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Why Kristen Stewart Is Afraid to Admit She’s Dating Robert Pattinson

Kristen Stewart.

It's been something of an open secret for years, but yep, Kristen Stewart is dating her Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson. The actress accidentally admitted as much at her photo shoot for British GQ, where the reporter assigned to profile her happened to be eavesdropping while Stewart said that she was looking forward to touring the United Kingdom because "my boyfriend is English." However, when the reporter brought it up to Stewart the next day, she immediately went cold: "I never would have said that if I knew you were going to be interviewing me."

I honestly hadn't expected such a defensive reaction, but it's clear when she feels her privacy is being breached, Kristen is quick to transform into "Tiger Mom". The whole issue, if you don't already know, has to do with whether or not she's dating her Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson, the subject of which has seen more speculation than the origin of Barack Obama's birth certificate. I tell her I'm surprised this is such an issue seeing as the evidence is already out there for all to see on the web — the photos, the stolen moments, the Christmas getaways ... "Yeah, I know it is," she admits. "So much of my life is so easily googled. I mean, it's like, come on guys, it's so obvious!" Her mood tights, perhaps all too aware of how much she's already said. "But this subject, I don't think you realize what a big deal it is for people. Well, it is a big deal. They would be 'Oh. My. God' There would also be still a 50/50 split. Some people would still be, 'See, told you they're not together."

Kristen is acutely aware of all the gossipmongers. Far more so than I am, it seems. She knows about names: the "Robstens" (those who think "K-Stew and R-Patz" are together); the "Nonstens" (those fans who think they aren't) and the "Fuckstens" (those who say they don't give a monkey's either way — but actually really do).

Not quite as feared by Stewart: the "Tungstens" (elemental scientists obsessed with Rob and Kristen), the "Dunstons" (chimpanzees that love Taylor Lautner), and the "Austens" (Twilight fans who are lobbying for Kellan Lutz to play Mr. Darcy). They're still a little bit weird, though.

Interview w/ Kristen for Nov Issue of GQ (UK) [Strictly Robsten]

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