Because of their large, devoted fan base, any scrap of news about their careers or personal lives draws a huge response on the web.
From the beginning of their relationship, however, they’ve considered their personal lives off limits to the media. At the same time, Rob and Kristen have refused to respond to anything written about them no matter how outlandish.
As a result, they have created a perfect storm of rumor, innuendo and outright fake news, fueled by so-called “sources” and “friends.” But the fact is Rob and Kristen don’t have that many close friends. The few they do have, who really know them, aren’t about to violate their privacy.
That’s not to say all reporting is suspect. Fan sightings have proved to be the most reliable, as well as photographs and career news. But beyond that, most stories are untrustworthy at best, and pure fiction at worst. With the help of hindsight, here’s our list of some of the more ridiculous stories.
It’s Official: Secret Wedding in England! In Touch magazine was hot on the Rob and Kristen marriage story in Nov. 2011. “The over-the-moon duo – whose characters married on screen in Breaking Dawn – Part 1 – have decided to tie the knot for real,” it reported. They couple had supposedly decided on a small wedding on the Isle of Wight. It also raised the baby rumor. None of which proved true, but the wedding and baby rumors would not die.
Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart’s Baby Plans: Want To Be Young Parents: This story was reported in June 2012 by HollywoodLife, one of the most prolific fabricators of Pattinson and Stewart news, according to gossipcop. “After playing parents in ‘Breaking Dawn Part 2′, Kristen and Rob have been bitten by the baby bug!” it reported. “The couple is so eager to have kids together, they wouldn’t mind if Kristen got pregnant before their wedding planned for the fall! Forget the fact that Kristen was only 22. At the time, she was also in the middle of her affair with Snow White Director Rupert Sanders.
Robert Pattinson Announces Kristen Stewart is Pregnant: OK magazine took this fake story one step further and reported in Nov. 2012 that Rob and Kristen were expecting their first child. “After roughly four years together and a very public summer cheating scandal, the two have reconciled and are celebrating Kristen’s pregnancy by creating a ‘lavish nursery’ before jetting off to the UK to raise the child…that is if she can’t get Rob to marry her first,” it reported, citing a source.
Rob and Kristen Engaged! Ok magazine, one of the biggest sources of fake Rob and Kristen news reported they were engaged in Sept. 2009. Their touching story had Rob proposing to Kristen on the “Twilight” set while filming in Vancouver. It recycled the same story in May 2010 with the headline: “Exclusive: Rob’s Marriage Proposal.” In a rare comment on tabloid coverage, Rob expressed astonishment at the stories. “There was a magazine, with these pictures, saying I was getting married. No one ever knows what is true or what isn’t. Even my own mum called to ask me if it was true,” he said. Of course, they weren’t even close.
Desperate Kristen Boob Job: The National Enquirer had no shame in recycling this discredited story as a Christmas present for Rob and Kristen in Dec. 2012. “In a desperate bid to hold on to the love of her life, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart is going for bust — with a boob job!” it reported. “She’s desperate to hang on to Rob, and thinks a breast augmentation will do the trick,” it quoted a source. Why? Because Rob is always looking at girls with big breasts. Star magazine “inflated” this story in July claiming that Stewart had gone from a large A-cup to a large B-cup ahead of Comic-Con. The Star quoted a New York plastic surgeon who did not know Stewart and had never even seen her in person.
Rob & Kristen: The Wedding is Back On! Ok magazine just couldn’t give up this juicy “story.” In January this year, it reported: “Rob and Kristen did temporarily delay their wedding plans for a short while. They were both overwhelmed by all the hype and pressure surrounding their relationship, plus Kristen also found the actual wedding planning process quite overwhelming.” Now it said the wedding was back on and slated to be held in Australia. Only, the wedding couldn’t have been back on, because it was never “on” in the first place.
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson Eloping! This story was another OK magazine “exclusive,” make that fabricated story, reported in March this year. “Rob has always had this romantic notion of making a baby,” a close friend supposedly told the tabloid. “And he’s not even talking weddings on the beach, or in a castle, in some far off country. For Rob, eloping means slipping away to someplace in the backwoods, finding a priest and coming back married.” Two months later, they broke up.
Is Life Imitating Art For Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner? UK tabloid Grazia was responsible for getting rumors started of a Kristen-Taylor hookup in March. Based on the premise that Bella was torn between Jacaob and Edward in the “Twilight” series, the magazine simply assumed Taylor would be her fall-back guy in real life. “Whilst there’s nothing to suggest that the pair are dating or anything we can’t help but wonder if the pairs increased friendship has anything to do with the fact that Kristen and Rob are no longer together…” Nothing it is, of course.
Is It True What They’re Saying About K-Stew? The National Enquirer, which is all over the map with its reporting, fired up the Kristen gay story in March and even claimed that Katy Perry’s assistant, Tamra Natisin, was her gay lover. “It’s obvious to all of her friends that there’s a romance brewing between them.” a “source” supposedly told the the tabloid. The evidence: “Tamra is a gay rights activist who marched in last year’s Gay Pride parade.” Talk about guilt by association.
Kristen Stewart Seen Hanging with Friends — Was Rupert Sanders There? In a particularly low blow, HollywoodLife tried to suggest in April that Stewart was secretly seeing her “Snow White and the Huntsman” lover, nine months after their scandalous affair went public in July 2012. “The same day that Robert Pattinson was seen leaving California, Kristen was spotted getting into a car with a man who looks exactly like Rupert,” the tabloid trumpeted. It also claimed that Stewart was “seen getting into what looks like Rupert’s car.” So went the story; all supposition, no facts.
Kristen Stewart “Seeking Comfort in the Arms of a Woman!” Star magazine knows a hot rumor when it sees one. It recycled the gay story in May claiming that Stewart was spotted “getting extra cozy with a mystery brunette!” Citing a “source,” it added “they were so touchy-feely — and definitely seemed to have more than just a friendship going on.” And this: “Could it be that Bella is done with the fellas?” How clever.
Kristen Stewart Feels “Betrayed” By Katy Perry Over Robert Pattinson In Touch magazine has made a veritable cottage industry out of Rob and Kristen, spinning all kinds of yarns about their relationship. “She was only friends with Kristen for Rob. Now that’s he’s single, she’s open to turning their friendship into something more.” it reported, citing a source in a June 7 story. Perry, of course, has been trying to reconcile with John Mayer, not “pursuing” Rob.
These are just some of the more egregious examples; there are dozens of others. If you know of some let us know in the comments section and follow TheImproper on Twitter for Rob and Kristen news you can trust.