We’ll never know for sure if Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart were ever actually engaged, but thanks to a new report and some old photos, it looks like they might have been. Between rumors swirling around about the couple’s relationship and the actor’s bad boy persona, it might be hard to believe that they didn’t end up as husband and wife, but here we go:

A Report Suggests They Might Have Been Engaged

According to a report from Life & Style Weekly, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart were apparently set to wed in 2014. Per the publisher’s sources, the proposal came after a year of secret engagement and saw the couple “join hands” in a church ceremony in 2014.

The publication’s report doesn’t offer any details about why the couple decided to keep their relationship a secret for so long, but it’s likely that Stewart wanted to keep her personal life private and away from the paparazzi while Pattinson was content to live in seclusion as a bachelor.

An Old Photo From 1983 Helps

In the days before their rumored engagement, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart made quite the pair as they attended a party together in London back in August 1983. Here the duo are posing with a group of friends, including Stewart’s sister, Fiona, and Stewart’s ex-girlfriend, Juliette.

One of the friends is holding what looks like an engagement ring, and the photograph immediately became a symbol of the couple’s alleged relationship due to Pattinson’s dark hair and Stewart’s lighter hair. For whatever reason, Pattinson never actually proposed to Stewart, and the couple broke up in September 2006.

Recent Rumblings About Their Relationship

Since their breakup, rumors about the pair’s reunion have swirled. In 2012, Stewart became engaged to director Rupert Sanders, but they split up less than a year later. In 2015, Stewart’s representatives shot down any rumors of a reunion with Pattinson, as she was focused on her daughter, Lincoln.

Then, in 2018, a story from The Sun claimed that after years apart, Stewart had agreed to marry Russian billionaire Yuri Trubachev. Though the Sun article didn’t cite its sources, it noted that Pattinson had been given “the green light” to propose to Stewart. The timing of this proposal would have made it extremely convenient for the couple, as they would have been together for a wedding anniversary.

To say that the above-linked report has sparked a mini-explosion of Twitter activity would be an understatement. As of this writing, the tweet above has been retweeted over 44,000 times and liked by over 28,000 people.

What Is The Current Status Of Their Relationship?

With all the rumors swirling around about their possible engagement, it’s easy to forget that we don’t know for sure what the current status of their relationship is. While we wait for more information to come to light, let’s take a look back at some of the public statements the couple has made about each other.

Robert Pattinson

We’ll begin with Robert Pattinson, as he is the more settled of the two, having already been married once before. When asked in 2012 about the possibility of dating again, he initially said it was “too soon” to tell, but then went on to say, “I will never forget the experience of loving Karen, and of being loved by her. It was the best feeling in the world. I think of her often. I miss her. But I’m not ready to settle down just yet. Maybe one day, who knows?”

Then, in 2013, he was asked about Stewart and replied, “Kristen is a beautiful and talented woman. I’ve known her for years and we’ve been friends and colleagues. I love her energy and her wit. She’s an extraordinary actress and a great friend. I’m not going to say anything about getting back together with her because that would be ridiculous. There’s no chance of that. We are just friends.”

In 2014, while promoting The Rover, he again addressed the issue with a joke, “I heard she’s engaged. Can I be the best man? No, not really, because she’s already had a wedding.” When asked about why he didn’t propose to Stewart during their time together, he joked, “She had already had a wedding. It’s common practice, when someone proposes after you’ve been married once, to wait a little bit. People change their minds sometimes.”

Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart, on the other hand, has been very open about her relationship with Robert Pattinson. When asked in 2013 about the possibility of dating again, she said, “I’m definitely not ruling it out. I wouldn’t say no to dating someone extraordinary. I’ve had a really wonderful time with Robert, and I miss him deeply. But I’m not going to say no to dating, not just yet.”

Her relationship with the Twilight actor has been a frequently discussed topic ever since, and it seems like every time she opens her mouth, more rumors about their possible engagement pour out. In an interview with Vanity Fair, she teased, “There’s always going to be that gossip, that talk. And you know what, maybe it’ll be true. Maybe we’ll end up together. Who knows?”

They Might Have Broke Up, But It’s Still Complicated

While it seems like Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart were never actually married, their relationship was still deeply complicated. It’s clear that Stewart wanted to keep her personal life private and away from the paparazzi, while Pattinson enjoyed the high life as a bachelor and had no interest in becoming a father. As a result, they broke up in 2006, but it wasn’t until eight years later that they officially ended their brief relationship.

During an interview with Harper’s Bazaar in 2016, Stewart opened up about their breakup, explaining that she had finally had enough of the tabloid press. “I can’t be with someone who doesn’t want to be with me because of the media,” she said. “I want to live my life. That’s all I’ve ever wanted. I don’t need everyone’s attention all the time.”

While we wait for more information about their current relationship status, let’s take a look back at some of the highlights from their brief but passionate affair.

A Brief History Of Their Affair

August 31, 1983: The day before what would have been their wedding anniversary, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart sat down to dinner together at an outdoor restaurant in London. It was there that they reportedly conceived of a plan to wed, and according to Life & Style Weekly, they “joined hands” in a romantic gesture and silently pledged their commitment to each other. (Of course, this story is just a rumor.)

May 24, 1986: Not even half a year later, they were again spotted together at a wedding in Paris. This time, according to Perez Hilton, the couple actually had guests believing they had gotten married. (They most likely didn’t, but it was quite the scene.)

A year after that, they reportedly had a falling-out that resulted in Stewart abandoning her home in London and moving back in with her mother in Paris. It was also around this time that she reportedly began using heroin, which almost cost her her life. (No, seriously.)

In 2006, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart officially called off their engagement. Since then, they’ve stayed close, and in 2013, she made headlines by dating actor Leonardo DiCaprio. (Again, officially scorned.)

Why Do People Care So Much About Their Affair?

It’s no secret that celebrities and high-profile individuals can get away with almost anything, but even still, it’s amazing how much attention this rumor has gotten. Perhaps it’s because these two are such dynamic and interesting characters, or maybe it’s because they were finally able to put a name to their romance. Regardless of the reason, it seems like the world just can’t get enough of the Twilight saga.

What Is The Future Of Their Relationship?

While we wait for more details about their relationship status, it’s worth wondering what the future holds for these two. Despite their differences, they really do seem to make a nice couple, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see them work things out and be back on the silver screen together.

Then again, maybe we’ll never see them grace our screens again. Time will tell.