Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart’s Love Story

As Twilight stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart took the stage to accept the prize for Best Kiss at the May 31 MTV Movie Awards, the apparent hormonal combustion ignited Universal City’s Gibson Amphitheatre and flew out over the airwaves to 5.3 million viewers worldwide.

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson

Ditching his chewing gum, the smoldering Robert braced himself for a steamy smooch with his onscreen paramour; Kristen stood hands on hips, seemingly daring him on. They drew closer, and Rob’s lips parted, while the erotic heat built to an unbearable pitch. Then, at the last second, “Bella the Reluctant Virgin” demurred and pulled away, leaving “Edward the Conflicted Vampire” … dangling.

“Thank you sooo much,” Stewart told the audience, sounding every bit the 19-year-old from L.A.

Were all those feverish pheromones for real, or were the onscreen lovers merely doing their best to create a romantic Hollywood illusion? Rumors have been rampant that the introverted, guitar-playing Rob, a 23-year-old Brit who is arguably filmdom’s foremost fantasy, has been nursing an unrequited passion for his leading lady, who has been dating actor Michael Angarano, 21, for five years.

“Robert and Kristen spent a lot of time alone together when they filmed the first Twilight movie — they’d stay up most of the night talking, laughing, playing music,” a friend of Stewart tells OK!. “Although [Robert] knew Kristen had a boyfriend, he made no secret of the fact that he was crazy about her.”

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