Tom Hiddleston's latest interview sheds some fascinating light on his relationship with Taylor Swift - and his continuing heartache.
The story of the pair's brief relationship was told through a string of paparazzi shots and media tabloids which many thought were almost too ridiculous to be real.
Now, Tom, 35, has opened up to GQ magazine about the pair's relationship, saying that, despite rumours it was a publicity stunt, their romance was very real.
“I have to be so psychologically strong about not letting other people’s interpretations about my life affect my life. A relationship exists between two people. We will always know what it was," he told GQ.
"The narratives that are out there altogether have been extrapolated from pictures that were taken without consent or permission, with no context. Nobody had the context for that story. And I’m still trying to work out a way of having a personal life and protecting it, but also without hiding. So the hardest thing is that that was a joke among friends on the Fourth of July.”
So much love for this crew!!!!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/As9AU9e61Y— Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) July 5, 2016
The Fourth of July "joke" you may also remember as the incident where Tom was snapped wearing an 'I heart T.S.' tank top.
If you're still desperately wondering why that had to happen, Tom claims it was because he fell over, scraping his back and he was trying to protect the scrape from the sun.
Regardless of whether or not detractors will accept Tom's explanation for the infamous tank top, there was one inescapable truth that came through in the actor's interview: he's heartbroken.
GQ's interviewer, Taffy Brodeser-Akner, says that Tom went so far as to travel to her hotel at 6AM to clarify that, despite coming across confused and disheartened by his break-up with Taylor, he still believes in love. However, Taffy went further into detail about what happened after that:
"I turn my tape recorder off and I stand up, but he doesn’t. He shakes his head again, his hands clasped together, and he hangs his head. I sit back down and we talk some more because I finally understand that he isn’t here as someone who needs to explain his side in a PR battle; he’s here as someone who is still crushed by the end of a relationship," Taffy wrote.
"So we sit and talk for a while. We talk about how relationships go sideways, how the ripples of a breakup can still pin you to a wall even months later. We talk about heartache. We talk about sadness and healing. We talk about what it’s like to love and what happens when the object of that love withdraws but all your love is still there. We talk about how those things can really change a person. The world will chip away at your optimism, and you just have to fight back."
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