For reel or for show?

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Is it the next big ro­mance, or just a big pub­lic­ity stunt?

Tay­lor Swift, one of the world’s most fa­mous pop stars, has been seen kiss­ing ris­ing Bri­tish ac­tor Tom Hid­dle­ston.

He is widely tipped as the next James Bond, hav­ing made his mark on Hol­ly­wood as Loki in the Thor fran­chise.

Swift re­cently broke off her ro­mance with Scot­tish DJ Calvin Har­ris and has a his­tory of us­ing her re­la­tion­ships with high-pro­file boyfriends as ma­te­rial for her songs.

It came as no sur­prise that, when Hid­dle­ston and Swift were pho­tographed kiss­ing on a beach out­side her US man­sion, fans thought their fledg­ling re­la­tion­ship was too good to be true.

Pic­tures showed the pair em­brac­ing on rocks at the seafront near her £12 mil­lion (R261 mil­lion) home in Watch Hill, Rhode Is­land, the Daily Tele­graph re­ported.

Hold­ing hands, the pair was cap­tured tak­ing pho­to­graphs to­gether be­fore lean­ing in for a kiss.

Bri­tish PR guru Mark Borkowski said the pic­tures had all the hall­marks of a pub­lic­ity stunt, and could have the ef­fect of rais­ing the pro­file of Hid­dle­ston in the US and show­ing Swift mov­ing on af­ter her break-up.

“It is not very well thought through,” he added. “But peo­ple are talk­ing about it.”

A spokesper­son for Hid­dle­ston said: “We never com­ment on our clients’ pri­vate lives.”

A spokesper­son for Swift did not re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment.

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