There’s always been something about the British royal family that’s attracted the paparazzi’s attention. It’s not that they’re famous for being famous – it’s that they’re famous for being famous for being famous. And when people are famous for being famous, it usually means that they’re doing something right. So, when we consider everything from their fashion choices to their politics, it’s clear that the British royal family is one of the most scrutinized and celebrated in the world. Case in point: In July 2019, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their separation. Since then, the world has been captivated by the antics of Meghan and Harry. But if you want to know more about the events that led to this most recent wave of celebrity, you’re going to have to look to a place where you won’t find many people: the countryside. Over the past 10 years, the British countryside has been transformed…

Pattinson’s Beef Cattle

In early July 2019, three months after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s separation, we were treated to one of the most intriguing stories in recent royal history. It started with a bang – literally – when the news director of a British tabloid caught wind of a story to splash on the front page. The narrative quickly took on a life of its own when, a few days later, TMZ, a U.S. entertainment news website, picked up the story and published it online. The gist of the story was that Britain’s most famous bachelor had made a surprising discovery while on holiday in Portugal: He’d fallen in love with a cow, and the cow had returned his affection. According to the rumor, Pattinson bought the cow using his famous charm, and the two have been inseparable ever since. So… what is the real story behind the story? Aside from the fact that it was clearly an elaborate hoax, or a total fabrication, there are a few things we know for sure. First, the story was most likely dreamed up by a British tabloid newspaper as a ploy to get clicks and generate revenue. And second, Pattinson is not the kind of person to commit to a long-term relationship with an animal. In fact, he’s never even been married. So, based on that, we’re going to go out on a limb and say that this whole relationship with the cow thing was just that – a rumor. Still, it’s been a fascinating few months, and one that’s undoubtedly elevated Pattinson’s profile as a globally admired celebrity. This week alone, he was named one of theworld’s most influential people by Time Magazine, and people are curious about everything from his fashion choices to his dating practices. So, while we wait for more information on this most recent rumor, let’s dive into an array of fascinating facts about the life and career of Robert Pattinson.

The Early Years

If you’re reading this, I assume you either already know or are familiar with the works of Robert Pattinson. If not, here’s a quick primer. Pattinson began his professional acting career in 2006, appearing in minor roles on stage and in a few short-lived British TV series before landing the starring role as Quentin Tarantulinu in the 2010 indie film The Guard. That same year, he appeared in the comedy-drama Four Seasons, and then in 2016 he starred in the critically acclaimed film Beautiful Boy, in which he played a gay father struggling to understand his son’s attraction to hustlers and gunners. Most recently, Pattinson appeared in the sci-fi thriller Damnation, and he’s expected to be seen again soon in the comedy series Night School. So far, so good. Now that we’ve covered the basics of his acting career, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of his personal life.

The Most Influential Person

Before becoming one of the most well-known faces in the world, Pattinson was mostly just a pretty decent actor who had a few minor roles in a couple of indie films and a few short-lived TV series. But, if you want to know how he became so influential, it’s all down to his keen sense of style and his unwavering commitment to sustainable fashion. As far back as 2008, Pattinson was already making waves for his distinct looks and his dedication to eco-friendly practices. In that year, he designed and commissioned a capsule collection of bespoke suits for his own brand, ROBERT PATTINSON, which were made from environmentally friendly materials. That same year, he also became a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and in 2017, TIME named him one ofthe world’s most influential people. So, if you want to understand how fashion and sustainability intertwine, then look no further than the work of Robert Pattinson.

The Unofficial Bachelor

Before he got hitched to his now-estranged wife, Kate Winslet, in 2012, the handsome actor had already acquired a reputation as a bit of a playboy. In 2007, he began dating model Lily Cole, and in 2008, he became engaged to be married to Cole. But that plan was put on hold when he and Winslet settled on a split and began dating again. The news of their reconciliation was greeted with widespread joy all around the world, and if you don’t believe me, just look at how much they’ve been featured in the media over the past few years. It’s fair to assume that, at least according to the tabloids, the two have been quite the item ever since. But – and it’s a big but – despite their obvious chemistry and charm, they’ve been largely kept off-camera. It’s still something of a mystery as to whether or not they’re officially back together, but, if they are, it would seem that their love for each other continues to shine through even as a couple.

Sober Days

If you’ve seen any of Pattinson’s films or read any of his interviews, then you’ll know that he’s not the kind of person to hold down a steady job. Still, he has been known to do his fair share of charity work, participating in events that raise money for various good causes. He’s also endorsed a number of products and projects, including MATCH UK, an organization that helps single people in rural areas find love, and he’s been a long-time vegetarian. Most recently, he lent his support to the Humane Society International, an organization that focuses on ending animal cruelty around the world, and in 2019, he was appointed an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) for his services to the country.

So, while his personal life may be kept under wraps, it’s clear that his work is anything but. Over the past decade, Pattinson’s prolific screenography has established him as one of the most recognizable faces in the world, and it’s been an uphill battle for most of his projects to gain critical and popular support. While he’s usually cast in the role of the anti-hero, his personal life – especially as it relates to his love for animals – has served as a stark contrast to the dark and often violent worlds he inhabits onscreen. It’s fair to say that, much like his acting career, Pattinson’s fashion choices and eco-friendly habits have helped shape public opinion of him, and it’s not hard to see why. If you want to read more, there’s a whole encyclopedia of articles written about him. So, before we wrap this up, let’s take a minute to remember the most influential person we mentioned earlier: QUIET!