You have probably heard the devastating news by now via E! News, Buzzfeed, colleagues, friends, family or that guy from work who you kinda know (but not really): Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston have broken up.
If this is new information, then you probably do not have a Twitter account, or a phone, or any Internet access whatsoever. From the moment this ground-breaking, earth-shattering story was leaked earlier today, #Hiddleswift has been trending on Twitter, sitting comfortably at number seven, right behind #BadWaysToBreakUp.
As always, the Swift superfans have begun to step up to their platform, expressing broken hearts after spending three months overly-invested in a relationship that has no bearing on their lives. The majority, however, are using this opportunity to share their anticipation for Taylor’s next album. @KodiGaddis posted, “Taylor is definitely going to win album of the year for 2018 at this rate,” most likely referring to the quick buffer time between Calvin Harris and Hiddleston. This tweet is just one of 10,000 about Hiddleswift circulating around the Twittersphere. And when I saw that number it finally hit me: Why do we care so much about Taylor Swift?
We have been keeping tabs on Taylor ever since her music career took off and she started dating Joe Jonas all the way back in 2007. Following closely behind were Taylor Lautner, John Mayer and probably a few more who I can’t even remember at the moment. Fast forward and we have Harry Styles, Calvin Harris, and more recently, the late Tom Hiddleston. Swift is known for always having some arm candy, and whenever the public finally feels it is going to last, we are let down.
But is it actually a let down, or are we just doing this to ourselves? We know how these flings go. It happens the same way over and over again, so why are we expecting anything different? Buzzfeed put an article up about the split with the headline, “News That Will Shock Just About Everyone: Taylor And Tom Reportedly Split.” Is it a shock, Buzzfeed? Is it really?
This is my theory: I think that because Taylor’s music has a habit of being about relationships and breakups, people invest more time keeping up with her romances, anticipating the inevitable end, so they can look forward to the next hot single that will hit us by storm. Just as @KodiGaddis inferred, Taylor’s next album already has some pretty high standards.
It is a selfish act, really. We want her relationships to end just so we can have a few more catchy songs on our iTunes playlists that will get us through our own breakups. Maybe Taylor dates a lot because she knows she will have some bomb ideas when it is over. Maybe we should let her have some privacy and date whomever she wants without being criticized. Or maybe we should stop wanting her relationships to end horribly — but what do I know?
I think the only thing we can all agree on is that Taylor should be dropping some life-changing music within the next year.