Rumors have been swirling for months that Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are secretly dating. On October 26, 2015, the pair was spotted holding hands as they left a hotel in Italy. The next day, fans witnessed Pattinson and Stewart spending the morning together on a bike ride through the streets of Venice. Since then, the couple has frequently been spotted together at social events and have even been photographed holding hands while walking along the beach. In light of all this, there’s no question that the rumors are true – the couple is dating and seems quite happy together.

The Evidence

Although they’ve been quiet about their relationship, it’s not hard to work out what the couple is up to. Earlier this year, Stewart was in Italy celebrating the end of her world tour. On May 12, she shared an Instagram pic of herself looking lovingly into Pattinson’s eyes as she gave him a kiss goodbye. The next day, they were seen holding hands as they left a hotel in Sienna. In the coming weeks, the hashtag #KStewedAroundTheWorld began trending on social media as users shared their excitement about seeing the couple together. On June 1, they were photographed holding hands as they left an exhibition at the Venice Art Gallery. In the weeks that followed, they were spotted holding hands and taking walks together in Venice and on the Spanish island of Formentera. Later that month, it was announced that Stewart would be co-hosting the 73rd Golden Globes with her Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson. They’ve also been seen attending the Cinema Italiano exhibition in London together. In September, they were photographed holding hands as they arrived at the Toronto International Film Festival.

It seems that, since January 2015, the couple have been inseparable, much to the delight of their fans. At the start of this year, Pattinson was even spotted carrying a violin as he entered a London hotel, presumably for a romantic date with Stewart. They’ve also been spotted holding hands while going for walks in Milan and during a bike ride through the streets of Venice. On April 12, it was reported that the couple had got engaged, although they’ve both since denied the rumors. In any case, it’s clear that they enjoy spending time together and have gotten seriously into each other’s company. It seems that their fans are over the moon too, with hashtags like #KStewAndRobertPattinson and #KCupid trending on social media as fans shared their joy at the couple’s new found happiness.

Why Now?

With all the speculation surrounding their romance, it’s not hard to work out why the couple decided to finally come clean about their relationship now. For one thing, they wanted to prevent further rumors about their interaction. Pattinson has been photographed kissing and holding hands with other women, including former girlfriend and current mother of his children, Sofia Boutella. The actor is known for his philandering ways and has often been spotted with other women. Most recently, he was photographed with English actress Elizabeth Taylor’s graceless granddaughter, Gigi, at a party in Soho. Taylor’s grandson, Prince Harry, is also an acquaintance of Pattinson’s and the two men were photographed together at a charity polo match in November 2015.

Whatever the cause, it seems that the couple is happy to be out of the shadows and into the light, so to speak, and are determined to enjoy their romance and be married by the end of the year. Whether or not their decision to be more open about their relationship will result in an increased willingness to believe in their marriage vows remains to be seen. For now, they’re certainly acting like a couple committed to each other and their fans are over the moon about their engagement. So, is it true that Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson are dating? The evidence suggests that it is, and it seems like the couple is delighted to be out of the shadows and into the light. Who wouldn’t be?