For reel or for show?
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.