This week, actor Robert Pattinson caused quite the social media stir when he announced he was quitting Instagram and moving to London. The actor, who rose to fame in the Twilight films, has been inactive on the social media platform for over a year, and his sudden change of heart brought many fans and followers hoping to see a resurrection of his old fun-loving self. But is all this attention and fanfare truly warranted? We delved into the details of the actor’s new life in London and learned about the 29-year-old’s newfound positivity and sense of purpose.

Why London?

While in LA for a promotional tour for his upcoming film, Bel Ami, Pattinson surprisingly dropped a big bombshell: He was moving to London to “start a new chapter.” Not only that, but he was also going to end his professional relationship with actress Kristen Stewart, with whom he has had a tumultuous on-off relationship for years. Stewart’s representatives told TMZ that she had “no idea” why Pattinson would move to London, adding that she “still cares about and loves” him. So, what prompted the famous actor to leave not one but two of the most powerful cities in the world? And will KStew ever forgive him?

The End Of An On-Off Relationship

It’s safe to say that since the dawn of time, Hollywood has been going through a golden era. While the industry may never be more popular than it is now, there’s still something unique about walking down the red carpet on the arm of a famous movie star. And, for the most part, Robert Pattinson lived his life in the eye of the mainstream media spotlight. He may have kept his private life under wraps, but his work was never truly private. After all, he’s often appeared in movies with explicit content. So, it probably wasn’t a huge surprise that the 29-year-old found his way to the spotlight when he played the part of Edward Cullen in the Twilight films.

The saga that is Twilight has transcended time and culture, becoming one of the most popular film franchises of all time. The first film was released in 2007 and, to date, has made over $10 billion worldwide. So, it’s not like Pattinson was lacking for opportunities. But, he chose to pursue an acting career in a city that is, for the most part, void of any truly famous film studios. Or, at least, he appeared to choose that. According to reports, he had actually been planning on moving to London for some time already. So, it was either opportunity knocking or the fame cloud finally settling down and giving him a clearer head.

A New Fuelling Spirit

From the get-go, it seemed like Pattinson had changed. Or, perhaps more accurately, he had finally been forced to grow up and be a responsible adult. Or, at least, that’s what the press seemed to be suggesting. The British actor had been a self-proclaimed workaholic during his time in LA, often working 18-hour days, 7 days a week. And it showed. Despite his busy schedule, Pattinson frequently skipped out of work to hang out with his dogs and girlfriend. In London, he told the press that he wanted to “work hard but also have a life.” So, it seems like a combination of his hectic travel schedule and his new responsibilities in London may have finally given the 29-year-old the perspective he needed to start afresh and change the way he was living. Or, at least, that’s what his fans are hoping for.

And, to be honest, there’s certainly a part of us that wants to believe that Robert Pattinson has turned a new leaf. After all, we’re sick of seeing this famous face bogged down by bad decisions and scandal. From getting black eyes to run-ins with the law, when it comes to Robert Pattinson, much of his past is looking more like present than ever. While he may be keeping a low profile these days, it seems that a part of him is definitely still in the spotlight. Perhaps London is just the fresh start he needs.

But, the truth is we may never truly know why or how Robert Pattinson’s life changed for the better. All we know is that he’s happy and that’s all that matters.