Daniel Radcliffe and Robert Pattinson are living the Hollywood dream. The Harry Potter star marries the High School Musical star (and former tabloid item) this year, having wed in a private ceremony in New York City in February. Just two months later, the couple’s happy union was celebrated with a kiss on the red carpet at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards.
With Radcliffe’s son Jack, 11, from his previous marriage, and Pattinson’s daughter Violet, 8, with his wife, Jennifer Laing, the couple have begun the adventure of parenthood. The actor revealed in February that he and Laing are already parents to a newborn son. The proud papa described his son’s birth as “one of the most incredible moments of [his] life.”
A Family Affair
The family-friendly event was a beautiful display of white flowers, sweeping gowns, and celebrity guests. Among the many attendees was Daniel’s father, Alan, who previously gave an emotional speech at the couple’s wedding. According to reports, the elder Mr Radcliffe was moved to tears by the ceremony and vows, as was daughter Leah, Radcliffe’s former wife. “I love you guys so much,” Radcliffe told his guests, including Pattinson, at the reception. “You made me the man I am today.”
While the wedding was a beautiful celebration, it didn’t stop there. The two-day ceremony was followed by a family brunch with music, cake, and photographs. The reception also doubled as a baptism for the couple’s infant son.
After the ceremony, the newlyweds and their guests celebrated with a romantic getaway to Italy, before making their home in New York City. According to a statement from the couple, they are both ‘deeply drawn’ to the country, and hope to make their home there one day. “We wanted to create a romantic atmosphere for our guests, and the most private and peaceful place we could think of was Siena,” the couple said in a statement. “The Ponte Vecchio, the Palazzo Pubblico, and the Cathedral all looked so peaceful and enchanting. Even the insects seemed to have stopped living there for a while.”
Pattinson and Radcliffe previously dated for two years before tying the knot. In April 2017, the actor proposed to the writer after falling for her ‘gentle wit’ and “calmness”, as he described it. “I never thought I would find someone who understood me and what I was trying to do,” he said a few months prior to the proposal. “I want to spend the rest of my life with her.”
The pair’s engagement was surrounded by speculation, with many fans wondering if they would wed before 2020. The proposal took place in front of hundreds of onlookers, including the pair’s families. Radcliffe’s parents were present at the engagement party, which was held at a private residence in London.
Earlier in the year, Jack went up to graduate from high school with his friends. The 11-year-old boy chose to wear a suit and tie for the occasion, and delivered a passionate speech to his peers, many of whom cried along with him. “I want to be able to look back on my teenage years, not as the years when I grew up but as the years when I became a man,” he said. “When I look back on these years, I hope I’ll see myself as a stronger, more independent person, who has the courage to follow his dreams, no matter how big or scary they might be.”
After graduating from high school, Jack will begin afresh at a New York City university this year. His mother, Devorah, is an educational psychologist who has previously worked with children and teenagers with ADD and autism. In an interview with ET, Radcliffe said that he believes his son will be able to thrive outside of the limelight. “I’ve seen Jack be really happy when he’s been out of the limelight. He loves his friends, he loves school, and he has a lot of independence. I think that will help him as he finds his way in the world,” he said.
Whether or not Daniel and Robert will go on to make more films together remains to be seen. But their partnership and commitment to family is evident, and resonates with their fans, who hope to see them expand their family with children of their own.