There’s no question that Robert Pattinson is one of the most stunning men in the world. The 27-year-old actor is best known for playing the male lead in the latest installment of the Twilight film saga, Breaking Dawn – Part II. The British-born Hollywood heartthrob attended the elite Brompton School in London and subsequently graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in astrophysics. Even before playing a lead role in one of the most popular film franchises of all time, Pattinson was already being touted as one of the most promising young actors of his generation. Following in the footsteps of famous father, Tony, who died in 2007, is clearly something to which Pattinson has aspired. In fact, the British actor has said that he hopes to follow in his dad’s footsteps and be known for portraying complex and interesting characters. Thus far, that seems to be happening, as every role he takes on is notable for its depth and dimensionality.
It’s no wonder that Pattinson has amassed a large social media following, boasting more than eight million followers on Instagram and nearly four million on Twitter. He’s also gained a reputation for being one of the most glamorous and fashion-savvy men in Hollywood. The gorgeous English actor has attended various red-carpet events, including the American Music Awards, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, and the 2018 Golden Globes, with his flawless elegance and flawless make-up always catching the eye.
And perhaps best supporting his gorgeousness are his stunning women. The 5’11”, 190-pound actor has been romantically linked to some of Hollywood’s most beautiful women. Most notably, he was previously married to screenwriter and novelist Kristen Stewart from 2012 to 2015. The couple’s fair isle-blue eyes and unrivalled charisma drew legions of fans and made them headline news. But that was then and this is now, as the actor has since pursued a more low-profile, discreet existence.
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson’s Bromance
The dynamic between the British actor and the Hollywood A-lister is symbiotic. While Pattinson’s Instagram and Twitter feed overflow with glowing tributes to his better half – the bespoke suits he’s sported in numerous celebrity photographs are a testament to his loyalty – Stewart’s Instagram feed is sprinkled with romantic selfies and intimate family snaps.
The pair’s on-screen chemistry was undeniable. They first starred in the 2010 comedy-drama, On the Road, before going on to appear in the 2012 awards-baiting film, Twilight, whose megasuiezeweekly box-office haul was estimated to be as high as $7.8 billion worldwide. The duo were subsequently named Grand Marshall and Grande Dame of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the 2014 NFL season opener, aptly titled the “Bromance Bowl”. But perhaps their most memorable project together is undoubtedly 2016’s psychological horror film, The Witch.
The pair’s professional and romantic relationship was one of the most publicized topics in the media at the time. They were routinely spotted at award ceremonies and on the set of their respective films as well as maintaining a high level of interaction through social media. Rumors of their on-set friction and acrimonious press appearances abounded, creating an unrivalled media spectacle.
The only problem was that the story didn’t match the reality. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Stewart laid to rest the rumors of discord, explaining that she and Pattinson are “the best of friends.” The British actress even described their relationship as “wonderful” and “full of joy.” Indeed, it would appear that the stories we’re often bombarded with about celebrity couples are often little more than manufactured controversies designed to keep us entertained. As a couple, Stewart and Pattinson exude an unbreakable bond, manifesting their love through their exquisite taste in fashion and lifestyle accessories as well as the beautiful bromance photos they always share.
The Romantic Rivalries That Shape Our Media Landscape
It would be remiss of us not to acknowledge the monumental influence that social media has had on contemporary culture. The proliferation of smartphones and the internet in general have afforded individuals and couples the opportunity to maintain extensive personal networks and engage with others on a daily basis. Whether it’s through Instagram or Twitter, these platforms have created what some have referred to as the “infinite bromance,” where users can endlessly scroll through celebrity photos, catching up on the latest news, and satisfying their fantasies with the perfect stranger.
The advent of the infinite bromance is undoubtedly a product of modernity. It was once reserved for celebrities and royalty, but thanks to the wonders of technology, any celebrity is now within reach of a global audience. Couples who might previously have maintained a discreet social media presence can now share their most intimate details – including their romantic entanglements – with anyone, anywhere, at any time. And that’s not all: thanks to the immersive nature of virtual reality, couples can now indulge in virtual reality dating!
What’s more is that, as the stigma surrounding infidelity has declined, so too has the cultural inhibition against flaunting one’s romantic involvements. The result is that we’re now regularly subjected to accounts of celebrity couples’ amorous adventures. Whether through old-school methods like tabloid newspapers or through the magic of social media, we’re treated to a steady stream of adulterous behavior.
That said, it’s not necessarily a negative development. The more people who speak out about their romantic lives, the less isolated and the more accepted same-sex relationships will become. One day, hopefully, the stigma surrounding homosexuality will become so outdated that we won’t even think to ask a gay man about his sex life. For now, though, it’s an open secret that many of Hollywood’s biggest names are gay, with A-listers like George Clooney and Matt Damon coming out publicly in 2013 and 2014, respectively. The timing of these revelations was undoubtedly calculated, coming at a time when attitudes towards LGBT rights were in the process of shifting. Unfortunately, this has meant that some individuals have suffered due to their association with the community. As Matt Damon puts it: “I think there’s still huge stigma attached to being gay in this society. And you know, it’s not just homophobia, it’s also transphobia and sexism. All of those things still exist.”
The Role of Parental Influence
It would be remiss of us not to acknowledge the influence that celebrity has upon a celebrity’s children. Though many of Hollywood’s biggest names work long hours to ensure that their schedules are crammed full of glamour and adventure, their children, often cited as the next generation of famous stars, may still find it difficult to escape the limelight. It is not uncommon for the children of A-listers and B-listers to become famous themselves, whether through modeling or acting. With fame comes the attendant pressures and opportunities. As a parent, it’s your job to guide your child through the complexities of the movie studio system and expose them to as much diversity as possible.
Perhaps it’s unfair to expect an 18-year-old not to be influenced by their famous parents. The truth is that most children rebel against their parent’s celebrity at some point in their development. It’s all part of the growing-up process. But it’s also a sign of respect to acknowledge and learn from your parents’ successes and failures. Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide which influences are positive and which are negative, as well as how much you want to engage with your parents’ celebrity.
Future Trends & Fashion
In the near future, we can expect to see more celebrities engaging with social issues, whether it’s climate change or LGBT rights, through their fashion choices. As attitudes towards LGBT rights continue to evolve, so too will the way we relate to and define our fashionable self. In 2022, we will see celebrities increasingly coming out as gay, with the most prominent members of the community, like George Clooney and Matt Damon, speaking out against homophobia and transphobia.
It’s an exciting time to be alive, with more opportunities than we’ve ever had before. The next few years will undoubtedly be packed with change and excitement as we navigate this brave new world of celebrity and fashion. It’s only when we look back that we can truly appreciate how far we’ve come and how much we’ve learned.