One of the biggest gossip stories of the year was when it was revealed that Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson had been friends for years. The Scottish actor, who is one of the most famous movie stars in the world, and the Twilight star, who is now one of Hollywood’s most beautiful young women, are always pictured together as friends. They have been friends since their early 20s and have known each other for more than a decade. Although they have both worked hard to keep their private lives separate from the press, the two have always been very close and their public affection for each other is undeniable. Rumors about their romance intensified after they were seen sharing a passionate kiss at the 2013 American Film Institute Festivals in New York City. This was followed by another kiss, which became an iconic image of 2013.

It is no secret that the world finds Stewart and Pattinson’s on-screen chemistry incredibly hot and their undeniable public appeal helped turn them into global superstitions. The Twilight actress has consistently received rave reviews for her acting and the pair’s famous on-screen chemistry has been compared to that of another Hollywood icon and legend, Grace Kelly and Robert F. Kennedy. In fact, some fans have even gone as far as to say that Stewart and Pattinson are an unofficial “power couple” in Hollywood, due to the megastar status of both actors.

But although the two have always been close and famous for their on-screen attraction, their public image was initially very different. Stewart was often seen laughing and smiling while wearing shorts and sunglasses, appearing completely unguarded and carefree. In contrast, Pattinson largely shied away from the limelight, wearing long dark clothing and serious frowns. In 2006, they received an award from MTV for Favorite On-Screen Chemistry, acknowledging their perfect display of cinematic chemistry in the film, Twilight. This was followed a year later by a Saturn Award for Best Actress, indicating Stewart’s acting prowess and transforming her from an unknown rising star into a recognized Hollywood A-lister. Pattinson also received an award for his portrayal of Edward Cullen in Twilight in 2007.

Since then, the two have only grown in popularity. They were seen sharing a passionate kiss at Venice and were dubbed “The Bachelor and The Bachelorette” by fans after appearing in a popular segment for ESPN’s The Body Issue in 2014. And now, after years of rumors and close friendship, it seems that Stewart and Pattinson’s very public display of affection may not be a one-off. According to Daily Mail Online, the friends have been spending significantly more time together than usual in recent months, holding hands in public and even going on holiday together. They reportedly started dating toward the end of 2014 and have been inseparable since. During a candid interview with Wonderland magazine, Stewart admitted that she is in love with the actor and is very happy spending time with him.

“I really am,” she said. “It’s great being in love with someone who makes you feel so good and safe. I feel like when I’m with him, everything is perfect.”

Whether or not this news will end up transforming Stewart and Pattinson into a real-life “power couple” remains to be seen. But for now, at least fans can rest assured that these two multi-hyphenate megastars will always have each other’s backs. And if nothing else, we can always rely on their undeniable chemistry on-screen to keep us entertained and enraptured.