Like most people, I have never had to date in the spotlight. In fact, the only time I've ever felt any sort of outward pressure on my romantic life was when I broke up with my boyfriend and had to face the inevitable "no longer in a relationship" newsfeed update on my Facebook, which completely terrified me until I realized I could cheat the system. So, I totally get wanting to be lowkey and coy about matters of the heart... to an extent. In a recent Facebook Live Q&A, Tom Hiddleston did just that, purposely not addressing his very famous romance. Yet if you interpret his quotes a certain way, it does seem Hiddleston kinda talked about his relationship with Taylor Swift, even if he didn't mean to.
Hiddleston's beating around the bush is frustrating considering that he and Swift have publicly snuggled all over the world, but also understandable in that it's actually none of our business. In the Facebook Live Q&A, The Hollywood Reporter asked, via a fan named Chris, "This summer has been a high profile one for you personally. What have you learned about the culture of celebrity?" Hiddleston responded with his best diplomatic answer, saying,
Wow. Well, you know it's interesting. We all live in a world where every phone has a camera and there’s nothing new, really, about the spotlight on me, I think that’s what happens when you’re a public figure. I’ve learned that there are many sides to a story, and that sometimes there are a lot of stories out there which are false and the hardest thing is to try to not let those falsehoods affect your own life, that’s what I would say.
I'm sure somewhere in there, Swift's name is spelled out in code (I'll super sleuth another day to find it). The point is, Hiddleston is talking about the reason why he's a part of the "culture of celebrity" more so than ever these days, and that reason is unmistakably his relationship with Swift, whether anyone says her name or not.
Though, did he really need to spell it out? We all know what he's referring to, and besides, he did throw some subtle shade at the rumors swirling around him, which directly relate to T. Swift and their relationship, without actually coming out and saying it. Basically, Hiddleston is a downright wordsmith, and nothing can shake him long enough to give away any sort of information about his love life that he isn't ready to reveal.
And besides, Hiddleston's crypticness doesn't take away from his proclamation. He chose to call out pointed "falsehoods" about his personal life and made it known that they are, in fact, just that. He clearly knows the gossip about his relationship and he isn't acknowledging it directly, because he doesn't need to. He knows what he has is real, and to Hiddleston, that's all that matters.