It was just a few short years ago that Robert Pattinson was the golden child of Hollywood. After making the right moves at the right time, he found fame and fortune at the age of 22 with the release of 2010’s Twilight, which became one of the most popular films of all time. Since then, he’s kept the public’s attention with a string of headline-making scandals and break-ups, most recently with singer Amber Heard. Now aged 27, the former heartthrob has found himself in a Hollywood rut.

Despite his recent string of failures, he’s still considered one of Hollywood’s most eligible bachelors. And it seems that, for some reason, he can’t quite get over actress Kristen Stewart. The two made headlines in 2019 when they were spotted together at Paris Fashion Week, and they’ve been inseparable ever since. They were first linked in 2016 when they joined forces for a highly publicized PSA against domestic violence.

“It’s interesting how our career paths have crossed,” Stewart said of the pair’s sudden rekindling of romance in September 2019.

And it seems like they may have found a way to stay together. Last month, a report claimed that Stewart had given birth to their first child, a son named Falco, in a babymoon trip to Rome. Falco is the Latin word for “falcon,” and his name is inspired by Stewart’s pet dog, which is named after the actor Peter Falconio.

An Unlikely Alliance

It’s fair to say that the relationship between Stewart and Pattinson is an unlikely one. Not only did the 27-year-old actress give birth to his son well before he publicly declared his love for her, but they’ve also worked together only once before: They appeared in a 2014 short film, Hello, My Name Is Bella, which was distributed as part of the social media campaign #YesAllWomen.

If you ask us, it’s clear that Stewart feels much more comfortable in the spotlight than her boyfriend, and that’s likely a major contributing factor to their blossoming romance. As a member of the immensely successful Twilight franchise, she found herself in the center of Hollywood’s attention, and it seems like it hasn’t stopped since. Since 2017, Stewart has appeared in a string of box-office hits, the latest of which is On Cinema, a film she produced with the actor John Wick.

In the meantime, things haven’t been easy for Pattinson. After a decade of acting in small independent films and TV shows, he finally gained critical acclaim for his role in the 2012 psychological horror film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Since then, he’s appeared in a number of blockbusters, the latest of which, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, premiered at the Venice Film Festival. He also recorded a song for the film’s soundtrack, which marked his first foray into musicals.

While Stewart’s biggest fan might be her dog, it seems like Pattinson’s is an unlikely companion for a human. In March 2020, Vanity Fair revealed that Stewart had adopted a dog, an Australian cattle dog named Cosmo, from a shelter. And if that weren’t enough, she also recently acquired three more dogs — a Rottweiler, a Boieya cow dog, and a German Shepherd — from a shelter. So, while Stewart’s been keeping busy, it seems like her new furry friends have helped her escape the mundane.

Romantic Proposal

Pattinson’s most dedicated fans might have been surprised to learn that their favorite actor hasn’t always been so lucky in love. The 27-year-old revealed in November 2019 that he’d proposed to Stewart during a romantic vacation to Venice. Before their trip to the Italian city, he bought her a diamond ring, which is now part of her collection.

The proposal came as a shock to the public because the couple had previously kept their relationship a secret. Days before the proposal, they were spotted walking together in Paris and have been inseparable ever since. It was an odd pairing, given that Stewart is 15 years his junior. And while many have chalked their blossoming romance up to Stewart’s fame (she is one of the most followed women on Instagram with over 450 million followers), it’s clear that she feels more comfortable around men her own age.

One of the most recent headlines regarding the couple came in October 2019 when they were spotted hiking in Tulum, Mexico. The hike was clearly for both of them as they carried their backpacks and wore matching shirts with a crossword puzzle on the front. This was just days before they were set to return to Paris Fashion Week, where they’re both models for the prestigious French fashion house, Chanel. While Stewart has kept busy with her modeling career, Pattinson has been doing the majority of the housework.

A Family Man 'Stunner

It’s been a good year for Pattinson. Not only did he propose to Stewart, but he also became a father for the first time. In September 2019, the couple welcomed their son, Falco Stewart Pattinson, into the world. And while he has yet to share any details about his new son’s health or his wife’s pregnancy, it appears that fatherhood has changed the way he interacts with the world. In a recent interview with Marie Claire, he said, “I guess being a father changes things. It really does. It makes you look at things differently.”

He certainly hasn’t acted like the same man since becoming a father. In October 2019, the couple were photographed holding hands as they arrived at an Australian Football League (AFL) game. And it wasn’t just a pretty face the father-to-be made during his time on the pitch: He nabbed 20 goals in 16 games over the course of the 2019 season.

In a video shot by Marie Claire, he confessed to feeling “overwhelmed” by fatherhood. “It’s not something that you expect when you have a girlfriend and you’re not even close to being exclusive. So, when it happens, it really surprises you,” he said.

The couple has chosen to keep their child’s birth secret. However, they’ve opened up about his fatherhood in an interview with Elle UK. In the interview, Stewart said that she and Pattinson had decided to “honor our privacy” and not share details about his son’s arrival:

“There are things that you want to keep private as a parent, and we think that it is best not to disclose too much about the little one,” she said.

Pattinson is already a hands-on father, acting as a shoulder to cry on for his newborn son. As he told Marie Claire, “I’m used to being an active father. I play a lot with him and take him on walks, so I think I’ll adjust pretty easily.”

A Bittersweet Future

While much of 2019 was a fairy tale for Pattinson and Stewart, the year was not at all happy for Amber Heard. After being engaged to the actor for over a year, the singer was finally granted a divorce from him in December 2019. The split was acrimonious, with both parties filing lawsuits against one another.

Not only does the dissolution of the marriage represent the end of a fairy tale for Heard, but it also caps a disastrous 12 months for her. In August 2019, the actress was arrested for domestic violence and battery against her fiancé. The charges were later dropped. In the months that followed, she was arrested for criminal trespassing and barred from contacting him. The dissolution of the marriage is final, and she’s trying to put the past behind her.

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from this year it’s that nothing is certain in life. It’s easy to be happy, but it’s equally as easy to be sad. The key is to make the most of your opportunities and enjoy the time you spend with those you love.