With the world’s most famous film franchises behind them, it’s fair to say that Hollywood’s elite have been keeping pretty busy over the past year.
In fact, many high-profile acting superstitions have been kept this year, and it seems that the paparazzi have been struggling to keep up.
Whether it’s been a whirlwind romance with a longtime love or a year of dating following the release of his last movie, Pattinson has shown no signs of slowing down.
The actor’s seemingly endless list of romantic partners continues to grow. Since his most recent breakup with FKA Twigs last June, fans have been speculating whether or not the pair would eventually get back together. While the A-lister has remained quiet about his private life, he did attend the Gala 2016 award show to present an award to his One Direction partner, Liam Payne.
The Most Influential Couple
Whether or not they’d admit it, it’s fair to say that the stars have been keeping themselves pretty busy this year.
In fact, many high-profile couples have managed to stay together throughout the year – from cheating scandals to the ravages of time. Here, we take a look at the most influential couple of the year.
Robert Pattinson and FKA Twigs
It’s been a relatively quiet year for Twigs, whose only major promotional event was the unveiling of her solo album, “VI.” The album was inspired by the 2016 film of the same name, in which Twigs stars as a pop star facing a reality show-like competition. Following its commercial and artistic success, “VI” peaked at number four on the U.K. album chart.
Despite the promotional activity surrounding her album, the singer/actress has kept relatively low-profile. In fact, she hasn’t appeared in any public events or interviews since the film’s premiere in February. However, the 24-year-old has been making the most of her time off by spending time with Pattinson. After nearly a year of dating, the A-list pair finally acknowledged their relationship in a story posted on The Guardian on Valentine’s Day.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Kahli Williams
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Kahli Williams were an item from 2016 to 2018 – though they didn’t always see eye to eye. After years in the making, the couple’s highly publicized split was made official in April 2018. Despite their rocky beginning, the duo have remained close, with Johnson often posting pictures of Williams on his Instagram account in the months following their breakup.
Although they haven’t always been on the best of terms, the duo do share one major attribute: they’re both parents to infant sons. In the years leading up to their split, Williams gave birth to each of her children, Bear, Hunter, and Ryker, with Johnson acting as an involved father figure.
Steve Harvey and Miriam Arellano
It seems that Harvey’s been having a serious case of love triangles ever since he began dating singer/actress Arellano – not to mention that the “Psycho” actor has had a long history of cheating scandals. Despite the numerous affairs Harvey has had to his name, he has always managed to keep his wife, Karen, by his side. Not this year, though, as the two were spotted vacationing – and more – in the summer of 2018.
The 56-year-old comedian and TV host has been busy promoting his new book, “Why Are All the Women Leaving Me?” as well as making appearances on various TV shows. Arellano, for her part, has been quiet about her own career as a singer. However, the 35-year-old has been making the most of her time off, too, attending events and meeting with Harvey. Though they’re no longer an item, it would appear that the couple still share an unbreakable bond.
Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin
It’s fair to say that 2017 was a year of firsts for 25-year-old Baldwin. The former child actor made history when he became the first-ever spouse of a U.S. president when he wed Trump’s eldest daughter, Ivanka. The couple’s highly publicized wedding received widespread media coverage, with Baldwin appearing on “The Tonight Show” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” less than two weeks after tying the knot with her husband.
Bieber, who also turned 25 this year, made history of his own when he became the first artist ever to have a solo number one album in six different decades. The “Boyfriend” singer released his eighth album, “Map of the Soul,” which featured the hit single “Friends,” in May 2018.
Bieber and Baldwin’s relationship was one of the biggest celebrity news stories of the year, with fans across the globe constantly speculating about whether or not the couple would break up. Though they never confirmed their engagement, the engagement ring they received was featured on national TV programs and in major newspapers around the world. The “Love” singer’s last album, “Map of the Soul,” went platinum in just over two weeks, making it the fastest-selling hip-hop album of all time – though it seems that that was just the beginning.
Tom Hanks and Ilana Shapiro
It has been a steady stream of acclaimed movies and critical hits for Hanks in recent years, with the “Sammsterdam” star often appearing in blockbusters and art house films alike. While he’s been hitting the cinemas, Hanks has also been keeping busy with his acting career, landing roles in major movies like 2012’s “Captain Phillips” and 2018’s “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.”
The two-time Oscar winner has been married to Shapiro for nearly two decades, with the couple often appearing in public together. Though they rarely keep their romance a secret, the 79-year-old legend has kept busy this year, appearing in various films and on TV shows while also becoming a U.S. citizen.
Bryant Robertson and Lydia Hearst
The son of media mogul William Randolph Hearst and the heir to an enormous fortune, Robertson is a successful entrepreneur and a member of the exclusive Harvard Alumni Society. Since 2016, the 36-year-old has been in a relationship with model and actress Hearst, with the two often appearing in public together. Since 2018, the entrepreneur has co-founded the literary magazine, The New Yorker, while also launching a podcast with Netflix.
In addition to her romantic relationship with Robertson, Hearst has also been active in her church and with good works in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she currently resides. A source close to the pair told The Daily Mail that they are “very, very happy.”
Billy Bob Thornton and Salli Saini
Like most other Hollywood stars this year, Thornton has kept busy, landing major roles in critically acclaimed movies like 2017’s “A Monster Calls” and 2018’s “Paddington.” While he’s been acting, the two-time Academy Award nominee has also been busy behind the scenes, serving as an executive producer on 2017’s “Familiar” and 2018’s “Never Have I Ever.”
Saini, who will turn 40 in October, has been a part of the Hindi film industry since the early 1980s and has appeared in over 100 movies. One of the first female directors in India, Saini is the founder of the New York Indian Film Festival and Women in Film, as well as the president of the National Association of Film Women Achievers. She was also honored at the Human Rights Awards in London in 2018 for her “outstanding contribution” to advancing women’s rights in the media.
Angelina Jolie and Jean Marc Rouffet
The former child actors Jolie and Rouffet never really stopped acting after their film debut in 1987’s “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” though they’ve certainly kept busy since then.
In addition to her work in front of the camera, Jolie has also been involved in humanitarian work. The 41-year-old has been appointed special envoy and goodwill ambassador to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, making her the first private citizen to hold the position. She’s also a goodwill ambassador for the U.N.’s Children’s Fund and has been involved with the group for years, acting as honorary chairman of their campaign to end child poverty.