Just about a month ago, it was announced that Robert Pattinson and FKA Twigs would be joining forces for a new song titled “Falling.” The singer revealed that the two had been planning to work together for a while and hoped that the song would be a reflection of their chemistry.
The song premiered last month at the 2020 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California. Since then, it’s been one of the highlights of Pattinson’s set lists for concerts in Europe and the U.S. In an interview with Billboard last month, Pattinson said that “Falling” is “the most personal song [he’s] ever written.”
According to the singer, the song is about his ex-girlfriend Lizzy Goodman, with whom he had a one-year relationship in 2019. He described their breakup as “sad” and “heartbreaking” but said that he is grateful for everything they shared together. “I think about her every day,” he said. “I miss her. But I also think about our year together and all the crazy things that happened. I think about that more than anything.”
Pattinson and Twigs first met while filming the 2020 movie The Lost City, which is set in the early 20th century and based on the 1924 novella “The Lost City” by H.P. Lovecraft. The two worked on the movie for about a month, with Twigs’ character being a magician who befriends and helps a young man named Gilman Rose (Pattinson), who is searching for his father’s tomb. The role was a small one, but it was important to get the pair’s chemistry right. Twigs said that while she and Pattinson did not have a lot of scenes together, they were both able to develop a connection, which made their collaborations easier. “We bonded really easily,” she said. “It was just a natural connection. He’s a really sweet guy and a brilliant actor.”
Pattinson is currently on tour in support of his album Map of the Soul, which was released in April. He kicks off his North American tour next month and will be performing in various cities across the U.S. and Canada until November. In an interview with Glamour before the album’s release, he shared that working on the album was “a real journey for [him],” adding that he was inspired by “all my travels and the places that [he] has seen.”
Pattinson grew up in England with his mother, actress Wendy Richard, and his Swiss father, Stephen, who is better known for being the bass player in The White Stripes. He attended the Edinburgh International Book Festival in 2018 and 2019 and has been featured as a keynote speaker at numerous other literary festivals and events, including the Cheltenham Literature Festival in 2018.
‘Falling’ — An Overview
“Falling” is a new Robert Pattinson song that details his breakup with Lizzy Goodman. The two dated for a year before calling it quits in the spring of 2019. A source told Entertainment Tonight that the song is “about [Pattinson’s] experience with an ex-girlfriend, but it’s not necessarily about her.”
The song starts off with the line “So lost in love,” and from there, it becomes clear that “Falling” is indeed a breakup song. The lyrics go on to detail how the couple started falling apart and how Pattinson is no longer sure if she is “the one.”
The hook for the song comes at 1:13, when Pattinson repeats the line “I’m falling, falling, falling,” and the music swells. The phrase “I’m falling” is one of the most recognizable and oft-repeated lines in the song. In the interview with Billboard, Pattinson shared, “When I first heard it, it was one of those ‘Aha!’ moments.”
Although he is no longer in a committed romantic relationship, Pattinson has not completely taken a backseat to songwriting. As he told Interview magazine in 2018, he has been working on his novel, The Lost City, which is scheduled for release in October 2021.
“I’ve always been the sort of person to bounce ideas off, and [‘Falling’ is] definitely a result of that,” he said. “I’ve always had this thing where I feel like I can write a song about anything. It doesn’t have to be personal. I think it’s the most personal song that I’ve ever written, but I also think that it’s one of the most universal.”
Complex Relationship History
Pattinson dated actress Emma Stone for five years before calling it quits in 2019. The two met on the set of the 2006 film 2546, which she had also been working on. They had previously gone on a date, but that was it. After their break, Pattinson said that they both took a bit of a backseat to each other’s careers. While Stone is set to appear in several upcoming films, including the highly anticipated The Eternity Family, which premieres today, she has not yet released any new material.
Pattinson first got into acting in 2001 and has since appeared in numerous films, including the aforementioned The Lost Citye. As for Stone, she made her Broadway debut earlier this year in the revival of Arthur Miller’s The Price, and is also set to star in the upcoming Netflix series Ratched.
The two have been vocal about the lack of equality in Hollywood and the entertainment industry, and in September 2019, they were among a group of famous faces who signed an open letter to the music industry, calling for more diversity in hip-hop and pop music. “We demand better,” they wrote. “Music has the power to unite us and to inspire us. Let’s not let corporations and bigots stand in the way of that power.”
While Stone and Pattinson were committed to their relationships, they found time for casual dating, with Pattinson saying that they had “a couple of fun ones” before they settled down. After their break, Pattinson went on a few dates, but nothing serious. He eventually decided to settle down and have children. In an interview with Glamour, he said, “I want to find that perfect person and have a family. I want to grow my family as quickly as possible.”
Pattinson met Twigs in 2017 and the pair soon began dating. In April 2020, it was announced that they would be collaborating on a new song. “We always have such a good time working together,” Twigs told Entertainment Tonight at the time. “We actually spend more time making music than we do apart.”
The singer has yet to publicly comment on his new romance, but in an interview with Wonderland magazine in June 2020, he was very thankful for his incredible dating life. “I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to date so many different women,” he said. “It’s made me a better person.”
Pattinson and Twigs have been very open about their shared commitment to social justice and desire to see more representation of diverse groups in Hollywood. In addition to being the face of several major fashion brands, including Gucci, Balenciaga, and Givenchy, the singer has long been a committed advocate for the environment and social welfare. He is the founder and president of the nonprofit organization Clean Waters, which encourages people to reduce their eco-footprint and become more sustainable. In January 2021, he launched a capsule collection of sustainable swimwear and beach bags, and in June, he collaborated with JOVANI NY on a capsule collection of designer swimsuits and beach bags.
The songwriter, director, and producer has also been very involved with the LGBTQ community, and in February 2020, he was one of the 50 LGBTQ+ leaders to stand with the director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Daniel Pearl, in a historic proclamation against Islamophobia and hate. “The hateful rhetoric against Muslims and people of color that we have heard over the last year has deeply troubled [Pearl],” they said in the statement. “As a Jew, he knows what genocide looks like and he cannot stand by and let such hatred go unanswered.”