It’s been a bumpy few months for Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. After dating for a year and a half, the lovebirds finally announced their engagement in October 2014. Just a few weeks later, though, the Englander walked out on Stewart due to “irreconcilable differences.” But just as things were starting to settle down, Pattinson flaunted his affection for his 29-year-old co-star yet again by popping the question during a romantic vacation in Spain.

The question is: Is this really marriage material for Pattinson? And, more importantly, is Kristen Stewart truly invested in this relationship? Let’s take a look.

The Engagement

On October 23, 2014, the actress – who has a six-year-old daughter with Twilight co-star Robbie Pattinson – tweeted “I will marry you,” to her boyfriend. Two months later, at the end of December, the couple again made headlines for all the right reasons. This time around, the Scotland-born beauty shared a romantic sunset proposal with her loved one. The romantic gesture was a nod to her role as a character named Rosalie in the upcoming James Bond flick, Spectre. The couple chose a private spot by an Alpine lake for their engagement and documented the proposal on social media.

Although the engagement was met with some skepticism – given that the two had only been dating for a year and a half – many of their followers were thrilled to finally, officially hear from the pair that they are committed to each other. Especially since the couple had previously announced their engagement in 2014, only to have Rob back out at the last minute. So what’s changed this time around?

New York Magazine

In its December 2014 issue, New York Magazine put forth a compelling case for why Robert Pattinson should take the plunge and marry Kristen Stewart. In an article titled “The Case for Loving Kristen Stewart,” the publication details their reasons for believing the relationship is right for the actor. Here are some of the notable quotes from the piece:

“[Stewart’s] energy is infectious, and it constantly surprises those around her – including, frequently, herself. She plays the same handful of characters with astonishing dexterity, and yet manages to be endlessly versatile. She can write, act, produce, and direct, and has a remarkable knack for casting herself in the lead role of a movie. She’s quirky, smart, and, above all, funny. And that’s rare in today’s Hollywood.

“Pattinson’s not usually one to rush into anything, but he seems to be doing his fair share of rushing in this romance. Ever since the breakup with Twilight co-star and friend of 15 years, Taylor Lautner, in May 2013, he’s been single and focused. The fact that Stewart, 29, is three years his junior is, perhaps, a source of tension in their relationship, but it also provides a fresh start. The two haven’t always seen eye-to-eye on screen – she’s mostly played the role of a supportive friend or family member, while he’s mostly been the jealous ex – but off-screen they seem to get on well. And that’s key, considering Stewart’s career is at the forefront of her mind. She wants to be the best possible actress she can be, and that means maintaining a busy schedule and avoiding distractions. She also wants to be married and starting a family. These are dreams that, until recently, she hadn’t even considered possible. But now that she has, she doesn’t want to be separated from the man she loves. For better or worse, she’s decided to make his dream a reality.

James Bond

It’s safe to say that James Bond has had a profound impact on Rob Pattinson’s life. Not only did the British Secret Service agent make the young actor’s name popular all over the world, but he also gave him the impetus to pursue an acting career. In an interview with British Vogue, Pattinson acknowledged that “Bond is what got me into acting… It’s a dream come true. I grew up watching the films, dreaming about being in one.”

But it’s not just about the fame. Bond also opened the doors for the Englander to pursue his acting dream while also finding time for his other passions – namely, biking and skydiving. In August 2014, he even managed to fit in a quick trip to Scotland to shoot the new James Bond film, Spectre. Unfortunately, Stewart wasn’t able to join him on set due to her filming schedule – she was in New York at the time, filming The Wolf of Wall Street – but it wasn’t the first time the two were kept apart by their busy schedules. Back in 2012, while shooting Eclipse, Stewart was in New York, working on a presentation, and Pattinson was in Bulgaria, shooting a music video.

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart: Is This Really Marriage Material?

There’s no question that since their initial meeting in 2010, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart have sparked a considerable amount of media interest. The two first came to the public eye for their steamy PDA’s at the 2011 Golden Globes. Since then, their on-screen chemistry was met with broad critical acclaim and commercial success, earning both of them numerous awards and lucrative movie deals. So, it’s no surprise that the media and Hollywood insiders have taken an interest in their personal lives and relationship. But is this really marriage material for Pattinson?

There’s no question that since their initial meeting in 2010, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart have sparked a considerable amount of media interest. The two first came to the public eye for their steamy PDA’s at the 2011 Golden Globes. Since then, their on-screen chemistry was met with broad critical acclaim and commercial success, earning both of them numerous awards and lucrative movie deals. So, it’s no surprise that the media and Hollywood insiders have taken an interest in their personal lives and relationship.

It’s been a bumpy few months for Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. After dating for a year and a half, the lovebirds finally announced their engagement in October 2014. Just a few weeks later, though, the Englander walked out on Stewart due to “irreconcilable differences.” But just as things were starting to settle down, Pattinson flaunted his affection for his 29-year-old co-star yet again by popping the question during a romantic vacation in Spain.

The question is: Is this really marriage material for Pattinson? And, more importantly, is Kristen Stewart truly invested in this relationship? Let’s take a look.

First of all, it’s important to point out that while the two have been dating for a while, they had only been casually seeing each other. Thus, their relationship status is more of a “what if?” than an “actuality.” But beyond that, we’re actually dealing with two very different players. While Stewart is undoubtedly a beautiful woman and a major asset to any man’s armory, Pattinson is clearly a high-maintenance partner, demanding respect and adoration from his 29-year-old girlfriend. And while it’s easy to see why Stewart would agree to marry the man she loves, there’s no question that she’s coming from a place of love.

Love and Affection

In their New York Magazine article, we read: “In one way or another, this romance is emblematic of the new Hollywood: unpredictable, creative, and occasionally, a little odd. It taps into the same freedoms and insecurities that powered the Roaring ‘20s and resonates with the generation that grew up watching YouTube videos of cats playing the ukulele.”

With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that both Pattinson and Stewart are keen to continue seeing each other beyond their professionally-related obligations. In December 2014, the actress shared an Instagram photo of herself and her boyfriend with the caption: “Happy holidays. What a perfect way to end the year! Wishing you all the best for 2015.” The lovebirds also made headlines in January when Stewart shared a picture of herself and Pattinson – alongside the hashtags #bestfriendsforever and #loveforever – writing, “A picture says a thousand words,” and “You are my best friend.”