In the twilight of 2015, it was revealed that one of Hollywood’s most popular on-screen couples, Robert Pattinson and his longtime partner, Fiancee, may be calling it quits. The announcement came as a major shock to fans who had previously watched the couple enjoy a fairytale romance that was capped off by their engagement in early 2015. Reports indicate that the split had been brewing for some time and was caused by creative differences and a “fundamental mistrust” on Pattinson’s part.

Now, nearly two years later, the mystery of why the on-screen couple broke up has been solved — at least, in part. In a new interview with Men’s Health, Pattinson opens up about his divorce and offers some insight into the relationship that brought fans around the world to tears.

What Was the Reason For the Breakup?

The reason behind the breakup has been pinpointed as being caused by “creative differences.” As previously reported, the split between the couple was caused by a “complete lack of creative input” on Pattinson’s part. The actor revealed in a joint interview with Marie Claire that his fiancee had “been driving the work” and felt undervalued.

“I didn’t contribute anything,” he admitted. “I didn’t contribute to the writing process, I didn’t contribute to the directing process, so she just kind of did all the work. And then she’d give part of it to me, and I’d be like, ‘That’s not fair!’ But she was like, ‘I don’t mean it in a bad way. I just want you to do your part.'”

Pattinson continued, “It wasn’t until the end that I kind of realized what it was that I didn’t contribute to and I was trying to compensate for. So, in the end, it was more that I realized that I didn’t want to be a part of it. I just wanted to be with a woman that I loved and with whom I could have a family. So, you know, in the end, it was really just a question of, does she love me enough to make the effort to try and be a part of my life? And, you know, at the end of the day, it was pretty clear that she did.”

How Did The Breakup Affect Their Fan Base?

The couple’s split was arguably the most publicized romance of the year, attracting media attention from every corner and spawning countless memes on social media.

But, as with most celebrity splits, the attention was more harmful than helpful. To their credit, neither Pattinson nor Fiancee sought media appearances following their split as they devoted their time to healing and attempting to rebuild their relationship. As it turned out, though, the press attention may have contributed to the unraveling of their union.

In their joint interview with Marie Claire, the couple revealed that they had received an “astronomical” amount of hate mail, as well as a significant number of threatening messages, following the announcement of their breakup. For her part, Pattinson’s Fiancee spoke about being a target of online trolls who accused her of infidelity.

“I’ve had death threats — a couple of guys have actually asked me if I want to kill myself,” she said. “And, you know, there were a lot of people that told me I was a slut and a whore — again, just for being with Robert. And people just thought that it was a phase that he was going through and that it would be funny to see how far he’d fall. They thought it was funny to see him, you know, ‘crying wolf’ and, you know, ‘how many men’s hearts he’s broken.'”

Fiancee also addressed a much more prevalent issue in Hollywood today: sexual harassment and assault. She recounted a story of how, during the making of one of their films, a producer had made several suggestive comments and eventually assaulted her. When she reported the incident to the police, the producer was never prosecuted and continued to work in Hollywood.

Despite the troubling events that unfolded, Fiancee said that she was grateful for the experience and wanted to encourage other women to speak up. “I didn’t want it to be a one-off incident,” she said. “I wanted people to know that this is not okay and that this has got to stop. And so, you know, I guess I was successful at least in that way.”

Pattinson later issued a statement, admitting that he was “fully aware” of the hateful messages that had been directed at his Fiancee and expressing his support for her. He also apologized for the way he had let her down. In the statement, he promised to “always be there for her in whatever way she needs.”

Still, It Was Hard To Let Go

It was a tough pill to swallow for anyone who had invested themselves in the on-screen union of Robert Pattinson and Fiancee — especially considering that it appeared to be so very much worth it. The couple had been together for more than a decade and were considered one of Hollywood’s most beautiful and well-suited couples. They were also consistently among the most photographed and discussed celebrities in the world.

But despite their undeniable appeal, it would seem that there were signs that the union was not meant to be. In their interview with Marie Claire, the couple revealed that they had been experiencing “growing pains” for some time and had even considered divorcing one another. They said that, while they had been working through their issues, they had decided to try to make the marriage work and had put the rumors of their break-up to rest. Now, however, it appears that their decision may have been a grave miscalculation. After enduring the humiliation of being labeled as “gold diggers” and “cougars” who only wanted to be with famous men, it seems that Fiancee and Pattinson have finally realized that they are better off as single individuals and are looking to move on with their lives.

“I think what makes this so difficult is that we put so much emphasis on appearances,” Fiancee said. “And, you know, at the end of the day, when you don’t feel appreciated or you feel like you’re not contributing enough, it’s really hard to stay positive. It’s really hard to stay inspired to make the effort. So I think that’s why I’ve kind of blocked myself off from a lot of things — just because the idea of putting yourself out there and having people tell you that you should feel bad or that you deserve it just for being with a famous person, it’s just not worth it. So I’ve kind of blocked myself off from the world.”

Pattinson agreed, adding, “I don’t think we’re as appreciated as people think we are. I don’t think that men generally give enough credit to women for being capable and intelligent and strong and, you know, doing all of this amazing stuff. So I think that we often overlook the fact that, you know, women are capable of so much more than what we give them credit for. And I think that we owe it to the women of tomorrow to kind of give them the same credit and to show them that it’s okay to like us, not just for our looks, but for our brains and our hearts as well.”

What Will Be the Long-Term Effect of This On Their Fan Base?

As the above discussion makes clear, being a part of the most popular on-screen couple in Hollywood isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. Behind the scenes, the marriage of Robert Pattinson and Fiancee was visibly strained, with the couple admitting that they had put their relationship on hold to focus on their careers.

It’s difficult to say what the long-term effect of this will be on their fan base. While there will undoubtedly be some who are deeply hurt by the revelation that the couple’s dream turned out to be a mirage, there will also be those who feel emboldened by the experience. After all, just like Fiancee and Pattinson, there are many women who only want to be with a man they can trust — and who knows, maybe for them, this divorce was a godsend.