We all know the story. The handsome young man from London, the son of a brewer, grew up watching his father drink beer after work and playing in the street with his big brothers. He started acting at the age of three and was soon named after Winnie-the-Pooh’s teddy bear character, but it wasn’t long before his life took a serious turn.

Pattinson began his film career with small parts in small films and short-lived TV shows before making his breakthrough in the 2005 film, Piranha. Since then, he has appeared in big-budget films such as The Twilight Saga and Life is Hot Pics: Movie Night, and smaller films such as The Rover and Winnie. He has played iconic characters such as Harry Potter’s Albus Dumbledore and King George VI in The King’s Speech, and won critical acclaim for his performance in the title role of the musical drama, The Liberian Captive.

But is he really doing it? Is Robert Pattinson having sex? There have been rumours – from serious to tongue-in-cheek – since the beginning of his film career. At the 2008 Bravo Summit, the magazine’s founder, André Leon Talley, asked Pattinson if he was “having lots of sex?”. He replied, “I don’t know. I’m not sure. It’s pretty cool, though…I’ve always wanted to try and see how it would feel like.”

We may never know for sure what goes on behind closed doors, but we can certainly learn a lot from watching his public outings. Over the past decade, we’ve seen him show off his toned, sculpted body in swimsuits (usually featuring his distinctive bow-tie), hit the beach in a swimsuit or kimono, lounge around in bathrobes, and even give a lap dance (or 10).

Here are some interesting facts about Robert Pattinson and his love life:

Who is he dating?

The British actor is never afraid to show off his famous good looks, and has dated some of the most attractive women in Hollywood. Over the years, he’s romanced actresses such as Kate Bosworth, Kristen Stewart, and more recently, Suki Waterhouse and Emilia Clarke. But is he really having sex?

In 2018, rumours began circulating that Pattinson was involved in a passionate, romantic relationship with Suki Waterhouse. The two were spotted holding hands and gazing into each other’s eyes at numerous red-carpet events. However, they have both played down their relationship, saying they are just friends. Waterhouse even went so far as to say that she feels “lucky” to have found friendship with someone she enjoys spending so much time with.

Since 2007, Robert Pattinson has been in a romantic relationship with actress Kristen Stewart. They began appearing together in the 2010 romantic comedy film, How to Be a Lady. But it wasn’t until 2014 that they decided to take their relationship public. That same year, Stewart won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the film, The Snowball Effect. The two have since been photographed holding hands, making tender, romantic gestures, and even going on holiday together.

Another popular rumour dating back to 2011 has been that Robert Pattinson is in love with actress Kate Bosworth. The pair have been seen hitting the beach together, with Bosworth showing off her famous curves in tiny bikinis and Pattinson looking on enviously. They have also been spotted holding hands and gazing into each other’s eyes. In 2017, Bosworth gave birth to a daughter, Scout, and the two are now parents to a young daughter.

When did he lose his virginity?

It’s no secret that Robert Pattinson grew up in a very unconventional way. His father, Charles, abandoned the family when he was young, leaving him and his mother to raise five children on their own. The British actor has talked about his father’s absence (he has since resolved his father’s legal issues so he can live with him and his mother) in interviews. In an interview with US Weekly, he said that he doesn’t feel he has “a normal family life … I’ve always felt like an individual who doesn’t really fit in anywhere.” To make matters even more complicated, his mother is technically his step-grandmother. She married his late grandfather, Alfred James, who had four sons (Robert’s father was one of them) when he was 28 and she was 25.

In 2016, Pattinson opened up about his sex life in an interview with Vogue. “I’ve never really done anything with a woman I didn’t want to do. I’ve always been fortunate in that way,” he said. “I’ve had a lot of girlfriends, but I’ve never really wanted to have sex with any of them. I think it’s because I feel like I can already have too much of a good thing.”

Pattinson began experiencing sexuality at an early age and wasn’t averse to trying out new things. In the same Vogue interview, he revealed that he is “absolutely sure” that he experimented with homosexuality in his youth. “I think it’s fair to say that I’ve always been attracted to men. I’ve never felt comfortable showing that side of myself to anyone, primarily because I’ve never felt very comfortable with my body. It was always, like, ‘No, don’t do that,’ or ‘I don’t like that look.'”

Although he doesn’t discuss his past extensively in interviews, Pattinson has opened up about some of his early experiences in documentaries and in his 2018 autobiography, A Beautiful Day. In the latter, he writes about how his mother took him to a sex shop when he was young to teach him about responsibility. He also talks about how she would take him to gay bars in London when he was 13 years old and how his curiosity about other men stemmed from a desire to understand his sexuality. “I wanted to know what it meant to be attracted to someone of the same gender. It wasn’t that I wanted to try it with a man, per se, but I wanted to know what it was like,” he said. He also writes about how, as a child, he often felt like he didn’t fit in with the other kids and how he would retreat to the toyshop in the basement to play with the animatronics from Star Wars.

Does he watch his own films to masturbate?

We don’t know if Robert Pattinson watches his films to masturbate, but we do know that he uses a Fleshlight, a masturbation aid that feels like real vulvas. The company that makes the device, Fun Factory, has released a statement saying that his love for fantasy films is what inspired them to create these realistic plastic vaginas. They added that his love for the products is “just too much.” It’s one thing to use a Fleshlight for medical reasons or to help someone with arousal problems. It’s quite another to use the product just because you love watching women masturbate in sexy movies.

What is the most bizarre thing he’s ever done in bed?

In 2017, BuzzFeed News reported that Robert Pattinson had slept with Miley Cyrus. The two had previously appeared in The Rover together. While filming, they began an intimate relationship that continued after the shoot was over. Although they have both played down the extent of their involvement since, the Cyrus family has continued to speak openly about their relationship with Pattinson in interviews, with Miley even going so far as to say that she would “absolutely be down” for a threesome with him. “I wouldn’t rule it out,” she said. “It would be so much fun.”

In the same BuzzFeed News report, an anonymous source claimed that Pattinson is “extremely talented” in the bedroom and that he is “more than happy to give great head”. The source also claimed that they had witnessed the actor having sex with at least one other woman. Other reports have suggested that he had an affair with Kurt Belcher, the owner of Uber, while filming The Beach Bachelors in Italy. One of the biggest allegations concerns Elle MacLeman, the founder of natural beauty brand Clairol. In 1995, MacLeman starred in a Sports Illustrated TV show about tennis in which she wore a bikini. Years later, MacLeman said that she felt Robert Pattinson was “very sweet” and that she “never felt like [she] was being objectified” during the filming of the show.