It was only a matter of time before ‘Banger’ hit the big-screen.
The steamy R-rated love story, which already has an official poster, stars FKA Twigs and Robert Pattinson and has been compared to the modern day ‘Gone with the Wind’, is now playing in theaters.
The movie, which is based on the real-life story of the musician and her celebrity wedding to designer Mr. Pattinson, is already proven to be a major success, earning more than $16 million at the box office in its opening weekend alone.
Though the couple have been married for less than a year, it’s clear they are already facing significant stressors, especially since Twigs is already a mother. Despite the couple’s hectic schedules and newly acquired wealth, they made time for an intimate vacation together with their daughter, Shilo, in January 2020.
While it’s fair to say that their whirlwind courtship was a major contributing factor to their current state of bliss, it was also their desire to make lifelong commitments to one another that helped put a ring on it (and kept it off for so long).
The resulting media storm that followed their engagement and wedding has seemingly had no effect on their love for one another, and their determination to create a family shines through.
How Much of a Marriage Threat Are They Facing?
To truly appreciate what Twigs and Pattinson are facing, it’s important to understand how much press they have already endured. When the story first broke, it was front page news across the globe, and since then it’s been covered by nearly every major news publication and blog, as well as online forums such as Twitter.
Prior to their engagement and wedding, Twigs was already under a lot of scrutiny. She had become an overnight sensation following the release of her critically acclaimed sophomore album, ‘200′ in 2018, and the media had labeled her ‘pop’s dark female avatar’.
Though she has always tried to stay away from the limelight, Twigs embraced the attention and used it as an opportunity to promote social justice and equality for women.
If you’re unfamiliar, for decades women have been barred from entering the traditionally male-dominated world of golf. As a result, many high-profile golf tournaments, especially the Arnold Palmer Invitational, have featured all-male tournaments since the 1970s, a practice known as ‘banning wives’.
Though these traditions have slowly started changing, especially as more and more people, especially women, have taken up the sport, it’s still not uncommon to see tournaments feature either all-male or all-female groups.
On April 26, 2019, less than two months after she got engaged to Pattinson, Twigs made a bold move and decided to speak out against the discrimination she’d faced as a female golfer. The singer posted a passionate plea on Instagram, writing, “Gentlemen… it’s time for us to end the discrimination against women in golf. We want to see our female peers, competitors, and fans treated with the respect they deserve and work hard to earn. And we’re going to start with the greatest female golfers in history.”
The photo, which featured Twigs in a green dress flanked by some of the sport’s greatest female golfers, drew a massive response and was shared nearly 150,000 times.
Though it’s clear that having a beautiful and accomplished wife will be a major asset to Pattinson’s growing celebrity, and the pair are clearly proud of what they’ve accomplished together, it’s also clear that they face significant stressors simply by being associated with each other.
The Pressure To Keep Up With The Couple
One of the biggest attractions of ‘Banger’ is its explicit R-rating. Though it’s likely made more accessible to young adults due to its lack of graphic violence, the film still contains some pretty intense scenes of sexual intercourse, mostly between Pattinson and Twigs, but also featuring group sex with some well-hung dudes.
These scenes are likely to be too much for some parents to handle, especially since ‘Banger’ is already playing in multiplexes across the country and in some international markets.
In fact, Twigs and Pattinson have more reason to be worried about parental control than most newlyweds. The singer, songwriter, and actress has already become a mother once before, giving her a unique perspective on parenting. The couple already have a daughter, Shilo, who was born in October 2019, and though they’ve been extremely open about their parenting, the pressure to produce another child is likely to be enormous.
Even if they decide to take a step back from full-time parenting and rely on professional help, the amount of time they’ll have to spend away from each other as professionals is likely to feel like a separation of families.
Though the media attention and the resulting interest in the film has been a major boost to its box office success, it’s also clear that there will be more stressors to come. As the fame and fortune of Twigs and Pattinson continues to rise, so too will their list of demands and responsibilities. The more successful they are, the more stressed out they’ll probably get, and though they may not always show it, we’ll likely never know just how much they’re struggling under the pressure to keep up with the Joneses.
Are Twigs and Pattinson facing a ton of pressure to keep the marriage fresh and thriving despite their incredibly busy schedules? Let’s take a look.