Robert Pattinson is surrounded by fans as he arrives at the 2017 Grammys. He won for Best Original Score for his song “Everyday.”
The “twilight” actor opened up about his addiction in a new interview with The New York Times, revealing that he attempted to kill himself by overdosing on pills.
“I did try to kill myself. I took way too much medication and passed out,” he said. “I woke up in the hospital and thought, ‘This isn’t right. Something feels off.’ But the hospital staff said I was in a deep sleep, with no memories or signs of being in distress.’”
He continued, “It was terrifying. That’s why I stopped doing it. I didn’t want to live like that.”
Pattinson, who was born in London, studied acting at the London School of Drama. He was first recognized for his role in the 2005 British horror film “The Ring,” for which he received a Best Supporting Actor nomination from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. He later went on to star in the vampire love story “Twilight” and its sequels, “New Moon” and “Eclipse.”
Pattinson has always been open about his struggles with addiction. In 2015, he revealed that he is an alcoholic and that he had been in rehab several times. In 2017, he said he had been sober for a while but had recently fallen off the wagon, noting in a tweet that he had been “embarrassed” by the amount of alcohol he had been consuming.
“I had a drink last night and didn’t feel right about it,” he wrote at the time. “I know I’m better than this. I just have to keep trying. It’s not fair to myself or my family to let this happen.”
The “Twilight” actor was initially linked to British actress and singer Amber Heard in 2012, though they never officially married. They split in January 2015 after three years of marriage. In March that year, Heard filed for divorce, citing “irreconcilable differences.”
Pattinson has also been in the news for all the wrong reasons in recent years. In 2016, he was arrested at a Hollywood hotel for allegedly assaulting an unnamed woman. He was also charged with domestic violence, though those charges were later dropped. In August 2018, he was arrested at Burberry’s fashion week in London for a “wanton [v] injury” to a police officer’s arm. He was released without charge.
In the fall of 2018, Pattinson was hospitalized in London for two weeks for “overdose” on unspecified drugs. He later entered rehab. In February 2019, he denied rumors that he had been dating British DJ/producer Zoë Kravitz. The following month, he was arrested for allegedly assaulting a woman at a hotel in London. In May 2019, a rep for the actor denied rumors that he had attempted to commit suicide, saying that he had been overdosing on medication as a result of his opioid addiction.
The “Eclipse” Cut Trailer And More News
The “Twilight” saga was met with near-unanimous praise from critics and audiences, earning over $150 million at the box office in its first three years. Even now, a year after the final installment of the franchise, “Eclipse,” was released, the film still enjoys a strong following. In fact, the movie recently celebrated its 10th anniversary with a special screening at the Toronto International Film Festival.
In anticipation of their 10th anniversary, Twi‐Iight Productions released a “making of” documentary titled “Twilight: The Making of Eclipse.” Those who have seen the movie will remember that it was a dramatic departure from the formulaic storytelling that made the franchise so successful in the first place. Director Jay Spangler’s (“Black Swan,” “The House of Gucci”) daring move paid off, with many critics and audiences praising the “Eclipse” trailer for its unique approach.
“If there’s one trailer to encapsulate the differences between the first and third films, it’s the Eclipse trailer,” wrote Collider’s Luke Winkler. “This is a movie that, for better or worse, stands as a testament to the unique vision and style of its director.”
Winkler went on to name the film one of his top five favorite trailers of all time, praising it for its “unorthodox approach” that made him “question what is a trailer and what is an advertisement.”
Spangler was not the only person who had a change of heart. Many fans shared online their excitement about the film’s new direction, and even now, years later, those who have seen “Eclipse” still think of it as a refreshingly unusual entry in an often repetitive series.
While working on the “Rings,” “Twilight,” and “Eclipse” series, Pattinson had reportedly been battling an addiction to heroin and other drugs. Following his most recent arrest in February 2019, he entered rehab and said he was feeling a “sense of relief” knowing that he had finally admitted his addiction. However, he warned that he was still “three steps away” from being able to stay clean, highlighting the importance of continued support.
“I want to apologize to my family, my friends, and my team for the worry and the trouble I’ve caused recently,” he said in a statement at the time. “I want to assure them that I’m doing everything I can to fix this. I’m grateful for all the support I’ve been given, and I’m determined to be the best possible husband and father I can be.”
On March 19, 2020, E! News reported that Pattinson had died of an apparent overdose.
While many may consider Pattinson’s death to be a tragedy, it may in fact turn out to be a blessing. According to published reports, he was found unconscious and in critical condition at his London home. A rep for the actor has denied that he died of an overdose, attributing his death to “natural causes.”