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    Sep 7, 2016

    5 Interesting Hiddleswift Conspiracy Theories That Could Explain Their Relationship

    Let's re-examine some of the popular theories about Taylor and Tom.

    In sad celebrity news, Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston have reportedly split after a whirlwind three-month romance.

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    However, they've been at the centre of ~conspiracy rumours~ from the very beginning of their relationship.

    People were shocked at the romance, which appeared to come completely out of the blue and progressed at an alarming rate. So much so that conspiracy rumours sprung up all over the place, in order to explain the relationship. Now that it's over (sob) let's take a look back at those theories – and where everything stands now.

    1. The theory: Taylor wants album six to be about love / Via

    A lot of Taylor’s fans believe that she wants her sixth album to differ lyrically from her previous offerings. Specifically, she wants to write an album about being in love. This would be pretty momentous for her, especially given the sexist commentary surrounding her “breakup songs and albums”. Writing an album about love would shut down the narrative of her being a boy-crazy serial dater once and for all.

    But if she’s going to write an album about love, she needs to be in love, right? And although she was with Calvin Harris for over a year, things turned pretty sour.


    Before they broke up, he was criticised for snapping a photo of a woman with the caption: “Is it hunting season yet?”

    Then came the social media shading, with Calvin unfollowing Taylor, deleting every trace of her from his Instagram, replying to comments saying he "wasn't sad" over their breakup, that he felt "free", and that she "controlled the media".

    On top of that came their spat when her team revealed that Taylor had written Calvin’s chart-topping single, “This Is What You Came For” under a pseudonym. He then embarked on a tweetstorm, saying he didn’t know why she and her team wanted to make him look bad.

    It’s arguable an album about their love affair wouldn’t ring true after things have turned so sour.

    Enter Tom Hiddleston.

    What do we think now? 👍

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    Their relationship had all the makings of an epic romance – travelling the world, meeting each other’s families, declaring their love for each other on shirts – and would give Taylor plenty of material for album six.

    Even though they’ve now broken up, it was an amicable split, and is likely to remain that way (not least because Tom isn’t particularly active on social media and has no songs that Taylor can take credit for).

    Therefore, this theory could definitely stack up. Let’s watch out for lyrics about walks on the beach, romantic trips to Rome, and hearts on T-shirts on album six.

    2. The theory: Tom Hiddleston wanted to become world-famous.

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    One of the earliest theories stemmed from stories that claimed Tom Hiddleston wanted to ~break America~. Although he is well known in the UK and has the role of Loki under his belt, reports suggested that he wanted to bag some big roles in Hollywood and become a globally recognised name. The prevailing theory is that Tom wanted the role of James Bond after Daniel Craig decided to step down, and needed a high-profile relationship to raise his profile.

    What do we think now? 👋

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    Well, Tom succeeded in being nominated for his first ever Emmy for his performance in The Night Manager, and interest in him shot up after he and Taylor got together.

    However, after he stepped out in that “I ❤️ T.S.” shirt, many sources suggested he’d “blown” any chance of playing James Bond. The latest claims are that Daniel Craig has been offered a huge pay increase to continue in the role.

    But while there’s no doubt Tom has now become a globally recognised name, the means to getting there go against what he previously believed in.

    Speaking in 2015, he said:

    I would never be so bold as to make a big public statement without making sure I fully believed in it. I have tried with all of my power for there not to be any inauthenticity. There is no version of me presented to you that’s been created or is artificial.

    So would he really jeopardise his entire career to wear a shirt expressing his love for Taylor if he didn’t really feel that way?

    3. The theory: Taylor needed to detract from Kim Kardashian suggesting she knew about Kanye West's "Famous" lyrics. / Via Getty Images

    If you rewind your mind all the way back to 15 June, you'll remember the news breaking that Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston were in a relationship. Do you know what else broke the next day but was completely overshadowed in comparison? Kim Kardashian's interview in GQ in which she revealed that Taylor had known about the lyrics in "Famous".


    Kim’s interview was pretty damning:

    She totally approved that. She totally knew that that was coming out. She wanted to all of a sudden act like she didn't. It was funny because [on the call with Kanye, Taylor] said, ‘When I get on the Grammy red carpet, all the media is going to think that I'm so against this, and I'll just laugh and say, ‘The joke's on you, guys. I was in on it the whole time.’ And I'm like, wait, but [in] your Grammy speech, you completely dissed my husband just to play the victim again.

    Some people have speculated that Taylor would have likely had prior warning from GQ that the interview would include this reference, and that her relationship with Tom was a ploy to detract attention from the claims in Kim’s interview.

    And if that was the case, it worked. Because Hiddleswift dominated the headlines while Kim’s quotes went relatively under the radar. However, this is purely speculation and we'll probably never know for sure.

    What do we think now? 👎


    Well, if the relationship was diversionary, it’d explain why it lasted for just three months.

    But if the aim was to detract from Kim’s claims then it backfired pretty spectacularly, because Kim embarked on quite the mission to clear Kanye’s name. Not only was there a whole Keeping Up With the Kardashians episode dedicated to the “Famous” incident and Kim’s GQ interview, but she went on to release the audio from the call in which Taylor appears to agree to the lyrics.

    And, as the internet imploded, Taylor and Tom appeared to completely switch strategy, and disappeared from public view until the announcement yesterday that they had split.

    But it’s worth mentioning that hundreds of stories are written about Taylor every day, and she doesn’t usually resort to jumping into a new relationship to divert attention.

    4. The theory: It was all for a music video / Via

    Probably the most intriguing theory of all, this suggested that Hiddleswift was all an elaborate stunt for a music video. There were suggestions that the whole thing would end up in a Beyoncé Lemonade-style visual album using videos to tell a story.

    There were several elements to this theory – not least the fact that Taylor appeared to be re-enacting previous relationships.

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    She did this by visiting locations she went to with old boyfriends, changing her style to match previous time periods, and even wore the same dress in the first images of her with Tom that she wore back when she was dating Harry Styles.

    Each romantic outing with Tom also looked like something out of a movie. Their romantic beach walks and cuddling in the sea was reminiscent of The Notebook, and their trip to Rome looked uncannily like her "Wildest Dreams" video. This video was all about two actors pretending to be in love.

    It was suggested that the video could be a comment on fame, or the lack of privacy when it comes to celebrity relationships, or, most interesting of all, the media and the world’s obsession with her relationships.

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    This would explain why Taylor got together with Tom just two weeks after splitting from Calvin Harris – it was almost as though she was deliberately playing out the boy-crazy serial-dater image from the "Blank Space" video.

    What do we think now? 👍

    Well, the most interesting part of this theory was the timing. Throughout her career, Taylor has always dropped albums at two-year intervals, and we’re coming up to the two-year anniversary of 1989’s release. Playing into this theory is the fact Taylor also releases the lead single from the album a couple of months prior to it coming out. For example, she released “Shake It Off” in late August 2014 ahead of 1989’s release in October. The theory suggests a new single could drop in September.

    What month is it? 👀

    Added to this was the theory that the new single or video would appear around the time of the Emmys on 17 September.


    Tom has, of course, been nominated for an award, which would mean maximum publicity for them both.

    Executing a breakup now would certainly throw everyone off the scent, and would ensure a massive shock if a video did drop. However, it’s arguable that it could be a step too far. If the public have been duped into believing a relationship and then a breakup, only to find the whole thing was an elaborate troll, there could be a backlash.

    Looks like we’ll have to wait and see.

    5. The theory: That there is no conspiracy theory, that they were together because they were happy and in love and now it's over.

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    Which, let's face it, is the most likely. So we hope that they're both OK. ❤️


    News of Taylor and Tom’s relationship broke in June. A previous version of this post said it was September.

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