It’s been a tough 18 months for everyone involved with Robert Pattinson. Between the actor’s split from his wife, Rosie, to the tragic death of his beloved dog, Sullivan, to his own health problems, the pressure was on.
The worst of it was in June 2018, when Pattinson’s health took a turn for the worse. He was rushed to a hospital in London after suffering a massive stroke. Though he made a full recovery and was eventually discharged from the hospital, the actor’s professional and personal life had changed forever.
The news of Pattinson’s health problems spread quickly, and his fans and followers had plenty of questions. Some of them were about his ex-wife, Rosie, who had filed for divorce five months earlier. Others were about their baby daughter, Alice, who was only a few months old at the time of Pattinson’s stroke. With the help of her mother, Rosie, the baby girl has managed to navigate the world of parenthood with her father, despite their tumultuous relationship.
It was not until November 2018 that we finally got some answers to all our questions. That’s when Rosie shared her side of the story in a candid interview with Rolling Stone. We’ll share with you some of the key highlights of Rosie Pattinson’s interview, including her thoughts on their split and what she’d say to her fans about their daughter. But first, let’s take a quick look at the anatomy of a celebrity break-up.
The Anatomy of a Celebrity Breakup
No one factor alone caused the recent split between Robert Pattinson and his wife, Rosie. The breakdown of their six-year marriage was the culmination of many years of strain and misunderstanding.
The root of the problem was Pattinson’s infidelity. While the actor was dogged by rumors of infidelity even before his split from Rosie, it was only in the past year that we’ve gotten to truly understand what happened. In September 2018, Rosie filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. She also accused the ‘Twilight’ actor of multiple infidelities, which he vehemently denied. There was no question that tensions were high.
The irony of the situation is that while many people may have blamed Rosie for spoiling the child of the couple’s tumultuous six-year marriage, it was actually their shared infertility that contributed to their eventual break-up. With no children of their own, it often felt like Rosie and Robert were fighting a battle they would never win. And that only made the couple’s frequent disagreements that much more acrimonious.
After their separation, Robert and Rosie reached a custody agreement that granted them joint custody of their daughter, Alice. Alice began living with her mother in London, while her father remained in Scotland with his parents. It was a difficult time for all of them, but especially hard for the little girl, who had her own set of difficulties to deal with.
At the time of this writing, the exes are still embroiled in a legal battle, and the whole process is dragging on. In the meantime, they continue to focus on their daughter, who is flourishing in her new environment. Though it’s been challenging, it’s clear that Rosie Pattinson is the best parent for her child.
Key Points from Rosie’s Interview
Though their divorce was far from amicable, it’s clear that Rosie and Robert are both eager to put the past behind them and move on. This desire to put the past behind them made the interview with Rolling Stone a valuable opportunity. The outlet conducted an in-depth interview with Rosie, and we’ll highlight a few important details below.
On Their Daughter
One of the first things Rosie shared with us is her desire to be a positive role model for Alice, despite their divorce. She wants to show the little girl that even though her parents are no longer together, they can still be loving, respectful parents. As she put it: “I just want her to be proud of both of us as parents, you know? That’s all I want. Just to see her look at us and be like, ‘Hey, Papi and Mami are still okay.’”
This is an admirable goal, and one that most parents would like to see their children experience, regardless of the circumstances of their marriage. Unfortunately, it’s not something that is always easy to achieve. Many parents who are divorced want nothing more than to be able to be good examples for their children. But they have to earn this goodwill by being mature and responsible adults.
On Their Relationship
Another important takeaway from Rosie’s Rolling Stone interview is that their break-up was not a mutual decision. Though it was the eventual result of many years of strain and misunderstanding, she now recognizes that her ex-husband was the one who wanted to end the marriage. As she told the magazine: “He just wasn’t happy… It wasn’t like we fought about it or anything. He just kind of showed up one day and was like, ‘I don’t want to do this anymore.’ I was like, ‘Okay.’”
This is an important detail, because it means that whatever problems they had, they did not represent a fundamental shift in the nature of their relationship. When someone decides to end a marriage, it is usually because they have grown apart and are no longer content with living under the same roof. If that is the case, then those problematic dynamics will still be there, though perhaps in an attenuated form, when they get back together again.
On Robert’s Infidelity
Though they didn’t want to admit it at the time, it seems like the root of the tension that led to their break-up was Robert’s infidelity. As noted above, he was accused of multiple infidelities by his estranged wife. In the Rolling Stone interview, Rosie did not mince words when discussing the alleged affairs, calling them “rampant” and “nonstop.”
As she told Rolling Stone, she found out about the infidelities when her daughter, Alice, was 14 months old. At the time, she was living with her father in Scotland, and she woke one night to find him having sex with a woman who was 25 years older than him. Though Rosie didn’t witness the act, she did find out about it when the woman’s husband called her and told her that her husband and daughter were missing. Rosie immediately returned to Scotland, and when she arrived, she found her daughter sleeping in her father’s arms. Though she wasn’t in the same room with them, Rosie says that she could still “perceive” what was going on from “a distance” due to the acoustics in the house.
It is not clear what made her father cheat on her mother, though Rosie does not mince words when discussing why she thinks he did it. She suspects that her father was driven by his attraction to older women, and that he saw the older woman’s age as a sign of strength and allure. Rosie also told Rolling Stone that she thinks her father was “scared” of being alone, and that his infidelities were a “cry for help” from within. Though she isn’t sure why her father would have been attracted to older women, she suspects that it has something to do with his mother. As she told Rolling Stone: “I think men are just more likely to go down the route of cheating. Society promotes it, so it’s more common.”
On Their Shared Infailecy
One of the most talked-about aspects of the Rolling Stone interview is that, at the time of their separation, Rosie and Robert were both battling infertility. Though they didn’t want to admit it at the time, they now realize that this was the root of their marital problems. As Rosie told Rolling Stone: “If we’re being completely honest, the reason we’re no longer together is because we can’t have children. It was never really about being a couple, it was always about being able to have kids.”
This is an important point. Though they didn’t want to admit it at the time, their inability to have children was the root of their problems. It meant that they would spend their entire lives together in a state of frustration. This is why they never saw eye to eye on issues such as money and where they lived. Both came from privileged backgrounds, and though they loved their daughter dearly, they were not prepared to sacrifice their individual desires in order to be a “traditional” family.