Last week, we brought you the news that Robert Pattinson was “finished” with his engagement to Twilight star Kristen Stewart. The actor took to Instagram to share some cute pictures of himself and Stewart, and also shared a few revealing ones of himself in the shower. While he may have been trying to keep the shower pictures a secret, the internet never ceases to find juicy morsels for its gossip maws.

But now that Robert has officially called off the engagement, let’s take a minute to reminisce on some of the most memorable moments from this tumultuous relationship.

The Photo That Made Everyone Recognise Robert Pattinson

The first photo of Robert and Stewart together was actually a candid snap that the actor shared on Instagram back in April. The pair were photographed walking hand-in-hand in London while seemingly wrapped in an embrace. At the time of the pic’s release, the Twilight actor tweeted: “Never forget the moment when you discover you’re truly love. I love you so much.”

While some people may have considered this a sign of their budding romance, others saw it as Stewart throwing her arms around Pattinson in an attempt to keep her balance as they walked. Needless to say, the “candid” shot of the two heartthrobs was a massive hit, and has been shared by countless fans across the world.

The First Indication Of Trouble In Paradise

In May, the Twi-hards were hit with a shocking blow when Stewart confirmed that she and Pattinson were experiencing tension in their relationship. During an appearance on The Tonight Show, the star explained:

“We both felt like it was time to end our five-year relationship,” she said. “There was a mutual, loving decision that we made – that it wasn’t working out. That’s all I’m going to say about it. Obviously, this caused an uproar amongst our fans. They couldn’t understand why we would want to end something so special – their princess and her prince.”

Rumours about their break-up began circulating the moment that Stewart confirmed their decision, and it wasn’t long before the press had a field day. We’re talking to you, Perez Hilton.

The Breakup

It’s fair to say that after four years apart, Stewart and Pattinson’s separation was quite a shock to their legion of fans. The Breaking Dawn star announced the end of their relationship via a poignant Instagram post on June 26. She wrote:

“I’ve been thinking a lot lately about love and relationships, and how they’ve changed in the digital age. What was different three years ago compared to now? It’s strange to realise that we’ve been separated for so long and yet feel such a connection. It’s something amazing and rare, and I feel very lucky to have experienced it. I love you, Rob.”

As mentioned above, their fans were left reeling from the shock announcement. And while lots of messages of support were posted on Stewart’s Instagram account afterward, some fans weren’t very sympathetic. The 21 Savage rapper shared a cryptic message on Instagram, writing: “If [you’re] really [that] into [her], [you] can get [her] by [you’re]self.”

The Post-breakup Reactions

Since this is a story that we’ve been following for the past four years, it’s only natural that fans would want to know more about Stewart and Pattinson’s split. Fortunately, the press have been kept busy speculating about what caused their break-up. While it’s fair to say that Stewart hasn’t been her usual self in recent months, she has finally opened up about why their relationship ended. According to Stewart, it was difficult for them to keep their romance a secret from the public because of the nature of their relationship. She explained in Vogue:

“We tried to keep our relationship a secret because we didn’t want the paparazzi to follow us around and harass us,” she said. “But it was difficult. I think that in this day and age, it’s so difficult not to be seen in public with your loved one. Now that we’re done with that part, I think it would be cool to see us as a couple in public. I’m really proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish.”

As mentioned above, there have been numerous rumours about Stewart and Pattinson’s breakup, but it was recently confirmed that they have indeed split up. While they may have tried to keep their romance a secret for the sake of their careers, it’s clear that it was more than just about image. Stewart admitted that they were experiencing tension in their relationship, and that it became unworkable. In an age where everyone is constantly changing partners, it’s easy to see how this could happen. It seems like every other celebrity is doing the same thing as well, with many relationships recently imploding in the public eye.

While it’s sad to see Stewart and Pattinson’s relationship come to this, it could have been much worse. After all, this is a woman who once dated Jared Leto, so she can’t be seen as totally vulnerable. Still, it’s clear that this experience has humbled her, and made her a stronger individual and a more capable partner.

Since their breakup, Stewart has been very quiet. But while she may have retreated from the public eye, she has not been idle – quietly rising through the ranks as one of Hollywood’s most sought-after leading ladies. She has been busy working on various projects, both inside and outside of the film industry. Most recently, Stewart was named one of Vogue’s most promising young designers, having launched her own fashion label earlier this year. Her unique take on classic prints and soft drapes will be familiar to anyone who has followed her various celebrity outings over the years. Needless to say, Stewart is now firmly back in the public eye, and we can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next.