Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart’s odd romance – ‘forbidden lust, body doubles’ and heartbreak
As Kristen Stewart finally lifts the lid on her secretive relationship with Robert Pattinson, Mirror Online explores their mysterious romance…
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This time a decade ago, the world was obsessed with Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. Or, more importantly, whether Kristen and Rob were dating.
The pair – who met when cast as lovers Bella Swan and Edward Cullen in the Twilight saga in 2008 – famously refused to be drawn on their relationship status.
For Kristen’s part, she didn’t want it to be turned into a ‘product’ and this week admitted they “did everything we could not to be photographed doing things – things that would become not ours.”
Indeed, Rob, 34, is rumoured to have hired body doubles and to have stashed changes of clothes in cars across Hollywood in a bid to evade fans.
Even when their romance was out in the open, the London-born actor admitted it was impossible to exist in public together.
“It is extremely difficult but we are together, yes,” he told The Sun at the 2010 Baftas.
“We can’t arrive at the same time because of the fans. It goes crazy. This was supposed to be a public appearance as a couple but it’s impossible. We are here together and it’s a public event but it’s not easy.
“We have to do all this stuff to avoid attention.”
Rumours that the pair were more than friends first started circulating when they starred in a chemistry-packed shoot for Vanity Fair in 2008.
But Kristen, 30, was then with long-term boyfriend Michael Angarano and both she and Rob denied their relationship was anything other than platonic – although they conceded they were close.
Rob told the Daily Mail: “When we’re together, we understand each very well. We know what each other is thinking and we have been very close for a long time. Kristen is a wonderful girl.”
And Kristen agreed, adding. “He’s a hunk, the sort of guy that makes any girl feel good. He’s intelligent, he’s modest, and – whatever else people say about our relationship – he’s my best friend.”
However, Twilight director Catherine Hardwick fuelled the fire by claiming it was ‘love at first sight’ when the pair first met and acted out a kissing scene at her house.
“She felt connected to him from the first moment,” Catherine told Newsweek. “That electricity, or love at first sight, or whatever it is.”
The pair, according to Catherine, shared a ‘nervous attraction’ that developed during evenings spent with the rest of the cast in Rob’s hotel room, listening to him play his guitar.
“What Rob and Kristen had is a multitude of feelings for each other. Complex feelings for each other. It was what we needed. Complete, intense fascination,” she told Vanity Fair in 2009.
It was during filming for the second instalment, New Moon, in summer 2009 that the young stars are believed to have got together – after Kristen’s split from Michael.
They were spotted canoodling at a Kings of Leon concert and spent that New Year’s Eve hiding out in a pub on the Isle of Wight.
But everything went wrong in 2012 when Kristen was caught cheating with her Snow White and the Huntsman director, Rupert Sanders.
In an uncharacteristically open statement, she finally confirmed her relationship with Rob before apologising for the hurt she’d caused.
“I’m deeply sorry for the hurt and embarrassment I’ve caused to those close to me and everyone this has affected,” the mortified star said.
“This momentary indiscretion has jeopardised the most important thing in my life, the person I love and respect the most, Rob. I love him, I love him, I’m so sorry.”
Even Donald Trump got involved, offering Rob unsolicited relationship advice.
The now US president tweeted: “Robert Pattinson should not take back Kristen Stewart. She cheated on him like a dog & will do it again – just watch. He can do much better!”
A source told the Mirror at the time that Rob’s heartbreak was only compounded by the fact he’d been planning to propose.
“Robert hoped to marry Kristen and was making preparations to spring a proposal before she admitted cheating. He had bought the house in Los Angeles to be their home and saw them staying there for a long time,” the insider said.
“Now Rob is angry – he’s left the mansion and not spoken to her since. They have exchanged heated text messages only.”
The pair reunited in 2013 but split soon after with Rob going on to date singer FKA Twigs and model Suki Waterhouse while Kristen romanced her assistant Alicia Cargile and current girlfriend Dylan Meyer.
Kristen would later describe their breakup as ‘incredibly painful’, revealing she thought they would end up married.
“We were together for years. That was, like, my first, you know [love],” she told the Howard Stern Show.
“Yeah, I mean, like, I was super in love with my high-school boyfriend. Super, super f***ing in love with him. But me and Rob were, like, a little older, and it was just like, ‘gu-gung.’