In early June, the world was shocked to discover that the singer Taylor Swift and her boyfriend of more than a year, Calvin Harris (sorry, I don’t know what he does), had broken up. On June 14, 2016, E! News reported Ms. Swift was going to spend some time getting to know someone very special— herself:
As for speculation that the "Shake It Off" singer is already looking to start fresh with a new relationship, it's just not the case. Instead, Taylor's upcoming summer will be all about "concentrating on herself" while hanging out with friends.
"Taylor is hanging out with her friends and keeping busy. She wants to be single for a while and have a relaxing summer," our insider shared with E! News. "She has some plans to travel this summer. Taylor has also been writing new music."
But then, well, something happened or maybe the E! News “insider” mentioned above was engaged in an elaborate game of misdirection, because the very next day TMZ reported that Ms. Swift was getting serious about someone who wasn’t herself— it was actually the actor who plays Loki in the Marvel movies, Tom Hiddleston:
Our sources say Taylor and Calvin were in a "committed relationship," but he suspected something was up in early May ... a month before their breakup.
As we reported, at the time of the breakup Calvin posted there was still "a huge amount of love and respect." Hours after the photos surfaced Wednesday, Calvin deleted the tweet.
We're told, "He's pissed and feels betrayed by her."
While we try to recover from the shock of E! News getting this story so wrong, let’s ponder exactly why it would be that Ms. Swift would move so “swiftly” to begin dating Mr. Hiddleston. You’ll note that in the TMZ article it states that Mr. Harris “suspected something was up in early May.” He doesn’t specifically say that he suspected that Ms. Swift’s heart was being pulled toward another soulmate.
“Something was up.”
On June 24, Kanye West debuted his new music video, “Famous.” The video features Mr. West in bed with representations of nude celebrities. Among those figures is Ms. Swift.
We know that Ms. Swift knew about the song itself, which features a vulgar lyric about her, long before the video, because he contacted her about it. There’s some dispute as to why he contacted her, but not that he did:
TMZ reported Thursday that Kanye called Taylor late last month to give her a heads up about the song. "She got the joke and gave him the thumbs up to release the song with the lyric," the site claimed. Not so, according to Swift's rep. "Kanye did not call for approval, but to ask Taylor to release his single 'Famous' on her Twitter account. She declined and cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message," her rep told E! News in a statement Thursday night.
That’s according to E! News, so I suppose we should take that with a grain of salt, since they got the “Summer of Taylor” story so completely wrong. But the song itself was released in February, so whatever the case, she knew about the song.
Wikipedia claims that the video took about three months to create. That’s not an unreasonable amount of time given the work involved. At the very least, we can assume that Mr. West was working on the video in May. It’s not exactly a stretch to believe that Ms. Swift heard about the video and, even if she didn’t know that she would be depicted in the nude, she must have known that the video would feature her in some controversial capacity.
“Something was up.”
Just a couple of days after the video debuted, a “source” revealed that she’d been “concerned about Kanye’s video the past week.” So she knew about it prior to its release.
Taylor Swift caught wind of the video and knew that she had to do something. Enter Tom Hiddleston.
The relationship between Ms. Swift and Mr. Hiddleston appears to be moving quite swiftly. She even took Mr. Hiddleston in her private jet to meet his parents in England, despite the fact that she never took the time to meet Mr. Harris’s parents:
Sources close to the former couple tell TMZ ... Calvin wanted Taylor to meet his parents, who live in the U.K., but Taylor always told him it was too far away.
We're told Calvin was understandably "bewildered and astonished" when he heard about TayTom's visit to meet his mother, Diana ... in the freakin' U.K.!! Remember, Hiddleston's only been in the picture for a few weeks at this point.
By the way, Ms. Swift and Mr. Hiddleston flew to England just a few days after Mr. West’s video debuted. And just before the video debuted, the two were in Tennessee meeting Ms. Swift’s parents, attending a Selena Gomez concert, and having a “PDA-filled dinner date”.
“Something was up.”
Ms. Swift and Mr. Hiddleston (who are collectively known as either “TayTom” or “Tiddles,” I can’t decide which is worse) were busy generating big headlines with their whirlwind, storybook romance immediately before and after the "Famous" video was released. Meanwhile, Mr. West was so desperate for publicity, he actually sent out a tweet imploring someone to sue him over it.
And now, strangely, there are stories emerging that Mr. Hiddleston is “coming across like an opportunist” and he “might be using Ms. Swift to land the role of James Bond.”
Ms. Swift wanted to undercut Mr. West’s video. She found an actor who was willing to take on Mr. West.