Tom Hiddleston Refuses To Talk About Taylor Swift—Inside His Need For 'Space'

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Aug. 12 2016, Updated 5:39 p.m. ET

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Going downhill already? Tom Hiddleston made sure to awkwardly sidestep any mention of his new girlfriend, Taylor Swift, in a recent interview, as rumors swirl that the actor asked for more "space."

As Hiddleswift fans know, Tom Hiddleston's pal Robert Downey Jr. poked fun at the actor's new relationship this week, welcoming him to Instagram with an "I <3 T.S" joke (an obvious dig at Taylor's 4th of July bash). "Join me in welcoming the biggest T. Stark fan of them all to Instagram! @twhiddleston," Downey Jr. teased.

EXCLUSIVE: Taylor Swift celebrates the 4th of July with boyfriend Tom Hiddleston, Cara Delevinge, Karlie Kloss, Ruby Rose, Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, and Gigi Hadid at Taylor’s house in Rhode Island

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During an interview with the Los Angeles Times later this week, Hiddleston became noticeably squeamish when the topic came up.

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"I don't mean to ask a really personal question, but can you talk to me about the Robert Downey Jr. relationship?" the reporter asked, to which Hiddleston replied, laughing: "Robert and I are very close and I got to know him working on the Avengers in 2011. There's a lot of mutual affection."

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Tom Hiddleston And Taylor Swift Sighting At Sydney Airport

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When the reporter pressed further about the Swift dig, Hiddleston refused to make any mention of his singer girlfriend. "I feel like it's an expression of mutual admiration. It's great. He's very sweet," he said plainly of Downey Jr.

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Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston take a walk on the beach with his mother

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Meanwhile, from meeting the parents, to jet-setting on romantic Rome and Australia vacations, Tom and Tay-Tay seemed to be very much in love last month.

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Exclusive… Tom Hiddleston Hits The Gym In WeHo

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But ever since their return to L.A., things seem to have cooled down — at least for Tom. According to Reveal, Taylor's eagerness to get married and her "possessive" behavior have started to take a toll on Tom.

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"When Tom packed up and left Taylor's L.A. home, he refused to allow her to accompany him," the insider told the British publication. "He says he needs a few weeks of 'alone time,' and assured Taylor that the space apart will strengthen their relationship."

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*PREMIUM EXCLUSIVE* Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston have a dinner date **WEB EMBARGO UNTIL 10AM PST ON 07/29/16**

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"When they got back to L.A., she wanted to be with him every second of the day," the source continued. "He barely had time to make calls, and had to beg her to let him go to the gym alone."

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"He needs time to think things through," the source concluded. "He just needs to breathe." As fate would have it, the pair hasn't been photographed together since July 27, clocking them in at 16 days apart so far.

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Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston go for dinner on the Gold Coast

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Do you think Tom and Taylor are headed for a split already? Let us know in the comments below!

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