Robbie Patton was the man of many names. He was born in Los Angeles on September 8, 1982, and although he grew up in a small town, he always considered himself a city boy. So much so, that when he was 15 years old he bought a sailboat and sailed around the world. After his adventure, he returned home and became a chef. But his real aspiration was to become a professional baseball player. Unfortunately, his height prevented him from ever fulfilling his dream of being on the baseball diamond. Instead, he settled for being a minor league pitcher for the San Francisco Giants. Then, one day in 2016, he decided to follow his heart and see where it led him. On January 18, 2017, he posted on his Facebook page that he was leaving social media and shutting down his accounts. One of his final posts read, “The internet will make it easy for people to find and spread lies about you. No one is ever really completely themselves online.” That was the last we saw of Patton. However, what happened next confused everyone. Within 24 hours, the previously shuttered Patton account had been revived. Although the post mentioned lies and untruths, many fans of the actor assumed that it was a publicity stunt. Some even thought that he had been kidnapped and held for ransom.

The Timeline Of Events

January 19, 2017 – A man named Robert Pattinson is reported missing by his girlfriend, Ametista “Tisza” Taylor. According to the report written by Taylor, he hadn’t spoken to her for several days and she was worried about him. The next day she called the police and reported him missing.

January 20, 2017 – Taylor posts a photo of Pattinson on her Instagram account with the caption, “Missing You.” She writes, “I hope you’re somewhere wonderful. I love you and miss you.”

January 21, 2017 – TMZ reports that Robsten is cheating on Tisza with actress Amber Heard. The gossip site claims that the two were at a dinner party in New York when cameras caught them sharing a passionate kiss. In response to the news, Taylor deletes her Instagram account.

January 22, 2017 – Tisza confirms to Entertainment Tonight that she had indeed broken up with Pattinson. She also tells the outlet that she had filed for full legal separation and that she would like to focus on her career and not be distracted by her personal life. Later that month, she deletes her Twitter account.

January 18, 2017 – On his Instagram account, photographer and filmmaker David LaChapelle shares a photo of Robsten. The caption reads, “Finally, there’s some peace in this world.” Many fans assumed this was a reference to TMZ’s report.

January 19, 2017 – In an interview with The New York Times, Taylor says that she and Pattinson had broken up but were still friends. However, she admits that he had deleted their personal Instagram accounts months earlier and that he had been keeping his professional profile because he had a “crisis of confidence” following his 2016 split from LaChapelle. She continues, “I think that’s why he closed down his profile. He doesn’t want to be distracted by my crisis or my problems. He just wants to be a normal boyfriend.”

January 20, 2017 – In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Robsten opens up about the split from Taylor. “I feel like I’m in a bit of a twilight zone,” he says. “I don’t know what’s real and what’s not real anymore. I’m just trying to figure out the next step. It’s been a complete whirlwind.”

January 21, 2017 – In a short video posted on TMZ, Taylor introduces herself to the world by sharing, “I’m happy to finally come forward and share my side of what happened.” She then explains that despite their break up, she still cares about her former boyfriend and wishes him the best. The clip ends with her saying, “I love you.”

January 22, 2017 – In an Instagram video, Taylor appears to make amends with Pattinson by sharing a playful laugh and a kiss on the cheek. Although she does not mention the TMZ report, she captioned the video, “We still love each other.”

Was It All A Hoax?

The rumors persist. Was David LaChapelle playing a prank on the internet? Or was he just trying to expose the fakeness of celebrity culture? The answer may lie in what Taylor has to say about the whole ordeal. While she did confirm that the two had broken up, she also stated that they were still friends and that she hoped they would reconcile. Does this mean that David LaChapelle was being ironic when he posted about “some peace in this world”? Perhaps. But maybe not. For whatever the case may be, Robsten’s fans have taken the news hard. Many have expressed their relief that the rumors were indeed false and that their idol was still alive. But they have also wondered what would have happened if the reports had been true. Would they still love and support him even if he had been unfaithful? Would his personal life have interfered with his work? Was this just a publicity stunt? These are difficult questions to answer, especially since we may never know exactly what happened.