While the world grieves over the death of David Bowie, we can take comfort in knowing that another legendary music personality is alive and well. Who is this man and what is his connection to Hollywood royalty? Let’s take a journey back in time to the late 1960s to meet one of music history’s most unique and enigmatic figures: Robert Pattinson. With his unforgettable performance in Baz Luhrmann’s 2010 film adaptation of The Great Gatsby, Robert Pattinson has once again stunned audiences with his acting prowess and shown the world that he is in fact a man to be reckoned with on-screen as well as off.

From Twilight To Great Gatsby

Robert Pattinson first came to our attention with his portrayal of vampire Edward Cullen in the 2008 vampire hit Twilight. In this role, he showed the world that he is a gifted and versatile actor and not just a pretty face like his on-screen wife, Kristen Stewart. After Twilight, Robert Pattinson starred in the blockbuster romantic comedy Friends With Benefits with co-stars Steve Carrell and Anna Faris. This role saw him branch out of his Edward Cullen persona and into a more comedic and dramatic mode. Most notably, the film features the actor’s first on-screen kiss, which earned him a Teen Choice Award. In 2012, Robert Pattinson landed the role of Jay Gatsby in the film adaptation of The Great Gatsby. Set against the backdrop of the Roaring Twenties, this period piece follows Jay Gatsby (Pattinson) as he attempts to live the high life in palatial fashion. In this adaptation, the character of Jay Gatsby is a thinly veiled reference to the infamous French society figure Lucien Comte. The Great Gatsby is yet another example of Robert Pattinson’s incredible versatility as an actor. In 2019 alone, we’ve seen the actor appear in critically acclaimed films such as Midsommar, where he plays a troubled youth torn between pursuing a romantic relationship with a gorgeous woman or saving the life of a young girl, and The Lost City, where he plays a jazz musician who must prove himself to his colleagues and family amidst World War II flashbacks. All of this before the age of 30!

A Playboy, A Rolling Stone, And A Romantic With A Twist

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from studying the life and work of Robert Pattinson, it’s that he’s a man of many contradictions. As previously mentioned, he’s acted in some of the most iconic and well-known films of our time, yet he’s also the subject of many scandals and tabloid headlines. This same duality is visible in his personal life too. Though he’s often referred to as a ‘playboy’, the truth is that he’s never actually been particularly “playful” with women. One of the earliest documented scandals involving Robert Pattinson was back in 2009 when a South Korean newspaper reported that he was arrested for assaulting and robbing a 29-year-old woman. According to the police complaint, the actress was walking home from a movie theater with Pattinson when he grabbed her and tried to kiss her. When she rejected his advances, the “Mystery Boy” allegedly punched her in the face. In addition to this 2009 arrest, Robert Pattinson has also been linked to a number of other violent incidents involving women. In 2011, the actor was accused of assaulting a photographer who was trying to take his picture. Later that same year, he was sued by a 25-year-old ex-girlfriend who accused him of domestic violence and “emotional abuse.” In 2013, Robert Pattinson was arrested for allegedly knocking over a photographer’s camera during an argument at a nightclub in Rome. Last but not least, in 2015, news broke that the actor had bedded a 17-year-old high school student while on a break from filming The Lost City. The actor has always vehemently denied these allegations and even joked about them in the press. But even the most scandal-free celebrity is bound to eventually face some controversy, and this has certainly been the case for Robert Pattinson. As bizarre as it may sound, the root of all this trouble can be traced back to one incident in particular…

A Love To Prove

The most intriguing contradiction in the life of Robert Pattinson is his relationship with women. Like many other Hollywood stars, the actor has always been determined to “keep up with the Joneses,” and that means he’s continually looking to bed as many women as possible to secure his position in society. However, this has never been about mere sexual gratification for Pattinson. He’s always talked about the mental and emotional connections he forms with his partners. In 2016, for example, the actor spoke passionately about the healing and liberating properties of sex. “I think that when you’re with someone that you love and trust, and you’re both into the same things, the sex is going to be fantastic,” he said. “It’s going to be passionate, it’s going to be spiritual, it’s going to be full of love, and it’s going to be fantastic.” In an interview two years earlier, Pattinson revealed that being with a woman he loves is all the more effective because it forces him to contemplate his own mortality. “I want to be with someone I love more than anything. It sounds cheesy but it’s true. If I ever met the right person, I’d be happy to spend the rest of my life with them. I’d love for it to happen. But how much time do I have left? Is this love that’s going to happen, is this love that I’m looking for, is it going to happen in my lifetime? That’s something to think about. It makes you stop and really consider the person you’re with. You start to realize how much time you have left and how important it is to make the most of the moments that you have left.”

This idea that sex and love are inextricably linked is precisely what has drawn so many women to the enigmatic and talented Robert Pattinson. He’s clearly a man of rare natural abilities who is unafraid to express himself and carve out an identity all his own. Perhaps Hollywood will never see another actor quite like Robert Pattinson, not because he’s handsome but because he’s an original, a man who doesn’t shy away from being himself. The fact that he continually shocks and delights audiences with his performances only supports my belief that he will continue to be a one-of-a-kind talent for years to come.