I’m going to tell my story of when I met Tom Hardy on the 17th of November in London for the Blag Magazine signing. I’m telling this story with the intention of letting his fans and other people know what an amazing human being he is. To fully understand the story, I should let you know that I have been diagnosed with terminal cancer with less than a year to live. I’ve had many surgeries to remove the tumors and bad tissue, but it wasn’t enough. This to explain that what Tom Hardy did was beyond my beliefs and dreams and makes him one of the most beautiful people I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet. I’m so grateful for having had the chance to get to meet him and it made me believe that anything can happen to anyone. Because I never thought this could happen to little ol’ me who lives in this small country he would probably never visit. That’s why I would love to share my experience to, maybe, give hope to others. But most of all to let you know that Tom Hardy is awesome in every possible way.
I live in the Netherlands (sorry in advance for my English) and was going to meet my friends who live in London. I had announced the trip on my other blog and there someone lovely told me that Tom Hardy was going to be in London that weekend too. I was freaking out and told my friends about this lucky coincidence. Unfortunately it was on the other side of London, but when I arrived in London they reassured me that we were able to go. One of my friends had a brother who knew where it was and would be able to guide us there. I had brought my magazine for just in case and I couldn’t believe my luck!
Saturday arrived and we wanted to go as early as possible, we had to get up at 8am to get there at 10am, since it started at 12pm. When we finally got to the right place, there was already a queue starting, but it wasn’t that long for us to be concerned. So, then the 2 hours of waiting began. It started right on time, the queue began to move and they were letting people inside. We were moving fast; props to the people who led the whole thing, it all went so smoothly. I got so nervous when we entered the store, because the feeling of being in the same room as him was already unbelievable. We moved closer and closer and meanwhile my friend’s brother took pictures with his phone. (I didn’t bring a camera, because it was stated that no pictures were allowed. So, some pictures might be blurry despite my editing, sorry!)
As you can see he was an absolute sweetheart to everyone and laughing and smiling the whole time. I think he really liked to interact with his fans and of course to be there with Noomi.
First, my friend went up there and as the lovely person she is, she told Tom Hardy my story. She knew I would never say anything to him or at least not about my life and how much of an hero he has been for me, so she took the chance. She told him about me having terminal cancer and how I travelled from the Netherlands and was one of his biggest fans. The reason why she told him about me was not to get anything special, she just wanted him to know so that maybe he would say something nice to me. Or you know just anything, she was just being an amazing friend who wanted to see me smile. I didn’t hear anything, because there was music playing and you really got some space there with them, but I heard my friend say something about “the girl behind me” and they both turned around to actually look at me, it was adorable! I waited with my fingers between the pages I wanted them to sign and was actually shaking at that point.
Then it was my turn, Noomi and Tom were both like “Heeey Amy!”, Noomi with open arms and Tom with this huge smile. I was like “whaattt? How do they know my name?!” I walked towards them, so nervous and shy and wow aren’t they beautiful in real life?! They asked me how I was doing and I said I was fine and asked them how they were doing and they were doing very well. Noomi asked me where she would sign and I opened the magazine for her on the right page. I told her that I loved her in Sherlock Holmes and Prometheus. I wasn’t sure how to pronounce the last movie, but she told me I got it right, she was so sweet. And she really appreciated it when I told her she was brilliant in Prometheus. And all this time they looked at me with this big smile, ugh so nice. And gosh, I was so shy. Then it was Tom’s turn to sign, he asked me where I wanted him to sign, but because I had opened the magazine for Noomi, I had lost the page for Tom. I’m sort of a perfectionist and hate to lose control over things, so I was freaking out haha. I was like “Oh no, I’m so sorry, I lost the page! I’m so sorry!” and Tom was chuckling and said “No, don’t be sorry, sweetheart. Why are you sorry? It’s okay.” I was going through all the pages, but because I was so nervous I forgot where he was and was turning the pages to the back. He carefully turned the magazine towards him and helped me searching. Then Noomi pointed out: “Isn’t Tom in front of the magazine?” So, she took the magazine and turned the pages and while she was doing so, Tom was joking: “Of course I am, otherwise I wouldn’t have done it. I told them that I wanted to be before you. At the least!” They were laughing and it really showed how much of great friends they were.
The first picture was when I was talking with Noomi. Then the picture of him searching through my magazine. The third one shows them laughing while Noomi is searching, it’s so sweet. And then the last picture of him actually signing it. He asked me to spell my name and wrote such a nice message with it.
It says: “To Amy xxx Massive love hugs and kissexxxxx” and then his autograph along with the year date. When he was signing the page I got to say that I aboslutely loved him in Warrior, since it’s my favourite movie and of course in the Dark Knight Rises. He really appreciated it and thanked me for it. I wish now that I would have said something about his older movies too, but I was really blank, it’s so unreal to stand before your idol. You never know how you react in such situations and I was already happy I didn’t entirely lose my cool haha.
I must say that I don’t know anything more from it, I know we talked some, but I really don’t know about what anymore. I know that when I saw people getting hugs that I would love to get one too, but I was too afraid to ask for one. Also because I didn’t know if he actually liked giving them or not, so I didn’t want to put him in a situation he didn’t want to be in. But when I thanked him like a thousand times for the autograph he came in to hug me. He held me so tight and for so long that even I was thinking “Is this normal? Should I pull back orrr is he supposed to do that?” Then he pulled back and gave me a kiss on the cheek with this kissing sound, like “mwaahh”, it was adorable.
As you can see; the process of the hug haha. The third one shows the kiss he was about to give and I love the last one, he looks so sweet and I was so overwhelmed!
I was already on cloud nine and was walking towards my friends, I couldn’t believe that all just happened and I didn’t expect anything better. My dream had already come true. I turned around to look at Tom once more before leaving and when I did he jumped off the desk and called out my name: “Amy! Amy!”, waving with his arm while looking at me, suggesting I should come back. I had no idea what was going on and I thought I had lost it. “Did he just shout out my name? Did he looked at me?!” I turned to my friends, but they were clueless too. I turned back and saw one of the bodyguards already coming towards me, telling me to move and go outside. I was trying to explain that I thought Tom had asked for me, but then Tom’s manager (?), the guy who had been standing behind the desk, walked towards me and said to the bodyguard that I was alright, that I could stay. “You’re Amy, right?” I nodded, but I was so confused. At this point Tom had already walked away from the desk and now came towards me. He said “We are going to take a break for 10 minutes, would you like to come with us?” I said “Yes, of course, I would love to. Thank you so much, thank you!” He smiled and nudged me in the arm “It’s no problem, darling. Come with us.” Noomi joined and together they walked away, Tom’s manager asked me if I had a camera, because Tom wanted to take a picture with me. I said that I had a crappy phone, but that my friend’s brother had a good phone for pictures. He said that they could come too and so they joined us.
Tom had waited for us and together we walked through a hall to go outside. He gave my friend’s brother a hand and asked him what his name was. He answered “Louis” and Tom asked if it was with an “s” at the end and that his son had the same name. He literally lit up when he mentioned his son. I asked him how he was and he said “Oh, he’s great, really doing well. Thank you very much for asking”. He really liked that, so cute. Noomi came walking next to me and asked me what I was doing, study or work and if I was doing alright. She’s really sweet and very interested in other’s. When we got outside Noomi lit up a cigarette and one of the Blag ladies handed out chocolate bars to Tom and Noomi. Tom asked us if we wanted one and he handed me and my friends one too. Noomi asked me where in the Netherlands I lived and I asked her if she’s ever been to the Netherlands herself. She only went to Amsterdam and it was a quick stop, but she liked it. Tom was fooling around with this other manager dude. I don’t remember what they were saying though, but it was funny at the time. Then Tom also asked me where I was coming from, since he didn’t hear and I also asked him if he had visited my country too. He said he had been to Amsterdam when he was 16 years old, but didn’t remember anything from it, since he had been doing some other things than the tourist stuff. He was very open about that and laughed when he said he couldn’t remember anything from it. We talked some more and then he suddenly turned towards me and said to me personally “I’m going inside for a minute to grab something, but I will be right back” I was smiling and said “Yeah, sure, of course.” I thought “You are Tom Hardy, you can do anything you want, you don’t need my approval”, but he just wanted to make sure that I didn’t think he would just walk away. Noomi talked some more to me and then Tom came back, holding a shirt. He said to me “I have been wearing this in Siberia (x x) to support a good cause. And I was planning to wear this here too, but I want you to have it now.” So, he spread out the shirt and showed me that he had signed it and then gave it to me.
You could actually see that it was his shirt. It looked so worn and had his size and just wow, this is his own shirt which he has been wearing. It was so generous of him and I can’t even count the times I’ve said “thank you so much” for it. I was in shock. Btw it’s a shirt for this amazing cause and honestly, he has such a good heart for supporting it and trying to show it everywhere he goes. Bless him <3
After that he pulled me in and said that it was picture time. We took a lot of pictures haha, he was so excited and happy. He kept saying that others should join and he kept smiling through it all. He held me so tight; he’s really powerful I can tell you. I’m happy to share those pictures, but I’ve cut myself off, because I just don’t like the idea of my face all over the internet. But I also didn’t want to deny you the lovely face of Tom, so here are some:
I don’t mind sharing the full pictures if people would really want to see those. You can just come to my inbox, I really don’t mind. It’s just the thought of my face all over the internet that scares me haha.
After the pictures, he gave me yet another very tight hug. He kissed me on the cheek with that same kissing sound, pulled me back in again, held me a bit longer and then kissed me again on the cheek. He said that I should take care of myself and that he really appreciated me coming here. I said that I was thankful for him being so sweet and for all of this and ugh I was so overwhelmed. He asked if we would join him inside to go back outside or if we would stay outside and find our way back home from there. We stayed outside because my friend’s brother knew the way from this point. We said goodbye, Noomi also hugged me and kissed me on the cheek and they all waved and went back inside. /the end
I’m sorry for making this so long, but I really wanted to try to tell every detail of the story. To let people know and see what an amazing and beautiful human being Tom is. How he took the time for me and gave me something I will cherish forever. The best moment I’ve ever had the pleasure to experience. Something he didn’t even have to do, because the autograph and hug and just talking to me was already more than enough. But he wanted to do something special and for that I will be forever grateful. He really went out of his way and it showed me how much he cares for his fans and people in general.