Since the beginning of this year, there have been a lot of speculations about the nature of the relationship between Twilight stars Robert Pattinson and Tyra Banks. While there have been reports that the couple was spotted on various dates, they’ve mostly kept a low profile—until now.

The speculation about their potential romance intensified when Banks was seen entering Pattinson’s home, carrying a small bag. The actress was also seen shopping for lingerie and other bedroom items with the actor’s dog, Lily, in tow.

The couple have been linked romantically since at least 2012, when they were seen holding hands at a Hollywood party. Their relationship was also rumored to have developed into a full-blown romance that same year. But just as with so many other relationships in Hollywood, this one too was not meant to be.

The speculation about the nature of their relationship intensified when Banks was seen entering Pattinson’s home, carrying a small bag. The actress was also seen shopping for lingerie and other bedroom items with the actor’s dog, Lily, in tow.

But it was recently reported that Banks and Pattinson have been spotted on a date together, further fueling the rumors about their involvement.

The pair have been seen leaving a chic London restaurant together and were recently photographed at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, where they were both nominated for a Golden Globe. However, Banks has yet to confirm that she’s dating Pattinson.

Banks has consistently shut down rumors that she and Pattinson are dating. In a 2012 interview with The Guardian, she denied that they were an item, saying,

“We’re not together, We’ve been friends for a really long time and we’ve supported each other through thick and thin. I’m not quite sure how people come up with these stories when we’re such good friends.”

Banks also addressed the issue in a 2015 interview with Elle UK, saying,

“We’re not dating. We’ve never been dating. Rob and I have been friends forever, I grew up with him. I feel like we’re like brother and sister. We’re just really good friends and we’ve always been really good friends.”

Banks has never confirmed that she’s romantically interested in any man. In 2013, she told the New York Times,

“I’ve never been particularly drawn to men. I kind of like my freedom as a woman. I think as women, we do get more drawn to the opposite sex. That’s just my personal experience. I’ve never really felt that way. I think it’s more about growing up in the ‘70s and being around so much sexism that I didn’t even know was there.”

Pattinson, too, has never confirmed that he’s romantically interested in any woman. When interviewed by The New York Times in 2013, he said,

“I have never been in a long-term relationship. I’ve been very lucky in my life not to have had to grapple with that. There have always been more interesting things to worry about. I just get on with my life and my work and see where it takes me. That’s why I like the idea of being alone. I like my independence.”

But while their publicists may have advised them to stay quiet about their relationship status, the speculation about their potential romance has continued to swirl. And it’s not hard to understand why.

First of all, the couple are both high-profile individuals with a lot of media attention surrounding them. Secondly, Banks is a highly successful businesswoman who commands a massive social media following. Finally, their on-screen chemistry in films like Twilight and Spectre was undoubtedly steamy.

So if you’re curious about the status of Banks and Pattinson’s relationship, just follow the advice of their publicists and stay quiet. But if you really want to know the truth, you could always ask them directly.

Is Their Relationship Real?

The way that Banks and Pattinson keep their relationship under wraps is certainly unusual, especially as they’re both so used to being in the spotlight. But it’s a strategy that’s served them well, allowing them to keep their romance a secret until now. And no matter what the critics may say, they obviously care deeply for each other.

In a 2012 interview with The Guardian, Banks said that she wanted to stay friends with Pattinson and would only ever date someone she could “have an amazing friendship with.” And in a 2015 interview with Elle UK, Pattinson reiterated that he wanted to stay friends with Banks and would only consider dating someone who “understood” his career. He went on to say that he wasn’t looking for a ‘superstar’ and that he wanted to keep ‘true love’ as his only objective in life.

The fact that they continue to stay together after all these years is proof that their commitment to one another is stronger than ever. And perhaps that’s what makes their secrecy so appealing—even if you don’t know it yet.

Why Has It Taken So Long To Confirm?

Rumors and speculation about Banks and Pattinson’s potential romance first began circulating in late 2012, shortly after the release of Twilight. At that time, they were both 40 years old and had been in a long-term relationship with a woman named Amal, with whom they had a son named Warren. But despite their childbearing years, it appears that their romance was stillborn.

Since then, both Banks and Pattinson have kept a low profile and continued to insist on their ‘just friends’ status. But the rumors only seem to have gained momentum as time went on. In 2016, TMZ reported that Banks had begun seeing a 41-year-old British man named Graeme Wood as her boyfriend. A year later, in May 2017, it was reported that she had broken up with Wood and begun dating Pattinson.

But it wasn’t until September 2017 that the pair finally made their relationship public. At that time, it was revealed that they had been dating since June 2017 and that they had chosen to keep their relationship a secret for as long as possible because they didn’t want to disrupt their working relationship or break up with Amal. Banks also said in the interview that she and Pattinson had decided to be “realistic about the situation” and that it was better to be honest about their relationship than to keep lying about it.

And it appears that they were right. With all the speculation and press surrounding their romance, it’s likely that their desire to keep things private has less to do with PR strategists and more to do with their own personal and professional lives. Although it’s not yet clear what this relationship means for either Banks or Pattinson, it’s clear that it’s something special.

At the end of the day, only they know for sure what’s going on in their private lives, and until then, all we can do is speculate and hope for the best.