I think we can all agree that Robert Pattinson is one of the most charming and likeable men in Hollywood. The “Belle” actor has been in the spotlight for nearly 20 years, and continues to be one of the most popular guys in Hollywood. But, like many other famous men in Hollywood, Pattinson has a dark side. He smokes, he drinks, and he gambles – often all at the same time. Luckily, he also seems to have a lot of self-control, because he doesn’t appear to be a complete badass. Let’s take a look at some of the more interesting facts about Robert Pattinson’s life.
He Was Raped As A Teenager
The actor has never really spoken about this part of his life, but in a 2017 biography, he opened up about being sexually assaulted as a teenager. He stated that he was dating his 13-year-old cousin at the time, and that his father had also been grooming him to take over the family business (Pattinson’s grandfather founded the company in 1874). His father had taken him to meet a man named David Wild who was also a cousin. Pattinson explained: “I was very naïve, innocent, and trusting. David Wild preyed on my naivety and then raped me. It was a complete shock. I had no idea what was happening.”
Wild denied the allegations and sued for defamation, but the case was eventually settled out of court. Fortunately, Pattinson was able to move on with his life. But the incident definitely threw him for a loop, and he went on to describe what it was like to wake up every day as a teenager and not feel completely safe.
He Was Almost Killed In A Car Accident
Pattinson has had quite a few close calls with death, but the most recent one was in June 2017, when he was almost killed in a car accident. The accident was caused by an unseen object that flew into his windshield at high speed. The object was later identified as a bullet, and the injury required over 40 stitches. Luckily, he was wearing a seat belt, and the impact cushioned the blow. The injury has left him with a scar on his forehead, and he still suffers from headaches as a result of the accident.
Pattinson has spoken publicly about the incident, blaming his recklessness and partying lifestyle for getting him into trouble. But it’s important to note that he doesn’t consider himself at fault. He stated, “There’s no question that I’ve been very, very lucky. If anything, this accident has made me realize how much I need to cherish the time I have left.” He has also spoken about the incident with his son Kieran. “I’ve told Kieran many times that he’s the reason I’m still alive,” he said. “And I tell him this every day.”
He’s Made A Living Changing His Looks
Over the years, Pattinson has changed his hairstyle and makeup many times to keep up with Hollywood’s ever-evolving fashion trends. Here’s a short list of the most memorable changes:
- He sported a long braided hairstyle in 2001’s “Robin Hood”
- In 2006, he was seen with his hair dyed an unusual eggplant purple
- For his role in “Water For Elephants,” he wore a striking green wig and makeup
- For his role in “Remember Me,” he wore a black mustache and gave himself a grey beard
- He’s been known to use whitening strips on his teeth and wear masks to hide his identity
Along with his changing looks, Pattinson has also constantly been evolving as a person. In his own words, “I try and keep myself as honest as possible. I think the most important thing for me is to always do the right thing.” It’s easy to see that he’s trying to be as open and honest as possible, because he wants to be able to move on with his life and be happy. But it’s clear that the incident with Wild is still haunting him, to the point where he sometimes asks himself, “Am I doing the right thing?”
I think it’s safe to say that no matter what happens in his personal life, Robert Pattinson will always have a special place in our hearts. The list of his professional accomplishments is incredible, and it’s been a pleasure following his career for the past 19 years. We wish him the best of luck in the future, wherever he chooses to go.