Rumors and clues about the true nature of Elizabeth James’ and Robert Pattinson’s relationship have circulated since at least July 2019. The couple has been on a summer vacation in Italy since early July, and although they’ve been spotted out and about during their stay, they’ve mostly kept quiet about their relationship. In fact, only a few words have been exchanged between the former couple since their return to London. Their Instagram posts in recent weeks have been light on content, with no new posts since mid-July.

Is It A Love Story?

Since the beginning of this year, there have been a series of headlines speculating about the true nature of the relationship between English author Elizabeth James and American actor/director/writer/producer Robert Pattinson. Few details have been revealed about their connection, including when or where they met. However, it’s fairly safe to assume that they knew each other before their relationship blossomed.

While promoting her new book, The Evolution of Love, in a recent interview with Vogue, Elizabeth James hinted that they might have been in a relationship before meeting in 2019. According to the 74-year-old author, they first connected over a Twitter account. She said,

“People often ask me if I have a lucky escape story. I do, but it’s more of a Twitter story. I met the man of my dreams on Twitter. We’ve been together ever since. It was really a case of two minds meeting through Twitter.”

While it’s always great to hear about a happy couple, it’s not always great to read about an older woman dating a much younger man. Even though Robert Pattinson is 48 years younger than Elizabeth James, the age difference is still considered substantial. It’s also not the kind of story that usually plays well in the media. This is especially the case since the publication of the Vanity Fair article about Elizabeth James’ and Robert Pattinson’s affair broke the internet in early July.

The Vanity Fair Article

The article, which was published by legendary Vanity Fair writer Joe Sugarman, was titled, “The Most Exposed Man,” and it all but confirmed that Elizabeth James and Robert Pattinson are a couple. According to the article, a source familiar with the pair’s relationship said,

“They are exclusive and have been for a while. They really enjoy being together and have a strong connection. But they are both very much into their own careers and have very different lifestyles. So it’s not like they spend all their time together.”

Although the article was based on an anonymous source, there was little question about the authenticity of the claim. Not only had Joe Sugarman extensively documented Robert Pattinson’s infidelities throughout his career, but the footage of Elizabeth James and Robert Pattinson from their time in Italy was more than enough proof that they were indeed a couple.

To make matters worse, Joe Sugarman’s article was leaked to, and later published by, The New York Post. While we can’t be sure that the two publications coordinated their reporting, it certainly didn’t help that Sugarman’s story was too good to pass up. Even though it was published without any bylines, it didn’t take long before everyone knew that Elizabeth James and Robert Pattinson were his subjects. 

What’s Up With Italy?

It’s not like England and America haven’t seen romances between older women and younger men before. Take Downton Abbey, for example. It’s a well-known fact that Mary Crawley loves to flirt with Tom Branson, and thanks to the influence of her family and social network, she winds up in a cozy relationship with the dashing cavalry officer. Similarly, Winston Churchill married the much younger Clementine Hozier in 1914. She was only 17 years old at the time.

But it’s not just about old men and young women. There are plenty of older men who have had romantic relationships with much younger women. Take Joe DiMaggio, for example. He was a Yankee and a national icon, but even though he was born and raised in New York, he fell in love with the much younger Rosalind Russell in 1936. They were married for 56 years until her death in 2012.

In today’s world, it seems like everyone is dating someone they knew before they even met. Thanks to social media, the opportunities to find love online have increased exponentially. But even though many people are able to find love online, the traditional methods of finding a romantic partner remain largely intact. If anything, finding love in today’s world is even more difficult than it was in the past. It just takes longer.

It would be great to say that all the cards are finally falling into place for this particular couple, and that their romance will inevitably end in happiness. But as we’ve learned from past experience, it rarely works out that way.

The Risky Business Of Being In A Highly Public Relationhip

It’s not like being in a highly public relationship is a new phenomenon. Take Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, for example. They were married for 41 years before she died in 2012. But even before they were married, they were one of the most famous celebrity couples of all time. Thanks to Hollywood and their social media presence, they managed to evade the paparazzi and maintain a relatively low profile for years. But eventually, the paps got the best of them, and their privacy was ruined. The couple was forced to hire bodyguards to ensure their safety, and even then, they couldn’t escape the paps’ attention completely. Burton died in 2016, and although she spent the last years of her life in relative seclusion, the paparazzi were never far away. The same can be said of Elizabeth James and Robert Pattinson. They may enjoy relative privacy in their relationship now, but it hasn’t been an easy road for them. They’ve had to fight for their privacy and safety multiple times.

It seems that the only difference between then and now is that the advent of social media means that their infidelities will likely be exposed much sooner. Even before their romance was made public, there were rumors circulating about Elizabeth James and Robert Pattinson. In 2017, after years of speculation, fans finally got a glimpse of something more than a friendship between the two. That same year, they made a brief cameo appearance in the movie Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, and it wasn’t long before fans started speculating about their relationship. In 2018, they attended the BAFTA Britannia Awards, and although they were only there to support Pattinson’s movie The Lighthouse, it didn’t take long for fans to start talking about their supposed affair. There were also rumors that Pattinson had previously been married to actress Lily Cole, who was 49 years younger than him. (She and he have a daughter together, Astor, who is 18 years old.)

It seems that in 2019, the year of Elizabeth James and Robert Pattinson’s anniversary, their infidelity was inevitable. Thanks to Twitter and the #MetGal, it was only a matter of time before everyone knew about their affair. And thanks to Joe Sugarman’s bombshell scoop, it seems that their romantic history goes back even further than we thought. In his article for Vanity Fair, Joe Sugarman wrote,

“The truth is, in many ways, much more interesting than fiction. Their story is one of epic romance, amazing fame, and incredible longevity. It’s not often that you meet a couple who have been together for so long and done so much together that it becomes difficult to believe that they’ve had a relatively quiet life.”

It would be easy to look at the infidelities of famous people and assume that they’re just that – famous – people. But in the case of Robert Pattinson and Elizabeth James, the rumor mill went into overdrive even before their romance was made public. For years, there have been persistent rumors about a romantic connection between the two. At least since 2014, there have been headlines speculating about their connection. While it’s always nice to hear about happy endings, in this case, we’ll just have to wait and see.