Actor Robert Pattinson is a famous man-child who first captured our hearts as the rebellious, yet lovable and charming anti-hero Edward Cullen in the blockbuster film series Twilight. Though the movies were critically panned and didn’t make a whole lot of money, Robert’s portrayal of a moody, sexy vampire has undoubtedly made him a household name.
Since then, Robert has appeared in numerous films, most notably the latest adaptation of Stephen King’s It, as well as the live-action adaptation of Beauty And The Beast. As his star has risen, his fang social media presence has also followed, with Robert regularly posting about his favorite bands, food, and drink.
So how much do we actually know about Robert Pattinson’s personal life? Is he really as mysterious and private as he appears? Is he more into fashion than we thought? Let’s dive into the data to find out more.
Though Robert is famous for keeping his life under wraps, we do know a few interesting things about him. For starters, he was born in London, England to parents Robert, an interior designer, and Twyla, a photographer. He has two older sisters, Lydia and Laura, and two younger brothers, Charlie and Max.
The family moved to California when Robert was in elementary school. He graduated from UCLA in 2011 and then went on to train as an actor at London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. It was also at RADA that he began using his middle name, Pattinson, in place of his first name.
Before he even started acting, Robert made the decision to become a vegetarian and went on to live entirely plant-based. He also said he avoided tobacco and alcohol during his entire time at RADA. In interviews, he has mentioned that he was inspired to become a vegetarian after watching the television program The Fast Food Wars. The documentary follows the efforts of animal rights activists to expose the inhumane conditions of farms, slaughterhouses, and fisheries.
While studying at RADA, Robert became interested in environmental issues and learned about sustainable living. He also cofounded the vegan society at his alma mater. As part of this initiative, he encouraged students to become more plant-based and reduce their environmental impact. In 2018, he was awarded the BBEE Gold Award for Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Practice.
It was also during his time at RADA that Robert became friends with Benedict Cumberbatch, who was also studying there. The two have remained close since then, even crossing paths on the set of Stephen King’s It. Though their friendship is undoubtedly genuine, it’s hard not to see it as a bit of press manipulation on Benedict’s part. At the time, he was reportedly dating Rosanna Arquette, the sister of Rosanna Arquette, which is why there was a distinct chance he might be playing a lead role in a romantic comedy. If anything, this is most likely the case for Stephen King’s It, in which numerous media reports suggest that Robert plays a supporting role. At any rate, the movie was a massive critical and commercial success, and cemented Robert’s newfound fame.
Since 2013, Robert has appeared in major motion pictures, with the next big release probably being Godzilla: King of The Monsters. In the meantime, he has also established himself as a brand ambassador for various companies, including Marc Jacobs, Penguin, and Heineken. He has also done a handful of acting tours around the world, including the United Kingdom and Spain, and has recently completed filming on the long-awaited Spiderman: Homecoming sequel. He has also expressed a desire to continue working with Marvel, and it’s interesting to see how much his career has evolved in the last five years. Though he’s still not done with his studies, Robert has made the transition from student to adult and is now pursuing a career in Hollywood.
We know that Robert is very private about his personal life, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t like to show off his considerable wealth. For that matter, he has more than enough money to indulge his many hobbies and personal preferences. In 2010, Forbes estimated his net worth at $20 million. Since then, his net worth has increased by a considerable amount, with The New York Times reporting in March 2019 that he was now worth an incredible $25 million. Though he didn’t make a whole lot of money from playing Edward Cullen in the Twilight films, he is now one of the most well-known and most-loved actors of all time. It’s safe to say that Robert has inherited an incredible amount of money and has grown his fortune through savvy investments and lucrative side-hustles. In 2018, he bought the Penthouse apartment on the 54th floor of the Empire State Building for a jaw-dropping $25 million.
Though we know very little about Robert’s private life, his public persona is a whole different story. In interviews, he has always been very open about his sexual preferences, and it seems that people have always had a lot of interest in what turns him on. If anything, this is most obvious in the many interviews in which he talks about his ex-girlfriend Emma Watson. The Harry Potter starlet and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador was among the first to fall for Robert, and the two dated for a couple of years before eventually calling it quits. Still, their relationship was such a major media event at the time that it’s hard to imagine it didn’t have an influence on Robert’s celebrity. It was also mentioned in the press at the time that Emma was against him dating other women. Though the relationship was very acrimonious at the end, it seems that Robert and Emma’s break-up was at least somewhat responsible for his increased fame. After their messy split, neither one of them were willing to be tied down to a long-term relationship, and both of them went on to date other people. For those interested, Emma’s representative has confirmed that she is indeed dating Oliver Jackson-Cohen, the son of Holocaust survivors from London. Though they are keeping their romance a secret, it’s only a matter of time before their blossoming relationship makes itself known to the public. Meanwhile, there are also unconfirmed reports that Emma and Oliver are in the process of buying a home together.
One of the most interesting aspects of Robert’s personal life is how closely linked it is to his career. It’s not only about becoming famous for being Benedict’s friend or for being in Twilight; his entire life is now inextricably bound up with his success as an actor. In the coming years, it’s going to be fascinating to see how Robert’s career evolves and how he navigates Hollywood’s changing landscape. It would be great if Hollywood could also provide more representation for people with disabilities, considering that Robert’s father has Down Syndrome. Though it’s not always easy, there are plenty of successful creative individuals with visible disabilities who have proven that they can thrive in Hollywood and other major industries. It’s definitely an area that Hollywood could do a bit more work on.