It’s shocking and embarrassing when celebrity couples part ways. When it happens to celebrities, it usually draws a lot of attention from the media. But when it happens to average Joes and Janes, it’s usually swept under the carpet. That is, until now.

On July 25, 2019, Just Jared published an article revealing that actor and musician Robert Pattinson and actress and model Kristen Stewart have officially split up. The report states that the two have decided to go their separate ways and that Stewart has moved out of the Los Angeles home they once shared together. The article also claims that Stewart started seeing someone new and that the two had been talking about marriage for some time before the split.

No Longer An “It” Couple

While the report doesn’t provide many details about the separation, it is clear that this is a surprising turn of events for the 36-year-old actor. In 2019, Stewart was named Vogue’s #1 It Woman and People’s #1 Most Beautiful Woman. In 2018, she was named Forbes’ #2 Most Powerful Actress. In 2017, Vanity Fair named Stewart one of the 100 Most Influential People of the year. In 2016, Teen Vogue listed her as one of the Top 30 Most Influential Hollywood Women.

Pattinson was also named to Vanity Fair’s 100 Most Influential list in 2016 and 2017. Last year, he was featured on the cover of British GQ, which described him as “Hollywood’s Most Eligible Bachelor.”

What Happened?

According to People, Stewart and Pattinson were first linked together in 2012 when they were both filming the adaptation of Gillian Frankel’s novel The Hundred-Foot Journey. Since then, they’ve been a devoted couple and have seen each other almost every day. They attended the 2019 Met Gala together and were photographed holding hands throughout the evening.

People claim that the split is amicable and that Stewart and Pattinson will remain friends.

Why Did They Split Up?

While Stewart and Pattinson’s shared history goes back 12 years, their journey as a couple has been full of ups and downs. In 2011, they attended the Golden Globe Awards together and were named Best Actor and Best Actress for their leading roles in the film Midnight in Paris. In 2020, they will be honored with the American Airlines Filmmaker Award for their significant influence in the film industry.

Rumors of a cheating scandal began circulating in 2017 when a number of Stewart’s Instagram posts from 2012–2016 started appearing on the platform. These posts feature what appear to be doctored photos of Kristen posing with other men and women. In some of the posts, she is seen holding hands with someone who later emerged to be Alex Roe. After the scandal broke, Stewart deleted all of her Instagram posts and apologized for her actions. In 2018, she revealed that she had sought treatment for addiction and had entered a three-month rehab program.

What Next?

While Stewart and Pattinson may be a public scandal, their separation is anything but. With their creative partnership established and their reputations on the line, what are the next steps for this famous couple?

Perhaps the most interesting question is: what will Stewart do now that her marriage to Pattinson has ended? Since 2012, Stewart has maintained a low profile, rarely appearing in public and rarely granting any interviews. In 2020, however, she started posting more frequently on Instagram, hinting that she may be seeking a new way of life. Perhaps she has found it.

Where Does This Leave Pattinson?

Where does this leave Pattinson now that he’s broken up with a woman who has spent the last three years trying to hold herself together?

While this year was a difficult one for Stewart, it was a breakthrough year for her. She notched her first #1 movie with Little Women, became the face of Christian Dior, and started working on a variety of other projects she is passionate about. It seems that these last few years have been essential to Stewart, giving her the confidence and courage to start over again. She is truly blessed.

As for Pattinson, he too had a momentous year. Aside from publicly addressing his cheating scandal, he starred in the Netflix series Sacred Games and worked on the film Mötley Crüe: The End of Love. With his career on the rise, it seems that the former Twilight star has much to look forward to. Where does this leave him now that he’s split from the woman he loved?

Shocking And Heartbreaking

While this may not be a commonly discussed topic, it’s important to remember that when celebrities publicly announce their relationships and breakups, it usually generates a lot of attention and speculation. In most cases, people wonder: is this newsworthy? Is this a break up that will make the headlines?

In many ways, this is a breaking point for the modern celebrity. Before this, celebrities typically avoided publicizing their personal lives for much of the 20th century. While there were still a number of famous “private” lives during this time, interviews were almost entirely avoided and the only time the public really got a glimpse of the personal lives of movie stars was during press tours and award show openings. When a celebrity couple decides to part ways, it is typically because of something very private and personal.

It is important to remember that while this may be a public scandal, it is also a personal one. These two incredibly talented individuals have been through a lot together and it seems that they have finally found a way to be who they should be, without shame or embarrassment.