It seems like just yesterday that we were all enamored with the handsome couple: Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. With their love story playing out onscreen in the upcoming film, On the Road, it was hard to think of anything else. But since then, things have changed.
Now, it’s no secret that Stewart’s fame has eclipsed that of her Twilight co-star. She’s landed numerous magazine covers and graced the pages of Vogue multiple times. And while it is still well-deserved, her celebrity has made her the target of many celebrity-related cyber-stalking cases.
But it hasn’t just been about the fame. According to a new story by The New York Post’s Rebecca Carroll, Stewart has allegedly had a rocky relationship with actor Robert Pattinson. She has been linked to several other men and is said to have cheated on Pattinson with her Twilight co-star, Taylor Lautner. Most recently, Carroll claims that Stewart had an affair with French actor Benicio del Toro. While these claims aren’t entirely new, the photos below will bring you up to date on the alleged infidelity.
The first photos of what appears to be a shirtless Taylor Lautner were published by TMZ in February of this year. They show the actor posing poolside with Stewart, del Toro, and a woman who is not identified in the gossip site’s coverage. The photos were reportedly taken one week prior to the premiere of the bandersnatch film in which Lautner stars. While this was undoubtedly a memorable weekend for the cast and crew, it was also the beginning of a nightmare for Stewart.
As Carroll reports, the 26 year old actress was inundated with requests for interviews and photo shoots from the entertainment press. The sudden media attention proved to be too much for Stewart to handle and she reportedly lashed out at the press. She allegedly took umbrage at being photographed without her shirt on and demanded that the photographers respect her private life. Though the shirtless photos are the only thing that Carroll highlights, it is undoubtedly the least of Stewart’s problems.
The New York Post’s bombshell report doesn’t contain information about the alleged affair between Stewart and del Toro. But the photos below, which were published by the German Vogue in April 2014, provide further evidence of their romantic involvement. The photos were taken during a romantic trip to Istanbul in March 2014 and were partially printed on the cover of the magazine. This is the cover story that the Post published in their October 23 print edition, just days after del Toro was arrested for the alleged assault of his girlfriend, Paige Gross.
Robert Pattinson has been vocal about the fact that he and Stewart did not have an affair. In a 2013 interview with Closer magazine, he defended her against the claims and even went so far as to say that he had proof that she wasn’t cheating. “I have people in my life who have my back. And they would not, under any circumstances, let this happen to me. And neither would Kristen,” he assured.
The actor has also been extremely vocal about the fact that he believes his dating track record proves he’s not the kind of man who cheats. “I was really hurt when she said that about me because I feel like I’ve been pretty pure in my dating life,” he said in an interview with Esquire last year. “At some point, everyone’s going to have an affair. We’re just asking for privacy around our relationship.”
While many believe that Pattinson is trying to protect his co-star, it’s hard to shake the feeling that he’s doing this out of guilt. Since their affair was supposedly kept secret, it’s possible that he feels somewhat responsible for what happened. It’s also possible that the reason he doesn’t want to talk about his relationship with Stewart is that it’s still very much alive. The New York Post story notes that del Toro was spotted at several premieres and award shows in 2014 and it’s possible that these are simply signs of his continuing infatuation with Stewart.
It’s been a tumultuous few months for Stewart. Aside from the scandal surrounding her alleged infidelity, she’s also been linked to a series of high-profile men who have either assaulted or committed suicide. As Carroll writes:
“[W]hen you have a list of famous faces competing for your affection, it’s no wonder that some of them might try to coerce you into having sex with them or blackmail you. It’s not like any of them are going to turn down an offer like that. Especially when it comes with movie magic and all the bells and whistles of the entertainment industry.”
The timeline below will help provide a better understanding of what’s happened in the last few months.
March 22, 2013
It was only a few months ago that Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart were being touted as ‘the most famous anti-love story’. The British actor reportedly met the French singer at a hotel in London, England. They were both staying at the hotel while shooting the movie, On the Road. The pair has been photographed numerous times together since and it didn’t take long for the press to begin speculating about their potential involvement in a romantic relationship. (Getty Images)
June 19, 2013
Almost a year later, Stewart and Pattinson were still being touted as ‘the most famous anti-love story’. This time around, though, it was reported that they had decided to keep their relationship a secret. The actor was quoted as saying, “[W]e’ve decided to keep it private for a while. It’s not something that’s public yet.” The New York Post’s Rebecca Carroll noted at the time that Stewart had been “besieged by photographers” since her split from Twilight co-star and friend, Taylor Lautner. (Sidney Goodwin/FilmMagic)
February 21, 2014
After remaining relatively silent about her personal life for so long, Stewart finally broke her streak of secrecy and opened up to Vanity Fair about her struggles with addiction and mental illness. “I’ve spent a lot of time in the past few years trying to fix myself, trying to change things that are bad about me. I feel like I’m starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.” With all this in mind, it came as no great revelation that she was, in fact, seeing someone. The media had already started printing gossip surrounding the couple and it was only a matter of time before the truth came out. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/VANITY FAIR)
August 28, 2014
Nearly two years after their reported breakup, it was reported that Stewart and Pattinson were, in fact, still together. The pair was spotted at a premiere for the movie, Beyond Beats And Music, which starred Stewart. The next day, rumors began to swirl that they had, in fact, reconciled. A few days later, Stewart was photographed alongside Pattinson on an evening stroll in Los Angeles. (Getty Images)
October 14, 2014
Over a year had passed and Stewart wasn’t done talking about her turbulent love life. Just two days after being photographed with Pattinson, she opened up to Oprah about the “painful” experience of dating in the 21st century. On the Road, which she also co-starred in, will premiere in theaters nationwide on October 27.
June 25, 2015
It’s been a wild couple of years for Stewart. Aside from dating and, allegedly, being cheated on by her co-star, she’s also had to juggle fame and romance with aplomb. In April 2015, she opened up to Vanity Fair about her anxiety. She said, “I have to be a lot more careful about my mental health. It’s so easy for my anxiety to spirale out of control.” This revelation came just days after it was reported that she’d been dating British film director Morgan Spurlock. In September 2015, it was announced that Spurlock had directed a controversial documentary about Stewart, titled, Miss Stewart. In it, she interviews the actress about her past struggles with addiction, as well as those in her personal life. (The Weinstein Company)