We know the couple were first spotted canoodling at Coachella in April 2014, but it wasn’t until December 2014 that they started dating publicly. Since then, they’ve been grabbing coffee and meals together on a regular basis. Rob also continues to be very protective of Kristen and the media, so much so that when they are seen out and about together, they almost always keep their distance from each other, which is why you’ll rarely ever see them kiss on camera.

Whether or not Rob and Kristen will end up tying the knot is yet to be seen. But until then, let’s run down the various stages of their love story.

They Were Introduced In February 2014

During a photocall for the exhibition David Walker: Cut Out, Curtain Raiser at London Fashion Week, designer David Beckham announced that he had just met up with his good friend, designer Robert Pattinson. Later that month at the CFDA awards, held at Cipriani 42nd Street, Robert introduced us to the unique and exquisite creature that is Kristen Stewart. The stunning couple have been inseparable ever since.

In February, we learned that the fashion world had been graced with the arrival of two of Hollywood’s most desirable and talented young stars. When the news broke that Robert Pattinson had met with legendary publisher Henry Holt for dinner seven months previously, speculation about a potential literary collaboration between the two got the web world buzzing. We couldn’t have been more thrilled at the time. It seemed like the perfect match: a talented, fashionable, and handsome young star with a beautiful, intelligent, and ambitious girlfriend.

Whether or not the book will ever see the light of day is yet to be confirmed. But as we’ve learned over the years, nothing is ever as simple as it seems. This is especially the case when it comes to a story as wildly passionate and complex as this one.

They Started Dating In April 2014

Four months after they were first spotted together at Coachella, Rob and Kristen made their debut as a couple at the Cannes Film Festival in May. There, they were seen holding hands as they made their way into the hotel, where they eventually checked into the same room. Needless to say, their night was rather special and caused quite the uproar in the press.

It would be another four months before they were finally spotted in public as a couple. On December 3rd, 2014, they were spotted canoodling at a London restaurant. Since then, they’ve been seen together on numerous occasions, including a trip to Paris in March 2015. And just this past April, the handsome pair were seen riding bikes in the French countryside together. It seems like they’ve found a way to truly express their love for each other, which is so sweet.

But let’s be real: We all know how fast stories can go viral these days, and it wasn’t long before the tabloids were onto them. It started with a simple Instagram post from Kristen on December 3rd, 2014, in which she tagged Rob and wrote, “Meeting you was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.” Soon after, reports surfaced that the two were dating. It seems like the paparazzi were not wasting anytime getting a peek into their personal lives.

Even now, months later, the tabloids keep us abreast of all their antics. Just last month, it was reported that Rob had bought his girlfriend an expensive necklace as a secret present. Naturally, the necklace was stolen the following day. But it seems like this is something that happens a lot with Rob and Kristen. He’s constantly buying her gifts and sneaking them past the paparazzi. What a gentleman!

Even so, for the most part, Rob and Kristen’s personal life continues to be kept private. They almost always keep a safe distance from each other, which is one of the reasons you rarely see them kiss on camera. They seem determined to keep things low-profile, which is adorable.

They Were Spotted On Numerous Occasions In 2014

Besides dating in the months prior to the start of the year, the gorgeous lovers were also spotted on numerous occasions in 2014. In February, they were seen attending the premiere of the movie Baby Driver alongside Ed Helms and Anne Hathaway. The following month, they were seen at the 67th Cannes Film Festival, where they were seated together at dinner. And in April, they made their red-carpet debut at the 66th Cannes Film Festival. Since then, they’ve been spotted at numerous award shows and on-set events, including the 2015 Cannes Film Festival in June, where they were seen holding hands, and at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival in September.

They Stay Protected From The Press

It wouldn’t be fair to say that only the paparazzi keep us abreast of Rob and Kristen’s personal lives. The starlets have become so protective of their privacy, in fact, that they’ve reportedly gone to great lengths to keep their dating a secret. On more than one occasion, they’ve been seen boarding separate planes rather than share a vehicle with any members of the media. Despite this, they’ve chosen to date publicly anyway, which is so brave!

It started with a simple Instagram post from Kristen on December 3rd, 2014, in which she tagged Rob and wrote, “Meeting you was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.” Soon after, reports surfaced that the two were dating. Naturally, the tabloids were not wasting any time getting a peek into their personal lives. It seems like the paparazzi were not wasting any time getting a peek into their personal lives.

In June 2015, it was reported that the couple had hired two private investigators to track down and stop the paparazzi from getting any photos of them together. The investigators, who were reportedly American ex-spies, were said to have installed surveillance cameras in a park near their home in London and spotted the photographers sneaking around to get photos of the gorgeous stars, which they then sold to media outlets across the globe.

They Have A Unique Personal Brand

With all the secrecy surrounding their personal lives, it’s no surprise that people often confuse Robert Pattinson with his on-screen persona. But that’s something that he’s worked hard to avoid. In fact, when he was younger, he used to impersonate famous people, and would often get in trouble for it. But since finding success as an actor, he’s made a point to differentiate himself from his character and forge his own path as an individual. He’s cited Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs as two of his biggest influences. He also mentioned Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Beyoncé as people whose work he admires.

Kristen Stewart has a very different personal brand. She often chooses to keep her private life away from the paparazzi’s prying eyes, and instead focuses on her career. She’s a fashion icon and an ambassador for sustainable and ethical fashion. When the CFDA awards were held last year, she wore a stunning dress by Stella McCartney, which was entirely made from recycled plastic bottles. So it’s fair to say that she’s always trying to find innovative ways to raise awareness about environmental issues.

This past summer, we got to see a bit of a playful side to Kristen. She was a guest at GQ’s Men of the Year Awards in London and participated in a Q&A with comedian Joel McHale. When he asked her about her upcoming projects, she gave a hilarious answer about wanting to play the part of a dinosaur in a film. She also mentioned that she’d like to star alongside Ryan Gosling in a sequel to 2013’s The Place Beyond The Pines.

But it’s not just about the movies for these two. They’ve been talking about starting a family and are already good friends with Kelly Clarkson and Elle MacLeman (she’s one of the two that he met with at the London dinner in February 2014, and she also has a baby daughter with him). They’ve also been seen visiting Disneyland together and getting matching tattoos, which is so sweet!

It’s been nearly five years since we’ve heard from or about Rob and Kristen. But since their careers seem to be flourishing, it’s only a matter of time before they resurface, hopefully to tell us all about their adorable friendship and even cuter story.