So it’s with no small degree of disbelief and personal betrayal that those same fans are receiving the news that Stewart apparently cheated on boyfriend Robert Pattinson with Rupert Sanders, her Snow White and the Huntsman director.
Here’s what we know: US gossip magazine Us Weekly published a small picture of Sanders embracing Stewart on the cover of their latest issue. Sanders is married and has two children with model Liberty Ross, who—and this hurts—played Stewart’s mother in SWATH.
But the story only picked up traction when Stewart issued a public apology to People magazine, via a representative, on Wednesday afternoon:
'I'm deeply sorry for the hurt and embarrassment I've caused to those close to me and everyone this has affected. This momentary indiscretion has jeopardized the most important thing in my life, the person I love and respect the most, Rob. I love him, I love him, I'm so sorry.'
Sanders chimed in with his own statement:
'I am utterly distraught about the pain I have caused my family. My beautiful wife and heavenly children are all I have in this world. I love them with all my heart. I am praying that we can get through this together.'
When we met Sanders and Stewart at a SWATH press conference, Sanders was openly adoring of Stewart, but we thought his admiration was that of a director for his star. In retrospect, his quotes can read borderline steamy, as when he praised Stewart's 'very rebellious kind of spirit': 'She's a bit like a wild horse—she’s hard to hold down,' Sanders said. 'I liked that.'
So far, so silent from Pattinson. Ross has deleted her Twitter account.
@KStewsBlackBra: @ELLEUK That it's bullshit,photshopped,and lawyers must be involved
@Fanradar: @elleuk I'm distraught. I just want this to blow over. I hope he can forgive her.
@LikeRockets00: @ELLEUK Distraught, </3 but they need the media to let them breathe, and decide the future of their relationship.
@ilybecci : @ELLEUK hate hate hate it.. The press seeing how happy robsten are so bring them down its all fake.. Fake pictures fake statements.
@Obsessedfreak: @ELLEUK I don't think it's true, the photos are photoshopped and she would never release a statement to a tabloid. Just saying.
@Aaylita: @ELLEUK 1)I’m devastated by the news, 2)too many people are mean, 3)making mistakes is human, 4) Robsten forever -no matter what!!
@LaraWKenny: @ELLEUK I think I'm going to mind my own business. Celebs are no more invincible than us when it comes to keeping love alive.
@SophieOsborne1: I think someone should spare a thought for Liberty Ross & her family @ELLEUK
@Cyn_D21: @ELLEUK shattered, as a fan it's the worse thing that could have happened...@AnaGr_RK: @ELLEUK is all a lie, was a montage of usweekly, I support Kristen and Robert, she would never do that!
@AlisonHQuinn: @ELLEUK Kristen Stewart should apologise for Twilight instead of this scandal
@susanfulignati: @ELLEUK her career!! He'll benefit, she won't. Girls will turn against her. She's made an example of herself
@SkarsgardStew: @ELLEUK Nobody is perfect, and neither is Kristen, but I highly doubt she made this mistake. The whole fanbase has been torn up due to it.
@dRoyalKouple: @ELLEUK I WON'T BELIEVE ANYTHING TIL SHE SPEAKS. & EVEN IF IT'S TRUE, I STILL SUPPORT HER. PEOPLE MAKE MISTAKES N WE HAVE TO LEARN 2 4GIVE
@AinhoaLangdon: @ELLEUK plz, all is false, was a deceit of usweekly, stop with this rumor, because is damaging a lot of people.
@ChuBell: @ELLEUK shocking news but only they will know the truth
@BrettasAna: @ELLEUK this is fake! usweekly did this to make Kristen confirm her relationship with Rob, but on a worst way possible! they're mean genius
@StewsBitch: @ELLEUK US Weekly is pathetic. They want to make money and destroy other life. Kristen wouldn't cheat, never.
@TeamKristen: @ELLEUK this is bullshit. The pics are photoshopped (the original ones are going around on twitter) it's pathetic they wanna ruin so much
@StewysStalker: @ELLEUK It's complete rubbish! The photos are photoshopped and nothing adds up. It's all just a big con for money and gossip!
@LawrenceOdair: @ELLEUK I think it's ridiculous that fans are leaving. Us krisbians need to put our views aside and support our girl.
@ohkristenjaymes: @ELLEUK true Krisbians will support Kristen no matter what and we know that those rumours are nothing but BS. US Weekly can suck it.
@noemiepresi: @ELLEUK ppl make mistakes but the most ugly thing if someone cheats on his/her partner. I hope both of them are aware of what they've done.