robertpattinson-kristenstewart-yearRobert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart were one of the most watched couples of 2012, for more reasons than one. Not only did they have three major films to talk about, but their off-screen relationship took a sordid turn with Stewart’s affair with married Director Rupert Sanders.

The damaging cheating scandal erupted just as their professional careers were peaking. The last of their “Twilight” films, “Breaking Dawn, Part 2” was heading for its debut, while they were promoting two films close to their hearts.

Stewart, 22, was making the rounds promoting “On the Road,” the movie based on Jack Kerouac’s ’50s novel, and Rob was touting his film, “Cosmopolis,” filmed with renowned director David Cronenberg. But their professional efforts were eclipsed in July by the personal drama. Here’s Part 1 of a look back at their tumultuous year.

robertpattinson-peopleschoice-hairRobert Pattinson New Look Shocks at People’s Choice Awards (photos)

Robert Pattinson shocked “Twilight” fans with a new hairstyle at the People’s Choice Awards Jan. 11, kicking off the New Year. Many interpreted it as an attempted to put the vampire film behind him. But one thing certain, fans were split on the move. During filming of the “Twilight” series Rob’s hair was longer and swept up and over. In public, it was often tousled in a boyish look. He coupled his new buzz cut with a short beard.

Rob-Kristen-BreakingDawn-frontTwilight Breaking Dawn, Pt. 1 Set to Break Franchise Record

Robert Pattinson’s and Kristen Stewart’s hot vampire love story vaulted “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1” into the record books. The film has grossed more than $700 million worldwide, and set a new franchise record. The news was trumpeted by Lionsgate, which just acquired Summit Entertainment, a once-struggling studio that went through a startling reversal of fortunes after a small indie film became a worldwide phenomenon.

KristenStewart-RobertPattinson-bdsceneRobert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart’s Most Emotional BD Scene Detailed (watch!)

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart ran the gamut of emotions during Bella Swan’s birth scene in “Breaking Dawn Part I.” “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer revealed how it was “a lump in your throat” moment in a new behind-the-scenes clip. Twi fans who have seen the movie are well aware of the vividness of the scene as Bella lays dying and Edward cries out. Jacob Black, played by Taylor Lautner, is also there, secretly to kill the baby, although we now know how this turns out.

Kristen-Bella-vampireRobert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Twilight Called ‘Evil’ (watch!)

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart can definitely strike Televangelist Pat Robertson from their list of “Twilight” fans. Why? Because he believes the Twilight movies open up young girls to demonic possession. Honest! Robertson, 81, was doing a Q&A session on his Christian Broadcasting Network show when he was asked to respond to a question about the film. “I think those vampire movies are evil. There are no vampires. The whole thing is demonic. It will open the door to the occult,” Robertson said of the movie.

kristenstewart-bd2-firstlookKristen Stewart First Look as Vampire in Breaking Dawn 2

Kristen Stewart put in those nasty amber contact lenses and transformed into a vampire like her love Robert Pattinson in a new clip from Breaking Dawn, Part 2. It was the first look at Bella after Part 1 ended with her transformation. Bella’s husband Edward Cullen was forced to turn her into a blood sucker after she was on the verge of dying during childbirth. The first movie ended with Bella opening her amber-colored eyes.

robertpattinson-kristenstewart-redcarpetRobert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart to Redezvous at Cannes

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart returned to the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival, but this time as rivals. They supported competing films. Rob was there for his film, “Cosmopolis,” while Kristen promoted “On the Road.” But that doesn’t mean Rob and Kristen won’t be hanging together when they get downtime. At this point, contractual obligations may keep them apart on the red carpet.

Kristenstewart-ELLE-frontKristen Stewart Sexy in Elle in Jackie O’s Favorite Designer

Kristen Stewart exuded sexy sophistication in the UK edition of Elle magazine. The photo spread shows her with a ’60s style bouffant and dark eyeliner wearing one of Jackie O’s favorite designers, Valentino. Stewart is most often photographed in her preferred jeans, tee-shirt and hoodie jacket with a pair of chucks. But in 2012 she epitomized glamour and began to become more involved in fashion. Now, she says, it’s a definite part of her life.

Kristenstewart-stevenpan-frontKristen Stewart ‘On the Road’ Sexy in French Fashion Mag (photos)

Kristen Stewart was “On the Road” cool with her co-stars Garrett Hedlund and Sam Riley in a new photo shoot for the June issue of M le Monde, the fashion magazine supplement to the French newspaper. Stewart and much of the cast were in Cannes, France for the annual film festival. “On the Road,” based on the book by Jack Kerouac competed for the Palme d’Or, the festival’s top honor.

robertpattinson-kristenstewart-backKristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson MTV Kiss King, Queen, Again!

“Twilight” stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson have kept their on-screen chemistry at the boiling point. They won best-onscreen kiss at the MTV Movie Awards for the fourth year in a row. It was their only award. They aced out Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in “Crazy, Stupid, Love”, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2”), Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams in “The Vow.”

robertpattinson-edwardcullenRobert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart Shine in Full Breaking Dawn Trailer

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart shared some touching moments in a new trailer for “Breaking Dawn, Part 2.” That is, until all hell breaks loose when the Volturi show up to punish the Cullen clan. Summit Entertainment released the trailer to mark the 111th birthday of Twilight’s main vampire Edward Cullen.

kristenstewart-robertpattinson-comicconComic-Con: Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart at Ease Together

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart seemed more at ease with each other than ever during joint appearances at Comic-Con 2012 in San Diego, where they’re promoting “Breaking Dawn, Part 2.” It was obvious for a lot of reasons. They’ve certainly done this drill many, many times before, so that always makes it easier. Still, this time they seemed different. They were relaxed, playful and looked very confident about who they are as a couple, as actors and personally. Little did they know their lives would be turned upside down.

kristenstewart-rupertsandersKristen Stewart Blindsides Robert Pattinson With Alleged Affair

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson played immortal lovers in “Twilight,” but their real-life relationship succumbed to sexual temptation, after Stewart’s sexual fling with Snow White director Rupert Sanders was exposed in July. The British director is married to model Liberty Ross, 33, who also starred in “Snow White and the Huntsman” as Queen Eleanor.

robertpattinson-kristenstewart-embraceKristen Stewart Sorry; Should Robert Pattinson Forgive Her?

Kristen Stewart, who has been intensely private in her personal relationships, went public with an apology to cuckolded boyfriend Robert Pattinson, in an effort to win him back. Stewart, 22, who only in May told Elle magazine she wanted “something crazy to fu*king happen to me,” apparently got more than she bargain for in her secret fling with “Snow White and the Huntsman” Director Rupert Sanders, the 41-year-old married father of two.