There’s no question that 2018 was a huge year for celebrity relationships. From Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s second adoption celebration to Chris Pine and his wife’s first-ever public appearance since their wedding, the world watched as celebrity couples made their relationships public. Whether they chose to do it on their own terms or as a result of a publicist’s advice, 2018 was a banner year for celebrity coupledom.

Perhaps the most famous and prominent of these celebrity couples was Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. The Hollywood heartthrobs were married in an intimate ceremony in Rome back in July 2018, and the internet was instantly abuzz with speculation about their relationship. HollywoodLife reported that the marriage had a fairytale feel to it, and the wedding photos showed a love story made for the big screen. Even now, months later, the intrigue surrounding the couple’s relationship continues.

This article will explore the origins of their romance, tell you more about their wedding day, and revisit some of the events that made headlines in the year 2018.

The Romantic Origins Of Their Affair

While it’s true that the world’s most famous couple met on the set of the Twilight films back in 2007, their romance actually began much earlier. Back in 2012, both Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart were at the top of their games, with their acting chops in full display as they portrayed a star-crossed romantic couple in the indie movie Housemaid. The film was an adaptation of Fiona Staples’s bestselling novels about a young woman who falls in love with a married man and begins to spy on him as a result. Though their love story was essentially a comic book romance, fans of the book series still flock to the film to see it, proving that the chemistry between the actors was palpable even before they started working together on the Twilight franchise. (Staples herself has even said that she wrote the script for Housemaid because she knew that the two leads were “perfect for each other.”)

The story behind their first encounter is actually pretty romantic in its own right. Back in 2012, Stewart was appearing on the fashion red-carpet circuit when she was asked about her fashion choices. Stewart replied that she mostly dresses according to mood rings, which she gives herself based on a feeling she has when she looks at a scene from a film. When asked about her favorite designers, Stewart namedropped Robert Pattinson’s name and said that he was a fashion inspiration. It was then that fans first heard about the “Pattinson-Stewart connection.”

Pattinson was actually in Hungary at the time, promoting his new movie, Tamzák (The Thieves), but he didn’t want to hide the fact that he had a huge crush on Kristen Stewart. So he tweeted about it, and fans of the actress immediately began dreaming about what celebrity wedding the two might pull off.

The Wedding Plans

After their first encounter, the two quietly began working on their wedding day. In a 2013 interview with Vogue, Stewart revealed that they had actually been dating for about a year, but they wanted to keep their relationship a secret. She said:

“I think it’s really important to have a relationship with your spouse where you feel comfortable being yourself…You can’t fake that kind of connection. It comes from a real place and that’s unique to each other.”

Along with keeping their romance a secret, Stewart and Pattinson wanted to keep their wedding understated. So they began quietly making plans, hosting private dinners at home for their closest friends and family. Stewart even admitted that she and Pattinson had to “play it cool” when they were spotted together in public for the first time during the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014.

In late 2014, news broke that the two had married. The wedding made headlines around the world. Fans of Stewart wondered why the actress hadn’t given her wedding speech yet, as she had done at numerous other events, and they wondered if this was her way of keeping the secret of her and Pattinson’s romance alive. When Stewart did finally give her wedding speech, she thanked her husband and family for “believing in me when I didn’t believe in myself.”

The Pregnancy And Birth Of Their Baby

The couple had been trying to conceive for years, and in August 2018, they welcomed their first child, a baby girl named Zelda. Though it’s been over a year since the birth, Stewart still hasn’t spoken publicly about Zelda’s birth, which is very unlike her. In a rare post-baby appearance in April 2019, she showed off her daughter’s first steps and announced her pregnancy with a son, Stormzy, in an Instagram post. Fans were once again left wondering about the secret to Stewart and Pattinson’s romance. Just a few weeks later, however, Stewart broke her silence about Zelda’s birth in a Twitter post, explaining that she and her husband decided to wait until their daughter was a little older to tell the world about her pregnancy. (Stewart had kept her pregnancy a secret until shortly before giving birth, and she decided to keep Zelda’s birth also a secret until her daughter was older.)

The Timeline

Here’s a summary of the events that made headlines in 2018:

January

In January, it was announced that James McAvoy will be taking over the lead role in Steel Magnolias from Matthew McConaughey. The two-time Oscar winner will play the role of Bill Parrish, a widower who meets up with three female co-workers from his past to help him find love again. In this adaption of the famous Southern women’s romances, the women give him advice on how to approach dating again, and the movie itself ends with a huge Valentine’s Day wedding. In addition to Bill Parrish, McAvoy will also play the part of the father of one of the three female co-stars, which is somewhat of a departure from his usual roles. (He also won an Emmy for his portrayal of Peter Venkman in the TV series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.)

February

On February 2, it was announced that the 2020 Oscars would be hosted by none other than Jimmy Kimmel. The comedian took over hosting duties from Josephine Borne, and she will host the 65th edition of the Academy Awards in February next year. The comedian will also be featured in a supporting role in the upcoming movie, The House with the Clock in Its Walls, a fantasy movie based on the popular horror character, William Gibson. Kimmel has previously hosted the Academy Awards, and he will be back in his home town of Los Angeles to host this year’s ceremony. In addition to the Oscars, another big event that took place in February was the Super Bowl. The annual championship football game between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams was an especially entertaining installment this year. Both teams boast some of the greatest players of all time, and it was clear that the fans got into the game spirit right from the opening whistle.

March

On March 3, it was reported that Jennifer Lawrence will star in The Wheel of Time, the movie adaptation of the bestselling fantasy series by Robert Jordan. Lawrence will play the role of Éadna, one of the main characters in the book series. Jordan’s bestselling series of novels features a fictional story within a fictional story, set in a world where an authoritarian government watches over and protects the country’s magical inhabitants. Éadna is the leader of a rebellion against the tyranny of the crown and the queen. (Her character’s name is a combination of Edward and Anne.)

April

In April, it was reported that Downton Abbey would return for a special one-off film, with the series’ actors and some of its biggest names back for one last hurrah. The movie will premiere next year on the heels of the series’ Grand Tour, which will see its stars visit all the continents except for Antarctica in concert. Though it may seem like a long time between seasons, fans of the period drama can rest assured that there are still plenty of shenanigans at the grand English country house, and it will all be documented for future generations.