** Don’t forget to vote in our two online polls at the end of this story!**
It’s amazing what people are willing to accept as truth just because someone says something on the internet. Even when it is based on nothing more than faceless tweets, blog comments, and tabloid articles.
Take the latest Kristen Stewart/Robert Pattinson breakup rumor that has rumbled across the blogsphere. A rumor that has pitted one part of the Twilight fandom against the other, with Rob fans spinning the story as all Kristen’s fault with her affair, her clinginess, her demands for marriage and a baby, and her texting with Rupert; and Kristen fans spinning it as it’s all Rob’s fault with his serial philandering, his Katy Perry fling, his drug and alcohol abuse, and his general refusal to admit Kristen was his girlfriend at all for fear of losing his ever worshiping fans. And the Nonstens piling on with their claims that they were never a couple at all, they are both gay, or they broke up long ago.
But what is even more amazing about this latest nonsense, is the amount of vitriol that has been cast at Rob And Kristen between the proponents of these warring points of view, and how few people actually have taken the time to analyze whether there is anything to these rumors in the first place. Casting aspersions as if they really knew what they were talking about. In my humble opinion, I think a lot of these so-called one time fans ought to be ashamed of themselves.
Given this vitriol, which is probably the only thing that is absolutely true in this latest internet flareup, I think its time to take a deep breath, settle down, and actually examine whether the initial premise and subsequent developments of this alleged breakup are true. Which leads us to the obvious question: Is there provable evidence which shows that Rob and Kristen have in fact “broken up”?
What is the case for a Rob and Kristen breakup? It goes something like this:
1. On the morning of Rob’s birthday, May 13th, purportedly Rob and Kristen have a huge fight about her getting new texts from Rupert Sanders on her phone.
2. On the afternoon and evening of May 13th that argument continues by phone, eventually scrapping Kristen’s big plans for a birthday celebration for Rob that evening.
3. On the evening of May 18th, People Magazine claims a source that says that Rob and Kristen have in fact “called it quits after more than three years of dating”, but that the source also said “that it would not be surprising if the on-and-off-again pair got back together again.”
4. On May 19th , Rob was seen moving much of his belongings and the two dogs from Kristen’s house in Los Feliz to his own house on Aberdeen in Los Feliz.
5. On May 23rd, Kristen supervised the removal of the rest of Rob’s belongings from her house by a moving truck.
6. Rob was seen with Katy Perry at a wedding rehearsal in Santa Barbara on May 27th, at a Bjork concert on June 10, and may now be involved in a rebound relationship with her.
7. Kristen has been sighted on several occasions out and about with her friends without Rob after the split and seems to be recovering nicely from it.
8. And finally, Rob and Kristen have not been seen together since after this purported breakup and have not been seen together in public since early May.
Now let’s see how the actual “evidence” stacks up in relation to this breakup rumor and assess whether it “proves” that a breakup has occurred.
- The Phone Call Fight
Its hard too keep things straight when a tabloid frenzy gets going but that is exactly what I am going to attempt to do. So let’s start at the beginning. This whole story started from a X17online “exclusive”: “Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson Fight on His Birthday”, which they posted on May 14th at 5:58 PM PDT. Following a previous day of frustration when the tabloids and the blogsphere failed to figure out where and how Rob’s birthday party unfolded. And you know the tabloids, in the absence of real news, they do what they do best: they make stuff up.
You remember X17online don’t you? They are the two bit celebrity web blog/ paparazzi pack that was responsible for the widely repudiated story back in April, “Rupert Sander: Valet Driver.” Yeah that one. Not to be confused with Martin Scorsese’s Oscar winner, Taxi Driver.
In their account, X17Online claimed that their photographers spotted Kristen at a friend’s house on the afternoon of the April 13th in “breakdown mode” over what appeared to be “a possible breakup” with Rob. Quoting from the account:
“Kristen was pacing back-and-forth in her friend’s apartment, smoking. She looked really upset, talking on the phone for almost an hour — I’m guessing she was talking to Rob. She was really animated, like she was trying to explain something. She was getting frustrated and seemed very emotional, our photographer tells us.”
Afterwards she supposedly drove to another friend’s house, parked , and then continued the conversation for another 45 minutes in the car. The article ended with the provocative question: “Could there be trouble in Twilight paradise?” Two photos of Kristen were provided.
By 9:08 PM PST on the 14th, X17Online posted a new one line article called “Rob and Kristen Fight on His Birthday” that said “Rob and Kristen fight on his birthday instead of celebrating” along with 13 photos including the two previous ones. Wow, that added a lot. What is the most interesting thing about the photos is that all of them, including the two released earlier, appear to be taken at night, appear to be taken at the same approximate place, and seem to be minor variations on what really amounts to five basic pictures: 8 pictures of Kristen taken from the right side of the car, 1 that appears to be taken that is more wide angle; 2 pictures of purportedly her getting out of the car; 1 picture of a two story apartment building; and 1 of her standing in the doorway of the second floor apartment of that building. Despite following her for hours from the afternoon into the evening with a intervening 45 minute conversation in a car, all we really get is these four basic shots, and of course no video.
Why on earth does that sound so familiar? Ah yes, July 17, 2012, the famed “cheating scandal.” X17Online must have hired the same bozo paparazzi as FameFlyNet had back then. Despite the fact that these paparazzi followed her for hours and are supposedly photographers, they can’t seem to manage to take much in the way of any photographs. Imagine that.
And as for their account?
“Kristen was pacing back-and-forth in her friend’s apartment, smoking.”
Even though they managed to fail completely to photograph that.
“She looked really upset, talking on the phone for almost an hour– I’m guessing she was talking to Rob.”
Yeah right, once again somehow managed to fail to photograph that too despite an hour passing. And as for the “guessing” who she was talking to, how in the hell would they know that? And what she was talking about? Well I got news for you, Guessing is a far cry from Proving.
“She was really animated, like she was trying to explain something. She was getting frustrated and seemed very emotional”.
Yeah right. Yet their photographer seemed so wound up in the drama that he forgot to take any photographs to substantiate his comments. [editor’s note: insert eye roll here]. And as for the photographs of the car conversation? They don’t exist.
And most telling of all, what of the claim they were taken on May 13th at all? Well as we have seen before, manipulating image data on data files is easily accomplished with readily available software. If you don’t believe me see the The Pattinson/Stewart Breakup: Three Critical Details located elsewhere on this blog at http://wp.me/p2JqVX-zJ. In that one I “prove” that the apartment photo of Kristen was taken on the day of her birth back in 1990!
What’s a person to think? Well I’ll tell what I think. This is the same old crap from last year. Tabloids lie all the time. I have proven it over and over and over again on this website. And as for what X17Online manages to prove from this account, I’ll tell you what they prove: Absolutely Nothing. Zilch. Zero. Unless of course lies, assumptions, guesses, and unsubstantiated speculation now pass for proof. Particularly when you don’t substantiate your claims with photographs and video that could have been easily taken.
And remember, we haven’t heard anything from anyone who claims they actually saw anything. We only have the second hand account from X17Online who has a tremendous bias to lie because this story was obviously going to make them some money. And as usual they have failed to present these so-called eye witnesses for cross examination, questioning, let alone identify them by name. Nor have they provided anything to substantiate their account nor their veracity. Anyone who fairly looks at this “evidence” must conclude that it fails to prove much of anything other than that X17Online is a serial fabricator.
Of course that didn’t stop the tabloids and the blogsphere from going ballistic, and twitter going crazy with claims and counter claims. And inventing more fiction to explain what happened following this so-called fight.
- The Birthday Breakup
Which takes us to the next chapter of this seedy saga, People Magazine’s Rob & Kristen Breakup! Sort Of, Maybe, Kind Of. The actual title of this little missive is “Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart Breakup for Now” and was posted by People’s Dahvi Shira on May 18 at 6:00 PM EDT. But again, I like my title better. This is the same Dahvi Shira who last year admitted in a tweet that People actually didn’t talk to Kristen about her so-called apology, her so-called statement. And the same magazine that failed to make that fact clear or identify their so-called source.
After warning Twihards to sit down, ( yeah right), the story continued:
” As rumors of relationship trouble continue to swirl, a source tells PEOPLE that Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart have called it quits after more than three years of dating. Reps for the two could not be reached. But the source says it would not be surprising if the on-and-off-again pair got back together again. The news follows online reports that Pattinson ditched out on his 27th birthday plans arranged by Stewart.”
Followed by some blah, blah, about how they had doing so well together at Coachella and at her birthday, etc.
Is this provable evidence of a Rob & Kristen breakup? I’ll tell what I think: once again it proves Absolutely Nothing, Zero, Zilch. First, as usual, it relies on an unnamed, unidentified source. We are provided with absolutely nothing to verify what the source claims or information establishing the source’s credibility. We are expected to take it on Shira’s word. Second, it’s equivocal. They broke up but they may get back together? What kind of bull is that. Talk about covering all the bases. Third, what happened to the gossip magazine that everyone claims is so reliable, the one that always confirms its stories with actor’s reps?
Yet here, they readily admit they didn’t confirm this one with the reps. But then again we shouldn’t be surprised as they didn’t confirm the one last year about Kristen’s so-called “apology” either. And to this day have steadfastly refused to describe the circumstances of obtaining that “apology”, whether it was written or oral, and whether it was directly from Kristen or through a source. Even though Shiri herself admitted that it wasn’t from Kristen but from a source. And as for Rob’s ditching out on his 27th birthday plans, other than the internet babble, who knows how he celebrated his birthday, with whom, and when. Anyone who fairly looks at this “evidence” must conclude that it fails to prove much of anything at all other than that People is just another tabloid.
You may legitimately ask yourself then why did People run with this story without talking to the reps. Well I’ll tell you why. It’s a myth that People always confirms their stories with reps. Part of the crap they push to shore up their “credibility” as the Numero Uno tabloid, which is in serious need of being shored up I might add. But more importantly they ran with it because they are nothing more than a sleazy tabloid just like the rest of them and didn’t want someone else to beat them to the storyline. It’s all about being first in this sleazy business, even when it’s a baseless lie. They were seriously late to the game last year with the phony “cheating scandal” when they were scooped by US Magazine and FameFlyNet. Which is exactly why they ran so quickly with the unsubstantiated “apology” last year. You have to hand it to them, People learns from its mistakes.
And so came the onslaught of tabloid stories regurgitating the People story, in typical celebrity gossip machine.
Before I move onto the next chapter in this breakup rumor saga, I do want to give a shout out to E!online andperhaps the most patently ridiculous account of the initial breakup stories that was written. See their account below:
A source tells E! News the Twilight stars broke up Saturday, after more than three years of dating. Although those close to the couple believe this will be just a temporary split, the source said K. Stew is “heartbroken” and “so sad” over the break-up. “They are going to stay living at Kristen’s house because of the dogs,” the source continued. “It’s not fully over or he would have moved out.”
Yeah right. Broken up but living together for the dogs. That’s a good one. Its hard to imagine someone could write that crap while keeping a straight face. But, that’s one of the benefits of hiding behind a computer screen, you don’t have to keep a straight face. You can lie with impunity. Of course, that living together business wouldn’t last long.
- The Sixty Million Dollar Moving Man
Which takes us to the next chapter in this fairy tale of a rumor. You know the one, “The Sixty Million Dollar Man Moving His Own Dogs and Junk“ story. This one was again spawned from X17Online photos and a one line story from them. But it is primary told to us by E!online.
X17Online’s story which was posted on May 20 at 2:56 PM EDT consisted of 33 photos and a single line, “Rob Pattinson moved his stuff out of Kristen Stewart’s home on Sunday, and he even took the couple’s dog!” I guess they missed their own photo that showed he actually took both dogs, not one. Despite there being a large number of photos, they once again only actually boil down to four, 16 of Rob in his truck at the entry to the driveway at his Aberdeen house (Los Feliz 1), 12 of him driving somewhere purportedly in Los Feliz, and 5 of his truck driving outside of the gated community where Kristen’s house is located (Los Feliz 2).
E!online picked it up from there. Their actual story by Natalie Finn is called “Robert Pattinson Moves Stuff Out of Kristen’s House, Leaves With His Dogs” and was posted on May 20 at 2:13 PM PST. Natalie Finn is the journalistic genius who recently fell for the Rob & Kristen Holding Hands in Echo Park fraud along with a colleague which I will mention later. So much for her integrity and researching of stories. Funny how the same tabloids and writers keep recirculating, isn’t it? Sorry about my retitling, but I couldn’t resist. Images of Steve Austin (Lee Majors) running high speed through the desert making those goofy jumping noises were running through my head. But of course, he was only worth six million.
Relying on the photos and as usual an unnamed, unidentified source, Finn spins the following fairy tale:
“The Twilight heartthrob was spotted clearing out of Kristen Stewart’s home in L.A.’s Los Feliz neighborhood on Sunday [May 19] afternoon, just a day after word got out that the longtime couple had split. A source tells E! News that Rob arrived with a pickup truck at around 4 p.m. After about 45 minutes, he took off with his two dogs, his bike and a number of suitcases and trash bags. Kristen was there at the time and Rob looked very upset, the source says, adding that the actor went back to his place and stayed put for the night. Another insider told us Sunday that Kristen was “heartbroken” over the breakup, though some in the know say it could easily be just temporary—and they certainly wouldn’t be the first celeb couple to give romance yet another shot.”
Yeah right. A double barrel unnamed inside source, with an assist from “some in the know”. And they dumped the “living together for the dogs” bs. I am really impressed! [editor’s note: insert sarcasm here]. So if Rob was seen “clearing out” of Kristen’s home, which is in a secured, gated community, why don’t we have photos taken at the house. He was there for forty five minutes, Kristen was there and Rob looked “very upset”. Photos might have provided corroboration, but unsurprisingly, they are not forth coming. What we do get is X17online’s photos of Rob in his truck at his house with the dogs and some unidentifiable stuff in the back. Is it his stuff? Her stuff? Their stuff? Who knows. Is he simply moving some stuff, preparing for their move back into Los Feliz 1, breaking up, or preparing for a garage sale or to donate to a celebrity charity auction? Who knows. Or he is he pulling some crap on some gullible tabloids and fans just like he has done so many times before?
So what does this do to add provable evidence to this little breakup rumor? Yes, you got it: Absolutely Nothing, Zero, Zilch. That’s the only fair conclusion that can reached. Unless of course assumptions, guesses, and unsubstantiated speculation now pass for proof.
- Rupert Sanders Strikes Again (not to be confused with The Empire Strikes Back)
Which takes us to the next chapter in our rumor saga: what is a good breakup rumor without the reasons for it. The tweeters had already been busy spinning tales, but it was time for the big guns to be heard. Enter Britain’s The Sun, another venerable powerhouse of journalistic integrity (NOT!) with a story posted on May 22nd. And you guessed it, based on an unidentified, unnamed source. You remember this one don’t you? I featured it in an earlier blog of mine, “The Three Most Ridiculous Rob and Kristen Breakup Rumors of the Last Forty Eight Hours.” This is the one where Kristen is in the shower the morning of Rob’s birthday and Rob accidentally picks up her phone because he wants to take a picture of something with it, but instead accidentally discovers new text traffic between Rupert and Kristen. Yeah right. This one is too easy.
There is absolutely nothing supporting this claim other than that The Sun says it. And once again, this is a tabloid that has a long standing history of serial lying about Rob & Kristen and many other celebrities as well. I could just as easily claim a source who said that it was Rob in the shower, and Kristen needed to take a picture of Bear with Rob’s phone, but accidentally discovered photographs of Tom and Rob doing the nasty while they were in NYC. And that she threw him out. That would be no less nor no more credible than the story The Sun provided. Then again, it might actually be more credible given Rob’s long term bromance with Tom, and his stuff hastily packed stuff put in garbage bags. Or how about it was actually Rob who was using Kristen’s phone, but this time he discovered photographs on it of Kristen doing the nasty with a group of her gal pals.
See how easy it is to generate this bull? So what does The Sun’s Story add to the breakup rumor in terms of provable evidence? You got it, chant after me; Absolutely Nothing, Zero, Zilch. Anyone who fairly looks at this evidence must conclude that it fails to prove anything other than the fact that The Sun keeps making things up because its profitable and there are plenty of people out there that are stupid enough to believe it and pay for it.
Of course The Sun story spawned a legion of alternation explanations for why the breakup really happened. Everything from what I mentioned in the opening paragraph to others like Rob’s mother never forgave Kristen for what she did, Kristen’s mother cohabitation with them ruined their sexlife, and Kristen spent too much time with her pack of juvenile delinquent girl friends. I’ll leave you to muddle through them, but rest assured, they are no more believable than the ones that have been offered here.
- Moving Van Part Deux ( not to be confused with Francis Ford Coppola’s excellent remix Apocalypse Now Part Deux)
What is a breakup rumor without some good moving truck nonsense? Particularly when it come to a Rob & Kristen breakup story. Enter Hollywood Lies and Britain’s The Daily Mail. Hollywood Life’s story, “Robert Pattinson: M0ving Out of Kristen Stewart’s House for Good”, was posted on May 24th at 12:10 EDT and was penned by Elenore “the serial liar” Hutch. I won’t bore you with the catalog of lies, misrepresentations, and tabloid tripe that has come from this women’s mouth during her career. Quoting the article:
“Nothing tells a girl you’re done with the relationship like a moving truck in the driveway! A truck was spotted leaving Kristen’s house on May 23, presumably containing all of Rob’s possessions. Twi-hards can begin weeping, because Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart appear to really be over. On May 23, a moving truck was seen leaving Kristen’s Loz Feliz home, and it was likely full of Rob’s stuff. We realized things were taking a turn for the worse when Rob was seen driving away from Kristen’s house on May 19 with many of his belongings and their two dogs!”
Oh Elenore, you are so pathetic: the truck “presumably containing”, they “appear to be really”, the truck “likely full of his stuff”. About the only thing that is full of it Elenore is you. And how about that truck in the driveway? Oops no picture of that. Despite the fact they needed all that time to load all that stuff. The moving truck spotted leaving Kristen’s house? Oops, they did it again, no photo of that either. Its beginning to sound like a bad Britney Spears remix. What you will find contained in the article is a photo, one showing a “Pod” moving truck entering the gated community where Kristen’s house is one of over one hundred and nothing more.
Well I suppose the truck might have been going to Kristen’s. And maybe it eventually ended up in Kristen’s driveway. After all, it had to be going somewhere. It’s possible it was heading there. But the last time I checked, supposing, guessing, and speculating is a lot different from Proving.
In typical celebrity gossip machine fashion, it took The Daily Mail only about two hours to trump Hollywood Life’s story in an article entitled “Kristen Stewart Cuts a Sad Figure After Watching Moving Trucks Take Away the Last of Robert Pattinson’s Belongings from Her Home”, posted on May 24th at 2:27 PM EST :
“It looks like the split is finally official. Kristen Stewart supervised a moving van on Thursday full of what is believed to be the last of Robert Pattinson’s personal belongings from the Los Feliz, California home that they once shared. With a car full of friends to support her during the dramatic moment, the 23-year old actress looked as serious as ever when they made a shopping run to Gelson’s grocery store while the storage POD on a large truck left the house.”
Wow, so now Kristen was actually there supervising the moving truck. Oops, no picture of her doing that. And how about that second sentence, now there is a devious sentence if I ever saw one. Are they trying to imply that the picture is of her as she is watching the truck drive away (the dramatic moment) or are they saying it was taken as she drove to the grocery store, looking serious as ever? In actuality it doesn’t really matter. The Daily Mail fails to provide any evidence to confirm that Kristen was actually at her house supervising anything. And if you look at that photo set, it fails establish that the car she was in was at her house. It looks much likely that it was taken at the grocery store parking lot.
And most tellingly, since one of the photos The Daily Mail provides implies that the truck was within the gated domain of Laufflin Hills, why are there no photos of it actually at Kristen’s house? Yeah right, different day, same old bull.
But why does this moving truck nonsense sound so familiar?
Oh yes, the famed moving trucks of July of 2012. You remember them. The ones that were supposedly taking all of Rob and Kristen’s stuff out of Los Feliz 1 after the so called cheating scandal because he was selling the house. The house that he never managed to sell. Yeah right. The UHaul that turned out to be planted by a paparazzi for a faked photo, and the large moving truck that turned out to be actually at a place one mile away from Rob’s house. See my earlier blog, “Thought for the Day (October 6, 2012) : A Look at Bauer-Griffin”, elsewhere on this blog at http://wp.me/p2JqVX-6o.
So what do the moving trucks prove about our little breakup rumor? You got it. Absolutely Nothing, Zero, Zilch. Are you seeing a pattern here yet?
- Rebound Love (not to be confused with Golden Earring’s Radar Love below)
I’ve been drivin’ all night, my hands are wet on the wheel.
There’s a voice in my head that drives my heel.
My baby call said I need you here.
It’s half past four and I’m shifting gears.
When she’s lonely and the longing gets too much,
She sends a cable coming in from above.
Don’t need no phone at all.
We got a thing that’s called radar love.
We got a wave in the air
Ah, the perfect song for a tabloid author. Just a bunch of voices in their heads. Let’s take a look at yet another chapter in this sad saga, this one the Rob and Katy Perry Love Affair. Nothing proves a breakup like a rebound love affair. And nothing sells a tabloid like a BFF menage et trois gone wrong. All the drama of two girls mud wrestling over the affections of a single dude, elements of caddy back stabbing and betrayal, double dealing your BFF gal pal for her boyfriend, the wronged boyfriend finds true love etc., etc., etc.
Prior to the “breakup” nonsense, you would have thought that Rob, Kristen, and Katy Perry were nothing but very good friends. Appearances together at Coachella, the Teen Choice awards, and at birthday parties and such. But faster than you can spell BS, the tabloids turned that so called friendship on its head in an attempt to prove a Rob and Kristen breakup.
It started almost immediately after the so-called split as the tabloids began to explore who Rob should hookup with next. Talk about letting the cadaver get cold. That was followed by a Hollywood Life account on July 24th claiming that good friend Katy had been urging Rob to dump Kristen all along because she couldn’t be trusted and she had broken up a family. But it wasn’t until the Santa Barbara wedding tweet that the rebound love story really took off in the tabloid fairy tale realm.
In an on, then off, then on again story People reported on May 27th the so-called Rob and Katy visit to a random wedding rehearsal in Santa Barbara story. It started with a tweet and a People report which was pulled, and then eventually replaced later on People ‘s website with an account called “Robert Pattinson and Katy Perry Spotted at a Santa Barbara Wedding Rehearsal” which was posted at 4:45 PM EDT after they had so-calledly talked with the tweeter. The tweeter, purportedly a Stephanie Sands, who incidentally subsequently pulled her purported tweet, supposedly started this firestorm by tweeting: “Rob and Katy at Santa Barbara wedding. New Item?”
Within about 90 minutes the story’s spin took a more ominous turn. The Daily Mail, in their story called “R-Patz and Katy Perry are Spotted Together at Wedding Rehearsal…As It’s Claimed Their Friendship Caused Kristen Stewart Split”, [editor’s note: Who Makes up these titles anyway?] was posted at 6:09 PM EDT, stuck with the claimed platonic get together but claimed the story was “getting curiouser and curiouser”. I didn’t even know that curiouser was a word until I read it. Citing an earlier, and I might add, never substantiated claim that Rob and Katy attended a Daughter concert together in the Bowery in NYC around the time of the MET Gala. Yeah, you guessed it, based on faceless tweets, unnamed sources, and no photos that time either.
Within two hours, Life & Style was spinning their story “Robert Pattinson and Katy Perry Spotted Together at a Wedding Rehearsal” posted at 6:27 EDT in a much more provocative light with the following:
“We were wondering about Katy Perry’s motives when she convinced her friend Robert Pattinson to dump Kristen Stewart, but we think we get the picture – the “Part of Me” singer was spotted with the Twilight hottie at a wedding rehearsal at a luxury hotel in Santa Barbara, CA, on May 26.”
Talk about innuendo in the absence of other corroborating evidence. Despite the fact that no one ever took a photo of their presence at that camera happy event. And the only two to tweet about it were inconsistent about what had actually happened. Hey, but that was more than enough to launch the tabloid universe’s new spin machine, Robaty, and it was off to the races, corroborating evidence be damned . Whoever coined that celebrity nick name was a real genius. Or rather, should have been shoot on sight.