09/02/2017 10:06 GMT

Tom Hiddleston Finally Addresses Taylor Swift Split... And The Infamous Tank-Top Photos

'The hardest thing is that that was a joke among friends...'

Remember at the height of Tom Hiddleston and Taylor Swift’s romance last summer, when the actor was photographed in an “I [Heart] T.S.” tank-top?

Well, he’s finally addressed what was going on there.

As you may recall, the pair’s relationship was plagued with rumours they were staging their romance for publicity, with the pictures of Tom in the infamous tank-top as he splashed around with Taylor and her friends at a Fourth Of July party serving as the icing on the cake.

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But while they’ve both remained fairly tight-lipped since their relationship drew to a close last year, he’s finally had the chance to offer his side of the story regarding the photos that had everyone talking.

In a lengthy new interview with GQ, he 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.”

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Tom Hiddleston and Taylor Swift
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Tom at the Golden Globes last month

Although this is the most he’s said on the break-up since it happened, Tom first addressed the split back in September, when he insisted that he and the ‘Mean’ singer were still on good terms.

Read Tom’s full profile in GQ.

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