>>779 I tend towards the thought that, at least by this point, there is no "real" relationship going on. However, I wholeheartedly agree with your opinion of Taylor Swift, and this is what brings me to my problem with Tom: regardless of the relationship's realness, somewhere in Tom's mind he thought publicly linking himself up with her was a good idea. Spoiler alert: it wasn't. It was the most horrible idea ever. Bad Tom.
Worst case scenario, he has legitimate feelings for terrible person. I've believed she was a terrible person since long before she and Tom ever crossed paths, and the more that comes to light about her the more there is to dislike. Many people have already put together substantial, indisputable evidence of her being abhorrent on all levels. So, Tom truly liking her in any way and acting on his feelings is an indication that he too must be an awful person.
In what I suppose would be the best case scenario, Tom is a fool and believed that engaging in a showmance with Taylor Swift was a smart career move. Perhaps he took some poor advice from someone he clearly shouldn't be trusting. Perhaps he was deceived by her persona and was simply enchanted by the promise of greater fame and fortune. Either way, he didn't do his research properly before getting involved with her, which shows a tremendous lack of judgment.
In any case, I'm left with a highly negative opinion of him.