"She was the one to put the brakes on the relationship," a source close to the couple tells Us. "Tom wanted the relationship to be more public than she was comfortable with. Taylor knew the backlash that comes with public displays of affection but Tom didn't listen to her concerns when she brought them up." Now that they've split, the source says, Hiddleston is "embarrassed that the relationship fizzled out."
Indeed, though the two were hot and heavy early on, things became strained when Hiddleston went to Australia to film Thor: Ragnarok and Swift stayed stateside. As Us previously reported, they had their first blowout fight in August. "It was an intense start," a Hiddleston insider says of their whirlwind romance. "No one can keep that kind of momentum going." Adds the source close to the couple: "They get along great and will remain friends, but they just don't see it working romantically right now."
Swift, 26, moved on with the British hunk, 35, just two weeks after breaking up with ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris in June. (The Scottish DJ, 32, has since been hanging out with Mexican actress-singer Eiza González.)
Hiddleston and Swift first flirted at the 2016 Met Gala in May, then shocked the internet when they were spotted kissing on a beach in Rhode Island in June. “They were all over each other — hugging and kissing — even though there were 20 people coming and going on the beach,” an eyewitness said at the time. "They looked like any young couple madly in love without a care in the world."
After meeting each other’s parents, the duo then jetted off to Rome and Australia, where Swift sought support from Hiddleston after getting attacked by Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. “Tom is really being so supportive and telling her to be calm,” a source told Us at the time.
Back in July, the actor confirmed his relationship with Swift to The Hollywood Reporter, denying rumors that it was a publicity stunt. “Well, um, how best to put this? The truth is that Taylor Swift and I are together and we’re very happy. Thanks for asking,” Hiddleston told THR. “That’s the truth. It’s not a publicity stunt.”
The pair eventually returned to Los Angeles on July 22 and were last spotted dining at Santa Monica’s Hillstone restaurant on July 28. Swift was seen sans Hiddleston leaving a workout in NYC on Wednesday, August 10.
The pop superstar has been out solo on other occasions since then, too. One day before reporting for jury duty in Nashville, she attended Blake Lively's dual baby shower and 29th birthday party at Bedford Post Inn in New York on August 28.
As Us exclusively revealed, Hiddleston, at one point, was planning to propose to the pop star. "[He] has been a dream come true," a Swift source previously told Us. "He’s so romantic, classic and chivalrous, and he’s doing everything right.… She would definitely say yes."
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