Who wouldn’t like to be as famous as Robert Pattinson? The British actor has seemingly done it all when it comes to the acting world: He has starred in major motion pictures (including the soon-to-be-released Water for Elephants), won multiple awards (including a BAFTA and an MTV Movie Award), graced the magazine covers of Vogue and W, and even played guitar in a band with his wife, Katy Perry. But now that he’s finally achieved global superstition, it’s time for him to make the transition from celebrity to regular person. Well, sort of.
While we’ve all been eagerly awaiting the release of Pattinson’s first full-length feature film since Twilight, the actor has kept us entertained with a steady stream of funny, interesting, and, above all, quirky posts on his Instagram account (@robertpattinson). But all good things must come to an end, and now that the dust has settled after the “Breaking Dawn” cast’s reunion tour, it’s time to say goodbye (for now) to our favourite Instagrammer. Let’s rewind the clock to see what Robert Pattinson’s Instagram journey has taught us.
The Power Of Pics
It’s well-known that Robert Pattinson is a major Instagrammer. Not only did he create the account in early 2013, but he has also amassed over 25 million followers. To put that into perspective, that’s more than double the following of his closest competitor, the musician Taylor Swift. So, it’s safe to assume that if you’re on Instagram, you’ll discover the power of pics quite quickly.
The account is largely composed of candid snapshots of Pattinson on the red carpet, in front of famous landmarks, or simply relaxing at home. But while the photos are quite the eye candy, it’s the captions that have really stood out.
From his early days as a teen heartthrob, through his Twilight period and into his solo career, we have always known that Pattinson is a wordsmith first and an actor second. His Instagram feed is a goldmine when it comes to quotes, and there are even fans who have compiled his best captions into an eBook. But beyond words, we are truly learning a lot about Pattinson from his photos.
The “Real Person” Behind The Persona
In an era where social media promotes an artificial image of celebrities, it’s refreshing to see a celebrity project their true selves on Instagram. After all, what’s the point of having thousands of followers if you don’t use them to your advantage?
We’re introduced to the “real person” behind the persona through a series of intriguing pics that show us a side of Robert Pattinson that we haven’t seen before. From his awkward teen years to his early struggles as a solo artist, we are slowly learning about the artist behind the fame.
On one hand, we have candid photos of Pattinson relaxing at home with his family or friends. On the other, we have pictures of him on the sets of his films, wearing a mask or a goofy grin. It’s subtle, but it’s clear that the latter is a performance. Not only does he present an image to the world that’s different from who he really is, but he uses social media to create a persona to match his on-screen characters.
The Evolution Of An Instagrammer
With over 25 million followers, it’s safe to assume that Robert Pattinson is already familiar with the intricacies of the Instagram algorithm. However, he’s still a brand newbie when it comes to using the platform effectively. What started as a fun account to follow has grown into a full-fledged business, and it shows when you observe his growth over the past few years.
To begin with, he started by randomly replying to other users’ captions with funny or interesting anecdotes. But as his account grew in popularity, he started prioritising his own photo shoots, getting his hair and makeup done professionally, and, most notably, creating a brand new hashtag, #relaxbts, that serves as a mantra for his followers.
In general, content that contains the hashtag #relaxbts is displayed at the top of his Instagram page, while other items are tucked away in a gallery at the bottom.