How and (more importantly) when did Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston start hooking up?

Pictures taken of Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston getting cozy on the beach suggest that Swift has wasted no time at all moving on from her DJ ex, Calvin Harris.

Taylow Swift and Tom Hiddleston
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Tom Hiddleston and Taylor Swift
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But Harris and Swift just officially split up less than two weeks ago, which has led to speculation that Swift was either cheating or that her relationship with Harris was worse than we thought for a while.

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Neither Hiddleston nor Swift has commented on the photos yet, which means the rest of us are left speculating about the development of their relationship, but I have a hard time believing Swift would have cheated on Harris.

According to reports, Swift and Hiddleston first met at the Met Gala last month on May 2. Hiddleston was immediately taken with Swift and the two got to know one another throughout the night since they were reportedly seated next to one another.

They ended the night with some dancing that was, luckily, caught on camera.

It’s clear that these two have some crazy chemistry going on, but Swift was in a long-term relationship with Harris at the time. Still, The Sun reports that Hiddleston was so taken with Swift that he sent her flowers following the event with every intention of wooing the singer.

“Tom has been courting Taylor since they met — he sent her flowers. She’s been won over,” a source explained to the outlet.

Hiddleston also told MTV following the event, “I sat next to her at dinner that night and she was very charming. She is amazing — I’ve seen a couple of her videos. I think ‘Shake It Off’ was released around the time we made (the film) I Saw the Light and she’s very cool, yeah.”

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Meanwhile, things with Harris were deteriorating as Swift reportedly realized they weren’t on the same life path. Rumor has it that Swift ended the relationship with Harris because their futures weren’t aligning. He wasn’t willing to commit to marriage and a family while Swift reportedly wanted that next step.

Plus, if rumors about Hiddleston’s romancing are true, then Swift was also getting a taste of what another relationship could look like. Especially if Hiddleston has the same desire to start a family that Swift is rumored to have. He’s older than Harris at 35 to Harris’ 32, which might just be enough of a gap that Hiddleston has the life experience to be ready to settle down while Harris is still enjoying the single life.

Apparently, as soon as Swift called it quits with Harris, Hiddleston made his move.

A source who spoke with Reveal said, “Tom has had the hots for Taylor since the Met Gala. When he learned she was single, he texted her loads and even sent her flowers.”

How could a girl not fall for charm like that?

According to The Sun, there wasn’t a third party involved on either side of the Harris/Swift breakup, meaning Swift didn’t cheat with Hiddleston.

“Her people are insistent that no one else was involved in the split with Calvin, which is most likely the case,” the outlet’s source reported. Adding, “But it feels pretty disrespectful to be moving on to someone so public so quickly.”

I wonder if Swift is really ready to give Hiddleston a chance or if this romance will become more of a rebound. Swift, after all, dated Harris for 15 months — one of her longest relationships to date.

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Like I’ve been careful to say throughout this article, at this point, most of the Hiddleston/Swift relationship is simply rumors and speculation from unnamed sources. But if we’ve learned anything from Swift over the years, it’s that the truth of her relationships always comes out in her songs. Here’s to hoping she gets back into the studio soon!

Do you think Swift would have cheated on Harris with Hiddleston?

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