It’s been a rough few months for Robert Pattinson. The 26-year-old Brit was hit by a scandal following publication of allegations that he had been having a relationship with a 17-year-old Swedish model. Though he had already been linked to a string of flings and romances – most notably with 24-year-old Ukrainian Victoria’s Secret Angel, supermodel Natalia Vodianova – the young actress’ allegations that he had sexually assaulted her shook the entire international community, causing him to question his entire adult romantic career. In February 2016, he publicly confessed to having “behaved foolishly” around women and promised to be a better man. He then apologized to Victoria’s Secret and vowed to work harder. These days, however, Robert Pattinson seems less like the sad and sorry tale of a sex addict and more like the happy, optimistic boyfriend of a woman who adores him.

The star is currently dating American actress Kristen Stewart, 31, who recently gave birth to their child, daughter Léa Bella, and has been open about her infidelity and drug use. Their love story – which began in 2014 and became official on December 1, 2015 – has certainly changed Robert Pattinson’s life for the better. It’s fair to say that the past year has been a trying one for the British hunk, but he wouldn’t have it any other way. He is soaking up every moment with Kristen and their daughter, and even if he is busy working, he makes sure to spend time with them both.

Aside from starring in films like Snow White And The Huntsman, Twilight, and The Great Gatsby, Robert Pattinson has also been a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race, appeared on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, and graced the covers of such fashion magazine as Vogue and GQ. In light of his global fame, it’s no wonder that his favorite photo was among the first to be circulated online following his bombshell confession.

It’s fair to say that fans of the Twilight Saga may feel somewhat betrayed that, following Pattinson’s admission, the other main characters in the series – vampire Edward Cullen and werewolf Jacob – have gone on to have extra-marital affairs of their own. While the star may blame his confession for the cheating scandal that has befallen his career, it’s hard not to see the affair as a way of life that Edward and his clan have brought into the open, given the repressive censorship that the Catholic Church imposes upon homosexuals. Though the Vatican has now lifted its ban upon gay marriage, it remains a fact that, for centuries, Roman Catholics have been forbidden to marry non-members of the faith. It was against the law for Pope John Paul II to wed an Italian woman, for instance, and he chose to remain a bachelor his entire lifetime.

But this is all ancient history now, and it’s time for the Cullen family and their fellow vampires to get with the program and accept the modern world. Today, we’re going to take a look at some of Robert Pattinson’s favorite photos – the ones that he just couldn’t keep secret. From his adorable smile to that crinkly laugh line, here’s a behind-the-scenes look at what makes this British hunk such a charming and lovable guy.

The First Photo

The first photo to surface online following Robert Pattinson’s confession was an Instagram post of him holding a rose and a puppy. The image was accompanied by a heart-wrenching smile and the message, “I love being a dad. This is the best job in the world. Forever grateful to @peterspursy for making me a father. Xxxx.”

It’s impossible to know what kind of influence his daughter’s beau, Stewart, had upon him following their December 2015 meeting. But it’s clear that his love for animals – and their protection – influenced his decision to name their daughter after Stewart’s favorite iris species, the Irish setter.

The Kings And Queens of Snapchat

Snapchat is the photo-sharing app that young adults around the world can’t live without. It was initially popularized among students as a tool for sexting – sharing sexually suggestive images with a small audience – but its unique features make it much more useful. Perhaps best known for its signature blue-tinted lens, Snapchat allows users to create videos that self-destruct after a set period of time. This makes them ideal for sharing secret moments with loved ones or showcasing elaborate costumes and makeup styles. It’s also one of the few apps that celebrities feel comfortable using – especially those that want to keep their romantic relationships under wraps. It was only a matter of time before Robert Pattinson fell in love with this innovative platform. One of the earliest photos credited to the 28-year-old actor is a Snapchat montage of him dancing with his dog, Lupus. The clip, posted on December 23, 2015, has since been viewed more than 10 million times.

A Snap Judgment

It would seem that Robert Pattinson is constantly making snap judgments about people and things. As well as being a master of Snapchat, the English hunk is also well-known for his witty retweets and sarcastic memes. Perhaps it was his early exposure to Twitter, where he often re-tweets breaking news stories, that fueled his love for social media. Or maybe it’s simply his uncanny ability to judge character that makes him a hit among his fans. Either way, it’s clear that the star is constantly judging the world around him. Whether it’s other celebs, the fashion industry, or the media, the British hunk doesn’t mince words, and he lets the chips fall where they may. Sometimes his tweets are cryptic and hard to decipher. But his followers know exactly what he’s talking about. While his Instagram posts can be viewed as the musings of a brooding genius, his Twitter account is an open book that is a joy to read.

Robert Pattinson In Love

While many people may find it hard to believe based on his image, Robert Pattinson is truly in love. The English hunk dated model and actress FKA Twigs briefly back in 2014 and began dating the artist in October 2015. Though they haven’t always been together – FKA Twigs was previously engaged to singer-songwriter Noah Cyrus – the couple is devoted to each other and spends as much time as possible together. Much like Kristen Stewart and her children, the couple is frequently spotted at Disneyland and other kid-friendly places. As well as having a blast with his daughter, Robert Pattinson seems to enjoy spending time with his new family. These days, when he’s not parenting or dancing or acting, you can probably find him doing his laundry or cooking meals for his loved ones.

It was once rumored that Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart were engaged to be married. But this was never confirmed, and he has always insisted that they are simply very good friends who like to spend time together. It seems that in Hollywood, rumors and innuendo often have a way of circulating – even years after the fact – and perhaps this is what made his confession to have such a lasting impact. Even now, with rumors of a divorce swirling, Rob is focused on spending time with Stewart and their daughter as a way of reminding everyone that he’s still very much in love and that their relationship is more mature and stable than it’s ever been.