Tom Hiddleston is featured on the cover of the latest GQ, opening up to the magazine about his past romance with Taylor Swift.
For some reason.
Despite splitting from the singer back in early September, the actor goes on in detail about the relationship once the topic is broached in this month's feature story.
Within the first month of dating, Hiddleston and Swift (Hiddleswift, of course) met each other's parents and traveled around the world together.
They were spotted in public holding hands and kissing and being so overt with their apparent love that many critics couldn't help but wonder:
WTH? Is this even a real relationship?!?
Yes, Hiddleston insists.
"Of course it was real," he tells GQ, just a few months after saying he would not talk about Swift.
The reason why Hiddleston and Swift finally ended their whirlwind courtship was never made explicit.
There was a lot of chatter last fall over just who dumped whom, for example.
But Hiddleston only has nice things to say about the singer in this Q&A. Extremely nice things, really.
"Taylor is an amazing woman," the 35-year-old actor gushes. "She's generous and kind and lovely, and we had the best time."
Yes, the Avengers star admits, things may have seemed unusually intense right off the bat to anyone outside of the relationship.
But he explains to GQ that both stars were seeking a "genuine connection" with someone when they met. So the timing was perfect.
Alas, the circumstances were not.
"A relationship in the limelight...A relationship always takes work. And it's not just the limelight. It's everything else," he says here, mysteriously.
And he even touches upon what was may have been the most controversial aspect of the romance, the red flag that was raised in the eyes of those who doubted the legitimacy of the feelings involved.
We speak, of course, about the time Hiddleston wore a "I ♥ T.S." tank top while hanging out with Taylor and her pals on Juky Fourth.
Care to explain how THAT came about, Tom?
"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," Hiddleston says.
"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.'"
That seems ridiculous enough that it may actually be the truth.
"It was a joke," Hiddleston says now, reiterating that word for emphasis in the interview.
The famous (and questionable couple called it quits shortly before the 2016 Emmy Awards.
Swift, who concluded her 1989 World Tour last year, has not yet commented on their relationship.
Hiddleston, meanwhile, is just trying to live and learn from it.
"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," he says, concluding as follows:
"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 was just surprised that it got so much attention. The tank top became an emblem of this thing."
But whatever, he says. You may very well see him in another tank top down the line.
"I'm not going to live my life in hiding," the actor says.