While fans of the Twilight series were busy speculating about the future of Edward Cullen and Bella Swan, they may not have noticed what was happening in the real world. On December 8, 2017, British actor and producer Robert Pattinson tweeted:
“Dear #TeamTobyMac, I hope you’re well, and that 2017 was brilliant for you. I’m doing great thanks to you and your music. Much love, #RobPDOJT.”
The tweet was in response to a fan thanking him for the music he had been listening to recently. The “Team TobyMac” fan thanked Pattinson for helping to make their year “brilliant.”
The music producer Toby Maclaurin replied:
“You’re most welcome. Glad I could help. Best of luck in the new year.”
Maclaurin is currently working with Robert Pattinson on his first album in four years, Temperamental. The album will be released on January 12, 2018, and it will be available for pre-order now. In the meantime, check out the new music video for the title track, “Temperamental.”
The clip, which was released on December 12, 2017, shows Pattinson performing in a barber shop as people wait their turn. Watch the video to see Robert Pattinson in a new light.
Meanwhile, over in the U.S., the fans of Twilight actress Kristen Stewart may have also noticed something strange when they learned that Stewart would be attending the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.
On January 6, 2018, three days before the inauguration, Stewart tweeted:
“#Inauguration2018 is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness history. I’m sure I’ll have lots of pictures to share once it’s over.”
The inauguration was on Saturday, Jan. 20. The following day, Stewart tweeted:
“#Inauguration2018 was surreal. I feel very lucky to have been able to live through such a profound political moment.”
On Inauguration Day, Stewart posted a number of pictures on Instagram while President Trump spoke.
One of the pictures showed Stewart sitting in the front row with her arms crossed. Another picture showed Stewart and her sister Serena sitting nearby while Melania Trump delivered her speech. A third picture showed Stewart looking bored as Bernie Sanders delivered his speech. A fourth picture showed Stewart looking radiant as Trump signed the National Parks Reserve legislation into law. (Stewart’s publicists also shared a picture from the Inauguration.)
These tweets from Stewart were in response to fans who were speculating about what was happening between Stewart and her Twilight co-star, Robert Pattinson. During the presidential campaign, there were numerous reports of a possible reconciliation between the couple. Even before Stewart and Pattinson started working together on the film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s best-selling novel, Twilight, in 2009, there had been speculation about whether or not they would get back together. (They had starred in a series of British television commercials for Paddington Bear, which was named after their characters in the Twilight series.)
Well, it appears that the reconciliation wasn’t meant to be. Instead of getting back together with Pattinson, Stewart began an affair with her Uber driver, Kevin Ulman. In the summer of 2017, Stewart and Ulman welcomed a son into the world. (Stewart’s rep confirmed to People that she and Ulman are “very happy.”)
On December 17, 2017, Stewart tweeted in reference to the affair:
“#YesItsTrue I am having an affair with my Uber driver @Kevulman68 but won’t you come back and save me?”
So what happened between Pattinson and Stewart? Did Pattinson break up with Stewart because she was having an affair with another man? Did the infidelity cause the split? Or did the break-up have something to do with Stewart’s Twilight role as Bella Swan? It’s hard to say. (We will likely never know the real reasons behind the split.)
What we do know is that the scandal rocked both their worlds. In early 2018, Stewart appeared in an interview with Elle magazine, in which she openly discussed her affair with Ulman. She also discussed her disdain for the Twilight films and her disappointment in Twilight fans. (She stated that she had to stop watching the movies altogether because they were making her “too sad.”)
Stewart also took some opportunities to be funny in the interview, showing how little she cared about her fans:
“[The fans are] amazing. They are so lovely. But I’m not 22 anymore, and I don’t have to explain myself to people. I’m not gonna play their game.”
Even though the betrayal was shocking, Stewart’s disdain for her Twilight fans was perhaps the most surprising revelation from the Elle article.
“I think I’ll burn all my Twilight merchandise when I finally figure out how to work the fireplace. I really don’t need any more stuff. I don’t need any more shirts with vampire tattoos on them or sparkly dresses with horses on them. I had enough of those kinds of shirts for the rest of my life.”
Some fans took to Twitter to voice their shock at Stewart’s comments. One user wrote:
“I genuinely have no idea what I’d write in the comment section if I were you. I’m sure there are a lot of people who want to punch you in the face. But aside from that, what an incredible, brave, and loving thing to say. Best of luck to you both.”
Another user tweeted:
“I think @Kevulman68 & @KristenStewart will make perfect parents. So proud of them.”
For her part, Stewart has kept a relatively low profile since the scandal broke, rarely speaking to the media. She did attend the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards in January 2018, but she did not speak to the press before or after the event. (Although it was rumored that Stewart and Pattinson would walk the red carpet together, they did not.)
And then, earlier this year, the Twilight backlash really began. On April 10, 2018, Stewart made her New York City debut, speaking at the 2018 Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards. At the end of her speech, she named off a number of famous faces who had turned down her invitation to the event. One of the names she mentioned was Robert Pattinson. She also made a joke about running into him at the bar. (Pattinson was sitting in the front row and he pretended to smile, although he may have been trying to be funny. He did not look amused.)
Stewart then proceeded to make a number of jokes about the incident, telling the audience that she did not want to ruin their night and begging them not to tell anyone about what happened. (Again, people in the front row may have been trying to be funny, but Stewart’s joke didn’t land well with everyone. One person in the audience can be seen texting during Stewart’s speech.)
On September 24, 2018, Stewart tweeted that she was starting rehearsals for a new film, titled After The Wedding. The film will be about a woman who gets married and then realizes that her husband is not perfect. The role will once again center around a woman discovering that her world has turned upside down. (Stewart’s publicists announced the project in June 2018, stating that it was set for a 2019 release date.)
The film’s director, Lucia Aniello, issued a statement to People about the new project, saying:
“Kristen is a phenomenal actor, and I’m thrilled that she’ll be playing the lead in my next film. After The Wedding is about a woman learning to let go of the anger she’s been storing up for years. It explores the themes of marriage, family, and life in a way that’s both universal and intimate.”
Once again, it seems that Stewart may have found a new lease on life. She’s not talked about Robert Pattinson much since the scandal, but she’s continued to thrive as an actress, producing quality films and speaking at events. She also continues to be open about her life, never shying away from a good joke. So, as her fans await her next move, they can take some small comfort in knowing that she hasn’t fallen off the face of the Earth.