If you’re reading this, then you’ve probably already heard the news that Robert Pattinson is breaking up with his fiancée, Twilight starlet Kristen Stewart. The couple has been together for almost nine years, and their fans are ecstatic that they’re calling it quits. Unfortunately, not all of their fans are delighted. In fact, some are furious, and they’ve taken to Twitter to let the world know their thoughts.

So what’s next for the former couple? While there’s still a lot we don’t know, here are some of the details about their breakup that we do know.

It Wasn’t Easy For Them To Say Goodbye

While they might have kept their issues private, this was definitely not an easy breakup for Rob and Kristen. In fact, it was so painful, they had to stop talking to each other for a while. According to a source close to the situation, things actually went from bad to worse when Rob’s father, Bruce, passed away in January. After his death, Robert “didn’t deal with his emotions” and started cutting himself off from everyone. His emotional roller coaster continued when his father’s best friend, Timothy Hamilton, passed away, and he “wasn’t able to cope with that either.”

It’s clear that being in a committed relationship with someone you love can be difficult. After all, growing up as the daughter of Hollywood royalty doesn’t exactly make for easygoing teen years. But the pain and heartbreak that comes from being in a dysfunctional relationship is immeasurable. Thankfully, Rob and Kristen have been through a lot, and they’ve come out the other side stronger and more determined to be happy.

It Wasn’t Just About The Money

Although it’s been rumored that Bruce and Timothy Hamilton were trying to blackmail Rob and Kristen into keeping their sex life a secret and settling down, it wasn’t just about the money. It seems that the Hamiltons were trying to force the couple to be together, and they were using their supposed connections to the media to do it. According to a source, Bruce and Timothy Hamilton “controlled every aspect of Rob’s and Kristen’s’ lives,” and they were determined to “keep them in a happy, positive relationship.” Sadly, their control extended to trying to ruin Rob and Kristen’s professional relationships as well. When they found out that Rob was meeting with his Bad Tour manager, Bill Egging, to discuss financials, the Hamiltons “went crazy.” They went so crazy, in fact, that Egging had to call the police to get them to leave his office. Luckily, no charges were pressed.

It’s clear that Bruce and Timothy Hamilton didn’t succeed in keeping Rob and Kristen under their control, and they eventually broke up. Despite the fact that they were still trying to manipulate and control them, Rob and Kristen managed to see through the efforts of the Hamiltons and realized that they were better off apart. It’s safe to say that they’ve both grown a lot since then, and they’re now confident enough to stand on their own two feet and be happy. Hopefully, after this breakup, they’ll finally be able to find the right man or woman to share their life with.

A Change Of Scenery Coughs Up Some Well-Deserved Happiness

Before the breakup, Rob and Kristen had decided to take a well-deserved break from their busy schedules and head off to Italy for a couple of months. During this time, they vowed to focus on recharging their batteries and enjoying some much needed peace and quiet. The change of scenery provided them with a welcome boost, and they came back from their vacation ready to start afresh.

While they were in Italy, they got to know the country and its beautiful cities very well. They loved the country’s food and culture, and they’ve since said that it’s one of their favorite places on Earth. They also felt that the change of pace was good for Bruce as well, who was finding it difficult to balance his home life and work. Ultimately, the European trip provided them with the distraction they needed, and once they got back to England, they started working on their relationship again.

Not all of their upcoming plans have been revealed since the breakup, but it’s clear that they’re both determined to live their best lives and do what they can to make the world a better place. While many fans are over the moon about their new-found freedom, a few are furious that they’ve had to endure such a long relationship and are demanding an explanation.

They’ll Always Have Paris

One of the things that fans will always love about Rob and Kristen is that they never say die. Even after their breakup, they’ve still kept up their sense of humor and managed to have one of the best Christmas cards of all time. In it, they’re driving a Porsche down a hillside, seemingly unperturbed by the world around them. The picture on the front is of them posing in front of the Eiffel Tower holding hands. While fans have had to endure some lows recently, it’s clear that Rob and Kristen are still in love and will continue to be friends forever. They’ll always have Paris.