His time at the swanky awards ceremony didn't go as planned

Tom Hiddleston found himself as the butt of many jokes in the summer of 2016 after a number of cringeworthy picture moments with then girlfriend, Taylor Swift.

Since their breakup, he’s mostly returned to living a relatively quiet life, mostly popping up on social media to share touching updates about his charity work. However, the Thor actor has managed to fall foul of the internet’s favour once more, after a blunder in his recent speech at the Golden Globes.

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Tom, 35, was awarded the gong of ‘Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series’ for his work on last year’s The Night Manager. When he took to the stage to collect the award, he decided to use his time to further express his humanitarian side, by telling the world of his recent trip to South Sudan, and how doctors ‘binge-watched’ his series in their spare time.

‘And the idea that I could provide – or that we could provide – some relief and entertainment for the people who worked for UNICEF and Médecins Sans Frontières and the World Food Programme, who are fixing the world in the places where it is broken, made me immensely proud,’ Tom gushed at Sunday night’s ceremony.

However, it didn’t go down too well, as some viewers deemed his words smug and self-congratulatory.

‘So #TomHiddleston had the most self-righteous speech I’ve ever seen. #douche #GoldenGlobes’ reads one example of a scathing response, while Scandal actor Joshua Malina teased: ‘Thank you to Tom Hiddleston and all actors who dare to perform in projects that are shown in some of the most dangerous parts of [the] world.’

Yikes. Now, Tom has come forward with a statement explaining his words – and he’s blamed nerves for mangling his message.

‘I just wanted to say… I completely agree that my speech at the Golden Globes last night was inelegantly expressed. In truth, I was very nervous, and my words just came out wrong,’ he wrote on Facebook.

‘Sincerely, my only intention was to salute the incredible bravery and courage of the men and women who work so tirelessly for UNICEF UK, Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), and World Food Programme, and the children of South Sudan, who continue to find hope and joy in the most difficult conditions.

‘I apologise that my nerves got the better of me.’