Last week, the tabloid press was ablaze with stories of Hollywood heart-throb Rob Pattinson. As if he didn’t have enough problems already, the 27-year-old British actor was caught on camera getting pretty cozy with a gorgeous blonde named Olivia Culpo. The footage, which you can watch below, was shot as part of an Italian magazine’s October 18th issue, and the photos that accompanied the article made quite an impression.

The candid shots feature Olivia, 27, and Rob, who is dating her since August, sitting in a dark room draped in black with the lights turned off. To enhance the mood, a track from Moby featuring vocals from British singer-songwriter Charli XCX is audible in the background. The two are also seen holding hands and smiling at the camera.

The magazine’s editor-in-chief Maurizio Schiavo admits the footage is “one of the most striking images of a celebrity couple published in recent times.” While it may be difficult to determine the exact nature of their relationship from the limited vantage point of a single frame, the pictures do provide some clues. Olivia has been previously linked to Leonardo DiCaprio, and her beauty and social media savvy have made her a popular subject of tabloids around the world. As a result of her recent dating maneuvers, Olivia has become the focus of fierce scrutiny, and that is exactly what makes this latest episode so intriguing.

It is widely assumed that Rob is currently single as a result of the split from FOURLETTERMAN frontman Louis Cole, with whom he has a daughter. Cole and his wife, actress Daisy Goodwin, filed for divorce last year, and since then, the Blondie singer has been linked to a number of women. However, the 27-year-old actor has maintained that he is single, and he even went so far as to slam Louis Cole in a recent interview with GQ.

“He’s not my dad, and he will never be my dad,” he said. “I don’t even know my dad. I was five years old when my parents got divorced. It was a real shame. I love my dad and I would never do anything to hurt him.”

In the same interview, Rob also commented on the media circus that ensues whenever a big name celebrity dates a commoner. He cited his friend Guy Ritchie, the guy who directed him in films such as THE ROYAL VICTORY and THE BREAKING POINT, as an example of someone who “has a lot of common sense.” In other words, don’t get so distracted by the pretty faces that you ignore what is actually going on.

In the clip below, which was shot in August, Olivia shares that she has been following Rob’s career since she was a kid. “I used to love watching him on TV when I was a kid,” she said. “I always wanted to be like Olivia Culpo.” The brunette beauty went on to describe her dream man as someone who is “stylish and has a great sense of style, but also down to earth and funny.” No other man seems to come close to matching up to that description.

There is no question that Olivia and Rob are a fascinating couple. Olivia is one of the most sought-after women in Hollywood, and the fact that she is currently single is largely thanks to the media coverage she has been enjoying in recent months. The only way that this story could get more interesting is if Rob either abandons his current relationship or if the pair decide to wed.

Who Is She Dating?

We have been tracking Rob’s love life since the beginning of the year, and so far, he seems quite happy dating Olivia. The two have been spotted together numerous times, and they attended the Met Gala earlier this summer with a group of friends. In fact, not even six weeks went by before the two were photographed kissing in New York City.

Olivia, who was previously linked to Leonardo DiCaprio and Ben Affleck, has starred in films such as TERMINATOR SALÓN and THE BOOK CLERK. She currently plays Belle in Disney’s live action adaptation of the animated hit BEAUTIFUL BASKETMAKER. Besides being featured on the cover of Italian magazine Chi, Olivia also graced the cover of German fashion magazine FEMME.

Met Gala

The footage of Rob and Olivia at the Met Gala last week was one of the first images of them on the internet. While they were seen arriving at the gala separately, they were later spotted together. The two were first seen chatting before heading over to join Louis Camilleri, Olivia’s makeup artist and friend Angela Lindhurst. Not only does Lindhurst have a seat on the Met Gala’s board of trustees, she is also responsible for the makeup artists of Lady Gaga, Emma Watson, and Natalie Portman. The makeup artist shared photos of themselves and the couple, and it is safe to assume that their poses were meant to provoke laughter. As a result of their humorous reaction shots, the picture made its way to Reddit, where the comments were dominated by memes and funny anecdotes about the two.

Rumors About Olivia And Rob

As with any celebrity couple, there have been rumors regarding the nature of their relationship. For example, in January, a source close to the couple told Us Weekly that Rob and Olivia are just friends, but the tabloid noted that they spend a lot of time together.

Similarly, it was recently reported that Olivia might be trying to change Rob’s mind regarding their rumored relationship. While she would never admit to being his girlfriend, she reportedly wants him to consider her more as a ‘girlfriend friend.’ As one source close to the couple put it, “They are definitely a couple of Hollywood’s most glamorous friends. They have an interesting dynamic. Olivia is very open and honest about her relationship status, while Rob keeps a lot to himself. But these days, everyone is very private. It’s not always easy to read between the lines.”

More About Olivia

Olivia has been dating actors Ben Affleck and Leonardo DiCaprio in the past. DiCaprio, who co-starred with her in the 2011 film FRANCISCO FRANCO, proposed to her in 2012, and the couple wed in a private ceremony in February 2013. After a brief separation, the actor and his wife, Gwyneth Paltrow, filed for divorce in May 2014. The couple have two sons together, Jack and Moses.

Prior to her relationship with DiCaprio, Olivia was romantically linked to Tom Hanks and has been featured on the covers of numerous international editions of Vanity Fair. As Vanity Fair put it, “Olivia is a cover girl, and her career is a testament to her beauty and celebrity,” adding, “She is in demand and is constantly making news.” In 2009, Olivia became the face of Yves Saint Laurent’s women’s wear campaign. She previously worked with the French fashion house as a guest designer.

Besides acting, Olivia has also appeared on the covers of international editions of Vogue and W Magazine. She has also graced the covers of national magazines such as Italian and German ones. Additionally, she has been featured on the Style Network’s “Dressing Hollywood” and “Living with Luxury” and in GQ’s “The 100 Most Influential People in Fashion.”

Olivia has also been a longtime supporter of the Democratic Party. In 2011, she donated $50,000 to the Party’s Senate Campaign. At the time, she said, “I’m a big fan of Nancy Pelosi and have been for a long time. I’ve known Nancy for many, many years, and I think she’s a wonderful speaker. I think what she represents is so important for our country — women being equally valued and respected as men.”

Believe In Belief

While we have been able to track the romantic and sexual life of Hollywood’s most glamorous, and famous, this year, a lot has changed. As a result of the pandemic, a lot of the big annual events have been canceled, including the Met Gala and the Academy Awards. Additionally, there are a lot of restrictions in place regarding public gatherings. These restrictions are likely to have a long-term impact on the way Hollywood functions. When the world returns to normal, it will be interesting to see how much these events have ingrained themselves in popular culture.

For now, though, we have Rob, Olivia, and the rest of Hollywood to keep us warm in these cold economic times. Hopefully, we will learn more about their personal lives and romances as the year progresses.