Will Tom Hiddleston be Taylor Swift's knight in shining armor? Maybe not! Days before crossing paths with the singer at the Met Gala, the polite, handsome British actor claimed that he isn't the best boyfriend — despite what many of his adoring fans might think.
"They're all lies," Hiddleston, 35, told Vulture in April. "Being away [for work] a lot is a real thing, but I'm getting better at that, too. I'm getting better at bridging the gap."
Indeed, it appears that Hiddleston is keeping his word — for now. The Night Manager star hasn't strayed far from Swift since they were first spotted kissing near her Rhode Island home earlier this month. Since going public, they've traveled to Los Angeles and Nashville together.
Despite the PDA-filled outings, Hiddleston usually likes to keep his private life, well, private. At the time, he added: "I think some things have to remain sacred. You could write that I'm single. There's no ring on this finger."
Hiddleston, who previously dated his Avengers costar Elizabeth Olsen, first hit it off with Swift at the Met Gala in NYC on May 2. About a month before Swift's split with Calvin Harris, the pair had a dance-off at the Boom Boom Room's afterparty.
"Anyone who's known me for any length of time knows that I love dancing. At a party I'll be the first person on the dance floor and the last sweaty mess at the end of the night. I don't even think I can dance particularly well. I just have always had great enthusiasm for it and enjoy it," he told Vulture.
"Impressions and dancing, these are two things that if you ask my sisters and my oldest friends, they'll be like, 'This is literally what he has done since he was 5,'" he added. "I remember being 3 or 4 and we would clear the sofas back to the wall and my mom would play the piano and [my older sister] and I would dance. It's just the sweetest thing, and it's such a happy memory."
Off the dance floor, however, Hiddleston is more laid-back. Like Swift, he appears to be close with his family. "I keep my head down in London. It's so boring. I just have long breakfasts and meet up with my sisters and go and play with my niece and go and catch up with my mom and dad," he explained. "Just try to be normal for a bit, do normal stuff, read books, think about how I might want to redo the kitchen."
When not hanging with his loved ones, Hiddleston can often be found strumming his acoustic guitar. His hobby would, of course, be a shared interest with the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter. He recently played the late country superstar Hank Williams in the 2015 drama I Saw the Light. "It's an enormous source of pleasure and joy," he said. "I just noodle around, but I have a base musicianship I didn't have before."
The film was a change for Hiddleston, who is best known for playing villain Loki in the Marvel franchise. But Hiddleston isn't bothered by his increased global profile in part because he doesn't make a big deal about it.
"I've said this before, but fame is a collection of other people's opinions, and nobody has any control over that. You can only control who you are. In a way, that gives me peace," he said. "It's a corollary to the work, and if you're lucky then you start to have a platform to then say what you want to say and make choices."
This way of thinking is perhaps why he doesn't have a big social media presence. "I don't use [Twitter] as much as I used to, but only because I find it distracting from working," he said. "My great strength, and my great weakness, is that I can't do anything by halves. So when I do something I do it to the exclusion of everything else."
Swift, meanwhile, has a huge following on Twitter and Instagram. (She has 78 million and 82 million followers, respectively.) The on-musical-hiatus "Bad Blood" singer, who has shared photos of Harris before, has yet to post snapshots with Hiddleston for all the world to see.
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