Rob Pattison, the Hollywood hunk famous for his role as Cedric Diggory in the movie adaptation of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, is set to star in an upcoming erotic film called Cocktail, which will be released in June 2015. The 28-year-old Englishman made his porn debut in 2014 with a scene in a film called Straight to Series, and he has been acting in adult films ever since. Although he has been described as “a walking penis” and “the male Holly Willoughby”, Rob Pattinson hasn’t exactly shied away from controversy. Here, we identify the five moments that made headlines.
The Accidental Wedding
In May 2013, it was announced that Rob was engaged to Japanese model and actress, Fun Ferreira. The couple decided to keep the details of their engagement under wraps until the ceremony, which was held in secret on May 20 at a luxury hotel in Tokyo. The following month, it was revealed that the happy couple had tied the knot and that they had chosen to keep the ceremony private because they were afraid of upsetting their families. The couple had initially been dating for just six months before revealing their engagement to the public. After weeks of speculation, Rob confirmed the happy news in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. “Yes, we’re actually married now,” he said. “It was a very romantic story to begin with, and then it sort of turned into something a little bit more than that.” Rob and Fun had been together for two years before tying the knot, although they had kept their relationship a secret because Rob was so determined to avoid a public scandal. “We wanted to keep it as quiet as possible,” he said. “We didn’t want to put ourselves in a situation where people might be upset.” Fun, who had never acted in an adult film before, admitted that she was nervous about performing in her first adult scene. “I definitely didn’t sleep much the night before,” she said. “I kept thinking about how nervous I was going to be in front of the camera. Then the moment finally came, and I felt very relaxed… I felt like I could just let go and enjoy myself.”
The ‘I Do’ Coverage
While we were happy to hear that Rob and Fun were finally given the green light to start a family, the media were quick to point out that they hadn’t exactly kept us in the dark about their relationship. Far from being a wedding gift, the couple’s engagement was covered by almost every major news publication. The attention that the media heaped on the couple was a testament to just how famous Rob is. A few months after the announcement that he and Fun were engaged, Rob made his much-publicized appearance at the London premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, accompanied by Fun and their mother, Sally. There, amidst the pomp and circumstance of the world’s most prestigious cinema, he popped the question to Fun.
Although Rob had previously stated that he didn’t want to rush into marriage, the question was quickly answered in the affirmative. Just a day after proposing, he and Fun were married privately at his mother’s home in London. The newlyweds were then photographed together as they strolled through the city before attending a wedding party that was held at Frogmore House, the residence of the Dukes of Edinburgh. The happy couple have since kept a low profile, with Rob avoiding the limelight and Fun only stepping out for charity events and photoshoots.
The ‘I’m A Celebrity…’ Bid
Before we knew it, Rob was standing opposite Australian television host, Kate Gosselin, in a bid to become the “next big thing” in television. The publicity-seeking British funnyman had originally auditioned for a role in the eighth season of American reality TV show, Survivor, but he was turned down because he was too old, at 42. Undeterred, he decided to try his luck with the show’s Australian counterpart, I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! On January 19, 2014, it was announced that Rob had won the competition and would be returning for a second season as part of the celebrity-filled edition of the game show. One of the most anticipated games in the history of I’m a Celebrity…, the ‘Golden Ticket’ competition, would see 12 famous faces competing for a place in a luxury lifestyle exile, separated from their friends and family, and locked away in a giant game of Russian roulette, named the ‘Island of Secrets’.
On April 29, 2014, it was revealed that Rob was dating British comedienne and actress, Elizabeth Hurley. The comedian hadn’t exactly kept the media guessing about his romantic status, having previously dated Australian model and socialite, Daniella Maximillian (now Cameron) for two years before tying the knot with British socialite, Caroline Millar in May 2012. The couple have since been photographed together in numerous public and private events, including a vacation to Ibiza in July 2014 and a trip to Paris to celebrate the end of the year in December 2014.
The ‘I’m A Celebrity…’ Reunion
Rob’s stint on I’m a Celebrity was cut short when he announced that he had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. In January 2015, the Englishman informed fans that he had been given a year to live and that he had decided to end his life as a vegan. “I want to thank you all so much for your messages of support over the past year,” he wrote on his blog. “Unfortunately… I have been diagnosed with a serious form of bone marrow cancer. It has spread to my spine, and I am undergoing chemotherapy treatment. This is a type of cancer that responds well to chemotherapy… I have been told that I should expect some quite severe side effects from the treatment. But, as a sign of good will, I would like to end my year as a vegan, in the same way I began it.”
Five months later, in May 2015, it was reported that Rob had recovered from his disease and that he was in the early stages of creating a new vegan restaurant in London. After being discharged from hospital, the singer turned chef began work on the eatery, which was opened in January 2016 and named after him.
Since his diagnosis, Rob has made numerous public appearances and has maintained a steady stream of viral news stories, thanks in part to his decision to keep the media in the dark about his condition. Although he continues to face criticism for his choice not to openly discuss his health problem, the actor, who has become an ambassador for several organizations fighting cancer, insists that he hasn’t changed his ways because of his illness. “No, this has absolutely nothing to do with my health,” he said in an interview with Conan O’Brien in March 2016. “It’s about making people more aware of the disease… I would still like to be a part of the solution, not the problem. This is something that I believe in, I really do, and I think that it’s the right thing for the environment, too.”
Although Rob hasn’t spoken much about his time on I’m a Celebrity, he has kept a blog documenting his experiences. The blog, which can be found at robpattinson.com, was launched in October 2014 and details the day-to-day life of the English actor. In July 2015, just a few weeks after announcing his wedding to Fun, Rob admitted that he was nervous about writing about their time on the reality show. “I am anxious about putting my thoughts and feelings into words and creating something that will upset or anger anyone,” he said. “But I also think it’s important to be honest. Sometimes, we don’t see things as they are… I hope my blog will be a place that people can come back to time and time again to read my honest thoughts and reflections on life, love and relationships.”
Posing For Vanity Fair
Speaking of relationships, it’s time to settle an age-old debate: is a picture truly worth a thousand words? Although the Internet has made the world of pictures accessible to anyone with a smartphone, nothing quite compels everyone’s attention like a good old-fashioned, glossy magazine.
On January 26, 2015, it was revealed that Fun, who is best known for her work in Japan, had signed a contract with a Japanese magazine, Vanity Fair. According to the publication, she would appear in the magazine twice a month, for a total of 20 pictures, as a way of promoting her career in the country. The announcement was met with enthusiasm from the Twitterverse, with many hailing it as a victory for body-positivity.