Does Tom Hiddleston lust for love as much as his Marvel character Loki lusts for power? In June 2021, the God of Mischief returned in Loki, a six-episode series on Disney+. But there’s no way of knowing how much the English actor actually identifies with the villain he plays on screen. He’s rather private about his personal life, and his caution stems from a brief but highly publicized relationship with Taylor Swift. Find out everything we know about Tom Hiddleston’s current partner, as well as the women he’s been linked to in the past.
Tom Hiddleston Is Engaged To Zawe Ashton
In March of 2022, Hiddleston stepped out onto the red carpet with his now-fiancée Zawe Ashton at the British Academy Film Awards.
You may recognize Ashton as Oona in The Handmaid’s Tale. She is also set to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2023’s The Marvels, making her one of Hiddleston’s colleagues. This isn’t the first time the pair has worked together though; they also co-starred in the 2020 West End production of Betrayal.
Media reports say the couple began dating in February 2019, but neither addressed the rumors until she stepped out on the red carpet with some fresh bling. Congrats to the couple!
Who Has Tom Hiddleston Dated In The Past?
His Rumored Relationships
Hiddleston’s list of rumored paramours is miles-long. Each woman is very different, but the tie that binds them is they have all shared screen time with the actor at one point or another.
In 2010, Hiddleston was linked to his Thor co-star Kat Dennings, who is now engaged to singer Andrew W.K. The two were even pictured holding hands at that year’s Comic-Con, but neither ever went on the record about having a relationship.
In 2012, reports surfaced that Hiddleston was dating Zero Dark Thirty star, Jessica Chastain. The two met at the BAFTAs (British Academy Film Awards) and bonded over their shared appreciation for Shakespeare. The redheaded vixen made things difficult to confirm, however. In 2013, she told the UK edition of InStyle that she had a strict “no actors” policy when it comes to her dating life.
That same year, Hiddleston co-starred with Elizabeth Olsen, sister of twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, in the Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light. Marvel fans were all for the idea of Loki and the Scarlet Witch falling in love in real life. But again, neither ever officially commented on the relationship. Olsen even went as far as to deny multiple times that anything was going on between the two of them.
“I mean, we definitely are friends and we’ve known each other for about four years. And we happened to be at a restaurant at a wrong time having dinner,” she told Refinery29 in 2015. “We all go out to dinner.” The following year, she told ET, “Honestly, those kind of rumors to me… it’s like, well that’s a bunch of strangers saying a bunch of stuff that they don’t know about.”
Since coming into the spotlight, Hiddleston has had two confirmed girlfriends: Susannah Fielding and Taylor Swift.
Hiddleston’s longest confirmed relationship was earlier in his career. From 2008 to early 2012, he dated Susannah Fielding, his co-star on the BBC series Wallander. At one point, there was a rumor that the two were secretly married. But Hiddleston shot down the story in a January 2012 interview with the Independent.
“I am definitively not married,” he confirmed. “That was a big mistake. Don’t know where it came from.” But when he was asked if he was in a relationship at all, he answered, “Well, erm, I dunno actually. That’s kind of an awkward answer, isn’t it?”
Unfortunately, three years was a long time for the couple to find out that they were a fundamental mismatch. By February 2012, he announced their split. “The relationship ran its course,” the actor told the Daily Mail. “People assumed it was about me getting well-known and leaving her behind… It’s just I am very driven right now and there isn’t really any time to have a proper girlfriend.”
Fielding had a different perspective on the breakup. In 2021, she told the Radio Times, “I was very young and very naive. It was weird and unexpected, but I definitely got a little snapshot of what fame could be like, and that it’s maybe not all it’s cracked up to be.” She added, “I would say I’m unusual in that I didn’t—and don’t—particularly crave a Hollywood career.”
Hiddleston’s next relationship was short but definitely his most talked-about. In 2016, he was linked to pop star Taylor Swift. What started with some innocent dancing at the Met Gala turned into an unexpected whirlwind romance. Alas, it lasted all of three months. According to Us, Swift was the one to end things.
“Tom wanted the relationship to be more public than she was comfortable with,” said a source. “Taylor knew the backlash that comes with public displays of affection but Tom didn’t listen to her concerns when she brought them up.”
However, Hiddleston saw it differently. In 2017, when the Telegraph asked if he had any regrets about “the publicity and gossip the romance engendered,” he defensively replied, “What should I regret, in your mind?” He continued, “Everyone is entitled to a private life. I love what I do and I dedicate myself with absolute commitment to making great art and great entertainment and in my mind I don’t conflict the two. My work is in the public sphere and I have a private life. And those two things are separate.”
The actor might want to share his thoughts on separating work and love with Swift. After all, many believe that the queen of break-up songs wrote 2017’s “Getaway Car” about him.