Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston had a ton of fun together over the Fourth of July weekend splashing in the waves and hanging out with Taylor’s squad of celebrity pals. Meanwhile, Kanye West spent the holiday trying to get his pop princess nemesis to finally say something about the lifeless, live-sized naked Taylor Swift doll that he hops in bed with in his “Famous” music video.
According to the Tennessean, Kanye West decided to give his fans an alternative to fireworks by putting on public showings of his “Famous” music video at various locations around the country. Over the weekend, the controversial video was projected on the sides of buildings in Dallas, Nashville, Detroit, and other large cities. As E! News reports, Taylor Swift has not responded to the video, even though it features her nude likeness in bed with other controversial celebrities like Bill Cosby, Chris Brown, and Donald Trump. Perhaps Kanye keeps promoting the video because no one in it has responded to his plea to be sued.
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) June 28, 2016
The Verge dubbed Kanye West’s “Famous” video “damn genius clickbait” for using nudity and an odd assembly of famous folk to make it impossible to ignore, but Taylor Swift may be just as much of a music video mastermind as the man who claims that she owes her fame to him. If a conspiracy theory floating around is to be believed, Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston are faking their romance for a music video.
According to Cosmopolitan, some Hiddleswift haters think that Taylor and Tom’s picture-perfect romance looks a little too perfect in the numerous paparazzi photos floating around that show them frolicking in the sea together and showing their love for one another in wacky ways. As ELLE reports, Tom Hiddleston was photographed wearing an “I Heart T.S.” tank top during Taylor Swift’s Fourth of July bash at her home in Rhode Island. According to People, Tom was also seen sporting a red, white, and blue onesie and holding hands with Taylor as they slid down a giant inflatable slide with “Taymerica” emblazoned on the side.
— E! News (@enews) July 4, 2016
Some critics just can’t believe that Hiddleston is really this head-over-heels in love with Swift after just two weeks of dating, so they’ve started speculating that the odd couple are faking their relationship for Taylor Swift’s next music video.
— Daily Mail Celebrity (@DailyMailCeleb) July 4, 2016
Cosmopolitan observes that paparazzi photos of long walks on the beach and excessive PDA make it look like Hiddleswift “is filming a new Nicholas Sparks movie.” The same photo agency has reportedly photographed all of the pictures that show the couple canoodling in various romantic locales, and there are even claims that Tom and Taylor “were spotted reading what looked like scripts” during a romantic trip to the Colosseum in Rome. E! News has weighed in by making the case that using showmances to promote videos is starting to become a thing; Selena Gomez did it with Zedd, and Kylie Jenner did it with PartyNextDoor.
So why would Tom Hiddleston agree to go along with a staged romance? The thinking is that the publicity that The Night Manager star is getting may raise his profile enough to help him score the much-coveted role of James Bond. But if this is the case, the stunt isn’t working. According to the Sun, Hiddleston is no longer in consideration to play the beloved spy.
“Bond needs an air of mystery – his public romance with Taylor has made him totally uncastable,” a source revealed.
Faking a relationship might seem like a lot of trouble to go through for a music video, but remember that Kanye West risked being sued by having 12 ultra-realistic celebrity mannequins made for his “Famous” video. Taylor Swift is maybe proving that she can also use fellow celebrities to generate buzz, but they don’t have to be naked or made of wax for her to make headlines.
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