By Danielle Gorman
There’s been one couple that has been blowing up on social media these days. It’s not just Kim and Kanye. It’s not Jay-Z and Beyonce. It’s not Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively.
It’s our favorite songwriter and Marvel villain: Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston.
Their relationship first became known to the world when they were spotted climbing rocks and holding hands by the ocean last month. And the courtship has been a whirlwind ever since. With jet-setting trips across the world—Nashville, England, Italy, Australia—there are rumors that Hiddleston is already planning to propose. While I don’t put much stock in rumors like that, it’s evident that the romance is cruising at top speeds, faster than the public can keep up.
But what does this mean for the rest of us?
It should mean nothing to us who celebrities date, but we can get ourselves in such a state speculating about A-list relationships: who’s dating who, who secretly got married, who the father of the famous baby is, etc. Their lives shouldn’t have any bearing on ours, except for the fact that we let them.
For example, when the news of HiddleSwift first broke, I shared the link on Facebook with my concern about Hiddleston’s heart. I was sure Swift would eventually break it (and the jury’s still out—it’s only been a month, after all) and was met with half of my friends’ agreement and half anger.
Some of my friends were appalled that I would even deign to comment on the lives of strangers whom I would never meet and who are constantly ridiculed by the media (and us ordinary folk) for every little thing they do.
I can see it from both sides. On the one hand, Taylor Swift will almost definitely never read a Facebook post I ever make. But my friends argue that on the off-chance that she does, she would be hurt by my insensitive words.
Where do I draw the line between the possibility of hurt and the actuality of it? It’s impossible to say. There’s a 99.99999% chance Taylor and Tom won’t ever hear my thoughts on their relationship, but does that mean I have the right to share those thoughts anyway? The media publishes thoughtlessly cruel things—many of which are lies—that celebrities will more likely get a hold of and read (as opposed to my post on Facebook). Who am I to add to that maelstrom of insensitivity and pain? No one, because it’s none of my business whatsoever.
I love Taylor’s music, and I think Tom is a gem of a guy, always acting in a chivalrous and gentlemanly way. If they’ve found love together, then good for them. I need to be less cynical of things I know nothing concrete about the couple—and I should be wary of the fact that I’m getting all of my information from gossip sites, tabloids, and other ordinary people sharing their ignorant opinions.
What are your thoughts on the HiddleSwift romance? Do you totally dig it? Or are you counting down the hours until they break up? Let us know. (Seriously, I want to know)