For those who may know, English actor and singer Robert Pattinson has been linked to none other than our very own demure and sweet Princess Eugenie. And although their relationship is certainly interesting, it’s nothing compared to the media frenzy that has surrounded one of the world’s most eligible bachelors since news broke of their connection back in December 2012.

Pattinson has been in the limelight ever since, with interviews, magazine covers, and photo shoots giving us a peek into the actor’s life. And although he’s famously private, the famous bachelor did share some interesting tidbits about his personal life with Elle in 2014.

A Renowned Career In And Out Of The Limelight

The British actor has had quite the career in front of and behind the camera, with memorable roles in films such as Good Will Hunting (1997), Sense And Sensibility (2011), and The Lost Boys (2012). He was also the face of Burberry’s fragrance campaign and starred in a commercial for Reebok, among other notable commercials.

But, as Forbes noted, his “most lucrative role may have been that of Edward Cullen in the Twilight saga, which has made him one of the most popular and wealthiest actors of our time.” The last film in the series—Eclipse—broke box office records, and Twilight was the highest-grossing film series of all time before it was even released.

Pattinson first gained recognition for his performance as Heathcliff in the 1992 film adaptation of Wuthering Heights. And although many details of his early life remain a secret, he did confirm to InStyle that he was born in London and raised in the suburb of Bexley. The young Pattinson had already started acting at the age of eight and appeared in several TV ads, including one for Beaulieu Vineyard, before making the leap to films.

An Affinity For A Broad Range Of Genres

But, regardless of his success, Pattinson has proven to be something of a jack-of-all-trades. The actor has expressed a deep affinity for a range of genres, from family films (New Moon) to rom-coms (Four Weddings And A Funeral) to period pieces (The Lost Boys) and musicals (The Twilight Saga).

And although the media has focused on his romance with Princess Eugenie, it’s clear from his numerous interviews that the British actor has many other interests. In 2014, he told Elle that he enjoys spending time with his children and that he tries to watch as many films as he can. What’s more, Pattinson has named his four-legged friend Jasper as his favorite imaginary friend. He often interacts with him in his Twitter posts, often using terms like “bestie” and “bff” (best friend forever) when referring to him.

Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects of Pattinson’s career is the fact that he has managed to keep a relatively low profile despite his fame. On the few occasions he’s been interviewed or photographed since news broke of his romance with Princess Eugenie, he’s maintained a distant aura that belies his status as one of the world’s most eligible bachelors. The only time his guardedness really dropped was when he was promoting The Lost Boys in 2012. At the time, he was even labeled the “most accessible” celebrity bachelor in history.

Many have speculated that Pattinson’s aversion to the spotlight may have something to do with his upbringing. The actor has often cited his love for nature and the freedom it affords as one of the inspirations for his work. He has also said that he appreciates being able to keep a low profile because it keeps his private life less cluttered by invasive strangers. Although the two worlds overlap, it’s clear that the actor values his privacy highly.

A Bittersweet Relationship With Stardom

But if there’s one thing that all of this publicity has taught us it’s that the fame and fortune that come with international status as one of the most eligible bachelors doesn’t necessarily guarantee happiness. The international press often points out that, although Pattinson has never publicly stated so, his romantic relationships have been famously tempestuous, with several high-profile affairs providing rich fodder for tabloids. And even his closest friends say that he can be a difficult person to approach because he’s so guarded; his famous temper may even be a factor in his rise to fame.

Pattinson has been married twice and has three children. His first marriage, to singer Vanessa Marber, ended in divorce in 2006. His second wife, Deborah Rice, died of cancer in 2011; the couple had been together for nearly a decade. Since then he has kept a low profile and focused on his career.

A Self-proclaimed Bad Boy

Despite all this, it’s clear that Pattinson doesn’t see himself as a traditional ‘’bad boy’’. On the contrary, he’s spoken of his admiration for actors who have ‘’blasted their way to celebrity’’, citing Method actors such as Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift as his idols. He also maintains an interest in painting and has exhibited his work in several galleries across the world. As a fashion icon, he’s been credited with helping to create the ‘’bromance’’ trend that has swept Instagram in recent years.

An Enigmatic Personal Life

Although he has kept a relatively low profile, the publicity that has surrounded the English actor has enabled us to piece together a fair amount of information about his personal life. It is known, for example, that he is a huge fan of J.M. WESTON’s The Sun Also Rises, and he even named one of his fictional mansions in the Twilight Saga after the book’s central character, Lady Brett Ashley. But aside from this knowledge, we still don’t know a great deal about Pattinson’s personal life. Even his closest friends say that he is quite the enigma, leaving them guessing about his likes and dislikes, favorite colors, foods, and much more.

A Home In Oxfordshire With A Few Rare And Exotic Animals

It’s also been public knowledge for some time that the bachelor spends a lot of time in his private life at his home in Oxfordshire. He purchased the property—which features a grand entrance hall, library, and private dining room—in 2011 for £9 million. And although he rarely grants interviews, he did confirm to InStyle in 2014 that he spends a lot of time there with his children and friends. His interest in exotic animals is also well-documented. He has a $30,000 taxidermy collection, including several mounted animals such as a black panther and a jaguar. In 2016, it was reported that he’s owned over 400 animals in his lifetime, with several expensive enclosures installed at his home. What’s more, he’s also the co-founder of the The Creatures Initiative, a charity that raises awareness of endangered animals and offers limited guardianship to captive-bred creatures.

The Future Of The Bachelor

Pattinson’s love life has certainly been one of the most talked-about aspects of his career, but, in reality, it’s only been a small portion of his overall success. Despite his well-deserved reputation as one of the most eligible bachelors, his romantic life has not been without its lows. And although his fame has undoubtedly helped him to escape the attention of the media, it seems that as his personal life becomes more public he may fall back into the arms of the very press that helped him rise to fame in the first place.

And what about the future of the bachelor? After almost 20 years in the business, it’s fair to say that we know more about Pattinson’s romance life than we do about his professional career. But even now, with so much more information available, the English actor still maintains a low profile, ensuring that the most memorable part of his career—and the subject of countless stories and memes—will most likely remain a mystery.