There’s one thing we know for sure about the recently engaged Robert Pattinson: He’s a ladies’ man! Whether he’s hanging out with his close friends or meeting new people, it seems like he’s always at the center of some kind of a romantic comedy. Now that he’s officially proposed, we can look back on this time in his life and laugh along with all of his past girlfriends. We’ve got some photos to prove it! Here are five things you should know about Robert Pattinson’s girls’ friend beach photos.

He Was More Than Just Your Average Romantic Comedian

If you’re a fan of the Twilight series, you already know that Robert Pattinson plays the character Edward Cullen. Edward is a charming and elegant eccentric who spends most of his time hanging out with his three best friends. He’s the perfect boyfriend material, according to the ladies. While Edward is officially Edward’s story, it was Robert Pattinson’s life that inspired it. In an interview with Wonderland Magazine, Pattinson opened up about his friendships with women:

“I have lots of girlfriends. It’s not just a matter of having a few one-night stands. They are my friends and we hang out a lot together. It’s different to have casual sex, but you still have a family atmosphere with these friendships. We’re not just having fun, we’re actually supporting each other and being there for each other. I have three best friends and we’re all really close. Sometimes we just sit around and chat for hours. We’re very protective of each other. It’s like a big brother and sister relationship, but it’s not just based on sex. We genuinely care about each other.”

While Edward is an amazing character and an incredible catch, he’s still just a character played by Robert Pattinson. The ladies who fell for him in Twilight didn’t just see the hot actor, they also got to know the real person. In a story about the making of Twilight, Pattinson explained that he went through an entire character arc while filming the movie. He had to alter his behavior and mannerisms to fit the story, but he also had to develop new habits and rituals as an adult:

“It was really interesting because it was like I had to grow up overnight. It was strange to have to put on this other persona because before I had a daughter, I didn’t really have any real friendships with women. I mostly dated women for sport or sex and then I’d move on to the next one. It wasn’t until I had kids that I really started caring about relationships. I’d been in a few serious relationships before, but they all fizzled out because I never wanted to commit to anyone. I think my exes will agree when I say that I’ve changed a lot over the past few years. I used to be so selfish and I got so much more focused on my career. Now that I have a family, I put them first. I make sure everyone around me is happy and taken care of. I want to be a good father and a good husband. I want my kids to respect and admire me.”

His Engagement Ring Is No Accident

In the twilight of 2018, the paparazzi took note of something different. As Robert Pattinson left the house he shares with Ed Sheeran—where he’d been for the past two weeks filming the movie Bunny Love—a small wedding party was waiting for him. The photos from the wedding were incredible and made international news. Even More Amazing News was the engagement ring that Pattinson and Ed Sheeran had chosen for each other. While the wedding was a surprise, the engagement hadn’t. In a story released after the wedding, a source close to the couple said:

“They had been dating for a while and decided to pop the question. So they made it a little bit of a secret wedding and had the engagement party a while before the big day. They didn’t want anyone to spoil the surprise of the wedding. They didn’t want it to be another story, so they waited until the last minute to make the announcement.”

If you ask us, the couple’s secrecy was overrated. The fact that they wanted to keep the engagement and wedding a secret is what made it so special. No one had any idea that those two had secretly become husband and wife until the photos from the wedding were published. However, we get it; weddings aren’t for the faint of heart. The couple wanted to keep their special day private and we respect that. While we didn’t know anything about their engagement or wedding until media outlets revealed the news, we’re glad that they were able to share this important milestone with their friends and family. After all, they’ve been through a lot together. We’re also glad that they can finally relax and enjoy this time with each other.

He’s Been Single His Entire Career

It’s been nine years since Twilight ended. Since then, Robert Pattinson has kept himself busy. Aside from acting in small films and musicals here and there, he’s also recorded a number of EPs and solo albums. In 2015, he released his first full-length album, Good Enough, which included the singles, “Sleeping Alone” and “Sober.” The songs were dark and had more of an edge than anything he’s ever recorded before. While he’s always been known for his charm, these songs showed a darker side. He told Apple Music that the album’s inspiration came from a place he’s never been before:

“I was in New York City and I found myself in a dive bar with my friends. One of my friends had just got out of jail, and the other one was just about to go back in. We were getting ready to leave and I looked at the clock and it was 2:00 a.m., and I just started laughing. I’d never felt so much joy as I did at that moment. That’s when I knew that I wanted to make a record that reflected that. On the surface, it’s just a collection of songs about women, but it’s much deeper than that. It’s about my experience as a man in this world. It’s about making mistakes and learning from them.”

In 2018, Pattinson released his second full-length album, Higher. The title track was inspired by the 1992 Rodney King riots. In a song called “King,” Pattinson takes on the persona of a white supremacist who celebrates the riots and believes that black people should be killed or imprisoned. The album also includes a cover of the Michael Jackson classic, “Scream.”

Pattinson has always been a vocal supporter of other musicians. He’s also produced a number of albums and starred in the video for “Alleluia,” which was by the band, Salem. Here’s a look at the video:

He And Ed Sheeran Are The Ultimate Modern Day Romeo And Juliet

In the years since Edward Cullen’s Twilight series, the world has changed. New information has become public and old information has been proven wrong. We now know that Bella Swan was never actually bitten by a vampire. We know that Jacob and the rest of the wolf pack aren’t necessarily friendly. While these things may have been common knowledge in the earlier parts of the decade, for the most part, the world was a much different place back in the day. The 2018 edition of Romeo and Juliet is a story that’s still relevant in today’s world. As the story goes, young lovers, Robert Pattinson and Ed Sheeran—the latter of whom the pair have known since 2014—meet and fall in love while shooting the movie in London. They then decide to marry each other despite the objections of their families. Their celebrity status and unusual pairing make this story all the more relevant. In a recent interview with Wonderland Magazine, Pattinson said:

“I’ve always loved drama, especially old, famous drama. I’m actually really good at observing people, and I’ve developed the ability to read people. I’ve learned to pick up a lot from just looking at someone’s face. I don’t have to be around them for long to figure out everything about them. It’s really fascinating. I’ve been doing this for as long as I can remember. I have my friends and family telling me over and over again that I’m not supposed to be together with [Sheeran] because we’re from such different backgrounds. But we both really, really want to be together, and we’re both secure enough in who we are that we aren’t going to let anything stand in the way of us getting married.”