Robert Pattinson and Nicole Kidman have reportedly decided to end their two-year marriage. The couple’s reps confirmed the split to People on Saturday, October 19, but they have not released any further details. A source close to the couple told the magazine that the breakup was “sudden and unexpected” but that they remained friends. Kidman was previously engaged to marry her Twilight co-star, Taylor Lautner, but the couple called it off in August 2013. The actress later married her Handsome photographer, Matthew McConaughey, in 2015.
Pattinson, 30, and Kidman, 35, met on the set of the 2006 romantic comedy, Confessions of a Shopaholic. They began dating, and were subsequently named the “Newest Power Couple”, in 2011 after appearing widely praised together in films and on their Instagram accounts. The following year, they were named the World’s Sexiest Celebrity Couple. They were also featured on the July 2012 cover of Vanity Fair, where Kidman was dubbed the “New Queen of Instagram”. In September 2013, the couple’s rep said they were “deeply devoted” to one another and were “looking forward to exploring this next phase of [their] life together as a couple.” In March 2014, they were named the “Hottest Celebrity Couple”, and in October that year, People crowned them “The Most Influential Hollywood Couple of the Past Decade”.
Why Are They Divorcing?
According to the Vanity Fair source, the split is amicable and was completely unexpected. The star was previously engaged to musician, Taylor Swift, but the pair called it off in 2013 after just nine months of dating. Taylor later began her own romance with Joe Alwyn, the male lead in her upcoming film, Call Me By Your Name. Taylor’s rep told People at the time: “They are good friends and have been for years.” In March 2015, Taylor was linked to Orlando Bloom after the actor proposed to her on a beach in Italy.
Meanwhile, Kidman was previously reported to be engaged to Lautner, with whom she shares a son, Cyrus. However, the couple called it off in August 2013 and subsequently denied any engagement rumors. In October 2013, Kidman began dating Scottish actor, Jim McLean. They were last seen together in May 2015, when they were spotted holding hands on a night out in New York City. McLean, 44, has two children: a daughter, Grace, and a son, Jack, from a previous marriage. He also has a son, Finn, from a previous relationship with Suki Waterhouse.
What Happens Next?
As previously reported, Kidman is set to marry her photographer, Matthew McConaughey, in a lavish ceremony in Australia in October 2015. After the ceremony, the couple will begin a new life together in Paris. McConaughey, 43, and Kidman, who are both Australian natives, have been dating since June 2015. In September 2015, they were spotted enjoying a romantic date night together at the Melbourne International Film Festival. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Kidman opened up about her upcoming wedding and mentioned that she and McConaughey would like to have children in the future. She also admitted that their relationship is “complicated”. “It’s funny, because it’s always been a bit complicated,” she said. “But I think we’re finally just about to take that step and see where it goes.”
Pattinson will reportedly begin dating again after the end of his marriage to Kidman. The couple’s representatives have not commented on the rumors. In the meantime, Pattinson is focused on his future films, directing gigs, and his private life. In November 2015, he was photographed leaving his New York City apartment building after midnight, walking with a friend. The photo, which was taken on an iPhone 7+, shows that Pattinson is still very much a popular man, with many eager suitors. In March 2016, the actor was spotted on a romantic date with his new girlfriend, Marisa Tomei, 45.