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Tom Hiddleston and his fiancée, Zawe Ashton, are seriously everyone’s favorite OTP, a.k.a one-true pair.
ICYMI: The Loki star and The Handmaid’s Tale actress have been together since 2019, according to People. They met that same year while co-starring in the Broadway play Betrayal, where they played a married couple by the names of Robert and Emma. The pair sparked dating rumors when they were spotted attending the US Open together in August 2019. Their rumored romance was later confirmed when they made their red carpet debut at the 2021 Tony Awards.
The low-key couple has since gotten engaged, with Tom confirming the engagement in his June 2022 interview with the Los Angeles Times, three months after sparking engagement rumors at the 2022 BAFTA Awards. “I’m very happy,” is all he had to say about it. (Again, very low-key.) That same month, the pair announced that they’re expecting their first child. Zawe, looking oh-so gorgeous, showed off her baby bump on the red carpet for the premiere of her new movie, Mr. Malcolm’s List.
What’s more? Zawe recently joined Tom in the MCU (that’s the Marvel Cinematic Universe, btw) as the villain in The Marvels, the sequel to Captain Marvel slated for 2023. So, perhaps this off-screen romance may be moving on-screen in the near future. Only time will tell, but who doesn’t love a villain-on-villain love story?
If these two appear to be deeply in love, it’s because they are—at least according to an expert on this stuff. Body language expert Karen Donaldson analyzed the couple’s hand placements and gestures over the last few years, and confirmed that this super villain pair are, in fact, smitten. Ahead, discover what Tom and Zawe’s body language reveals about their partnership.
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Tom and Zawe have a deep bond.
The way a couple holds hands says a lot about their relationship and how they feel about each other. Tom and Zawe’s fingers are intertwined, and firmly clasped together. “The intensity in which they are holding hands signals the high level of care and intimacy they have in their relationship,” explains Donaldson.
Not only are they palm to palm, but their entire forearms are also touching, meaning they have a strong need to be near each other at the moment, Donaldson adds. Read: These two are stuck together like superglue.
They really trust each other.
Not only is Zawe’s leg crossed towards Tom, signaling she wants to be closer to him, but her head is also tilted, exposing her neck. “Our neck is a highly vulnerable area, and we only expose it around people we trust and whom we feel safe with,” says Donaldson. Translation: Zawe is completely trusting of Tom and feels secure in their relationship.
They cherish one another.
In this image, Tom and Zawe are in a blanket hug. Donaldson explains that Tom wrapping Zawe’s entire back with his arms, covering as much surface area as possible, demonstrates that he is protective of her. He also holds her firmly, meaning that he cherishes her. And his eyes are closed, signaling that he doesn’t want the moment to end. “When we close our eyes while hugging someone, it signals that we want to capture this moment and eliminate all distractions,” explains Donaldson.
Zawe welcomes the hug, and her shoulders are pulled upward, which shows she’s excited about the embrace and also doesn’t want the moment to end.
They’re supportive of each other.
Here Tom is walking in front of Zawe and holding her arms in two places. The first placement, under her arm, is a supportive and nurturing gesture, while the second placement, on top of her arm, is that of someone taking the lead, explains Donaldson. Read: Tom wants to serve as a support system for his partner.
They’re proud to be together.
This is a perfect example of a claiming hug, says Donaldson. Zawe has her hand placed on Tom’s torso, and is looking back at onlookers. She’s essentially non-verbally stating, “He’s mine and we’re together,” Donaldson notes.
Meanwhile, Tom holds Zawe at her waist—an intimate gesture that signals he’s physically attracted and connected to her. In other words, they’re incredibly proud and protective of this relationship. These two are totally Endgame. (Sorry, had to.)
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