Jeez.
      Overcompensating much?

      Will be interesting to see how he does on The Graham Norton show (in the UK) later this month. Will Norton mention the tank top or Hiddleswift?!

  44. Bent says:

    So I come away with three revelations about TommyAnne from this interview:

    1. He pours over media coverage and comments made about him like a 90s teen poured over Tiger Beat magazine.
    2. He is a horrible liar (whose pants I imagine are now on fire).
    3. He needs to get a dog to fulfill this overwhelming need to be loved unconditionally by a deaf mute. As one would have to be in his company.

    Mr. Bent is a bit like Tom. He can go on and on about the Tour d’France until I want to slap him with a bike rim. We too (like HiddleSwift) go for long walks on beaches during poor weather because the wind only lets me hear every third word, making the conversation much more interesting.

    • Nibbi says:

      bahahaha aa !!
      thank you :)

    • Bluer says:

      Excellent post, Bent. But the Anne comparison is a bit unfair to Anne, who never set up papmances only later to deny them.

    • Evie says:

      Co-signing with you @Bent +100%. And here’s another takeaway

      4. Desperately Seeking Approval/Control of the Narrative & a Confessor: I’ll suspend all judgment and analysis of Hiddleston’s “revelations” and comments on the TS Summer of Love Tour. At this point who cares; it’ over and done with. BUT, what’s with him texting the reporter late at night asking if he can come over to her hotel room at the crack of dawn to tell her something important? There was no great revelation; just more of him trying to convince her AND bare his soul. I’ve been a reporter for many years and this is extremely unusual. Hiddleston is at once a try-hard. Assuming he is being truthful about being broken-hearted about the breakup (again, I’m suspending judgment/analysis) he comes across as needy and desperately in need of counseling. He presumes on a short acquaintanceship with the reporter, goes over to her hotel room and keeps talking and talking and talking as she reminds him she’s got to catch a flight. She stands up to leave and still he sits there yammering on, so kind soul that she is, Taffy sits back down to console this 36 year-old manchild. Geez, I hope GQ paid her overtime. Hiddleston’s next GF should either be deaf or someone should gift her with ear muffs! I don’t doubt he’s a nice guy and good actor but w-a-y too exhausting.

      P.S. Happy Birthday Tom!

  45. jetlagged says:

    Leaving everything else about this article aside, can I just say I want to give Tom a standing ovation for wanting experts to be valued again, and the need for a return to critical thinking? God, how I wish both were in more abundance right about now.

    p.s. The photos that accompany this article are dreamy, the best he’s looked in a photo shoot since the Shortlist set with Bentley the cat.

    • third ginger says:

      I heartily agree. I have been a professor for 36 years, and this idea that anyone with no experience or expertise can simply step in and fill any role is heartbreaking. However “extra” he may be, he’s a smart man.

      • spidey says:

        sorry delayed g̶r̶a̶t̶i̶f̶i̶c̶a̶t̶i̶o̶n̶ post appearance!

      • spidey says:

        @ jetlagged @ third ginger. Two beacons (?) of common sense in world that is going to hell in a hand cart and folks are hyperventilating over an actor wearing a silly t-shirt 6 months ago?

  46. Emmet says:

    Was going to sit back and read . .
    However big rumor on Blind Gossip that a young female singer under 30 is taking acting lessons, bets are even that it is wait for it TAY TAY! And she’s a bit stiff.


    Anyhoo big hugs to @sixer, @lil oops@lightpurple, @browniecakes and luck to @bonzo at school.

    Needed this diversion today – you all have no idea!

    • Bonzo says:

      I’m long done with school (like 20+ years)… but I’m a working woman again, hence the late arrival!

  47. HappyMom says:

    I have nothing to add, except that I’ve spent the last 10 minutes reading all your comments and cracking up. Thank you!

  48. virginfangirl2 says:

    I continue to love everything about Tom Hiddleston. Every Single Person he meets or works with just gushes how nice he is. Can’t think of many people who can claim that, so there must be something to it. And those are the facts.

  49. Nibbi says:

    the thing about the porridge

  50. Tina says:

    Can I just say that, as much as this has proven to be much more of a virtue than I ever thought it could be, is “temperate” really the best thing he could say about Barack Obama?

    I have never been a particular fan of TH, but I am thinking back to how utterly hot I remember him being in Coriolanus and how much that is just gone now. I’d love to see it again to see if I just imagined the hotness.

  51. Elle R. says:

    Ugh, between Evans and Slate splitting up and Hiddleston too-earnest-for-his-own-good interview, my two primary embarrassing crushes are both back in my life after being sidelined for most of 2016.

    I’ll admit it: This interview totally worked on me. He seems so earnest and optimistic and passionately uncool that I can’t help but like him again. Props to Taffy – she really does do excellent celebrity pieces.

    Also, this interview makes me think that I would enjoy hearing more of Tom’s grown-up opinions about grown-up subjects. His comments about experts and the bizarre dislike of them were spot on.

  52. TotallyBiased says:

    If anyone cares: Infinity Wars is not merely a rumour HOWEVER my source won’t verify whether Tom is in a flashback Or present time.

  53. virginfangirl2 says:

    I can’t help this feeling that they will reunite & it’s been in the works. It seemed pretty clear to me he is still smitten with her.

  54. mercilessraven says:


    I think I finally figured out what made me annoyed about the entire affair and made T.H. so much less attractive to me.

    Up until the whole Hiddleswift nightmare, he seemed like he had more substance. He was someone who looked deeper, and wasn’t fooled or taken with someone just for looks or status. Then boom, a ‘relationship’ that started out on the rocks (Remember? The first pics to come out from R.I.? If ever there was a looming foreshadowing of things to come . . .), for a rich, blonde, pretty bimbo who is clearly a manipulative sociopath. He ignored the obvious signs she was an opportunistic PR whore, man eating, shrew.

    I think that’s what dimmed the shine for me. Suddenly, he wasn’t different from every other guy on the planet. He wasn’t better, or smarter. Nope. Pretty face, tight clothes, and suddenly the brains and IQ just fall right out and the head south of the belly button equator is what makes all the decisions.

    And the first thing I thought of when I saw the “I. <3 T.S." Shirt was . . . "Um . . .I think someone is desperately trying to get laid."

    Also, I'm annoyed. I hated Taylor Twit before it was cool. And I hate that he was dumb enough to get into a situation where he's going to start to be as jaded and experienced in being taken advantage of by people like her like the rest of us.

    • third ginger says:

      Take it from an old lady. No guy is that different from every other guy on the planet. Just look for a good one.

      • mercilessraven says:

        I know :(

        It was just nice to see a guy make it to 35 that wasn’t a total jaded creep. Most girls and guys I know that are cynical about life, relationships and negative attitude outweighs the positive attitude, got that way in their early or mid twenties. He made it all the way to his 30′s and it was inspiring and hopeful.

        But then he hooks up with Taylor Twit . . . talk about a crash course in reality. Ignorance might be bliss but damned if it doesn’t catch up with you,sneak up from behind, and kick you in the ass when you choose to ignore the facts and realize someone is actually a manipulative, opportunistic, user who is only out for themselves and pretend that they’re really a good hearted princess.

        Like Dory wondering into a pit of bull sharks during feeding time.

    • delorb says:

      Wow. You do know that he also has PR people. One who was seen at the party on the beach. But only SHE is the famewhore. Never mind the fact that he needs publicity in his career as well, but only SHE is the bad guy. Like someone is going to make a (now) 36-year-old middle-aged man do what he doesn’t want to do. Jeez. Are you guys going to burp him next?

  55. mya says:

    Taffy is hilarious. She seems fun to hang out.

  56. browniecakes says:

    Write it down in a song Tom. Get it all out and make a buck. That’s how it’s done.

  57. lili says:

    he looks good in those pictures.

  58. Katherine says:

    Not buying

    • Lilly says:

      I am shocked that no one touched upon the fact that he claims that people developed a narrative about what they had from unauthorized pictures yet…..she released her own pictures. He is so naive or stupid. I’m embarrassed that he has no maturity for a mid-thirties man.

      • DahliaDee says:

        @Lilly, whether genuine or just spinning a narrative, people seldom admit their mistakes, even to themselves, so I’m not surprised. I see it all around me. The digging further into the hole long after it’s become clear there’s no treasure/water there.

  59. maxine ducamp says:

    Late to the party, but here to admit that I still love TH even with his overly zealous earnestness and self-consciousness. But, I can’t believe @sixer didn’t notice (or at least point out) the book a couple of shelves above his head titled “NY LEGS” in the picture in front of the bookshelves.

    • maxine ducamp says:

      Also, what the heck did that door do to his poor forehead that the scar is still evident in every photo? Coriolanus was at least two years ago; you’d think it would have faded more by now, especially since he must have access to the best dermatologists/plastic surgeons.

    • lightpurple says:

      He did it for Sixer!

  60. spidey says:

    Leaving aside the daft antics of last summer……………….

    It is interesting that people say he hasn’t been seen for ages, “he needs to be seen with a girlfriend didadidadida”. Then when he is seen just walking in his neighbourhood “he must have phoned the paps/he only goes to the same cafe to be papped” (perhaps he just likes it and it is near and is just doing his own thing?) then the comment I saw elsewhere when someone suggested “he had changed cafés because he was papped too often there but let it be known where the new café was”.

    Regarding last summer – yes brought it on himself to a great extent, although he was perhaps idiotically Taylor pleasing to start with then let it get out of control. But as for the rest, the guy can’t win.


    • virginfangirl2 says:

      If we were to build a pyramid of jerks based on the most horrible of behaviors being on top, we’d have to get through a hole lot of people (celebrities included) to get down to Tom. I can’t believe he is this evil man pretending to be someone else. And he’s apparently fooled every fan he’s met or person he’s worked months with too, as they all gush how nice he is. So I’ll believe the people who actually have dealt with him.

  61. mercilessraven says:

    Also, today is February 9th, 2017. Which makes today Tom’s birthday and now he’s 36.

    Yay? I’d say Happy Birthday Tom but I get the feeling your ‘tell all’ on the I <3 T.S. . . .BS . . . is going to outweigh the well wishes.