When a celebrity gets married, it can be hard to gauge the impact on your average person’s life. But, when the groom is actor Robert Pattinson, arguably one of the most recognisable faces in the world, it’s fair to say that our lives have changed. Here, we explore the latest news surrounding the megastar and his unprecedented choice to wed longtime collaborator and fellow actor Kate Winslet in an intimate ceremony at St Pancras Church in London this summer.
Why Kate Winslet?
In an interview with The New York Times, Pattinson revealed that Winslet was the first celebrity he thought of when considering whom to propose to. While on the red carpet at the 2014 Oscars last year, the actor shared that he had been working on proposing to someone for two years and had finally found the ‘perfect’ person in his longtime girlfriend and future wife, Kate Winslet. The couple have been dating since 2013 and were first introduced to each other when they starred in the 2009 film, ‘The Social Network’.
“It just feels like she’s everything I want in a wife,” he said of Winslet. “Winslet is someone who, on paper, can be the most incredible combination of strength and vulnerability, and I think that’s something that makes her so perfect as a partner, because you feel that with her, you’re not going to get any of her shoddy behaviour. She’s not going to let you down. She’s not going to hurt you. She’s going to be there for you. And, you know, that’s appealing.”
The appeal of a celebrity wedding is that it provides an opportunity to celebrate the glamorous nature of the celebrity couple’s union. But, as Winslet shares with Marie Claire, the actor’s proposal did not come without its challenges. In an interview with the publication, she said that she found the whole process “emotionally draining,” explaining that she had been dealing with fertility issues for years and had undergone IVF treatment. As a result of this, she added, “I didn’t know how I was going to feel when the moment came.”
Winslet also acknowledged that she and Pattinson had been unable to make the marriage work for a number of reasons, including her demanding schedule and distance from home. In the face of such uncertainty, she chose to humour him and agreed to become his wife. “It has the potential to be the happiest day of my life,” Winslet told Marie Claire. “But until then, I’ve got to enjoy this time with him.”
Despite his personal difficulties, the 40-year-old actor seems to be thriving as a husband and father. As we’ve learned from his 2015 Instagram posts, the pair are already enjoying fatherhood, with Winslet revealing that she is “thrilled” to be a mum. This desire to settle down and start a family is perhaps best exemplified by Pattinson’s decision to propose to Kate Winslet, who he described as “the most incredible woman in the world, undoubtedly. She’s everything I want in a wife.” After over two years of dating, the pair were finally granted the opportunity to be married as an answer to their prayers and are set to begin the next chapter of their lives together.
Wedding Bells Are Here To Toll
On 7th June, the couple tied the knot at St Pancras Church in London. In addition to Winslet, Pattinson invited a host of Hollywood stars and A-list celebrities to his wedding, including his ‘Social Network’ co-star, Lea Michele; her husband, Shawn Corey Williams; and their two children, Genesis and Elijah. The ceremony was officiated by William H. Williams, president of US production company, Illumina Film and Television. According to reports, the guests were treated to a romantic serenade by English rock band, Sikhoor, as they performed for the cameras. Later that night, the newlyweds held a reception at London’s Guildhall.
With over 200 guests, from around the world, in attendance, the celebrity wedding was, without a doubt, a memorable event. But, while the celebration was intimate and exclusive, the meaning of the day was, ultimately, universal. As Pattinson told the assembled crowd, “We are here today to celebrate the love we have for each other and the faith we have in each other. That’s what this day is all about.”
Since announcing their engagement, the celebrity couple have kept busy jetting around the world to visit family, attend events and film promotions, while also taking time out to celebrate with their adoring fans. In an interview with The New York Times, Pattinson revealed that, after the ceremony, he and Winslet were planning to “try for some [their] own space in the countryside,” with the actress saying that she was looking forward to “just being with [Pattinson] and not having to worry about anything.”
This idyllic image of domesticity and parenthood was, however, short-lived. Just two weeks after the ceremony, on 22nd June, it was announced that Winslet is pregnant with twins. The actress revealed this news in a sweet Instagram post, with the actor, reportedly over the moon, also posting a series of teases about the forthcoming birth. As we await the arrival of the twins, the couple’s marriage continues to be a joy to watch.