At this rate, there have been more headlines about Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston dating than the number of days they've actually been together. The pair was first spotted kissing on rocks at a Rhode Island beach in mid-June. Now, it's a few weeks later and the couple already traveled across the globe, met one another's parents, and stirred up some drama with Swift's ex Calvin Harris. It's a lot to process and as the news about them grows, so do the rumors. However, on Thursday, Hiddleston confirmed his and Swift's relationship is the real deal and told The Hollywood Reporter, "It's not a publicity stunt."
Still, that doesn't mean conspiracy theories aren't out there. Especially since there are some questionable aspects of Hiddleswift's relationship. For instance, a majority of their paparazzi photos together were taken by the same photo agency, as reported by Jezebel. Plus, Swift usually is more careful about hiding her relationships from the spotlight. Either she's adopted a more IDGAF attitude or she's trying to really make sure people watch their every move.
Even though Hiddleston says otherwise, here's a round-up of the craziest theories about Hiddleswift. Because the Internet loves a good conspiracy theory.
1. It's A Way To Detract From The Kanye Feud
According to a theory by E! News, Swift's relationship with Hiddleston was merely a way to distract people from Kim Kardashian's GQ interview, which implied the singer was lying about knowing about Kanye West's "Famous" diss before it hit airwaves.
Those rock kissing photos were released around the same time as Kardashian's cover story, in which she seemingly threw Swift under the bus. Maybe the 26-year-old was trying to change the course of the conversation (although that sounds like a lot of extra effort over a Kimye feud).
2. She's Being Like Joaquin Phoenix Or Shia LaBeouf
A common notion is that Swift is exhibiting performance art. In dating Hiddleston and hitting every major milestone so fast, she's trying to rile up the media, just so she can make a statement about how over-the-top the coverage is of her relationships. Almost like a statement, à la Joaquin Phoenix's I'm Still Here or Shia LaBeouf wearing a bag on his head. People think she may be compiling all the headlines and news, just to later be like, "Ha! Gotcha."
Whether it's performance art or not, this whole situation certainly does show how wrapped up the public is in Swift's love life. Just think about it.
3. It's All For A Music Video
My personal favorite theory was explained by Bustle's own Kaitlin Reilly, who pointed out photos of Hiddleswift seemingly match the lyrics to "I Know Places." This ties into the theory that they're filming a music video together. Consider these lyrics:
You stand with your hand on my waist lineIt's a scene and we're out here in plain sightI can hear them whisper as we pass byIt's a bad sign, bad sign
Now look at the Hiddleswift photo above. Do those seem similar or what?
4. James Bond Is The End Goal
A website called HealthAim.com highlights the theory that Hiddleston wants to be the next James Bond and Swift wants to be his Bond girl. She also could potentially want to sing the theme song, which has landed Oscars for both Adele ("Skyfall") and Sam Smith ("Writings on the Wall") in previous years. When spun like that, it doesn't sound like a huge stretch.
5. They're Making The Next Notebook
Over at Elle, writer Anna Lewis threw out the idea that Swift and Hiddleston are filming a Nicholas Sparks movie. It sounds like a stretch, but the chemistry on Sparks' sets is quite intense. Remember what happened with Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth?
Lewis found screenshots from previous Sparks movies and compared them to Hiddleswift's paparazzi shots. How else would you explain the sappiness of their PDA pics?
6. It's A Case Of Summer Lovin'
Another fun theory: Twitter user Regina Small suspects they're recreating Grease . She may have been joking around, but that doesn't mean I don't love this idea. Swift is rather Sandy-esque. Hiddleston isn't quite like Danny, but maybe it's just some summer fun. It would take Fox's Grease: Live to a new level.
Sure, Hiddleston says it's not a publicity stunt, but that doesn't mean it's not fun to imagine all of the possibilities.