The Story Behind Tom Hiddleston’s Taylor Swift Tank Top Is Shockingly Reasonable

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It is easy to sit back and come up with wild explanations for our favorite celebrity drama, because sometimes our imaginations are far more exciting than the truth. That's not always the case, but when it comes to the epic fling of Tom Hiddleston and Taylor Swift, according to the actor himself, a lot of what we saw was just simple, burgeoning love that didn't work out. In a new GQ cover story, Hiddleston reveals the story behind his "I <3 T.S." tank top —one of the most-talked about moments involving the ex-couple — and much like their relationship, it wasn't planned... at all.

When I first saw those photos of Swift and Hiddleston kissing on a beach, I immediately thought it was a publicity stunt, because celebrities aren't real people that do real things, right? In the GQ piece, Hiddleston confessed,

Hiddleston then went on to explain the hoopla surrounding those now-infamous photos of him, a grown man, wearing a white "I <3 T.S." tank top while frolicking on the beach:

You see, everyone? It was just a fun joke amongst two people who were crushing on each other!

But he did open up even further about how difficult it is to try to date and live your life when photos are taken out of context. Can you imagine if someone was taking pictures of you and a date one night? There's no doubt some mortifying shots would be in there, but in Hiddleston and Swift's case, they were printed all over the world.

He said,

Aww, Hiddles! Now that he explains it, I can definitely see how the persistent pressure could have caused their flourishing summer fling to completely stall out of nowhere. He didn't go into too much detail, but one gets the sense that the limelight was a huge reason. He said,

At least after it all, Hiddleston seems to have no bad feelings toward Swift. It sounds like he just wanted a regular relationship. But, alas, the world wasn't ready to let that happen.