All is going well and Tom Hiddleston is expounding on his art and his love of the dramatic arts when the question that has to be asked brought him to a halt.
It is about his brief but high-profile romance with Taylor Swift, which seems to have begun in June 2016 and ended in September the same year. The relationship seemed so out of character for Hiddleston – a famously guarded Shakespearian actor frolicking on a beach with with one of the world's most photographed women? – that many speculated that it may not be genuine. "Of course it was real," he recently insisted to US GQ, going on to describe Swift as "an amazing woman".
With hindsight, I wonder, does he have any regrets about the publicity and gossip the romance engendered? "What should I regret, in your mind?" he shoots back, testily. Then: "I would rather not talk about this if that's alright."
Then a long pause, with his hand on...
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