Well… That played-out just about on time, wouldn’t you say? It wasn’t long ago that I pontificated about sticking around just long enough to write the Twiddles breakup post, and that moment has finally arrived. I think I speak for us all when I say that I am exactly 0% surprised by this. You simply cannot start a relationship in the way that Tom Hiddleston and Taylor Swift did, treeing-out the parental visits and the round-the-world trips in the first few weeks, and expect things not to take a turn.
So what happened? Well, according to a “source” that spoke to US weekly, Swift was the one to put the brakes on.
She was the one to put the brakes on the relationship. Tom wanted the relationship to be more public than she was comfortable with. Taylor knew the backlash that comes with public displays of affection but Tom didn’t listen to her concerns when she brought them up. Now that they’ve split Hiddleston is embarrassed that the relationship fizzled out.
Indeed, though the two were hot and heavy early on, things became strained when Hiddleston went to Australia to film Thor: Ragnarok and Swift stayed stateside. As Us previously reported, they had their first blowout fight in August. It was an intense start, No one can keep that kind of momentum going. They get along great and will remain friends, but they just don’t see it working romantically right now.
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m calling shenanigans on that little sound byte. That “leaked insider information” has the Swift camp’s fingerprints ALL OVER IT. It even hits all of the talking points that a planted PR campaign should. It drops-in the fact that SHE did the dumping, it points the finger at Hiddleston as “wanting to be more public than she was comfortable with”, and it references their first blowout fight that reportedly happened in August.
Do you guys believe that? I don’t. No way. Not for a second.
Let’s start with Item One: the obvious publicity factor. Of the two of these celebrities, I would be hard-pressed to be able to determine who between the two of them was actually wanting to be in the spotlight more. However, up until the Twiddles affair, Hiddleston’s PR game had been pretty professional and watertight. Swift on the other hand, has made a second career out of micromanaging her image and doing pap walks in outfits that cost more than my salary and my car combined. And she’s still doing it, minus the obvious designer gear. Oh, it’s still there, it’s just been “dialed back” as to look more contrite and low key. Only one member of this former couple is still planning pap walks, and it ain’t Tommy. Also, Taylor herself has refuted this privacy narrative. When she and Jake Gyllenhaal broke up, she had this to say about his need for privacy.
Also, I can’t deal with someone who’s obsessed with privacy,” she said. “People kind of care if there are two famous people dating. But no one cares that much. If you care about privacy to the point where we need to dig a tunnel under this restaurant so that we can leave? I can’t do that
I’m not the only one who sees it this way. Over at D-Listed, they just put it a bit more succinctly, in a manner that makes me wish I’d thought of it first.
I’m going to guess that the name of UsWeekly’s source is Nils Sjoberg [Swift’s “pen name” she uses sometimes in songwriting], because they say that Taylor dumped Tom. Tom wanted to be even more public than they already were and Taylor wanted it to be private. National Opposite Day isn’t until January, so the source is celebrating real early by farting out this hilarious backwards shit
Item Two: the obvious blame factor. Tom wanted more publicity than she did. Tom was away filming and wasn’t in LA. There is a lot of not-so-subtle Tommy-blaming going on here, and we’ve all been witness to the amount of love Swift has for playing the victim in these situations. I think that this recent string of “everywoman” pap walks is an attempt (a feeble one at that) to reinforce this particular narrative.
Item Three: they will remain great friends. Whatever happened here, be it the hasty end of a contractual obligation for Tom (one favorite internet conspiracy theory of mine) or just a too much too soon kind of an arrangement (ya think!?), I do not believe that the pair will remain “great friends”. Sure, they may believe it right now, but think about all of the intense summer romances you’ve had in your life. How many of those people can you count among your “great friends?” Exactly.
I will say this though. I’m really gonna miss these ludicrous displays of Glorious True Love. Especially when they come printed on a t-shirt.
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