Tom Hiddleston's publicist bans Taylor Swift questions in interview... as actor admits he's more 'protective' of his personal life three years on from split
He enjoyed a whirlwind romance with Taylor Swift back in 2016, before splitting after less than three months together.
The actor, 38, was speaking with the publication about the Broadway debut of his play Betrayal, and the reporter revealed that Tom's publicist told them not to ask about the 29-year-old singer moments before the interview took place.
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While the reporter admitted they had no intention of asking Tom about Taylor, the actor later admitted that he couldn't 'control' what people think of him.
He explained: 'It’s not possible, and nor should it be possible, to control what anyone thinks about you. Especially if it’s not based in any, um, if it’s not based in any reality.'
The Thor: Ragnarok star added that he knows 'to let got of the energy that comes toward me, be it good or bad.'
And, discussing how he deals with his personal life while being in the public eye, he continued: 'Yes, I’m protective about my internal world now in probably a different way. That’s because I didn’t realise it needed protecting before.'
No questions: The New York Times reporter, who met Tom to discuss his play Betrayal, said that Tom's publicist told them not to ask about the singer just before the interview took place
During Tom's short-lived fling with Taylor the pair didn't shy away from showing off their romance with lots of public outings.
The couple got together shortly after Taylor's split from Calvin Harris after first meeting at the Met Gala in May 2016 , and during the first few weeks of their romance they travelled around the world together.
They even took the huge step of meeting one another's parents, with Taylor jetting to the UK to spend time with Tom's mother in Suffolk, while he went to her adopted home town of Nashville.
Taylor and Tom also spent time in Italy, Australia and across the US - memorably spending July 4 with friends in Rhode Island.
Former flames: Tom enjoyed a whirlwind romance with Taylor back in 2016, before splitting after less than three months together
There Tom was seen frolicking in the surf wearing a 'I (heart) T.S' tank top, with the pair also posing for a couple's photoshoot on a terrace with famous pals Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively.
At the time, Tom insisted that their relationship wasn't a 'showmance' when talking toThe Hollywood Reporter.
'The truth is that Taylor Swift and I are together, and we're very happy,' he said. 'That's the truth. It's not a publicity stunt.'
Despite this outpouring of emotion, the couple called it quits in September amid claims that Taylor felt 'uncomfortable' with the actor's desire to be 'so public' about their romance.
The short-lived relationship followed Taylor's split from Scottish DJ Calvin Harris in June 2016 after 15 months together.
The Shake It Off hitmaker is currently dating actor Joe Alwyn, and the pair enjoy a low-key romance by keeping out of the public eye.
New beau: The Shake It Off hitmaker is currently dating actor Joe Alwyn, and the pair enjoy a low-key romance by keeping out of the public eye