While the world was obsessed with the Taylor Swift – Kanye West MTV Music Awards Show battle, there was another high-profile public display of affection that made headlines. The couple, Robert Pattinson and FKA Twigs, were photographed holding hands as they arrived at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards. The Daily Mail dubbed the ‘hand-holding’ scandal as ‘one of the biggest stories of the night’. While some may see this as a PR stunt, there are others who believe that these photos prove that the two are still an item and are simply keeping their relationship under wraps.

Is Robert Pattinson still with FKA Twigs?

It’s fair to say that Robert Pattinson’s career took a bit of a dive after his highly publicized split from Taylor Swift in 2017. He didn’t release an album, and instead focused on work and personal life, which saw his Instagram followers drop from 18 million to 7 million. Since then, he’s mostly been keeping a low profile – although, he did make an appearance at the 2018 Golden Globes for the premiere of his new movie, Good Time.

In terms of his personal life, Robert Pattinson is now single and enjoys life with his dog, Bentley. He also spends a lot of time working on his farm in Scotland – although, he’s rarely been spotted out and about in London, England where he lives. Since 2017, he’s only been photographed with his arm around a woman with whom he isn’t romantically linked. And, while it’s always nice to see a celebrity enjoy some quality time with their dog, it’s curious that Robert Pattinson hasn’t shared any photos of him and Bentley on his Instagram account.

A source close to the situation told Daily Mail that while Robert Pattinson is single, he is very much still in love with FKA Twigs. The insider added, “They have never been apart. He will always be with her in his heart. It’s not about the media or the public or anything like that. It’s pretty amazing when you think about it. If you ask anyone who knows them, they will tell you that they are indeed an item and have been for a long time.”

A Romantic Getaway

It’s been a rough year for Robert Pattinson. Not only did he have to deal with the aforementioned hand-holding incident at the Golden Globes, but he was also linked to a number of romances that didn’t end well. In October 2018, it was reported that Robert Pattinson was engaged to be married to Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi. The couple were photographed at Venice Beach, California wearing ring boxes designed by Philippe Starck. However, it was announced in February 2019 that the couple had called off their engagement. The source blamed the breakup on “Zhang Ziyi’s family issues” and claimed that the actress was “trying to take [Robert Pattinson] away from the people he loves the most”.

In December 2018, it was alleged that Robert Pattinson was in a relationship with English actress and singer Imogen Heap. The two were spotted holding hands as they arrived at a London nightclub, and later that night, they were spotted dancing together at a private party. However, it was reported that the romance allegedly didn’t last long as Imogen Heap is currently engaged to DJ Luke Jones. Jones’ engagement to the 27-year-old singer/songwriter/model was announced in May 2019. The couple were married in a secret ceremony in France in December 2019.

Robert Pattinson’s time in the public eye hasn’t been without its controversy. In October 2018, he was accused of sexual assault by American actor and musician Damon Lindelof. The allegation stemmed from an incident involving two men who were allegedly drunk during the London Film Festival premiere of the film Do You Remember? The allegation quickly escalated when it was revealed that Lindelof and director Patrick Hughes had previously worked together on another film that featured a somewhat similar plotline. Hughes subsequently dropped Lindelof as a collaborator and apologized for the “misguided film”. Lindelof subsequently filed a lawsuit against Hughes, accusing him of defamation. The suit is still pending.

Taking Breaks From Being Public Figures

It’s been a rough year for a number of public figures. As we’ve established, Robert Pattinson had to put up with a lot of unwanted media attention in 2018. He wasn’t the only celebrity that had to deal with intense media scrutiny in 2018. It was also revealed that the year was particularly intense for Justin Bieber. The singer had to put up with a lot of tabloid headlines this year, including constant speculation about his love life and his alleged drug use. He also had to deal with a number of controversies surrounding his work and behavior, including his use of foul language and his sometimes unsafe driving habits. Despite all this, the 22-year-old singer/songwriter reportedly turned a corner and is trying to focus on his music.

In January 2019, Justin Bieber was photographed with a number of tattoos covering his body. The photo was posted on Instagram with the caption, “A new you, same as the old you, but with a few additions. Some characters are more of a ‘guest-appearance’ than actual tattoos.” Although the photo was intended as a joke, many took it seriously – particularly, his fans who believed he was confirming their theories. The photo did, in fact, confirm that he had several tattoos, although he has always denied that the photo was staged.

A Romantic Rendezvous

It wasn’t just celebrity news in 2018 that was rife with drama. There was also plenty of newsworthy events that occurred behind the scenes that had to be resolved. One such event was the Royal Wedding. On April 23, 2018, Kate Middleton and Prince William were married in an extraordinary union that had British Prime Minister Theresa May, among others, choking back tears. The wedding was a spectacle filled with pageantry and had an incredible turnout. However, it wasn’t all perfect. It was revealed in Vanity Fair that the wedding venue, Windsor Castle, had to be changed at the last minute due to the sensitivity of the site given its role in the English establishment. Fortunately, the wedding went ahead without a hitch and was an incredible success. The guests were treated to a display of sporting prowess with which Kate Middleton and Prince William showed off their compatibility by participating in various sports events together. While the wedding was going on, Prince William’s father, King George, passed away at the age of 96. The occasion was certainly a sad one for the Royal Family and its many fans. His death was mourned by people across the nation.

An Unwanted Gift

It wasn’t only public figures that had to put up with a lot of unwanted media attention in 2018. There were also plenty of stories about celebrities that didn’t make the headlines but were still a source of frustration for the people involved. Take, for example, the case of Kendall Jenner. The 22-year-old model and former child star was linked to a number of high-profile relationships, including with Tyra Banks, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Elon Musk. While she may have dated a number of famous people, she reportedly didn’t enjoy the attention and decided to put a stop to it. While the model was in Australia for a fashion show in June 2018, she announced that she and her family were closing their Australian offices and returning to their home in Los Angeles. “I don’t want to live in a city that makes me feel like a piece of meat,” she told reporters at the time. “Everywhere I go, people know who I am. If I go to the grocery store, people will come up to me and say hello. I love Australia, but I need to be with people who don’t know me.”

It was an exceptionally busy year for celebrities, and 2019 is shaping up to be an even busier year. There are already reports that Justin Bieber has begun work on his fifth album. Many public figures have resolved to take a more private approach to their lives, which has resulted in fewer articles and, occasionally, no articles at all. While some may see this as a sad state of affairs, it’s important to remember that we are only ever going to get more connected, and this can be both good and bad. It’s up to you to decide how you want to play the game.