Tom Hiddleston is back to rewrite the God of Mischief’s story in the new Disney+ series Loki.
While fans may know a lot about his demigod character thanks to the Marvel comics and Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise, many don’t know that the actor was once rumored to be romantically linked to one of the Avengers in real life.
Back in 2015, Tom was reportedly dating actress Elizabeth Olsen, who is known for playing Scarlet Witch in The Avengers films and Disney+ series WandaVision. Tom and Elizabeth first met on the set of the 2015 biographical film I Saw the Light in which the two played a husband-and-wife duo. According to US Weekly and Star magazine, their romance began in May 2015 — by the end of that same year, however, it was over. That said, Elizabeth once straight-up denied the romance hearsay in an interview with Refinery29.
Since then, both MCU actors have moved on. While Elizabeth has recently sparked wedding rumors after calling fiancé Robbie Arnett her “husband,” fans have also kept a sharp eye on Tom’s love life. The 40-year-old star is currently rumored to be dating The Handmaid’s Tale actress Zawe Ashton.
Read on to learn more about Tom and Zawe’s alleged relationship, plus the other stars Tom has reportedly dated and/or been linked to in the past.
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Tom’s first public romance was with actress Susannah Fielding. After crossing paths in 2008 on the set of their shared project, the BBC crime show Wallander, the two went on to date for three years. In 2012, Tom revealed to The Daily Mail that they had broken up.
“The fact is we’ve split up. The relationship ran its course,” he told the outlet. “People assumed it was about me getting well-known and leaving her behind. But she is a very talented actress and has lots of projects coming up. It’s just I am very driven right now and there isn’t really any time to have a proper girlfriend.”
Though Entertainment Tonight declared that the two dated back in 2010 while costarring in the movie Thor, and “looked cozy” at Comic-Con that year, the timing of this supposed fling is a bit questionable. After all, Tom was reportedly still dating Susannah at the time. Neither Kat nor Tom have ever confirmed that they were involved in a relationship with each other, which means this may just be hearsay.
Speaking with InStyle UK in 2013, actress Jessica Chastain shared that she had a firm “no actors” dating policy. But in 2014, rumors began swirling that she and Tom were seeing each other.
“Tom is taken with Jess and it’s serious,” a source told Metro. “Before Christmas she visited Britain to stay with him and meet all his family for the first time.”
The Hollywood A-listers later starred in the 2015 gothic romance film Crimson Peak. While doing press, M Magazine asked Jessica what intrigued her about her costar: “What is the most sexy thing about Tom? It is hard for me to say, because I see him as a friend, but I think it is his voice. He has such a lovely accent, doesn’t he?”
In July 2013, Tom sparked romance rumors when he stepped out with Jane Arthy, a record executive, at the Wimbledon Tennis Championship in London. What’s more Elle UK’s former Editor-in-Chief Lorraine Candy tweeted at the time, “I sat next to actor Tom Hiddlestone [sic.] and his girlfriend Jane #wimbledonfinal. He’s a very funny man.”
When asked about the alleged romance, Tom told GQ UK, “I understand the curiosity. One day I hope when there’s really something to write home about, then I’ll be able to talk.” Not much was reported about the two after that.
After years of rumored romances, Tom stepped out into the spotlight holding hands with “Cardigan” singer Taylor Swift. In May 2016, Tom and Taylor were seen dancing together at the Met Gala. A month later, the pair was photographed kissing in Rhode Island. According to People, they formally met each other’s parents.
That same year, he confirmed their relationship in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “The truth is that Taylor Swift and I are together and we’re very happy,” he told the outlet. “Thanks for asking. That’s the truth. It’s not a publicity stunt.” He echoed similar words in an interview with MTV. Tom and Taylor separated before the summer of 2016 was over, per People.
Tom reportedly met Zawe Ashton in 2019 while starring in the London play Betrayal in which they portrayed a strained couple. The costars continued working together when the play made its way across the pond to New York City. The Sun first reported that they were together in September 2019.
“Tom really has fallen for Zawe in a big way,” a source told the newspaper. “They now spend most weekends together and going for long walks with his dog. He thinks this could be the love of his life — he’s ready to settle down.”
Nearly a year later, the newspaper reported that they had moved in with each other. “Tom and Zawe have stayed quiet about their relationship but she has spent the last few weeks with him in the US,” a source told The Sun. “They are very well suited and enjoy the quieter side of life away from the glitz and glamor of the showbiz world.”
The insider continued: “Their lives are typically very busy, so spending time together while not working has been something they have both embraced. Tom has made a home in Atlanta during lockdown and he is expecting to spend the rest of the year there.”
Neither Tom nor Zawe have officially confirmed their relationship.
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