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Actor Tom Hiddleston arrives at the AMC Networks' 68th Primetime Emmy Awards After-Party Celebration at BOA Steakhouse on September 18, 2016 in West Hollywood, California.
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Golden Globe award-winning actor and Taylor Swift’s ex, Tom Hiddleston finally broke his silence about his epic “I ‘heart’ T.S.” tank top that defined July 4, 2016 in GQ’s March cover story.

Hiddleston told GQ that the shirt, which launched a thousand memes, was “a joke among friends.” He explained:

So there’s the story. He continued, “I was just surprised that it got so much attention. The tank top became an emblem of this thing.”

By “this thing,” Hiddleston refers to his relationship with Swift that lived under perpetual scrutiny and rumors. The couple split in September after three months of dating.

While hinting at the speculation and criticism without addressing the Hiddleswift drama by name, he said, “If you’re under attack, if your values are under attack, if you’re being shamed, if you’re being humiliated, the animal response is to hide in the bush…And the lesson of 2016 is we have to love more, we have to risk more, we have to be braver, we have to be more outspoken.”

Hiddleston stressed that it was just a shirt, people. “Nobody had the context for that story,” he said. “And I’m still trying to work out a way of having a personal life and protecting it, but also without hiding.”

Read the full GQ article here.

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