The revelation is less shocking now that they’ve been apart three years and moved on: Pattinson with FKA Twigs and Stewart with Alicia Cargile.
But when IM first reported how their relationship was turned into a commodity to promote the movies, it caused an uproar.
“Twilight” fans, who bought into the myth of their “perfect love” were understandably upset. GossipCop, the Web site that’s supposed to “police” the Internet fell into the same trap. It criticized the story when it should have known better.
The site continues to “bust bad dish,” but it’s traffic has been steadily dwindling. Its Alexa traffic rank has plummeted by more than 8,400, leaving it out of the world’s top 10,000 sites by a mile.
Its failing rank is unsurprising. The writing is formulaic and boring. The site looks like a high schooler put it together. It never links to its media sources and relies on the same anonymous “sources” as other sites, like arch-nemesis HollywoodLife.
And it often misses the mark in its reporting.
IM reported at the time that “Twilight”studio Summit Entertainment manipulated fans to believe that Pattinson and Stewart shared the same off-screen love as their on-screen characters, Bella Swan and vampire Edward Cullen.
As Stewart noted in another interview, their relationship was turned into a “comic book.”
The manipulation enhanced the credibility of an unrealistic script by suggesting that Rob and Kristen were the real life embodiment of eternal love portrayed in the movies. And, they hype had its intended effect.
The tabloids ate it up. It created diehard fans who turned five mediocre, widely panned, films into a multi-billion dollar franchise.
GossipCop brought into the same myth, blasting the very suggestion that their relationship was hyped in a “publicity stunt” orchestrated by Summit Entertainment to promote the movies.
But Stewart confirmed the premise of IM’s spot-on reporting in a new interview in The New York Times.
Here’s what she told The Times:
“People wanted me and Rob to be together so badly that our relationship was made into a product. It wasn’t real life anymore. And that was gross to me. It’s not that I want to hide who I am or hide anything I’m doing in my life. It’s that I don’t want to become a part of a story for entertainment value.”
And who was raking in the benefits of making it “a story for entertainment value?” Could it be Summit Entertainment?
That’s not to say their relationship wasn’t real, as our original story pointed out. It just wasn’t what it was portrayed to be to countless fans who bought into the hype over “Twilight’s” theme of eternal love.
Like in the “Wizard of Oz,” GossipCop refused to look behind the curtain, hopelessly under the spell of studio flaks like so many other low-flying tabloids. They continue to beat the same dead horse even today.
Stewart and Pattinson never talked about their relationship while they were dating during the movies’ run. Pattinson is the same today. Stewart, on the other hand, has begun to open up about it now that she is dating women.
She’s matured a lot in the past few years and has moved on from being “fiercely guarded” about her love life, according to The Times.
It’s time their fans move on, too, no thanks to GossipCop.
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