Sebastian Stan ‘was really worried, mainly for’ Tom Hiddleston during the Tiddles era

The World Premiere of Marvel Studios “Avengers: Infinity War”

Of all the Avengers-matchups, I never really consider Tom Hiddleston and Sebastian Stan to be particularly close. Like, Hiddles and Chris Hemsworth are “close.” They’re friendly, they enjoy each other, they call each other “brother” a lot. Tom is also close to Samuel L. Jackson, which is charming. But Sebastian and Hiddles? Whatever. But I guess Sebastian was close enough, because some die-hard TIDDLES fan just had to ask Sebastian about the Summer of Tiddles. The Summer of Tiddles was the magical three months of gossip gold where Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston fell in love and wanted to go on an international love tour. It was amazing. It was one of the best gossip stories I’ve ever covered. I always hoped that some of the Marvel people razzed Tom about the “I Heart T.S.” shirt, but we don’t know for sure.

So what does Sebastian have to say about it? Well, he was on Watch What Happens Live, and during the After The Show call-in part, a lady in Wisconsin – a Dragonfly, I’m sure – called in to ask Sebastian if he ever said anything to Tom about TIDDLES. The whole video is sort of cute – Sebastian and Priyanka Chopra are flirtatious with each other – but the TIDDLES question comes up around the 3:10-mark of the video, if you want to skip ahead. As soon as he hears “Hiddleston” and the “I Heart T.S.” shirt, Sebastian’s whole face changes and it’s like… “OMG GOSSIP.”

Sebastian says half-jokingly that his reaction to Tiddles “was one of awe and extreme concern, obsession and yet at the same time … I don’t know, I was really worried, mainly for him.” There’s some cross-talk and Sebastian and Andy Cohen say something about how hard it must be to date a pop star and “you know, love is hard and quick.” Then Andy Cohen asks Priyanka about HER rumors with Hiddleston, because they co-presented at the Emmys that same year. Priyanka says nothing happened, that they basically spent about 15 minutes together.

Anyway, I do think that a lot of Marvel dudes side-eyed the sh-t out of Tom for the whole TIDDLES thing. Poor Tom. The Case of the Lonely Dragonfly Who Believes In True Snake Love.

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  1. lightpurple says:

    I don’t believe how this has taken off all over the internet. I also don’t believe Sebastian was serious, probably a bit surprised that anyone would ask such a silly question, and decided to have fun with it.

    • Cranberry says:

      Yes. I concur. I think Sebastian and most actors are dumbfounded by the way fans will grab onto anything, any piece of meaningless gossip and hang on to it, even going as far to waste other actor’s time asking them questions about it. Like he said, he forgot all about it! I think Sebastian’s concern was more about Tom becoming a target for the cesspool of crazed fandoms (his and Swift’s) – not the I heart TS shirt.

  2. Eleonor says:

    What a glorious mess 😂 Those were days!

    • browniecakes says:

      Truly! And when I think about it today: the daily photos, the four bodyguards everywhere, the meet the family, Tom at the Selena concert… It is just as cringey now. What was that!?

      • Milla says:

        Whatever it was, he was into it. No one forced him to date Swifty. His buddies are just making Tom look like a toddler.

      • so cool says:

        Oh Swifties for rescue. Are you so ignorant to understand that Hiddles and Stan are not buddies. They barely know each other. And please – dating Snake is a kiss of a death. I don’t see tons of a celebs who want to be her BF. She needed to buy her new BF in Target on sale to have one for her Reputation era. And it is so obvious this S. Stan story was pushed by Ta Tay team. It is such a no story, but still everyone wrote about it, even CNN. Desperated Snake is so boring. No one give a sh*t about her pap strolls with Joe Schmoe, so she is looking for other PR. We had in last days children, hospital visit. So next she should send flowers to someone as always when she need goood PR. When I look at Snake all I see is Joan Crawford. She is as fake as her.

      • Mumzy says:

        What was that? Easily explained — Tom is just an Old World European.

        That’s my new go-to explanation for all questionable behavior by anyone from Europe. No one knows what it means so…perfect answer!

      • mags says:

        @Milla, you forget, no one forced her to use her own plane, her own bodyguards, have her own publicist on hand to manage the rollout and push of this “relationship”, nor stage the photo ops with matching wardrobe. If anything, she has the control of the narrative and he was just along for the ride. She is the one with this kind of history, not him. That is why it took people by surprise, he doesn’t have the history of this kind of thing. It was out of character for him, not for her.

        No one forced her to write a song basically laughing at the fact that she used him to shield her from bad press either.

      • so cool says:

        Mags Hiddles forced her. Tay tay is here a poor victim. Again. Her fans are so special. She is taking from them all money and they are dying for her on SM :) The worst it that a lot of them are adults with mentality of 12 yo.

    • harla says:

      When the weather starts heating up I start thinking about the Summer of Tiddles, god I miss it!!

  3. Red says:

    I do believe that if the media didn’t nick that “relationship ” as hard they did, tiddles would still be together. They matched well because they both loved that attention. That is the true Taylor, not her hot topic sponsored bad girl persona.

  4. Sparkly says:

    I think we were all worried for him during that time. lol

  5. Caitlin Bruce says:

    I think Seb and Tom get on they did a few interviews together but it’s not like there friends so I doubt he would say anything about it to Tom like he said. But Downey, Hemsworth, Ruffalo and Scarlett all probably poked fun at him. We know Downey did publicly so for sure he did privately do. Tom can take it. He has a bigger sense of humour than ya’ll give him credit for.

    • Va Va Kaboom says:

      I wonder if his past relationship with Elizabeth Olsen factored into their costars reaction? They may not have made a big deal about it because Olsen was the last woman he dated before Swift and ribbing him about the cheesiness with Swift could get awkward real fast.

      • Caitlin Bruce says:

        That’s a good point, you know him and Elizabeth seemed fine at the London fan event but at the LA press conference I noticed when toms name was called she didn’t clap and instead started talking to Mark Ruffalo, then when Tom got asked a question which started with “Loki is my favourite.” She put her thumbs down, and sort of booed. I get the feeling that they didn’t end on great terms and that there may still be some bad feelings there. I mean Elizabeth went on James Corden and said she loved taylor swift then a year later her ex was parading around the world with none other than Taylor swift.

      • Cranberry says:

        I saw footage of Tom and Elisabeth talking and laughing with each other at the IW premier event.

      • Caitlin Bruce says:

        @cranberry if you read my comment you’ll see I say they seemed fine at the London fan event (they were picture laughing and hugging and next to each other in the press photos even the next day they were laughing and again standing next to each other when they were doing a fan photo expierence thing) but a week and a half later there seemed to be a distancing, mostly on Elizabeth’s side. Go watch the press conference if you don’t believe me.

      • Cranberry says:

        Without watching the press conference you’re referring to, I highly doubt EO attitude towards Tom is going to sour if they were fine with each other just weeks prior. EO is very professional and private. She’s not likely to make any negative displays openly towards him if it was real. She probably was showing thumbs down as a joke cause they’re friends (they did a whole movie together) and because Loki is the trickster/villain of MU. It’s really hard to read too much into what the actors on press tours are really feeling or what they really think. There’s too much going on.

  6. Meggles says:

    Had Tom and Sebastian even met prior to last month’s Infinity War promo tour? Odd question to ask him.

    • Caitlin Bruce says:

      They have posed together at smaller conventions but only briefly

    • lightpurple says:

      They haven’t worked together other than appearing at a few conventions. Extremely weird question to ask him. Or anyone for that matter. Since when do we comment publicly on the personal lives of co-workers?

  7. Chef Grace says:

    That was just so much snark! I doubt Seb is pals with TH, except on set and at cons. What so many do not understand, these calls are prepped and decided upon BEFORE they are taken on a show. don\t want some raving idiot asking the wrong questions LOL

    • MI6 says:

      Thank you, Chef Grace.
      Anybody else find it coincidental that a certain “pop star” is starting a world tour this month and may feel the need to regurgitate old headlines in an effort to boost poor ticket sales?
      Just sayin.’

  8. Roe says:

    I think Sebastian should have said nothing. He comes off as tacky.

    • toni says:

      woah, you are taking it seriously

    • Cranberry says:

      At some points he does come off a little bit too cool for school. But then again I think it sucks to put actors on the spot about stupid gossip trends.

    • Deedee says:

      It was none of his business. And it ended before it barely got started.

  9. Steph says:

    This was obviously arranged by their publicist. Taylor thought it was a good idea until she realized people were making fun of them. It’s kinda weird some people took this “romance” as something serious…

  10. BC says:

    It was like watching a crash, you’re worried for him but can’t look away. I knew it would fail hard because she was trying to publicly shame Harris with their PDA.
    On another note, just watched Infinity War and Black Panther and Civil War over the weekend and fell hard for Bucky, Sebastian Stans character. So hot!

    • lightpurple says:

      If you haven’t seen it, watch Winter Soldier. Plot-wise, it is one of the best in the MCU, and Bucky, mechanical arm, greasy hair, murderous bent and all, is incredibly hot.

    • Dixiebells says:

      Bucky is 1000% the hottest. Troubled bad boy? You know it’s a mistake but you want to fix him anyway and it can only end badly? Fantasy material right there. I think Stan is kind of goofy but likeable but man he can turn on Bucky smolder murder strut.

  11. Case says:

    Now that I have expunged Tom’s try-hardness from his record and have accepted his more mature self back into my life, can we just stop talking about this lol? It was a fling from two years ago.

    • lightpurple says:

      Right? It’s been YEARS. They’ve moved on. She got a silent pet who has no problem with her constantly leaking articles about how private they are and he got an adorable puppy. More stories about Bobby the puppy!

      • Case says:

        I mean, I get it — they brought any criticisms on themselves by going on a silly world tour of romance (or whatever the hell that was — my view on it was that they were genuinely into each other and it was additionally mutually beneficial — not just one thing or the other, but a bit of both).

        But still, it was a short thing that happened a long time ago now in celebrity years. Time to move on. I’d be curious to know how long this followed Jake Gyllenhaal after his similar nonsense with her.

      • Sullivan says:

        Case, I forgot all about her romance with Jake! Why does he get a pass?

      • Cranberry says:

        Jake got a pass mostly because the social media, internet gossip machine wasn’t in full swing back then as it is now. Also he didn’t go in as hard and cheesy as TH/TS did. He didn’t have to he’s a bigger star and has better representation than TH that, and Swift wasn’t as mega big as she is now so they were able to keep it a little more low key even though it was likely for publicity.

      • mags says:

        I know, I am bored by this coming up. Jake was asked about his time with snake emoji just last month and it has been YEARS since his own disaster showmance was out. Jake has had girlfriends since then, so obviously he is not pining over her. Doubt Tom is too. He looked happy and relaxed on this press tour.

      • Wigs says:

        Well, Jake got a whole album written about him on how he broke her heart right? I think that kept up the media attention on the relationship. Tom just got one little song which isn’t even a single yet.

      • Case says:

        Jake did have a whole super-emo album written about him — pretty sure they were more private than her summer outings with Tom, and yet he still got dragged through the mud for an equally short fling (because she made sure they were photographed with enough detail that fans would pick up on who she was talking about in song — yikes). I didn’t realize he was STILL being asked about it though as @mags said. That’s really rough. If Jake, a better-known actor, can’t shake it years later, I worry Tom never will.

        I get the feeling Tom’s rep has taken a bit of a nosedive around the Marvel folk since that incident. When a group of them were on a late night show together, Scarlett Johannson seemed like she couldn’t stand him. But Scarlett comes off as kinda bitchy in general so who knows. I could be seeing things. It’s a shame if it has actually impacted him professionally though — he’s by all accounts a lovely guy who doesn’t deserve to pay for an embarrassing 3-month period.

      • mags says:

        @case, I don’t see the marvel folks distancing themselves. Is this part of the tumblr narrative that Marvel has it against him because he once dated the snake emoji? Because that narrative is bunk.

        Samuel Jackson loves him and they had fun moments on the press tour. He also is still close friends with Mark Ruffalo and Benedict Cumberbatch. He was also very friendly with RDJ, Chris H, and others. I didn’t get the vibe that others don’t like him at all. He was more tone down this time around as he is not the big star of the film. And Marvel gave him a great press send off. Kevin F, the head of Marvel, talked very positively about Tom and his contribution to the marvel universe. So, there is no real evidence that they are all turned off him because of snake emoji.

      • so cool says:

        Case what you said is tumblr crazy fans narative. They made up stories about Marvel and co-stars hate Hiddles now, that he doesn’t have friends now etc. It is one big BS. Kevin F. loves Tom and are always talking very good about him. And there are rumors (not on tumblr :) ) that Hiddles will be in some Disney movie soon. So people pleas stop spriding this stupid tumblr fake stories.

      • Case says:

        @mags and @so cool — apologies, wasn’t trying to spread Tumblr gossip — I haven’t read any of that and it was just a personal observation of him and some of the other actors. Like I said, I was probably seeing things. I have no doubt Marvel as a whole loves him for all he has done for this franchise, and agree that they gave him great press this go around. He has worked his ass off to promote their movies for years so naturally the execs must love him.

      • Cranberry says:

        I saw TH, Scarlet and Mark Ruffalo on Jimmy Kimmel for IW last week. She and Mark were very tickled to have Tom there. During Avengers filming Tom spent a lot of time with Scarlet. I believe they went horse back riding together. Also Tom and Mark hit it off very well too. Mark brought his son to the set several times, and he pretty much fell in love with Tom because Tom gave him so much quality attention and engagement. Remember Tom loves to entertain, and he’s exceptionally good with children.

        That was back during Avengers filming when the franchise was taking off in full throttle with all the separate character plots merging. There was a lot of excitement, but also there was an untested, newness to everything including people who hadn’t worked with each other until then. Now with IA there’s still tons of excitement, but other things have changed. Everyone is older for one. So I don’t expect everyone to be the same way they were when they promoted Avengers, especially Tom who was still relatively new to block buster HW films.

        When I watched the Kimmel game show segment, Mark and Scarlet totally knew it was Tom that learned to play spoons in a bar (pub). Scarlet smiled at Mark and said “it’s got to be Tom” and then they looked up at Tom smiling at him. They knew how fun Tom can be, and they both looked to each other in acknowledgement. None of it seemed like Scarlet had any issue with Tom. She totally smiled at him, and was referring to him in a friendly way. I think what ever you saw you read wrong.

  12. Jess... says:

    Poor innocent Tom. Lol

  13. Lotal says:

    Has it really been nearly 2 years since Tom taytom? ? Sorry that name never caught on😁😁

  14. Lizzie says:

    i giggled at this. his answer and delivery was completely charming. he was ribbing tom and also playing it off…great way to handle it.

  15. J says:

    He was obviously joking about the whole thing.

    • Lightpurple says:

      He clearly thought it was a ridiculous question

      • Cranberry says:

        He even said: “Wow. What a question . . .I forgot all about this.”
        Meaning, ‘I have to answer this on camera? Like I even gave it much thought to begin with. I barely know the guy’. – ‘What’s up with these crazy, obsessed fans? Why ask me about what he wore? ‘


  16. Mads says:

    Stan dated an ex friend of snake emoji. I think he was shading snake emoji and not Tom.

    And others in the marvel have done cringe worthy things too so they can’t judge him for being in a showmance.

    My favorite part was when he said he had forgotten all about it.

  17. jammypants says:

    I kind of felt the same way. In awe, obsessed (can’t look away), and concerned for Tom. But now that it’s over, life resumes haha

  18. DP says:

    He probably shouldn’t have said anything, but it seemed like he was joking, and I thought it Was so cute!

  19. Theodora says:

    This guy is hotness personified. Every time I see a video with him I’m in awe how handsome and charming he is in every small detail of his facial expressions and reactions.

  20. Cranberry says:

    I’m not sure I like the way Priyanka seems to be laughing at Tom expense when the caller first asks the question. She of all people should have more compassion of celebrities hounded by the gossip/fan hoards. After all the dogging she gets online for her affair with a famous, married Indian actor. It was very scandalous, and they hardly made a secret of it, but her management makes sure it’s not covered in US media. People with big, ugly skeletons in their closets shouldn’t make fun of others’ minor, albeit embarrassing, mistakes.

    • mags says:

      Having an affair is much worse than what Tom did. Most of what we read on these gossip sites is worse than what Tom did. Yet this is what he is still mocked for and others get passes for much worse mistakes.

      Anyways, the IW passed the billion dollar mark in just 10 days, beating Force Awakens.

      • Theodora says:

        I agree. Sometimes the people who mock and ridicule the most other people’s mistakes made themselves more serious and harmful mistakes in their past. He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone, etc.

    • so cool says:

      Priyanka is a fake annoying thirsty girl. I can’t stand her as an actress and person. Now she is so milking her friendship with Meghan M. like it was Prianka who will marry a prince.

    • Wigs says:

      Everyone knows Priyanka is a try hard. Not shocked at all she would laugh at this, she’s a mean girl. She had no problem putting the wives of men she slept with through pain and humiliation by leaking their relationships to the press. What I found funny was she claimed she wouldn’t get involved with Sebastian because he was unclear about his relationship status lol a guy being a relationship never stopped her before.
      I can’t wait for her to go away, she’s very untalented and yet somehow she is everywhere. Hopefully, once they cancel that failing tv show of hers she can go the way of the dodo bird.

  21. Molly says:

    That PR romance was a disaster.

  22. spidee says:

    Pity Seb didn’t just say he didn’t know Tom back then.

  23. violet says:

    Yeah, love is hard and quick and so is the pain of a PR stunt that backfires.

    I mean, what happened, Pippa Middleton wasn’t available?!