The “Twilight” cast and crew are feeling the effects of the pandemic, as several of its stars have reportedly broken up.
According to New York magazine, Chris Colfer and Bella Swan have called it quits after a decade together. The “School of Rock” star reportedly filed for divorce last month, citing irreconcilable differences.
Colfer, who is best known for playing the character Chiori in the “Twilight” films, was reportedly blindsided by the news. In a statement to the magazine, he said, “I feel embarrassed and ashamed.” He added, “I love her and I always will.”
Performing artist and actress Vanessa Hudgens also broke up with her partner of five years, Brooklyn Beckham, two years ago. “They are both grown-ups, and they made the decision that it wasn’t working out,” a source told People magazine at the time.
The couple, who began dating in 2009 and welcomed their first child together, Ezra, in September 2018, have since kept their relationship secret. However, a source close to the family recently spilled the beans, revealing that although the two remain friends, they aren’t in a committed union anymore.
Hudgens and Beckham are both part of the famous family that owns the fashion label, Tory Burch. Their parents, Chip and Diane, are both business partners and shareholders in the company. The singer and designer has yet to confirm the breakup, but she did post a sweet message to her former partner on Instagram. She wrote, “Sending you all my love and light during this difficult time. You are a gorgeous little man. I’ll see you soon enough.”
Director and writer Victoria Summers also called it quits with her husband of 17 years, actor and director Alex Bornstein, in August 2019. The couple has a 10-year-old daughter, Matilda. The filmmaker released a statement to People, saying, “It is with profound sadness that I announce the end of my 17-year marriage to Alex. We have been through so much together as a family and I couldn’t be more proud of the man he has become. I love him and our daughter more than anything in this world. We will always have Paris.”
The “Twilight” films, which feature some of Hollywood’s most recognizable faces, have become legendary, not only for the story line, but also for its unprecedented box office success. The first film in the franchise, “Twilight,” was released in 2012 and became the first feature film in history to gross more than $500 million at the worldwide box office. Since then, the series has continued to be popular, with the most recent film, “Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” earning more than $86 million in its opening weekend. The last film, which is slated to be released in 2021, is now being touted as the biggest of the series.
While the members of the “Twilight” cast and crew have managed to stay together, other prominent people from the franchise have chosen to part ways. Actor Peter Facinelli, who played Carlisle Cullen in the “Twilight” films, died of cancer in 2018 at the age of 62. And in March 2020, two months after the premiere of “Twilight Saga: Twilight,” star Kristen Stewart announced that she was ending her marriage to director Rupert Sanders. The couple had been together since 2006 and had two daughters together, Luna and Artemis.
According to reports, Disney is in talks with Universal to purchase the “Twilight” film rights for an eight-figure sum. Sources claim that if the merger is successful, it will significantly impact Stewart’s and Sanders’ already fractured relationships with one another. It remains to be seen what impact the pandemic will have on the lucrative world of “Twilight.” But, for now, it appears that the famous faces behind the story feel the effects of this unprecedented disruption..