The Best Hiddleswift Conspiracy Theories, Ranked
Because who doesn't love a good conspiracy theory?
Taylor Swift is the queen of torrid love affairs and whirlwind romances — or maybe that's just what she wants you to think.
In the weeks following her split from Calvin Harris, Swift has quite publicly taken up with one Tom Hiddleston, gallivanting across the globe hand-in-hand with her alleged new beau — strolling on beaches, visiting the Vatican and even meeting his parents — all while and having her photo taken every step of the way.
Meanwhile, the usually mum Harris had an out-of-character social media meltdown. The DJ responded to inquiries from Swifties about the quick progression of Hiddleswift's relationship on Instagram and then deleted all photos of his bygone relationship from the app.
In the midst of the Hiddleswift chaos, several conspiracy theories have taken hold. The first (and most widely retweeted) theory proposes that the couple is simply capturing footage for a performance art-style music video, which Swift will drop just ahead of the two-year anniversary of 1989's release in 2014.
Support for this theory comes from the fact that Swift nearly always drops her albums in two-year intervals, with a single released a couple months beforehand ("Shake It Off" debuted in August, while 1989 was released in October). Additionally, most of the paparazzi footage comes from a single agency. The timing would be appropriate for Hiddleston, too, as he is lobbying for an Emmy nomination for his role in The Night Manager and would also benefit from the publicity come September.
Plus, Hiddleston was caught wearing an "I [Heart] T.S." muscle tank while attending Swift's over-the-top Fourth of July bash. Like, who even does that?
But aside from the idea of an elaborate performance art-hoax, the good people of the Internet have also concocted some equally entertaining (if not also plausible) theories as to what the media storm that is Hiddleswift could actually be. Here, a ranking of the best alternatives.
6. The Escalating Dares Theory
Hiddleswift Theory the Second: A Series of Escalating Dares pic.twitter.com/0BsOOhHnQa— Nicole Cliffe (@Nicole_Cliffe) July 4, 2016
5. The I'm Still Here-Type Documentary Theory
New Hiddleswift theory.. they're making a bizarre 'I'm Still Here'-type documentary. Anyone seen Casey Affleck hanging around with a camera?— Colette Fahy (@colettefahy_) July 4, 2016
Becoming increasingly convinced that Tom Hiddleston and Taylor Swift are pulling a Joaquin Phoenix I'm Still Here style prank on us.— Nick Reilly (@NickJWReilly) July 4, 2016
4. The Hillary Distraction Theory
I really hope there's someone somewhere working on a theory that Hiddleswift was engineered to distract us from Hillary's email scandal.— Sam Adams (@SamuelAAdams) July 5, 2016
3. The Pregnancy Theory
Heard a #Hiddleswift conspiracy theory that T&T are pregnant. It can't be true (but it could be true). My productivity is taking a hit today— ginger's mom (@so_menstrual_rn) June 28, 2016
2. The Little Mermaid Theory
1. The Gone Girl Theory
current theory: hiddleswift is slowly building up to a play by play re-enactment of the events of 'gone girl' https://t.co/ZAPt6hPk3c— MARTH (@martha_again) July 5, 2016