Ah Twilight. That crazy period between 2008 to 2012 seems like so long ago. Fortnite didn’t exist, vampires and werewolves were still a thing, and the only thing people – particularly Twihards – wanted to talk about was Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson.
While Twilight is something most of us have since moved on from, it’s hard to forget the crazy – and occasionally awful – fervor that surrounded both Kristen and Robert during that period.
The whole “dating while being the face of a huge franchise” thing meant everyone’s eyes were on the then-couple’s every move at all times. Not only did the pair have little to no privacy during those years due to all the paparazzi and media attention showered upon them, but the fans also bought into that whole narrative.
The almost-possessive behaviour from fans towards the media-shy couple was horrendous at times as many projected their fantasies upon the pair and basically refused to leave them alone. Those who didn’t like Twilight also felt the need to add to the dog pile and the result was a toxic cocktail of attention that’s hazardous to everyone’s health.
Then there was the whole “Kristen cheated” saga.
With the facade of their “perfect love story” shattered, fans and the media completely shat all over Kristen (who later issued out a public apology) while showering Robert with unwanted sympathy and pity. Rather than let the pair figure out their personal stuff in private, everyone basically forced them to air all that dirty laundry out in public.
When folk like Donald Trump is tweeting about them, that’s when you know something is messed up.
That was towards the end of the Twilight saga and the couple broke up not long after, but the shadow of that franchise continue to linger over the pair long afterwards. Despite all the great work they’ve done since, people simply refused to let them move on from that shiny vampire period.
It’s only the last couple of years that the Twilight dust seemed to settle for the pair as people finally started recognising Kristen and Robert as the critically-acclaimed indie darlings they’ve work so hard to be post-Twilight.
So let’s never forget how insane that 2008 to 2012 period was for Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. Massive props to the pair for surviving those crazy years because we weren’t particularly kind to them and they didn’t deserve all that awful, unwanted attention.