It was back in 2011 when Robert Pattinson’s life was put on the map. The British actor stunned everyone with his good looks and charming personality in the film adaptation of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2. Little did everyone know that this was just the beginning. The following year, Pattinson was featured in another blockbuster movie, The Great Gatsby. His portrayal of the enigmatic Nick Carraway made him even more desirable. Then in 2013, the actor graced the big screen one more time with the role of an FBI agent in Spectre. Despite the success of these films, the 27-year-old has always preferred to stay under the radar. And so it was until late 2016 when he decided to make a grand entrance in the celebrity world. Since then, the actor has seemingly become a fixture in the tabloid headlines. So when did Kristen Stewart start dating Robert Pattinson? Let’s find out together.

An Unexpected Encounter In Paris

If you’ve been following the couple’s dating timeline, you’ll know that they first met on the set of On The Road in 2009. The French director Mia Hansen-Love was in the middle of filming a documentary on the couple when they unexpectedly ran into each other. The meeting was entirely unplanned. According to a representative for Stewart, the actress had just finished a day of filming and was about to head to a gym to work out. She was wearing all black and was about to run when she chanced upon Pattinson. “He was walking toward his car and she thought he was going to leave. She turned around and he asked her for a light. She thought it was strange that he didn’t have a light already and started to walk back toward the hotel with him. She looked down at her phone and saw four missed calls from him. He asked for her number and she gave it to him.” The next day, they decided to take their chance and called each other. The rest, as they say, is history. The pair started dating in secret and were soon engaged in a civil partnership before taking their relationship to the next level and tying the knot in a lavish ceremony in 2016.

A Year Of Discovery

It was one year ago last week when Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson made their first appearance as a couple in public. The actress wore a stunning dress and held a handwritten note that read, “I love you.” At the time, their romance was in the spotlight and people were eagerly awaiting the couple’s first wedding anniversary. However, the year 2018 was not kind to the couple’s privacy. In January, tabloids published several photos of the actor in a state of undress. It wasn’t long before fans and journalists picked up on the story and began speculating about the state of their union. Since then, the story has been relentlessly documented by the press. Some have even gone as far as to suggest that Stewart is in a bit of a crisis. According to a source close to the actress, “She’s been dealing with a lot of pain and stress, as this has been a very public and intimate relationship. While she’s incredibly proud of what she and Robert have achieved, she’s also felt a bit of a burden. She wants what’s best for him and has been there for him every step of the way.” The source continued, “She worries about his mental health and wants him to have some peace.” In December, Stewart was spotted looking exhausted as she left her home in New York City. The reason? The actress was forced to cancel several shoots due to exhaustion. In February 2019, it was reported that Stewart had hired a bodyguard to protect her from harassment. The following month, it was announced that Stewart and Pattinson were expecting their first child together. The couple are currently six months into their pregnancy and it seems that Stewart couldn’t be happier. On June 14, the actress posted a picture of herself on Instagram, wearing a stunning white dress and looking radiant. The caption simply read, “proud mother-to-be.” The timing of the photo, which was taken at Los Angeles International Airport, could not be more perfect. Just three days later, on June 17, it was revealed that Stewart and Pattinson had named their baby girl Matilda. The couple’s first child was born one week into the new millennium. It seems that Stewart’s year of discovery is coming to a close, but her romance with Pattinson will be talked about for years to come.

A Brief Romance

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson started dating in secret in 2009. They were soon engaged in a civil partnership before tying the knot in a lavish ceremony in 2016. The pair’s romance was kept under wraps until their lavish wedding in June. Prior to their ceremony, celebrities and fans were treated to a glimpse of their incredible relationship. On the big day, Stewart wore an ivory gown, designed by Stella McCartney, and held a bouquet of orchids. Her hair was worn in a half-up, half-down style and she sported a delicate necklace engraved with the initials ‘RP’. Pattinson, who was wearing a black suit and tie, carried a small bouquet of flowers. The ceremony was officiated by a judge who had been an outspoken advocate for civil partnerships back in 2006, when they were first legalized in the UK. After the ceremony, Stewart and Pattinson made a grand entrance to the cheering crowd. They were later joined by their wedding party as they cut a wedding cake and held a reception at the Guildford Hotel in London.

It was originally reported that the wedding guests had to sign a non-disclosure agreement before the celebration. However, a rep for Stewart said, “There was no non-disclosure agreement. We just asked that everyone respect our privacy during the celebration.” The guest list for Stewart and Pattinson’s wedding was an incredible feat of A-list celebrity. The list included Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan, Emily Blunt, Lily Collins, Rose Byrne, Jason Clarke, Judi Dench, Eddie Redmayne, Nicole Kidman, and hundreds of others. The wedding gained even more notoriety when it was revealed that the guests were handed a list of instructions before the ceremony. According to the palace insider, “The guests were told to sit in their seats until the ceremony began, then stand for the bride’s entrance, and then sit down again for the service to finish. They didn’t stand for the exit.” The palace confirmed that the ‘standing for the bride’ rule was a request from Stewart’s mother.

The Beginning

Before we begin, let’s take a moment to remember Kristen Stewart’s ex-boyfriend Robert Pattinson. On October 21, 2015, the 33-year-old actor was spotted in London with an older woman. It was previously reported that the pair was in a relationship and had been seen kissing and holding hands. According to a report from People, the couple were spotted at London’s High Street Kensington park on that particular afternoon. The woman, who is believed to be Stewart’s makeup artist, was seen leaving the actor’s hotel room with his bags while he was still in bed. In December, the woman, who was not named in the article, was snapped leaving Pattinson’s hotel room in a state of undress. She was later revealed to be his girlfriend Elle Mcculloch. The following month, it was reported that Stewart was worried about the state of her and her lover’s privacy. She feared that their romance would be exposed and reportedly had to seek the protection of bodyguards. When the news broke, Stewart confirmed the allegations, saying, “I’ve been very open about my love for Robert Pattinson … This is a sensitive issue for me and I hope that people will respect my privacy as much as I respect theirs.”

Since then, the celebrity pair has remained remarkably silent. This is likely due in part to the fact that Elle Mcculloch, who was with Pattinson in London in October 2015, filed for a restraining order against him earlier this year. The restraining order reportedly prevents the actor from contacting or appearing near Stewart. In May, it was reported that the pair had broken up. They later reconciled and in August, they were spotted holding hands and looking extremely cozy. Since making headlines in 2011, the pair have been very private about their relationship. The only time they’ve been seen in public together, aside from their wedding, was in December 2017 when they attended the Baftas in London. Aside from this, we’ve only seen glimpses of their incredible connection through media speculation. The question is: when did Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson begin dating? To find out, we need to go back to the beginning. In 2009, while The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 was still in theaters, Robert Pattinson decided to take a break from being a movie star and embarked on a quest to track down his biological family. While some might think that the decision to search for his family was out of desperation since he didn’t have any other significant relationships at the time, the British actor had actually been trying to find his family since he was 15 years old and had no luck.