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Tom Hiddleston Opens Up About Taylor Swift Romance in New Interview: 'We Had the Best Time'

Taylor Swift is usually the first one you hear from following a breakup, typically in the form of a thinly veiled reference to her ex in a hit single. But this time it's Tom Hiddleston who's talking.

The British actor, briefly more famous for wearing a "I ♥ T.S." t-shirt on the beach than playing Loki in The Avengers and Thor movies, reveals in a new GQ cover story interview that last summer's short-lived fling was no publicity stunt -- and it's all good.

"Of course it was real," Hiddleston told the mag about the surprise 90-day romance that blew up after the pair were pictured kissing on the beach in Rhode Island, which quickly progressed to a trip to England to meet his family and a joint jaunt to Australia, where he was shooting Thor: Ragnarok.

"Taylor is an amazing woman," the actor says in his first on-the-record comments about his ex, who he started dating shortly after her year-long relationship with Calvin Harris came to an end. "She's generous and kind and lovely and we had the best time."

Alas, as hot as their passion burned, it didn't last and all Hiddleston can do is try to explain that... t-shirt. “The truth is, it was the Fourth of July and a public holiday and we were playing a game and I slipped and hurt my back. And I wanted to protect the graze from the sun and said, ’Does anyone have a T-shirt?’," he explains. "And one of her friends said, ’I’ve got this.’”

This, of course, was the T.S.-loving tank top that GQ joked all of "Taylor’s friends are contractually obligated to own." It wasn't a sign of too much too soon, Hiddleston says. “We all laughed about it. It was a joke... it was a joke... among friends."

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Tom Hiddleston on the cover of GQ.

That wasn't all Hiddleston, 35, had to say about it, though. He added that he's learned to be psychologically strong about not letting other people's interpretations of his life affect said life. "A relationship exists between two people. We will always know what it was," he says. "The narratives that are out there altogether have been extrapolated from pictures that were taken without consent or permission, with no context. Nobody had the context for that story. And I’m still trying to work out a way of having a personal life and protecting it, but also without hiding. So the hardest thing is that that was a joke among friends on the Fourth of July.”

You got that? Good, because he's not done. “I just, I was surprised. I was just surprised that it got so much attention," he says. "The tank top became an emblem of this thing.” Enough about the t-shirt, though -- Hiddleswift couldn't last because sometimes the spotlight just burns too brightly.

"I only know the woman I met," he says of Swift, with whom he just wanted a "regular" relationship, as did she. "She's incredible... a relationship always takes work. A relationship in the limelight takes work... So we decided to go out for dinner, we decided to travel." 

Click here to read the full interview.