Taylor Swift is no stranger to the tabloids. But this story is so bizarre that even the tabloids thought it was made up.
We thought she’d never get over the whole “Ima let you finish” thing, but her feud with the Kardashian-Wests finally seems to be dying down. And we’ll never have to experience the second-hand embarrassment of Tom Hiddleston’s I [heart] TS tank top again since she seems to be lying low with her new boo, Joe Alwin.
Setting the Scene
After Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston broke up in the fall of 2016, she pretty much disappeared. There might not be any celebrity more conscious of her image, and Taylor seemed to figure out that people needed a break after her latest showmance fizzled out. Or maybe she needed a break from us. Heck, maybe she really was heartbroken after the breakup.
For whatever reason, neither the paparazzi or Tay-Tay’s diehard fans saw much of her until almost a year later. Nobody knew for sure if she was living in London or New York, or maybe hiding out in her hometown of Nashville. Photographers camped out in front of her New York apartment building, but they didn’t see her. But they did see something else that was very unusual!
What’s in the Suitcase?
A photographer from Splash News snapped a pic of two burly bodyguards carrying a large hard-sided suitcase out of Taylor’s home. To be clear: this was not the kind of suitcase you’d use when going on vacation. This was a big ol’ black plastic case. Big enough, in fact, to contain a certain country-pop crossover star.
The story was too weird to be true, right? And without any actual evidence, Splash News couldn’t prove that Taylor was hiding inside the suitcase. They took down the caption suggesting that she had gone to drastic lengths for a little privacy. The tabloid even apologized—something that doesn’t happen very often.
Did Zayn Malik Just Spill the Beans?
Former One Direction boybander Zayn Malik, who is a friend of Taylor’s, seemed to confirm the story yesterday. While chatting with a reporter from the UK edition of Glamour magazine, he casually mentioned the incident.
According to the magazine: “’She was travelling around in a suitcase,’ he says, eyes agog, of his pal Taylor Swift’s ability to avoid the paparazzi.”
If anybody would know the truth, it’d be her good pal Zayn. Was Taylor really in that suitcase? And if she did stuff herself in a black plastic box to avoid photographers, should we laugh or feel sorry for her?
Considering that she’s done a pretty good job of laying low for the past six months, it doesn’t seem like such extreme measures were necessary. All she had to do was take a step back from the spotlight, and we started to pay attention to someone else.