Just when you think Hollywood’s romance stories can’t get any weirder, they go and do something like this. Last month, on August 24th, it was revealed that Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson had been dating secretly for months. Even more surprisingly, the celebrity couple made headlines for all the right reasons. The pair’s affectionate display of PDA (public display of intimacy?) was deemed so romantic by some media outlets that it even made Buzzfeed’s list of ‘Newlywed Classics’. But what exactly is going on here? We break down the fascinating intricacies of the A-list lovebirds’ hot kissing moment.

The Setting

The news of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson’s romance was met with collective jaws dropping across the globe. The couple, who had dated previously and remained close friends, decided to put a dent in the celebrity trend of broken engagements and ended up eloping to Switzerland. Their hunch was that this famous, yet private, union would stay away from prying eyes. The romance was kept under wraps for the sake of Stewart’s 23-year-old daughter, Mary, who plays a vital role in her parents’ dynamic. It was reported that Stewart and Pattinson spent the majority of their time together keeping their romance a secret.

The Progression Of Their Relationship

While Stewart and Pattinson were forced to keep their romance a secret, it did not stop them from indulging in some PDA. The twosome were first linked romantically after they met at a film premiere in June 2014. But it was not until three months later that they were seen canoodling in New York. That same month, Stewart’s mother suffered a mild heart attack and the actress was forced to cancel some of her upcoming promotional appearances. She took this opportunity to get back in touch with her daughter and flew to London to be with her. Shortly after, the two were seen together in Los Angeles. Since then, they have been inseparable. In fact, Stewart even went so far as to suggest that their relationship was a permanent state of being.

Why Did They Kiss In Front Of Everyone?

So, why did Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart get cozy in front of a camera crew and paparazzi at the Venice Film Festival on August 24th? While it is unclear whether or not this was a staged event, it is certain that it was not an accident. Both Pattinson and Stewart are notorious for their public displays of affection. In fact, the on-screen chemistry between the Scottish actor and the Hollywood leading man is so palpable, it even earned them a nickname, ‘Hot-Stone’-tinson! The two have been inseparable ever since, showing up at each other’s red carpets and enjoying luxurious outings with the other’s plus-ones. While this public affection is certainly one of the reasons behind their latest scandalous display (and it is a scandalous display, let’s be honest), there is probably another reason behind their kissing scene at the Venice Film Festival. This was no casual meet-cute; this was the culmination of months of secret courtship inspired by Stewart’s need for some space away from the prying eyes of the press and general public. So, as much as we would like to believe that this was a storybook romance, we likely will not see the likes of this duo again. Not unless they want us to.

The Aftermath

While this latest scandal has put a stop to many of Kristen Stewart’s ongoing promotional activities, she has not entirely disappeared from the public eye. The actress has been busying herself with domestic and family responsibilities and has been more than willing to share this new phase of her life with her daughter. In fact, Stewart’s mother, Joan, even penned a heartfelt letter to her famous grandchild, addressing her as’my darling girl’. This came after the family matriarch, Diana, passed away in July 2015. Stewart has not been seen in public since the Venice Film Festival and has kept a low profile, dedicating herself to private moments with her children. But that does not mean she is avoiding the spotlight entirely. Far from it.

Stewart took her Instagram account private after the scandal broke, but has recently been making appearances and sharing photos on her once-private account. She recently attended a baby shower for a friend and shared images from the event. We would not be surprised to see more of Stewart in the near future, even if it is just to acknowledge the birth of her daughter’s baby. In fact, it would not be surprising to see Stewart emerge from hiding and grace the silver screen once more.

What Does This Mean For Stewart’s Daughter?

It is important to remember that this scandal will not affect Mary Stewart’s life in any way. The actress’ primary concern is her family and while it is true that this union will affect her status as a virgin, it will not change her relationship with her parents. It is also important to point out that despite the infamy of their parents’ romance, Mary Stewart is still close to her grandparents and enjoys a warm relationship with her father, who she sees regularly. In fact, Robert Pattinson continues to be the father of her child, even after the romance began. So while this union may be shocking and romantic for some, this will not touch the Stewart family in any way.