Only last month, tabs were reporting that Swift and Harris were getting married, buying a Beverly Hills mansion and starting to map out plans for babies.
But Swift personally shot down the fabrication, bits of which were reported by trade rag Variety and the always sketchy OK! magazine.
“What the press says I’m doing: Buying a Bev Hills mansion, getting married in an English castle. What I’m doing: Playing a show in St. Louis,” she wrote on Twitter.
Yep, it was business as usual for Swift, who lives to perform. Oddly, all the hype about marriage came precisely at the time the relationship was unraveling, according to the latest reports.
Things reportedly started going south when Harris was photographed leaving Top Thai Massage parlor on Sunset Strip in Hollywood.
It reportedly has a reputation for so-called “happy endings.” That’s porn-code for oral sex and/or masturbation.
Now we know what Calvin wasn’t getting from Swift. Otherwise, what kind of a guy, newly involved in a hot romance, still hits up massage parlors?
Of course, he could have just had a kink in his neck that needed working out. At the same time, the massage parlor in question turns up in Yelp search results for “best secret happy ending massage parlors in West Hollywood.”
Heated denials followed, from both Harris and the massage parlor. It should be noted tabloid gossip sites radaronline and OK! (again) have since spiked their stories.
According to domestic media outlets, Gawker included, Harris’s massage sojourn was a little too hard for Swift to swallow (no pun intended, well maybe).
“Taylor was incandescent with rage when she saw the pictures and told him she wanted to break it off with him then and there. She felt humiliated that her boyfriend had been caught at such a seedy place,” a source close to the singer reportedly said.
Over in the UK, however, the break up is getting spun differently.
Harris, who is Scottish, reportedly was “overwhelmed” by the media scrutiny that dogged them, according to Grazia magazine.
A supposed “source” close to Harris blamed the tabloids. “Talk of them marrying freaked them both out; neither is ready and suddenly having all this speculation took its toll,” the source said.
“Calvin has found the circus surrounding their relationship overwhelming,” the source continued. “It was incredibly intense so they’ve taken a step back and are cooling things off.”
There certainly have been no shortage of bogus tabloid reports. They included claims that “steamy” photos of the two were being shopped around; Ex-Swift boyfriend Jake Gyllenhaal was attempting to break them up and Harris was bashing Avril Lavigne because she was feuding with Swift.
Yet both have been in the spotlight long enough to know that enduring tabloid trash is just part of the job.
In any event, it looks like a happy ending (so to speak) won’t be in the cards for Swift’s latest romance.
But we’re sure looking forward to her next album.
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