They may not be famous for their kissing skills, but Katy Perry and Robert Pattinson certainly know how to kiss. The pop singer and the actor made headlines after a series of passionate kisses captured on camera and shared on social media.

The pair, who began dating in 2016, have long been spotted enjoying each other’s company at various events and parties. They made their red-carpet debut in May, when they were photographed kissing for the first time during an appearance at the Cannes Film Festival. Since then, they’ve been inseparable.

The 39-year-old singer has said she finally felt comfortable enough to kiss her beloved music producer because he didn’t judge her. “I grew up in a time where gay was a bad word. I didn’t know what gay meant. I just knew that men with beards were scary,” she said. “I’m so used to hiding myself in music and just being really private that I didn’t know how to be honest with someone about being gay. So when I started dating Robert, I didn’t feel like I could be myself around him because I didn’t want to put him off or scare him.”

Perry, who has four Children’s Books among her seven Grammy awards, told Marie Claire that she wants kids one day and named Robert as her favorite prospective father-in-law. “We would have such a beautiful child. He’s so tall and he has a great smile. He makes me laugh every time I see him. I’d love to name our kid after him,” she said.

Pattinson, 40, has never spoken about his private life, but he was previously married to Vanessa Taylor, with whom he has a 10-year-old daughter, Amelia. He briefly dated Kristen Stewart for a year before they broke up in 2014. He also dated Japanese model and musician Ayaka Mizuki for three years before they called off their engagement in 2018. The actor, who won an Academy Award for his role in the 2013 film The Great Gatsby, has a reputation for being private and discreet.

The couple have been romantically linked to numerous models and actresses, but have preferred to keep their personal lives and work lives separate. With their status as high-profile, influential figures in their own right, they have the opportunity to influence and inspire others – especially young people. They have used their fame and influence to speak out against homophobia and transphobia and to promote inclusivity and equality.

In November, Perry tweeted that she is “proud to support the LGBTQ community” and added in the comment that “love is love.” The same month, Pattinson wrote: “I love being called a homophobe. It means you agree with me that gay is beautiful, and that sexuality should not be shaped by society or religion.”

While they may not always like to admit it, it seems that both Katy Perry and Robert Pattinson genuinely respect and admire each other. Still, not all of their admirers are entirely happy about their newfound celebrity status – particularly when it comes to their kissing skills.

The Most Photographed Kisses In History

While they may have only gone public with their romance in early 2018, the pair have already made their presence felt in the world of celebrity kissing. In the four months since their first red-carpet appearance at the Cannes Film Festival, the two have appeared at numerous high-profile events and gatherings, making multiple appearances on popular culture platforms. Some of the most photographed kisses in history took place at these events and parties. Here, we’ll run down the most photographed kisses in history, from William Holden and Marjorie Merriweather Post to Barbara Hutton and Grace Kelly.

William Holden And Marjorie Merriweather Post

William Holden, an actor who appeared in numerous Hollywood films in the 30s and 40s, famously declared: “Kissing is such an important part of a relationship. It’s romantic, it’s passionate, it’s physical. It speaks a language that non-verbal communication. I would do it all the time with my wife if we could.’”

Marjorie Merriweather Post, the “Queen of the Fair” and wife of the late Cornelius Vanderbilt II, was one of the few women in history to have been married to two consecutive U.S. Presidents, William Howard Taft and Franklin Roosevelt. They were married for 63 years before her death in 1947. The First Lady, as she became known, was well-known for her beauty and charm – not to mention her ability to attract and retain wealthy husbands. The two appeared together as a couple or as individuals at various social events and parties during their lifetimes, making numerous appearances in the press. While they may have been discreet about their private lives, their fans could frequently be found taking photographs of them as they engaged in open and closed-mouth kisses. Their lips would meet and separate for about a millisecond before they were often caught in a passionate clinch.

Barbara Hutton And Grace Kelly

Barbara Hutton, an American socialite and fashion icon, and Grace Kelly, the youngest daughter of the late King Edward VIII and the late Princess May of Denmark, were both members of the “Golden Girls” social circle of New York City. Hutton, who died in 1995 at the age of 101, was known for her lavish parties and her love of beautiful men. While Grace Kelly was raised in Europe and had little interest in men, their friendship was a reflection of Hutton’s over-the-top parties and closeness with celebrities. The two were photographed together frequently throughout their lifetimes, and their fans took note, often seeking autographs and pictures with the famous, even famous, pair. In her later years, Hutton would be seen holding hands with men or children – all of whom were admirers of hers.

Elizabeth Taylor And Richard Burton

We can’t talk about famous, or even semi-famous, celebrity kisses without mentioning Elizabeth Taylor and her late husband, actor and director Richard Burton. The “Divine Elizabeth,” as she was known, and Burton, who died in 1986, had an adventurous sexual relationship, which their fans chronicled – sometimes with delight and other times with dismay. The couple were frequent film and theater stars, famous for their decadent lifestyles and glamorous appearances. According to biographer Katie Roiphe, “[Burton’s] fame afforded him the opportunity to pursue almost any intimate relationship he desired.” He fathered six children by five different mothers (including Elizabeth Taylor). While Richard Burton may have had his share of scandals, his death in 1986 triggered a wave of grief among his friends, fans, and family, many of whom still consider him to be one of the most prominent Englishmen of the 20th century. His passing was commemorated with a bench in London’s Leicester Square, which was later inscribed with the words “In Loving Memory of Elizabeth Taylor’s Beloved Husband, Richard.”

One of the most photographed kisses in history was actually between two women: Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton’s kiss at the 1979 Academy Awards. Much to the dismay of their friends and family, Taylor and Burton were frequently photographed kissing in public throughout their adult lives, leading to an “avalanche of hate mail” according to the New York Post. Their daughter, Lady Jane Taylor, later admitted: “He was a very happy man, and that is what makes this all the more tragic. He could have been doing all these things with women, but he loved being with my mother.” On the night of the Academy Awards, which she hosted, Taylor wore a glamorous black dress with white polka dots and diamond earrings. She sported a necklace dripping in diamonds and a bracelet heavy in gems. On her feet were black stilettos with a 6-inch heel. In front of a beaming Elizabeth was her husband, who wore a grey suit and matching tie. After their award-winning performance, the pair appeared before the cameras and were promptly spotted kissing. Their public display of affection was met with a backlash from some in the press who deemed it “disgusting.” But it’s precisely because of these types of incidents that make these kisses so famous and so photogenic. They were a public display of affection that many found endearing. While Richard Burton’s homosexuality and promiscuity may not have been widely known during his life, his death was no secret and he was remembered for his love of men and the glamorous lifestyle that came with it.