Tom Hiddleston was on The Today Show this morning to promote Kong: Skull Island. Savannah Guthrie asked him about Taylor Swift, the GQ article, and he basically says he’s entitled to a private life even though he works in the public domain.
We’ll get back to his rationale in a minute. Let’s address his demeanor first. He seems pleasant, right? That’s supposedly not what happened when The Telegraph asked about Taylor Swift and whether or not he has any regrets:
“What should I regret, in your mind? I would rather not talk about this if that’s all right.”
After a moment in thought, he explained that despite his fame, his personal life doesn’t belong in the spotlight.
“I’m just thinking about this. Everyone is entitled to a private life,” Hiddleston said. “I love what I do and I dedicate myself with absolute commitment to making great art and great entertainment and in my mind I don’t conflict the two. My work is in the public sphere and I have a private life. And those two things are separate.”
His tone, apparently, was “testy”.
Ohhhh kayyyy… so aside from the fact that, you know, we saw Swoki on the rocks of Rhode Island (not exactly a paparazzi hotspot) and on their love tour through his English hometown and Rome, there’s also Tom’s recent GQ profile written by Taffy Brodesser-Akner, during which he does address his relationship with Taylor Swift AND knocks down Taffy’s door at very-early-in-the-morning, when she was already done with all her research, just to explain to her even more about their relationship! So… who’s blurring the public and private? And after you yourself talked about it in your magazine profile – which qualifies as work, non? – how do you expect people not to ask???
This is the standard celebrity template though. Looks like Tom Hiddleston is now a garden variety celebrity cherry-picker.
Here's Tom out in New York yesterday while promoting Kong: Skull Island.