Not too long ago, we shared some of our thoughts on the newest It couple, Hiddleswift – a.k.a Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston. But if you thought that was being busybody, check this out.
Sellers on China’s largest e-commerce marketplace, Taobao, have been cashing in on the pair by offering “insurance” to the singer’s fans. The Hiddleswift plan promised to pay double of what buyers pay when taking up the insurance, should the couple split up within a year.
According to Chinese news agency Xinhua, Taobao vendors started accepting bets on the pop star’s love life last week, with the minimum wager starting from 1 yuan (approx $0.50).
If you, too, are hoping to hedge on Tay-Tay’s heartbreak though, you’re too late. As of 29 June, Taobao had shut down all Hiddleswift “insurance” offerings, along with other bets on whether Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom would remain together, and if Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton would be elected as president of the United States.
“As it is not strictly an insurance product, the sellers are not qualified as insurance sellers,” said Alibaba Group, which owns Taobao, in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “So we have taken down such 'products' from the Taobao platform.”