When you have a famous last name, it can be hard to have a normal life. For the past 10 years, Robert Pattinson has had to manage his image, carefully monitoring what he says and how he acts to ensure that the paparazzi don’t tarnish his carefully crafted image. While he continues to juggle his hectic film schedule and maintain his private life as a bachelor, he has become the subject of many rumours and speculation. Here, we’ll explore the rollercoaster of Robert Pattinson’s romantic life, from his early days as a heartthrob to his more recent relationships and upcoming nuptials. We’ll also examine the changing perception of celebrities’ private lives in today’s media climate.

Rough Patchwork

To begin with, let’s examine Robert Pattinson’s earlier days. The handsome Englishman burst onto the scene in the late 2000s as the dark, brooding persona in John Logan’s neo-classic movie, Shadowlands. For his first starring role, Pattinson earned rave reviews for his portrayal of real-life English poet, Rudyard Kipling. The film also featured one of the most stunning film debuts of all time: Saoirse Ronan. It’s an early indication of the actor’s skill that, within just a couple of years, he would land leading roles in Twilight and The Rover, two of the most popular and acclaimed movies of all time. The Twilight Saga: New Moon took our breath away in 2012, with many critics and fans deeming it one of, if not the best, of the series. It’s difficult to imagine a more successful transition from film to television than this one. In fact, Robert Pattinson is currently filming the highly-anticipated third season of the highly-acclaimed series, The Crown. Set in the early years of Queen Victoria’s (informal) reign, the new season will pick up immediately after the events of the first season, in which Edward, the Queen’s consort, becomes King Edward VII. The role of Victoria has long been coveted by Hollywood, with a number of A-list actresses having been linked to the part. Now that he’s found his feet in mainstream Hollywood cinema, it’s clear that Pattinson has found his niche as one of England’s most prolific and recognisable exports.

Romantic Interlude

While the media focus was firmly on the superstar’s professional life, there was a notable absence of scandal at the time. Indeed, it’s fair to say that, for the most part, Robert Pattinson’s personal life was relatively quiet while he established himself as a leading man. This is in stark contrast to today’s media-savvy celebrities, who are seemingly unable to go a day without provoking the paparazzi. But, as mentioned, this was a period during which the concept of privacy wasn’t quite as salient. When the media did turn its attentions to the actor, it largely reported on his film work, with news of his romance with FKA Twigs almost always accompanying an article about a new project. In September 2018, however, these headlines came together for the first time in three years when it was announced that Twigs was pregnant with their first child together. The news came as a shock to fans, who had grown accustomed to seeing the actor with a beautiful woman on his arm whenever he went public. After a brief engagement, Pattinson and Twigs called off their engagement a few months later, which was followed by intense media speculation regarding the status of their tumultuous romance. Ultimately, it was announced that they had reconciled and were planning to get married.

Reputation As A Romantic

On one hand, it’s intriguing to examine Robert Pattinson’s early career, considering the media scrutiny he faced as a result of his handsome looks and prominent role in one of the most beloved and seminal pieces of fiction of all time. On the other, it’s a testament to the actor’s considerable skill that he was able to negotiate this period of his life with relative ease. Today’s celebrities live in a different world, one in which their every move is chronicled online and subject to intense public scrutiny. But, as the saying goes, hindsight is 20/20. And, in many ways, Robert Pattinson’s ability to successfully negotiate this period of his life serves as a blueprint for his future romantic relationships. In an email to Vogue, the actor said: “I wouldn’t say I’ve changed as a person or my approach to dating but, certainly, the last decade has given me a different perspective. Everything feels different. I feel like I’ve been given a second chance to find out who I truly am and what I want. I think that’s what we all hope for.” While it’s impossible to know for sure, given the nature of celebrity gossip, it’s not hard to imagine that Pattinson’s approach to dating has evolved over the years. And it’s clear that, as a result of his reputation as a romantic, the world of cinema has continued to offer him excellent roles. In the coming months and years, we’ll no doubt continue to learn more about Robert Pattinson’s love life and upcoming nuptials.