Robert Pattinson and Suki Waterhouse's Super Private (and Super Pap'd) Relationship Timeline

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Robert Pattinson & Suki Waterhouse's Ship TimelineStephane Cardinale - Corbis - Getty Images

In a move no one saw coming, Robert Pattinson transformed from a glittery vampire with a thing for calling women "spider monkey" into a man who is also a bat. In other words, he's currently Batman in The Batman, which is a big fucking deal (tbh, anything's an improvement on Ben Affleck's Batman) and will likely usher in a new era of Heartthrob Status.

But update for those politely curious: Robert, aka Renesmee's father, is already dating someone. Yep, Robert Pattinson's girlfriend is model Suki Waterhouse, whom he's been in a relationship with for years at this point. If you weren't already aware of this development, that could be because they're extremely low-key—even though nary a day goes by that they aren't photographed. On that note, it's probably time for a handy journey through their relationship timeline!

July 2018

Robert and Suki are spotted for the first time, and the PDA is on. another. level. By which I mean they're seen kissing after a showing of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (wow, hot) in some pics published by E! News.

"Along the way, they were very close and cuddled and kissed many times," an eyewitness says at the time. "Robert was very affectionate to her and had his arm around her the whole way and Suki reciprocated by holding his hand and kissing it."

Cute, but FYI this same month another source plays down the relationship to E! News, saying Suki and Robert are simply "casually dating."

August 2018

The Daily Mail, out of nowhere, randomly reports that Robert and Suki have broken up. Which, nope! But before long, Lainey Gossip disputes the claim, pointing out that on top of being seeing together at a Miguel show in L.A, Robert and Suki both attended TIFF at the same time:

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2018 toronto international film festival
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December 2018

The couple is spotted leaving at Christmas party at 5 a.m. in photos published by the good ol' Daily Mail.

January 2019

At this point, Robert and Suki are getting papped a ton and are seen enjoying a stroll through London in photos published by People.

April 2019

Robert is interviewed by The Sunday Times and makes it clear that he will not be talking about Suki:

"Do I have to [talk about her]? 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."

May 14, 2019

Robert and Suki get papped while celebrating his birthday in photos published by People. In other words, they are still! going! strong!

June 2019

The pair is spotted on a double date with, um, Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn (?!?!?!) at San Vicente Bungalows in Hollywood, where a source tells Us Weekly they "were laughing and talking" all night and "were at a table, just the four of them." Oh, and apparently "Rob and Taylor were across from each other" in case you were curious about the seating arrangement for whatever reason.

January 2020

Robert and Suki make a suuuuuper rare public appearance together at a Dior dinner during Paris Fashion Week.

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And naturally engagement rumors are sparked thanks to that ring ^^^ on Suki's finger.

May 2020

While chatting with GQ, Robert lets it slip that he's staying "with his girlfriend" in a London apartment during quarantine.

September 2020

Suki and Robert are spotted making out on a bench, as ya do!

October 2020

A source tells E! News that Robert and Suki have "definitely discussed" getting engaged, but that "Suki is not pressuring him and they are both very committed to each other."

April 15, 2021

Fans are convinced there's a picture of Robert and Suki kissing in the background of this solo Instagram she posts:

July 2021

In a since-deleted tweet, Suki criticizes the Gossip Girl reboot for using this line: "He’s R-Patz and you’re Suki Nobody."

"Another day to be reminded that women can also be the patriarchy. Seeing critiques of the patriarchy and sexism, then I get name-checked as somebody’s nobody girlfriend," she said. "Make it make sense."

February 2022

Robert once again refers to Suki as his "girlfriend" in a GQ interview, saying she couldn't stop telling a man who had come to fix the boiler about his Batman role. "I'm sitting there facing the other direction, and my girlfriend just keeps continuing the conversation with him," he said. "And I'm looking at her, like, 'Shut the fuck up. Why are you doing this to me?' She was very entertaining. Just talking to an obsessive fan."

He also talks about Suki's reaction to the movie during an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, saying, "It was really her reaction that kind of changed the entire thing because I'm pretty sure she's not normally into watching superhero movies. And just seeing that it was capturing her attention the entire time and then she held my hand and touched it [to her face] and I could feel a little tear. And I was like, ‘No way!’"

December 2022

After more than four years of coupledom, Robert and Suki (*fiiiiiiinally*) make their red carpet debut on December 3, 2022 at the Dior Men Fall 2023 show in Giza, Egypt, where they are the epitome of Fashion Goals (she wears a mauve dress, he wears a silver-toned jacket over a v chill turtleneck):

giza, egypt   december 03 suki waterhouse and robert pattinson attend the dior fall 2023 menswear show on december 03, 2022 in giza, egypt photo by stephane cardinale   corbiscorbis via getty images
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In addition to making their 'ship red carpet official, Robert and Suki pose for several loved up pics at the event, packing on levels of truly 😍 😍 😍-inducing PDA that honestly kinda makes it worth the four-year wait for their red carpet debut. Srsly, just look:

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February 19, 2023

Suki makes a rare comment about Robert during an interview with The Times, saying "I’m shocked that I’m so happy with someone for nearly five years. I had two days off the other day, and it was like, no question I’m going back to see him. Then he’ll come out for a couple of days."

She also says, "Rob definitely isn’t getting advice from me about acting, but of course I’ll try and get him to help me with an audition before he falls asleep on the sofa." Oh, and elsewhere in the interview, the model *also* muses on how they both grew up in southwest London and ended up together after having such similar journeys in the entertainment industry: "We always say that I never, ever would have thought I’d go out with a boy from Barnes, and he didn’t think he’d go out with a girl from Chiswick." S'cute!

That brings us up to date! But before we go, we have one final message to Robert and Suki:

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