Most breakups are messy and rarely make for great headlines. But when it comes to famous love triangles, the messy breakups seem to have a way of becoming tabloid fodder. Case in point: Robert Pattinson and FKA Twigs. After almost a decade of dating, the Twilight franchise star and the English singer-songwriter broke up in December 2018. Although the two have since tried to heal their wounds and move on with their lives, the split has not been without its drama. Now, as Pattinson readies to reunite with his ex-wife, Victoria Beckham, on May 29, many questions remain: What happened? Why did they break up? And will they end up back together? Here’s what we know.

The Breakup Was Tricky

As the world mourned the loss of one of its true romantic treasures, many wondered how a romance between two of the most prominent figures in contemporary culture had ended. In an interview with Elle UK, Twigs revealed that the breakup had not been easy: “It’s been really hard. It feels like it’s been a really long time. It’s just been really tough. I feel like I’ve been waiting for this moment my whole life,” she said. “And now that it’s happened, I just feel numb, I guess. It’s been a weird experience.”

Pattinson, for his part, was more straightforward in a recent interview with GQ. “It wasn’t always easy,” he said. “But I think we both realized that what we had wasn’t sustainable and that we needed to be with people who we could actually grow old with.”

A Matter Of Timing

The timing of the breakup wasn’t just tragic; it also proved to be highly detrimental to both of their careers. In addition to her starring role in the forthcoming film The Ferryman, Twigs is set to release her first full-length album, I Learned From My Mistakes, on May 15. The album will mark her first step into largely solo endeavors after spending years fronting a band. The album title and track list were revealed last month and reflect the singer’s forthcoming solo journey. Its first single, “Out Of My League,” was released in March and was described by one critic as a “ballad about finding your own path, even if it’s not necessarily a straight one.”

Meanwhile, Pattinson is set to star in the latest Divergent installment, The Twilight Saga: The Eclipse. The actor will next be seen in the live action adaptation of Disney’s Aladdin, which is due out next year. He also has a role in the upcoming romantic comedy The Favourite. What’s more, Pattinson recently wrapped a small role in the upcoming Tomb Raider movie. So, as you can see, his career is set to take off. But the actor admitted that the split from Twigs had been challenging. “When you have a kid, you kind of have to put your career first,” he told Elle UK. “I’ve had to make some tough choices. But I’ve also gotten to do a lot of things that I never thought I’d get the chance to do.”

Not Everyone Agrees On The Ex-Wifes’ Future

While many media outlets have focused on what happened between the two men in the months since the split, there has been relatively little discussion about what the future holds for Twigs and Pattinson’s two ex-wives. In the months leading up to the breakup, the two women collaborated on a collection of chic dresses that were inspired by their shared love of all things British. The collection, named ‘The Most Elizabeth Taylor’ after the legendary English couture house, is due to be released on May 22. Taylor is known for her iconic red-carpet moments, and both women have been labeled as the ‘red-carpet queens’ of their generation. So, it seems that the two are looking to continue their love for fashion and beautiful things in general.

But while Victoria Beckham has been praised for her work as a designer and the media has hailed her as “one of the greatest success stories of our time”, not everyone is so kind. In 2015, Twigs was forced to defend herself against claims of being a ‘gold digger’ after it was reported that her former husband had paid for many of her designer purchases. The singer, whose professional and personal life are now both thriving, responded by sharing an article that discussed the importance of being financially independent. In particular, Twigs pointed to her parents’ divorce when she was a child and how that affected her view on love and money. “I think being independent and having my own wealth is something that’s given me confidence,” she said at the time. “It’s made me fearless.”

A Sign Of The Times

This year has seen a string of high-profile celebrity breakups and relocations, from Justin Bieber to Hailey Baldwin to Donald Trump to Tom Hanks. As Hollywood and the world at large struggle with the aftermath of the pandemic, many are wondering if this is finally the beginning of the end for the era of the celebrity marriage. And perhaps it is. In the months ahead, many in the spotlight will have to navigate the waters of single parenthood. What’s more, with Brexit, the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union, potentially affecting the status of British citizens, there will be many international romances on the uptick. Who knows? One day, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might just surprise us all with an announcement about their own happily-ever-after story.