Where Amanda Knox And Raffaele Sollecito's Relationship Stands Today

When Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito embarked on a whirlwind romance in Italy, neither had any idea that their lives would soon change forever, nor did they know that their names would forever be linked to each other and to a gory homicide case.

But that's exactly what happened. Knox and Sollecito became household names when Knox's roommate was found murdered in their apartment in Perugia, Italy, resulting in the fledgling couple's arrest and subsequent imprisonment. What should have been a blissful love story instead went the way of "Romeo and Juliet," ending in tragedy and resulting in a messy murder trial that went on for years and changed both Knox and Sollecito's lives forever, inextricably binding their names together.

Today, the two are no longer lovers — but they do still maintain a relationship.

How Amanda Knox Met Raffaele Sollecito

Amanda Knox was a 20-year-old foreign exchange student when she encountered 23-year-old computer engineering student Raffaele Sollecito at a classical music concert, according to Bustle. The two began dating soon after meeting, and Sollecito described their fling as a "teenage romance."

"It was a blossoming," he said in an interview with the British TV program "Daybreak," according to ABC. "We were eager to date each other, to see each other every day. But as soon as we dated and we started to have this romance, it was shut down, it was destroyed by events and circumstances."

According to the BBC, the pair spent a lot of time at Sollecito's flat during those passionate first days, which is where Knox claimed to be the night her roommate, 21-year-old Meredith Kercher, was murdered.

According to CNN, on November 2, 2007, Kercher was found dead in the flat she shared with Knox. Police detained Knox and Sollecito, and prosecutors argued that Knox and Sollecito had murdered Kercher as part of a bizarre sex game that led to Knox cutting Kercher's throat, per Amanda Knox Case. Knox and Sollecito were found guilty, and Knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison, while Sollecito received 25 years.

Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito's Relationship After Meredith Kercher's Murder

In 2011, Knox and Sollecito were acquitted when fingerprints and DNA evidence linked a man named Rudy Guede to the crime, according to Time. After they were both released, Sollecito and Knox officially ended their relationship. "We were both victims of a cruel injustice and our relationship was overcome," Sollecito said, according to the New York Daily News.

The pair was convicted again in 2014 but were finally permanently acquitted by Italy's supreme court, per Time.

Eventually, the pair reunited, though Sollecito was hesitant. "I wasn't at all sure it was a good idea to see her and I wavered back and forth even after I had booked my ticket," he said in his memoir "Honor Bound: My Journey to Hell and Back with Amanda Knox," according to The Guardian. "We had been through so much; perhaps we owed it to each other to live our lives and leave each other in peace."

They did manage to rekindle a relationship and ended up on good terms. In 2012, Sollecito told Anderson Cooper that he and Knox are "really good friends" and that "there is nothing between us now," per Bustle. In 2013, the pair were spotted reuniting in New York, according to the New York Daily News.

Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito Today

Today, Knox and Sollecito both appear to have moved on with their lives. Sollecito remained in Italy following the acquittal, working in IT, and he also launched an app called Suntickets.it, according to Sollecito's website. In 2019, he announced his engagement to Andreea Mihaela Burtea, a woman who reached out to him while researching the Knox case, according to Daily Mail.

Knox also married, secretly wedding Chris Robinson in 2018, per The List. She maintains a career as a writer and activist, working for the Innocence Project, an organization that works on overturning wrongful convictions. She also frequently writes about her experience as a high-profile murder suspect, often criticizing the way her story has been sensationalized and fictionalized in the media over the years, per The Atlantic.

As for Knox and Sollecito, the pair are still on good terms. "We keep track of each other and we care deeply about each other," she said in a 2018 interview, according to AETV. However, Knox noted the brevity of their relationship, adding, "We barely knew each other. In fact, our relationship is almost entirely a relationship of survival."

Today, the two occasionally interact on Twitter, with Sollecito sometimes amplifying and responding to Knox's posts. On October 4, 2020, Sollecito tweeted "Happy freedom day" to Knox, who replied "Un abbraccio!" — an Italian phrase that means "a hug."