Tom Hiddleston and Taylor Swift are over.
However, to paraphrase Ross Geller on Friends, were Tom Hiddleston and Taylor Swift ever really... under?
From nearly the moment Swift's lips touched those of Hiddleston, few people in the celebrity gossip world actually believed this relationship was real.
For what reason? Let's examine the so-called evidence:
Swift and Hiddleston went public with their romance in the middle of June, in a most UN-Taylor Swift-like fashion:
A seemingly perfect photo opportunity was captured by a paparazzi member, as The Sun published a front page image of Hiddleston laying the saliva smack down on Swift.
How did a photographer manage to snap this cozy interaction, which took place near Swift's estate in Rhode Island?
Easy, conspiracy theorists allege, because Swift tipped him off and set up the scene perfectly for him. It was contrived, they claim.
Why would she do this?
D'uh, these same theorists argue, because Swift has released a new album in the fall of every year since 2006.
(A reminder: Taylor Swift (2006), Fearless (2008), Speak Now (2010), Red (2012) and 1989 (2014).)
Having just recently split from Calvin Harris, the theory goes, Swift needed material for a new album, which, based on the aforementioned schedule, will drop some time over the next few months.
She couldn't simply be single when it came out. She couldn't be in a steady relationship, either.
No, this is Taylor Swift. She needed to have just had her heart broken in order to make the sort of music for which she's become famous.
So she arranged a fake dalliance with Hiddleston and then she made sure it was over just in time to write some fresh songs and prepare her record.
And why would Hiddleston go along with this PR stunt?
Because the boost in his image would help him land the coveted role of James Bond, some have actually said.
How would dating Taylor Swift push James Bond producers to cast Hiddleston in this iconic part? It's unclear.
Swift and Hiddleston made the international rounds, showing up in Italy and Australia over the past few months, arm-in-arm, hand-in-hand... arranged photo op by arranged photo op?
That's what critics believe.
But then there's this nugget, courtesy of an Us Weekly insider:
“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.”
That statement, if true, would fly against the hypothesis that Swift was the one pushing to make this romance as public as possible.
Moreover... does it really make any sense?
Taylor Swift is already the best-selling artist in the world.
She wins nearly every music award. She breaks nearly every record with every new album.
If there's one criticism of Swift, it that's she dates around too much ... and that she only dates celebrities ... and that she thinks every relationship will end in marriage ... and that she flaunts each boyfriend in nauseating fashion.
So it would somehow occur to her that a positive PR move would be to date again so soon after Harris... and to date another celebrity... and to leak that she'd say yes if Hiddleston proposed... and to flaunt her new love in nauseating fashion?
Sorry, but THAT MAKES NO SENSE WHATSOEVER.
But that's just our opinion. It's time to cast your opinion:
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