When it comes to the events that catapulted Taylor Swift into an impressively fast romance with Tom Hiddleston, it’s not the singer who deserves credit, according to an insider from her side. Instead, it was Hiddleston who swiftly took the chance on love as soon as he heard news of her breakup from Calvin Harris, the insider told Us Weekly.
Tom, a 35-year-old British actor, confessed that he felt the 26-year-old pop singer was “very charming” when they happened to be perched in adjacent chairs at the New York City Met Gala in early May. Consequently, as soon as Hiddleston learned about the tale of her breakup with the 32-year-old DJ, it was time for action.
“[Tom] started reaching out,” revealed the insider.
Hiddleston is known to believe in the values of romantic gestures. For example, he once missed an audition because he wanted to surprise a girlfriend from college in Paris. So when he decided to display his love interest, Tom chose to show his faith in the benefits of old-fashioned romantic courting.
Sending flowers to the pop singer, Hiddleston sought ways to indicate just how much he liked Swift, added the insider.
“[Tom] really courted her. He liked her and saw an opportunity when she was suddenly single, and he went for it.”
In addition, while it was Hiddleston who made the first romantic move, the singer responded.
“She’s single, so of course if a cute guy reaches out who she likes, she would talk to him. There really isn’t a better way to get over a breakup!” pointed out the source.
As for how the romance with Tom is going so far, all seems smooth. As evidenced by the photos that circulated recently showing Hiddleston locking lips with Taylor by her mansion in Rhode Island, the two are enjoying a blossoming love affair.
“[They] are very into each other,” confirmed the insider. “When he went up to her house in Rhode Island, the love just bloomed pretty instantly.”
But will their love last? A different insider from the “Blank Space” singer’s side believes that it will. In addition to his success as an actor in roles in films, including the Avengers and Thor movies, Hiddleston fulfills her checklist of desirable traits in a boyfriend.
“[Tom] checks off a lot of boxes,” explained the source. “He’s hot, smart, talented, British — everything she’s into.”
In addition, one of the actor’s friends told People that Hiddleston and Swift share some of the same characteristics, although it’s not always easy to date someone as famous as the “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” superstar.
“Tom’s a very smart, attractive guy with a fun personality,” shared Tom’s pal, admitting, “Dating the most famous singer in the world feels slightly out of character.”
However, as his own fame has grown, Hiddleston faces some similar challenges. Both the actor and singer deal with the fact that when they encounter new people, preconceptions already exist. But Tom is learning how to cope.
“[Hiddleston] can’t meet new people without them having preconceived ideas of him, and I’m sure Taylor feels the same way,” noted Tom’s friend. “It’s a tightrope he’s learning. He keeps more to himself now, though is generous with his time and attention to people.”
As for what qualities Hiddleston is seeking in his ideal woman, and whether his new girlfriend meets those qualifications, he previously described his perfect female as “strong, immensely independent and very capable.”
In the past, Tom has dated a series of women, but in many cases either Hiddleston or his supposed girlfriend denied that it was serious, pointed out E News. The actor had only one romantic relationship that was actually confirmed, which broke up in 2011.
That was with Susannah Fielding, a British actress. Tom met Susannah in 2008 on the set of a BBC show. Although they dated, they ended their romance because Hiddleston felt it was essential that he put all of his attention to his acting career.
“Acting just demands everything and if you don’t give it everything, there will be someone behind you who will,” explained Hiddleston.
After Susannah, Tom was linked to various gal pals, the most recent of whom was Elizabeth Olsen. The sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen was seen on several occasions with Hiddleston. However, it was Olsen who denied all the rumors that they were a couple.
“I mean, we definitely are friends and we’ve known each other for about four years. And we happened to be at a restaurant at a wrong time having dinner,” clarified Olsen. “We all go out to dinner.”
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