Tom Hiddleston Kinda Shaded Taylor Swift In This New Interview, Despite Blacklisting Questions About Her

    Well, this is awkward.

    I'm sure I don't need to remind you of the summer of 2016, which gave us the unexpected relationship between Tom Hiddleston and Taylor Swift.

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    The pair got together in June and moved at breakneck speed incredibly publicly. She met his mom after nine days of dating, and within three weeks they'd been photographed together no fewer than 24 times.

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    They went on to pop up together in three continents, four countries, and three US states in fewer than 23 days.

    And who can forget the moment Hiddleston rocked up to Swift's famous 4th of July party wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with: "I ❤️ T.S."

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    In fact, the relationship seemed so completely OTT that a conspiracy theory was born, positing that the entire thing was elaborate performance art for a music video.

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    However, despite the extreme PDA, Hiddleston was always incredibly elusive when it came to actually discussing the relationship.

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    In fact, his answers to any questions about Swift always landed somewhere between garbled and just plain awkward. During one interview, he was straight-up asked whether their relationship was a publicity stunt, and he responded: "That notion is — look, the truth is that Taylor Swift and I are together, and we’re very happy. Thanks for asking. That’s the truth. It’s not a publicity stunt."

    Swift, meanwhile, has never publicly spoken about their relationship or the split, which was announced in September 2016.

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    She appeared to reference Hiddleston on the Reputation track "I Did Something Bad", and many fans believe that "Getaway Car" from the same album was also about him, but she's never confirmed the subject of either song.

    But although three years have passed since their breakup and both parties have moved on, it seems Hiddleston is still uncomfortable speaking about the relationship.

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    In fact, when the New York Times profiled him recently, his publicist specifically told the reporter that questions about Swift were strictly off-limits, moments before the interview was due to take place.

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    The reporter, Laura Collins-Hughes, wrote: "There was one stipulated no-go zone in this encounter, a condition mentioned by a publicist only after I’d arrived: No talk of Taylor Swift ... That was three years ago, and I hadn’t been planning to bring her up."

    And during the interview, Hiddleston went on to suggest that he'd learned a lot from the time his life was very public — read: while he was with Swift.

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    He said: "It’s not possible, and nor should it be possible, to control what anyone thinks about you. Especially if it’s not based in any, um...if it’s not based in any reality."

    "I’m protective about my internal world now in probably a different way," he went on. "That’s because I didn’t realise it needed protecting before."

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    Very interesting. 👀 👀

    You can read the full interview with Tom Hiddleston here.

    Ellie Woodward is Celebrity and Entertainment Editor for BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

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