Robert Pattinson Admits Fame Can 'Devalue' Private Relationships

Robert Pattinson - High Life

There are certainly a lot of benefits to be famous. You have notoriety, influence, power, creative freedom (at least, hopefully) and a sizable income to boot. But there are definitely downsides to being a celebrity. For instance, it's hard to harbor a personal relationship with someone when you constantly have to battle the public's gaze.

When celebrities have a lot of people looking into their personal life with intense interest, it can be hard to connect with someone else in a meaningful, lasting, and intimate way. That is a lesson that Robert Pattinson learned the hard way. It can be difficult to be in relationship with someone when your fame can often "devalue" what you have together. Here's how Pattinson explained it:

If you let people in, it devalues what love is. If a stranger on the street asked you about your relationship, you'd think it extremely rude. If you put up a wall it ends up better. I can't understand how someone can walk down the street holding hands, and it's the same as when I do it and a hundred people are taking your photo. The line between when you're performing and when you're not will eventually get washed away and you'll go completely mad.

As Robert Pattinson explained in a profile piece with The Times, his popularity can provide a lot of benefits as an celebrity. It has helped the actor harbor an artistic career filled with richly challenging and dynamic films, including (but certainly not limited to), The Rover, Good Time, The Childhood of a Leader and Damsel, to name a few of my own personal favorites of late.

But when you have a devoted fanbase from your previous work in The Twilight Saga, particularly a rabid group of devotes who seek to know almost all there is to know about your life and your work, it can be hard to find quality alone time with yourself — let alone with a romantic partner.

It is a topic that notably weighs on Robert Pattinson with the release of his most recent film, High Life, a well-crafted and compellingly sparse sci-fi film that has a lot of intriguing comments to say about interconnected relationships. The life of an actor like Pattinson — certainly a famous one — is an intriguing but often lonely existence. There are only a few people who can really relate to what it's like to be in your shoes, let alone get close enough to get even a glimpse at what their existence might be like.

It should be noted that his most high-profile relationship was with Kristen Stewart, and that quickly became the source of media scrutiny — even, or especially, after it fell through. Pattinson has found a lot of success and acclaim over the years, particularly with some of his most recent acting choices. But when it comes to his relationships, Robert Pattinson can seemingly live a lonely life.

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Will Ashton

Will is an entertainment writer based in Pittsburgh, PA. His writing can also be found in The Playlist, Cut Print Film, We Got This Covered, The Young Folks, Slate and other outlets. He also co-hosts the weekly film/TV podcast Cinemaholics with Jon Negroni and he likes to think he's a professional Garfield enthusiast.