Those who have seen the photos of Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston kissing along the shore of Rhode Island are probably right now trying to figure out if the two are actually dating. (In response to the photos, Bustle reached out to Hiddleston and Swift's reps for comment — Swift's rep has yet to respond, while Hiddleston's rep had no comment.) The circumstances are sort of new relationship perfect: Swift did just recently end her relationship with Calvin Harris earlier this month after a year, and, not to mention, she did share a dance with Hiddleston at the 2016 Met Gala. These photos of the two stealing kisses, taking selfies, and Hiddleston — being ever the gentleman — giving Swift his jacket do show them looking pretty cozy. But, I can't help but wonder if this reportedly new relationship caught by the paparazzi is actually just for the cameras. Especially since just yesterday, E! reported that Swift was "concentrating on herself" and not interested in getting into a new relationship just yet. So, instead of being Swift's new boyfriend, could Hiddleston be starring in a new Taylor Swift music video?
Sure, Swift's latest album, 1989 is now nearly two years old, but since she's hinted that she's not working on new music just yet, perhaps she's looking to release one last video for the summer. Maybe even for her seventh single "New Romantics," a 1989 bonus track, that got a live clip in April. It wouldn't be completely ridiculous to think that Swift finally decided to make the video post-breakup being that the song seems perfect for the exact moment in her life. Lines like, "Heart break is the national anthem/ We sing it proudly/ We are too busy dancing/ So get knocked off our feet," definitely ring true for anyone nursing a summer breakup.
But, she's also got other 1989 tracks to choose from depending on what kind of mood she's in. She may be feeling sad after the breakup and may want to go with "All You Had To Do Was Stay" that talks about someone locking her out when she let him in. Or, maybe she'll release "I Wish You Would," which she wrote with Jack Antonoff, that has her talking about missing someone too much to be mad. She could also release "How You Get The Girl" as a sign that she's ready to move on. "I Know Places" wouldn't be a bad choice either, since she did bring Hiddleston to Rhode Island, just sayin'. Even better though, would be if Swift wanted to release something new since it's been rumored that post-breakup she's been making progress on new songs.
Also, if Swift is working on a video, what better way to draw attention to it than hiring a star like Hiddleston? It wouldn't be the first time Swift has recruited someone from Hollywood to appear in one of her videos. For "Wildest Dreams" she hired Clint Eastwood's son, Scott Eastwood to be her Hollywood leading man. She's also hired some other familiar faces for past music videos like One Tree Hill's Tyler Hilton, Penny Dreadful's Reeve Carney, X-Men's Lucas Till, Friday Night Lights' Zach Gilford, and Laguna Beach's Stephen Colletti.
Swift's frequent video collaborator, director Joseph Kahn, who helmed four videos from 1989, isn't giving anything away, but he isn't exactly keeping quiet on the matter, tweeting "Taytom?" Kahn joked it could be their couple name with no prompting, adding in parenthesis, "I know nothing fyi."
Perhaps, Kahn really doesn't know anything about Swift's love life, but it is interesting that he decided to weigh in on this. Very interesting. Unfortunately, it seems the mystery of Swift and Hiddleston's relationship status will remain a mystery for now. Hopefully, we'll get some real answers soon.