Tom Hiddleston had 'the best time' with Taylor Swift

The 35-year-old actor briefly dated the 'Bad Blood' hitmaker last summer.

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LOS ANGELES - Tom Hiddleston had the "best time" with "kind and generous" former girlfriend Taylor Swift.

The 35-year-old actor briefly dated the _Bad Blood _hitmaker last summer and though they weren't together for long, the 'Thor' star will always cherish his dates with the "kind and lovely" singer.

He told GQ magazine: "Taylor Swift is an amazing woman. She's generous and kind and lovely, and we had the best time."

It was Taylor's Fourth of July party at her Rhode Island home which saw Tom get mocked on social media for hanging out with her close pals wearing an 'I heart T.S' tank top.

But the _Crimson Peak _star couldn't believe that the "joke" garment turned into such an online sensation.

Speaking about how he came to wear the top, Tom explained: "The truth is, it was the Fourth of July and a public holiday and we were playing a game and I slipped and hurt my back. And I wanted to protect the graze from the sun and said, 'Does anyone have a T-shirt?' And one of her friends said, 'I've got this' and we all laughed about it. It was a joke. I have to be so psychologically strong about not letting other people's interpretations about my life affect my life.

"I was just surprised that it got so much attention. The tank top became an emblem of this thing."

Taylor and Tom - who were branded _HiddleSwift _- travelled to Rhode Island, Nashville, Italy, Australia and the UK during their time together but their whirlwind romance is something which Tom revealed he has "no regrets".

He gushed: "I only know the woman I met. She's incredible. A relationship in the limelight... A relationship always takes work. A relationship in the limelight takes work. And it's not just the limelight. It's everything else. So we decided to go out for dinner, we decided to travel.

"Because you have to fight for love. You can't live in fear of what people might say. You know, you have to be true to yourself."

And whilst many fans branded their relationship 'fake', Tom has admitted he is still trying to find a balance between his personal life and fame in a bid to move on.

He explained: "A relationship exists between two people. We will always know what it was. The narratives that are out there altogether have been extrapolated from pictures that were taken without consent or permission, with no context. Nobody had the context for that story. And I'm still trying to work out a way of having a personal life and protecting it, but also without hiding. So the hardest thing is that that was a joke among friends at Fourth of July."