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Calvin Harris on How ‘All Hell Broke Loose’ After He and Taylor Swift Broke Up

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It happened so quickly: one day, Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston were caught up in a whirlwind of romantic summer activities. Soon after, they had cordially split, according to People.

Then came the internet reactions, social media commentary, and plenty of public declarations. After the dissolution of Swift’s relationship with Calvin Harris, the viral phenomenon known as “Hiddleswift” began, and Harris appeared to explore his bachelor status at yacht parties.

In a new interview with British GQ, the world-famous DJ and model shared his take on the his public 15-month relationship with Swift.

“The aftermath of the relationship was way more heavily publicized than the relationship itself,” he told the magazine. “When we were together, we were very careful for it not to be a media circus. She respected my feelings in that sense. I’m not good at being a celebrity.”

He went on to explain “that Twitter thing.”

“But when it ended, all hell broke loose,” Harris said, referring to his collaboration with Swift on his big summer hit, the VMA-winning “This Is What You Came For.” “Now I see that Twitter thing as a result of me succumbing to pressure. It took me a minute to realize that none of that matters. I’m a positive guy.”

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