The whirlwind romance of Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston has taken a lot of people by surprise. But while most people are either sad that Tom or Taylor are not single anymore (because we totally have a chance), punters in China have been betting pretty heavily whether this relationship will last or not. Online vendors have been offering fans ‘insurance policies’ to protect themselves if Tom and Taylor break-up.
According to a report by The Hollywood Reporter (THR) – The Hiddleswift plan offered double your money if the couple split up. According to China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency, Taobao vendors had begun taking bets on the pop star’s romantic fortunes last week, with the minimum wager set at 1 yuan ($.15).
Here’s what one policy purchaser named Xiaoting said –
If I bought a million, I would make a lot — these stars break up all the time which gives us the opportunity to earn a lot of money!
THR believes he may have had a point, a cursory survey reveals the average length of Taylor’s recent relationships — spanning past partners Joe Jonas, John Mayer, Jake Gyllenhaal, Harry Styles etc was about two and half months. (Calvin Harris, who she dated for over a year, was a statistical outlier.)
One seller said he had logged over 543 transactions. But China’s largest online marketplace – Taobao has cracked down on vendors who were offering these policies and now if you search for it, you will get this message –
“According to laws and regulations, what you have searched for cannot be displayed.”
Read the entire report here.