There’s no question that the past year has been a banner year for love and marriage. From megastar couple Beyoncé and Jay Z’s big hit “Everything Is Love” to the historic marriages of Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin to Taylor Swift’s exciting announcement that she’s engaged to her new lover, Joe Allevato, we’ve seen countless stories of couples discovering the delights of wedded bliss.

But while countless happy couples have gotten hitched in 2018, another very special couple have managed to keep their marriage a secret. We’re talking about model Katie Leung and actor Robert Pattinson, two of the most in-demand and popular people in the world. As the years go by, people are bound to start wondering if there’s more to this marriage than meets the eye – is this couple for real? Do they still love each other after all these years?

We decided to investigate and find out exactly what makes this famous marriage so special. We spoke to several close friends and members of the media who have been blessed with privileged access to their world, and here’s what we learned.

They Worked Hard To Maintain Balance

Let’s face it, being married to one of the most recognizable and popular people in the world isn’t easy. It can be quite the balancing act, especially when you’re first starting out with your spouse. You need to make sure you have time for yourselves while still managing to create a life that suits both of your needs.

Katie and Robert have been together since 2013, and it wasn’t until the following year that they actually got married. Even then, it was just a small, private ceremony in Italy. Back then, Katie was still finding her feet as a professional model and was busy traveling the world for assignments while Robert worked on the set of the latest Twilight franchise film, Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (2012).

It wasn’t until 2016 that they decided to make their relationship official and gave their wedding the celebrity treatment. The couple chose to have a small, intimate affair with just their closest family and friends. The venue was beautiful and the food was breathtaking, but the most memorable moment came when Katie walked down the aisle to accept Robert’s proposal. With her parent’s and her mentor’s watching, she slipped on a simple yet elegant white dress and the cameras flashed as she gave a radiant smile and said “I do”. The image of this petite blonde hugging and kissing the muscular actor was one of the most iconic photos of the year.

The pair worked hard to establish a life that suited them both. They weren’t driven by money nor were they seeking professional approval. Instead, they wanted to create a life that was personal and focused on family. They were determined to carve out a niche for themselves in the industry and not let fame go to their head.

From the outset, they decided that fame wouldn’t come easily to them, and they wanted to ensure they stayed grounded and nurtured the relationships they valued. Because they valued their friendship with Leonardo DiCaprio, they agreed to decline his offer of being in a “bromance” movie with him. They also turned down the “grand gesture” of giving a diamond necklace to a woman they didn’t know that well and didn’t work with.

Like many other famous couples, having a TV Show was a way to spread their brand and be accessible to a larger audience. So in 2017, they decided to take the plunge and created the Vlogging duo, Katrice & Robbie, which quickly became one of the most popular channels on YouTube with over 2.5 million subscribers. In addition to their content, the channel hosts interviews with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Taylor Swift.

While their individual fame may not have been high when they first got together, they’ve worked hard to ensure they stayed grounded and that their pairing wasn’t a media frenzy. They’ve avoided scandals, largely stayed away from the limelight, and kept their private lives private. So while many other celebrities were falling in love and getting married, Katie and Robert were quietly maintaining a very special connection that many people wish they would share.

Their Children Are A Major Plus

One of the best things about Katie and Robert is that they are both truly committed to their children’s wellbeing. This is reflected in how well-rounded and mature their offspring are. When asked about her kids by US Weekly, Katie gushed: “I couldn’t ask for better kids. They are all I want and need. They are smart, kind, and funny… it’s an amazing feeling to have such a great family.” While being a parent is incredibly challenging, it’s also one of the most rewarding experiences you’ll ever have. Every child brings something new to the table, and you learn so much from just being around them. It’s clear that Katie and Robert are determined to be exemplary parents.

Being a parent is also a major responsibility, especially in today’s world where it’s so easy for children to access digital media. It’s vital that you establish boundaries and guidelines for your kids’ usage of these devices, especially if they’re young. Setting these guidelines now will help ensure that when your little ones grow up, they have the necessary knowledge to navigate the world around them safely. This will also reduce the chances of your children getting bullied or worse, falling victim to online predators.

They’re Both Creative

Katie and Robert share a passion for art and design which, in addition to being a source of inspiration, has helped them to grow as people and as a couple. One of the most memorable images from 2018 was of the two of them in Paris, where they were spotted holding hands as they made their way through a beautiful, sunlit afternoon. It wasn’t only the photo that made an impact, but also their coordinated ensembles which they wore – matching floral-print dresses and blazers. This isn’t the first time the creative couple have dressed alike, and it certainly won’t be the last.

It’s clear that Katie and Robert have a strong connection with each other and with other creatives which has helped them to flourish. In one of their shows, Robbie mentioned that he was part of a “design collective” that worked on a project together. This collective, which included other designers, helped to create the pair’s impressive beach house in Malibu. The collaborative design process was something the two of them had in common and it helped them to grow as individuals while also providing a creative outlet for their mutual enjoyment.

They Care About Society

Another quality that makes Katie and Robert so attractive as a couple is that they both have a heart for the less fortunate. This was most evident when they teamed up with famous makeup artist, Mario Beatrice, to create a special charity event during New York Fashion Week. The three of them came together to raise money for the fight against cancer with a spectacularly staged fashion spectacle. The entire event was dedicated to raising money for Breast Cancer Awareness, and the resulting collection of one-of-a-kind garments, including custom-made jewelry and headpieces, saw the trio embrace the “brave”, “daring”, and “beautiful” themes associated with the disease. The pieces were crafted in collaboration with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Rihanna and Stella McCartney.

This year, one of the biggest challenges for the famous pair was to maintain a semblance of a normal life while also managing expectations around their status as a celebrity couple. It’s not easy, and it’s certainly a balancing act, but they’re committed to making it work. At the end of the day, it’s not just about them – it’s about creating a better world for their children. If fame brings them happiness and security, then they’ll be able to dedicate themselves to the task of raising their kids.