Flashback! Even before they were spotted making out in Rhode Island, Tom Hiddleston seemed to have a thing for Taylor Swift. In a May 2016 interview with MTV UK, the Avengers actor, 35, revealed that he was transfixed by the pop superstar when he met her at the 2016 Met Gala earlier this year.
“I sat next to her at dinner that night and she was very charming,” Hiddleston — who was promoting his film I Saw the Light — said of hanging out with T-Swift, 26, at the prestigious fashion event. “She is amazing — I’ve seen a couple of her videos.”
“I think ‘Shake It Off’ was released around the time we made I Saw the Light,” he added. “She’s very cool, yeah.”
As previously reported, the “Wildest Dreams” singer (who was still dating now–ex-beau Calvin Harris at the time) and the hunky Brit engaged in a flirty dance-off during official Met Gala afterparty at Manhattan’s Boom Boom Room. Earlier in the night, the pair broke it down to T.I.’s 2004 jam “Bring ‘Em Out,” as seen in a viral Instagram video.
While the duo make great dancing partners, the twinkly-eyed meme generator isn’t so sure that they should team up for a song. When MTV UK asked him for his thoughts on a potential duet, he laughed off the idea.
“I don’t know that I could stand up to her vocal talents, to be honest. That’s what she does. She’s a professional musician. I’m an actor. We’ll see. You never know,” he said in May. “But I’m pretty sure we won’t do it.”
As Us Weekly reported on Wednesday, June 15, Swift and Hiddleston were photographed kissing in Rhode Island (where Swift has a $17 million oceanfront home) on Tuesday. In images obtained by The Sun, the newly minted couple are seen sitting seaside taking selfies and sneaking in a few smooches.
“They were all over each other — hugging and kissing — even though there were 20 people coming and going on the beach,” an eyewitness told The Sun. “They looked like any young couple madly in love without a care in the world.”
Swift’s romance with Hiddleston has come to light only two weeks after she split from Harris, 32. “Taylor is doing OK now,” an insider told Us at the time. “But she was upset.”
On Wednesday, the “I Need Your Love” DJ took to Twitter to share his apparent disdain for Swift’s PDA with Hiddleston. “Oh boy it’s about to go down,” he wrote in a since-deleted tweet. Both Swift and Harris have removed any mentions or pics of each other from their social media pages.
Prior to his dalliances with Swift, Hiddleston has been linked to a slew of A-listers including Jessica Chastain, Elizabeth Olsen and 2 Broke Girls’ Kat Dennings.
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