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Kristen Stewart & Rupert Sanders in Good Company: Hollywood Scandals

Kristen Stewart cheating scandalKristen Stewart and Rupert Sanders (in addition to Robert Pattinson and Liberty Ross) in good company. (Image: Kristen Stewart as Marylou, On the Road.) “Robert Pattinson moves out.” “Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart shed tears over cheating.” “Charlize Theron Furious with Kristen Stewart for Cheating.” “Can the Kristen Stewart-Robert Pattinson Romance Be Saved?” “Kristen Stewart branded a 'homewrecker.'” “Kristen Stewart Never Had Sex With Rupert Sanders, Sources Claim.” “Katy Perry Gets Cozy In A Bikini With Robert Pattinson.” WTF about that last one?

By now, even the Huli wigmen of Papua New Guinea are wondering: Will Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson remain together? Will there be a Snow White and the Huntsman 2, with Rupert Sanders at the helm? How will Summit Entertainment / Lionsgate organize the Breaking Dawn - Part 2 promo? Will the scandal help or hinder the Breaking Dawn 2 box office? Were Stewart and Pattinson ever actually a couple or was it all publicity for the Twilight movies? How could (or why would) the very private Kristen Stewart get caught with Rupert Sanders in a public place, when her relationship with Robert Pattinson has remained a very private affair?

Kristen Stewart Rupert Sanders cheating scandal: tabloid media at play

Anonymous “friends” of the two couples, public apologies, and off-the-cuff tweets have been providing online and supermarket tabloids and tabloid-wannabes -and the world's consumers of raw sewage – with purported details about how Kristen Stewart felt (“devastated”), how Robert Pattinson reacted (“angry” and “heartbroken”), how Rupert Sanders apologized (“utterly distraught”), how Liberty Ross was caught off guard (“wow”).

Well, never mind the fact that whatever happened/is happening between Stewart and Sanders and Pattinson and Ross is their business. And that very few people – perhaps only those involved – actually knew/knows what really went/is going on. And why.

Now, from a historical viewpoint, what matters (and what's fascinating) is that the film quartet, particularly Kristen Stewart and Rupert Sanders – the “immoral ones” – are in excellent company.

On the next couple of pages (please see link to next post below) you'll find a brief sample of major Hollywood scandals throughout the decades. We're talking top-line talent here, most of whom were able to resume their lives and careers (well, at least their careers) unharmed. Some, in fact, became even bigger stars because of the scandals.

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson movies to benefit from scandal?

As for the current to-do, expect huge grosses for Breaking Dawn - Part 2, the final installment in the Twilight movie franchise that turned Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson into household names around the world. And, if it does indeed get made, expect huge grosses for Snow White and the Huntsman 2 as well, especially if Rupert Sanders gets to direct it and Kristen Stewart returns as the titular heroine. Walter Salles' On the Road, which will reportedly open later this year, should benefit from the scandal, too, as Stewart plays a free spirit sandwiched (quite literally, it seems) between two men. Heck, perhaps even Robert Pattinson's upcoming Cosmopolis will benefit from the media furor – not to mention the underrated Bel Ami, in which Pattinson (beautifully) plays a man cheating on just about everybody and which comes out on DVD on August 7, six days before the New York premiere of Cosmopolis.

Now, beware. Regarding all those “friends” and “insider” stories alleging new revelations about the inner workings of the Robert Pattinson-Kristen Stewart-Rupert Sanders-Liberty Ross quartet, an insider who also happens to be an intimate friend and confidante to all (or most) involved told us: “Believe all those tales if you're a sick fuck with no life, and you're very, very, very stupid.” The anonymous confidante added that those taking the moral high ground in the matter “should take a good, hard look in the mirror before they start judging anyone else's supposed peccadilloes” and that “the first to start moralizing and pointing fingers are invariably the biggest, filthiest, most disgusting hypocrites.”

[“In Good Company: Rupert Sanders and Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson” continues on the next page. See link below.]

Kristen Stewart Marylou On the Road picture: Gregory Smith / Jerry Leider Company.

Errol Flynn young and gayHollywood Scandals: Errol Flynn / Roman Polanski / Charles Chaplin / Mary Miles Minter / Rex Harrison. (Image: A young Errol Flynn.

William Desmond Taylor murder / Mabel Normand, Mary Miles Minter

According to Hollywood lore, director William Desmond Taylor's still unsolved murder ruined the careers of actresses Mabel Normand and Mary Miles Minter in the early '20s. Normand, however, continued making movies after the scandal; her failing health may have been the reason – or at least one reason – for her less frequent output in the mid-to-late '20s. Minter, who was purportedly having an affair with the much older man (who may or may not have been gay…), apparently used the opportunity to get away from both Hollywood and her domineering mother, Charlotte Selby. In other words, Minter's career may have come to a halt because the actress herself – not the public – decided it should.

Around the same time, comedian Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle's stardom was definitely destroyed when Arbuckle found himself accused of having raped and killed (manslaughter) minor actress Virginia Rappe at a wild party.

Paul Bern suicide / Jean Harlow

Jean Harlow's career survived a nasty scandal when her husband, MGM producer Paul Bern, shot himself in their home in September 1932. Bern left behind a note that read: “Dearest Dear, Unfortuately [sic] this is the only way to make good the frightful wrong I have done you and to wipe out my abject humiliation, I Love [sic] you. Paul[.] You understand that last night was only a comedy.” Harlow was to remain a top MGM star, featured opposite the likes of Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, William Powell, and Cary Grant, until her unexpected death at age 26 in 1937. (See also: Jean Harlow interview with author Mark Vieira & Jean Harlow Mystery Photo.]

Errol Flynn statutory rape trial

In 1943, Errol Flynn was the accused at a statutory rape trial for allegedly having had sex with two underage teenagers – one at a time, over the course of a year. Flynn was ultimately found innocent. A ladies' man on screen, the trial in no way diminished the Warner Bros. star's popularity. (Roman Polanski, who was accused of drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl, was less lucky in the '70s, though his career continued to flourish in Europe afterwards. In fact, as a writer-director, Polanski went on to win four César Awards from the French Academy, three European Film Awards, in addition to a Best Director Academy Award for his 2002 Holocaust drama The Pianist.)

Charles Chaplin paternity lawsuit

Charles Chaplin became embroiled in a paternity suit in 1943/44. American actress Joan Barry (no relation to the British actress of the same name) accused Chaplin, with whom she had had an affair, of being the father of her daughter. According to blood tests, however, Chaplin could not have been the child's father. Following the trial, Chaplin would make only one more movie in the United States, Monsieur Verdoux (1947), before being barred from reentering the country because of his political views.

Carole Landis suicide / Rex Harrison, Lilli Palmer

On July 5, 1948, 29-year-old actress Carole Landis committed suicide by taking an overdose of Seconal. Landis was at the time married to Broadway producer W. Horace Schmidlapp, but was having an affair with actor Rex Harrison, then married to actress Lilli Palmer. The suicide was apparently the result of Harrison's refusal to divorce Palmer. The U.S. media made much of the fact that the innocent American girl had been corrupted by the worldly foreigner. Harrison's Hollywood career came to an abrupt halt, but was resurrected in the late '50s. He eventually won the Best Actor Academy Award for My Fair Lady (1964).

Ingrid Bergman scandal

Ingrid Bergman / Roberto Rossellini affair

Ingrid Bergman's Hollywood career was ruined after it was discovered that Bergman, then married to dentist Petter Lindström, was pregnant with the child of another man: Italian filmmaker Roberto Rossellini, married at the time to future movie costume designer Marcella De Marchis. If you think self-righteous jerks are giving Kristen Stewart a hard time on Twitter, bear in mind that it could have been much worse. On the floor of the U.S. Senate, Ingrid Bergman was called “an apostle of degradation” and “a horrible example of womanhood and a powerful influence of evil.”

About seven years later, that “powerful influence of evil” would win her second Best Actress Academy Award (for Anastasia). Bergman would win a third Oscar, as Best Supporting Actress (for Murder on the Orient Express), in early 1975.

Johnny Stompanato homicide / Lana Turner

In 1958, Lana Turner's daughter, Cheryl Crane, stabbed Turner's lover, small-time gangster Johnny Stompanato, killing him. The ensuing trial resulted in loads of publicity – that helped Turner's next movie, the mother-daughter melodrama Imitation of Life (1959), become one of the highest-grossing films of the actress' career and reportedly (not adjusted for inflation), Universal Pictures' biggest box office hit up to that time. (However great Lee Remick was in the role of the battered wife in Otto Preminger's courtroom comedy-drama Anatomy of a Murder, it's truly unfortunate that Lana Turner quit the project.)

Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher and Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton

Elizabeth Taylor became known as a homewrecker after she “stole” married man Eddie Fisher from All-American girl Debbie Reynolds in the late '50s. Even so, during that period Taylor received four Academy Award nominations, winning an Oscar on the fourth round (for Butterfield 8, 1960).

About two years later, she became enmeshed in another scandal, this time while shooting Cleopatra in Rome. Fisher was unceremoniously dumped for leading man Richard Burton, at the time married to Sybil Burton. The rabid media attention helped to propel Elizabeth Taylor to the realm of “living film legend.” Additionally, Taylor won a second Best Actress Academy Award in early '67 (for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?).

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston

More recently, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie became romantically involved while co-starring in the 2005 action-comedy Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Jolie was single, but Pitt was then married to Jennifer Aniston – a sort of worldlier, non-singing Debbie Reynolds of the '90s and early 2000s. The scandal in no way harmed Pitt's and Jolie's careers. In fact, it likely made Mr. & Mrs. Smith a bigger worldwide hit – $478.2 million – than it would have been otherwise.

Arnold Schwarzenegger family values

Now, I'm not sure how things are going to pan out for former Family Values California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, a married man who fathered a child with an employee. Not because of Schwarzenegger's hypocrisy, but because the scandal is by now old news while his upcoming film, The Expendables 2, is perceived as a Sylvester Stallone / Liam Hemsworth vehicle.

Patricia Neal and Gary Cooper affair

Now, what came to mind when I found out about the Kristen Stewart and Rupert Sanders “cheating scandal” was the complex portrait of a younger woman having an affair with an older, married man in Patricia Neal's autobiography As I Am. In her raw, heartfelt narrative, Neal describes how she became involved with Gary Cooper when the two co-starred in King Vidor's The Fountainhead in 1949. The affair eventually came to an end because Cooper wouldn't divorce his wife, Veronica Balfe a.k.a. 'Rocky' Cooper. The two-time Oscar winner (Sergeant York, 1941, High Noon, 1952) died of cancer in 1961. Oscar winner Patricia Neal (Hud, 1963) died in 2010.

July 25

Kristen Stewart Rupert SandersKristen Stewart Rupert Sanders Robert Pattinson media drama. (Image: Kristen Stewart and Rupert Sanders.) Chaos reigned all over the Internet on Tuesday, July 24, '12. What's going on? Has the never-ending global economic crisis gotten even more dire? Has another mass murder taken place inside a packed movie theater? Is a meteor headed on a collision course with Earth?

If only some celestial body were to take humankind out of its misery. Actually, the chaos was the direct result of a gossip rag's claim that Twilight star Kristen Stewart has been cheating on widely reported boyfriend Robert Pattinson.

Who's the lucky guy, you ask? The answer is Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders, who happens to be married to model and actress Liberty Ross – who also has a role in her husband's film, as the mother of Stewart's Snow White.

Kristen Stewart Rupert Sanders 'signs of cheating'

Us Magazine, a publication for those who like to gobble up their shit flavored with colorful celebrity imagery, broke the “story.” (No longer available online.) People magazine followed suit while E! Online posted the following headline: “Watch Kristen Stewart & Rupert Sanders on the Red Carpet: Were There Signs of Cheating?”

It's unclear what these “signs of cheating” would be. Holding hands? Off-key whistling? Ass-grabbing? But one thing is clear: if you give 'em putrid matter, they'll eat it up and beg for seconds.

First of all, Kristen Stewart's, Robert Pattinson's, Rupert Sanders', and Liberty Ross' private lives are their own. If someone were to write a Kristen Stewart biography, of course the actress' off-screen behavior would have to be incorporated into the story. However, that would have to be done from a “historical” perspective – i.e., in an analytical, contextual, non-sensationalistic manner. Whether or not you approve of it, thanks to the Twilight movies Kristen Stewart has become a part of both cinema and 21st-century cultural history.

But Us, People, E! Online, and their myriad imitators aren't after “history” of any kind. They and their readers want facile, vulgar titillation that'll hopefully lead to the rich and famous suffering public humiliations so that fecal-matter aficionados can feel better about their own lives. (I remember the snide stories I heard about the murder of actor Ramon Novarro, whose biography I wrote a few years ago.)

Confidential magazine: gossip rag precursor

Anyhow, the Kristen Stewart-Rupert Sanders “scandal” reminds me of the precursor of all the current gossip print and online publications: Confidential magazine. Back in the more circumspect '50s, the nasty gossip rag alleged that Liberace was gay (“Why Liberace's Theme Song Should Be 'Mad About the Boy'”), insinuated that former Paramount star Lizabeth Scott was a lesbian, and claimed that Miracle on 34th Street star Maureen O'Hara had been caught having sex inside a Hollywood movie theater.

Liberace, Scott, O'Hara, and Oscar-nominated actress Dorothy Dandridge (“What Dorothy Did in the Woods”), among others, sued. Confidential had to pay damages and following a much-publicized libel trial was forced to change its tone. Its readership plummeted and the magazine eventually folded.

In case the Kristen Stewart-Rupert Sanders “cheating” story turns out to be false, hopefully they'll sue. And even if it's true … Well, it's the business of those involved in the story and nobody else's.

Aug. 8 update

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart Breaking Dawn - Part 2Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart and the 'cheating scandal': Breaking Dawn - Part 2 director Bill Condon speaks. (Image: Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in Breaking Dawn - Part 2.) The final installment in the five-movie Twilight Saga franchise, in Breaking Dawn - Part 2 Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) are now married with child (Mackenzie Foy). Once a minor hurdle – the Volturi clan – is removed from their path, Edward and Bella, it is implied, will find everlasting happiness. But will Summit Entertainment live just as blissfully once Breaking Dawn - Part 2 opens in mid-fall?

In reference to the Kristen Stewart and Rupert Sanders “cheating scandal” that exploded in late July, Nancy Kirkpatrick, Summit's head of worldwide marketing, recently told Entertainment Weekly: “While it is studio policy not to comment on the personal lives of actors, Summit is moving full steam ahead.” As well they should, considering that the first four Twilight movies – Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn - Part 1 – have grossed circa $2.5 billion at the worldwide box office. And that amount doesn't include ancillary revenues.

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart: 'actors playing parts'

However obliquely, Breaking Dawn - Part 2 director Bill Condon has recently had his say on the matter as well. Referring to the Twilight fans' idealized view of Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart's off-screen relationship, Condon is quoted as saying in EW's fall movie preview issue that “these are actors playing parts, and maybe it's not such a bad thing that people be reminded of that.”

“Both of these actors gave heart and soul to the Twilight movies,” Condon adds, “not only during shooting, but also by navigating so graciously the whole life-in-a-fishbowl aspect of the phenomenon. Above all they have always shown great respect for the fans who made these movies such a success. Now it's time that some of that respect be returned to them.”

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart relationship: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 fall-out?

Kristen Stewart and Rupert Sanders photos were published in a U.S.-based gossip rag in late July. Since then, Stewart (or her people) publicly apologized – via People.com – to Robert Pattinson, who, after years of “are they or aren't they?” was finally (seemingly) confirmed as her off-screen boyfriend by way of the widely publicized apology. Sanders, the director of Stewart's summer box office hit Snow White and the Huntsman, also used People.com to apologize to his wife, model Liberty Ross, who plays Stewart's mother in the film.

Since then, while trying to digest the at times conflicting information about the Kristen Stewart and Rupert Sanders “affair,” pundits, fans, and gossipmongers alike have wondered: How will the personal affect the professional? Will Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart kiss and make up before the Breaking Dawn - Part 2 promotion kicks into full gear? If not, how will Summit handle the situation? Will anyone care, either way, as the Twilight movies already have an ardently devoted fan base?

In fact, the Kristen Stewart and Rupert Sanders scandal – and Robert Pattinson's indirect involvement in it – could well help Breaking Dawn - Part 2's box office prospects. After all, interest on the film (and its publicity campaign) will reach global heights unrivaled by the vast majority of movies in recent (and not-so-recent) memory.

Breaking Dawn - Part 2 opens Nov. 14-16 in dozens of countries, including the United States (on the 16th).

The Twilight movies' screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg adapted the second half of Stephenie Meyer's Breaking Dawn novel. Besides Mackenzie Foy, Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, the Breaking Dawn - Part 2 cast includes Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene, Dakota Fanning, Michael Sheen, Jamie Campbell Bower, Cameron Bright, Billy Burke, Mia Maestro, Christian Camargo, MyAnna Buring, Maggie Grace, and Booboo Stewart.

“Hollywood Scandals” initially posted by André Soares.

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart Breaking Dawn - Part 2 picture: Andrew Cooper / Summit Entertainment.

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35 Comments to Kristen Stewart & Rupert Sanders in Good Company: Hollywood Scandals

  1. Joe

    Well, ironically, just about the *first* scandal of H'wood was the death of Bobby Harron. Due to its 'early' time (1921) it was easily covered up by Griffith. the event took place the night of the “Way Down East” premiere. Harron was by-passed for the lead by Griffith (his substitute father) and died from an 'accidental' gunshot wound. Due to its early time, it was easier to control the press and Griffith, due to guilt as well as family concerns. Harron was Catholic and suicide would have kept him from burial in a RC cemetery. Thus, it was covered over as that “a gun purchased from a panhandler, slipped from the pocket as Harron was changing to his suit for the event.” However, due to research a copy of the autopsy shows that the bullet entered at a direct angle and the powder burns fully show it was not from a random hit via the gun falling to the floor and accidentally discharging as was publicly acknowledged.

    Joe Fanning - Lecturer at MoMA (NYC) for Harron's Birth Centennial in April, 1993

  2. mugwort

    Now if only these movie stars could of been on SNL and be part of a spoof spooking their scandals. Well at least for the non murder ones.

  3. Dukepeaden

    The selfish behavior, and rude, disrespectful attitudes presented in the previous article almost adequately illustrates how few individuals being denied nothing can justify most anything they want; within the limits of their pursestrings. So sad, the depths to which men and women may reach in their fleshly pursuits. So very sad.

  4. Robin Van Dam

    Nicely put. Thanks for the great article. I love the way you put a dark light on the media. Well done.

  5. Robin Van Dam

    Beautifully written. Thank you so much. I'm sure all four (directly) involved will appreciate your article, also. Great article.

  6. Angela

    And a month later, we all know the cheating scandal was real, and that KStew has learned nothing from it. She finally showed her face in public again and she was wearing Rob's clothes and jewelry he gave her, still playing her head games with her small but shrill fanbase.

    It's really disappointing that she's being so immature and selfish, not to mention callous and cruel toward Liberty Ross and her two small children. I can't say I'm sorry she won't be in the SWATH sequel, all she did was loudly breathe her way through the first one and give an unconvincing faux Braveheart speech near the end. That script went through at least four drafts, and Viggo very wisely bowed out of it as soon as it was confirmed that KStew was cast. I guess his experience with her on OTR was enough to last him a lifetime. Funny how only Jodie Foster has come out to support her. Says a lot about her as a person.

  7. Daisy Mae


    Stay away from Kristin, Remember life imitates art. She's like your own brand of heroine”,

    Stick with your rehab!!!

  8. Robfan

    If Rob read those nasty attacks against Kristen he'd be DISGUSTED!!! If I were Rob I'd be afraid of those mad fans.

    PS - ABDC, if your husband and father of your children cheated on you, he'd have my FULL SUPPORT AND UNDERSTANDING.

  9. kristenforever

    Casting stones at Kristen is evil. As you judge you shall be judged. Noone is perfect. We should all remember that.

  10. CDBA

    ABDC is one of those who think they can judge people without knowing the whole story. Judge Kristen and others will be judging you. Think you're pure and perfect? There's a name for people like you. It begins with the letter “H.” And when YOU make a mistake in your life (and you WILL) remember how you judged others (including Kristen) when others start assholeshaming you. And you'll deserve it - by a LONG shot.

  11. ABDC

    This is the most ridiculous way to try and glamorize this shady behavior. For the people busting out the bi*chslap for calling Kristen a slut. *eyeroll Never heard of ?slutshaming? but SHAME on YOU. Public figure or not, I can say exactly what I think of that behavior and what I think of HER. If my husband and father of my children did that you can bet I wouldn't feel an ounce of sympathy for her. Like RP reads any of this crap- but if he did I really hope he doesn't feel the need to defend her either. She deserves what she gets. 22 is old enough to know better - by a LONG shot.

  12. ashleyworld101

    this is just sad[ FANS THIS IS NOT BELLA AND EDWARD STORY ] kristen did something very horrible and not just to robbert to the wife and kids a married man now thats just 'screams' [HOMEWRECKER] [ SORRY KRISTEN] but listending to your public apology did not justify what you did its doesn't really sound like excuses at all really it doesn't justify anything i think it is saying to me [COVERING UP YOUR ASS] my advice is to rob is [ CHEAT BACK] or now that your single go to a strip club or las vegas make out with a girl go live life you a plenty other girls out there want some of the [ROBSTER] or you can work it out because i know well i know you still love her but i m STILL QUESTIONING AFTER KRISTEN CHEATING THING IF SHE STILL FEEL THE WAY ABOUT YOU OR JUST TRYING TO SAVE HER OWN ASS but whatever if you do work it out don't let it be easy for kristen give her tough love make her make up for it and take advantage of it and for the married director guy [ SHAME ON YOU, YOU HAVE A BEAUTIFUL WIFE I SURE LOOKS BETTER THAN KRISTEN STEWART WHO A MODEL LIKE WHY WOULD YOU CHEAT ESPECIALLY DO THAT TO YOUR KIDS] [ AND KRISTEN I M YOUR FAN BUT I M SO DISSAPOINTED IN YOU IT GOING TO TAKE MORE THAN JUST APOLOGY TO SAVE YOUR ASS] for the wife and kids [STAY STRONG I M SORRY WHAT HAPPEND].

  13. Clarice

    All this hype is going on not because of the cheating itself, but because Kristen has a huge fan base which has always been harrassing other people [famous or not] who didn't think she was a good actress, or didn't think she was good enough to be Robert Pattinson's girlfriend. They have been bullying people over the internet for years.
    So, most of the resentment and hate reactions against Kristen Stewart comes from the people who have been bullied from her fans and now are rejoicing over the proof that they were right in the first place. They're throwing back at them the hate they have been receiving, using this cheating incident as a weapon against the so-called “robstens”. It's total madness how far those fandoms go to insult each other and the artists.
    It's sad, people know no boundaries between real life and fiction. They take it personal, something that has nothing to do with their own lives.

  14. davejc

    Given the amount of money she's being paid I would expect there is some sort of clause in her contract. And given the subject matter of the Twilight Franchise the BO is going to take a hard hit. This could become the most expensive affair ever.

  15. lexi

    I guess Rob is getting a taste of his own medicine. He chased after Kristen when she was still seeing Michael Angarano. Kristen dumped Michael and started dating Rob. And now a more experienced man chased after Kristen but Rob was probably too clingy to let her go. So she instead humiliates him in front of the entire world. No way he will return back to her after looking like a complete idiot. If he does, he will end up looking more stupid and pathetic than ever before. She made sure of that.

  16. AA

    Oh please. In this society, a woman cheating is always a bigger deal than a man. It's complete BS, but it's fact. Take Brad Pitt for example. When he cheated, it was all “ZOMG, Angelina must have bewitched him with her magical vagina! It CAN'T be HIS fault. It's positively disgusting to see a girl barely out of her teens being crucified for making a huge fucking mistake. A 22 year old girl with “TRAMP” labeled over her face all over the Internet and print media…think about it. It's utterly DISGUSTING. Gross. Whether you like Kristen Stewart or not, she's never wronged YOU personally. Slutshaming is never okay and you know what else? I bet Rob doesn't appreciate it either.

  17. Clover

    Thank whatever God that this has finally happened! I'm glad Robert has ended things with Kristen Stewart. This is truly unforgivable. I bet if the tables were turned EVERYONE would comment “What a d—k”. The sad part about Today is that if a male were to cheat, everyone would be peed off. Yet, if a girl were to cheat they would completely agree and brush it off as no big deal.

    Personally, I don't like Kristen Stewart. (Not her, her, because I don't know her) I used to relate to her, but sometime ago I realized I just liked her style. Everything else about her is pretty dull. She can hardly act, well, she can act but it's very much one-note. I can hardly tell her roles apart from one and another… it was very interesting at first. Five years later and I'm bored.

    I want to say I think Robert can do better, but I don't know Kristen Stewart so… I hope Robert moves on from her because once a cheater always a cheater in Kristen's case. Remember what happened with the last guy? Ya'know, they were together for a couple of years… well, you know. Heh.

    This was a VERY slutty thing to do. This director has a wife AND kids! I will never look at her the same. -.-

  18. jo

    lol, there is no such thing as good company when it comes to cheaters. the only people that i feel sorry for are rob, liberty, and her two kids.

  19. Holly

    Shite. This is a personal matter. I like this article. It is one of few with this perspective.

    However, why is it o.k. for paparazzi to stalk? These are not reality stars- they did not give permission to be followed on freeways, in parks, to meetings and restaurants. We really need to see a line of separation here. Are our lives so pathetic we need to live vicariously through others?

  20. nanny

    When celebs are marketed (it goes with the job) they open themselves up to not only receiving the glory but also the downside of public opinion. If you are dealing with people grounded in reality, those who distinguish between the actors and the characters they play and comprehend they aren't one and the same the celeb has a better chance of maintaining some degree of privacy with his personal life. In this instance you have a significant pool of immature minded individuals who have a vested interest (at least in their minds) in the lives of the Twilight actors, particularly Kristen S and Robert P. The fanaticism surrounding this movie coupling has carried over into their personal lives….both pro & con (even splashing over on the young man playing the 3rd lead - who reportedly has been a major target of threats due to individuals who consider him a direct threat to the twosome both fictional and real). What is discouraging is the headlines not emphasizing this is a personal crisis that needs to be worked out not in headlines but rather behind the spotlight. Also TRUST is a major player in successful personal relationships and the snickering and diminishing attitude that this is no big thing, everyone does it, it won't hurt her career gives a very jaded view of what you should expect from a relationship. Guaranteed that if you have been a betrayed significant partner blindsided by betrayal (even without the headlines) the visceral emotional pain (translating into actual stomach churning physical pain at times) is not soon forgotten.
    For those that care, no not everyone does it, no not everyone is a jilted love and yes even something as destructive as this can with time and behavioral changes be overcome - although it is extremely difficult because TRUST once shaken is difficult to regain - and only if all parties concerned admit to learn by the errors made and haven't been complicit in previous indiscretions.

  21. akward

    these actresses who commited adultery did'nt have pictures that KStew would consider as souvenirs. Bad Bad pictures (standing up) She will suffer 90 %, Most of her followers are not over 30 years old unlike the others - who can relate with adultery behavior or being a sinner on some point in their life! Her involment with Robert creates a fantasy for young mind that they trully found true love outside hollywood craziness of adultery, but the fans are mistaken….dissapointments is huge when you want to sell your movies and those modelling contracts for womans signature clothings (huge one)…that will be over for her.

  22. lena

    yes, yes, I know you're a big fan of this girl … but for goodness sake, stop trying to glamorize her betrayal by comparing it with the golden age of Hollywood or other really talented actresses … it was just a selfish and irresponsible act from a immature and vulgar girl… Rupert Sanders of course is just as guilty as her. I never understood all this fuss about this girl, she is far from being exceptionally beautiful and charismatic and even less talented, it was enough to see her look and attitude to see that she wasn't neither innocent nor the original rebel that her team try to sell … she is just like any ambitious Hollywwood's starlet: desperate to succeed.

  23. Gracin

    @Cabbie- Kristen and Michael were broke up before she started dating Rob. Rob chased after Kristen while she was still dating Michael and did not care she had a boyfriend. IF Kristen had of cheated on Michael, Rob is just as guilty.

  24. OlegKrsh

    Kristen, hold on. You're strong, you could do with dignity and will pass this difficult period. I do not understand why apologize? Because you live? For this you ask for forgiveness. But do others also apologize for the fact that they live?
    Yes, we all make mistakes, but how else can we gain life experience and understand its meaning. Just making a mistake and realizing it we are moving forward. Because it is impossible to understand anything without doing it.
    Why does everything think they can freely dispose of your life. It's your life. And it turns out that everything is already decided for you all: how to live, someone to love and what to do. But are not you a doll limp and stupid? No. And your life - belongs only to you. And you decide how and with whom to spend it.
    And the fact that you are scared and not yet ready for marriage - that's understandable. It is quite understandable. All in good time. At some point, and you decide it's time. And then she'll do right thing and walk down the aisle. And I'll be the first to congratulate you on this event.

  25. No Snow White

    Hush, Hush. LA Confidential was a great film. Anyway, it didn't take long for the truth about this cheating scandal to surface, just long enough for Kristen to see the photos and know that she couldn't get away with lying her way out of it. And she invited comment by issuing her public apology instead of simply handling it in private. She'd also tried to sell her relationship with Pattinson over the past year, telling Elle about “her English boyfriend,” and elaborating in another interview about how it was “so obvious” they were a couple. She also showed a reporter a photo of Pattinson on her cell phone, encouraging the reporter to tell everyone. She frequently traisped through airports wearing items of his clothing, her way of sending a message to her fans, knowing she'd be papped at the airport. She thought she was being so clever but it backfired.

    Pattinson on the other hand never said a word about his personal life, especially where she was concerned. He'd talk about her as an actress but that was it. He knew how to keep his private life private. Her, not so much. You reap what you sow, and she asked for the interest she's getting now.

  26. No Snow White

    We don't have to wonder which rumors to believe, both Stewart and Sanders have admitted cheating and made public apologies. Of course we can believe it's just the tip of the iceberg and that more photos of their affair exist and it's only a matter of time before those surface, too.

    I'm sure Lionsgate and Universal are both sweating bullets, and the BD2 promotion will be the most awkward ever. We need to invent a new word for that level of awkwardness. Personally I hope they both skip the premieres, and I don't want to see her talk about playing a woman with a true, eternal love. It would make be barf.

  27. Andre

    @cold plums

    Not that I don't see your point, but Lana Turner's Johnny Stompanato ended up very dead. So, no true love there…

    Elizabeth Taylor was the professional “homewrecker” (their term, not mine) of the day. That actually made her a legend. Without Eddie Fisher / Richard Burton and Cleopatra, I'm not sure Taylor would have become the megasuperstar she became…

    As for Meg Ryan, I'm not sure that (was it the Russell Crowe deal?) was the exact reason why her career went downhill. There were other issues at work, I'd say. One of which was that she became a little too old to keep on playing ingenues. And her choice of movies after her last pairing with Tom Hanks in “You Got Mail” was quite poor (e.g., “In the Cut,” “The Deal,” “The Women”).

    Anyhow, I also like Kristen Stewart very much as an actress. And I do believe that Universal will not dump Rupert Sanders once/if SWATH 2 gets off the ground (well, unless there's a problem with the film's stars). We'll see…

  28. cold plums

    (sorry for the double post-posted this comment in the wrong thread originally.)
    yes, SWATH is not a “kiddie film”–but it was an all-quadrant-friendly entertainment. And given the amount of (and types of) merchandising Universal was putting out, it just seemed like a big franchise property. So I sincerely wonder if they'd risk the taint to their teen-girl-power property.

    I like Kristen Stewart as an actor very much, so I'd certainly hope this would not prove to be a big impediment to her career. But I do note that all the actresses you cite as having survived scandal ended up finding 'true love' (at least for a while) with their partners in crime, and therefore, a new socially acceptable romance narrative could be woven around them (they were meant to be!) in that the happy ending justifies the somewhat awkward means. The public, however, does not look kindly on women who 'transgress' but not in the name of true love–Meg Ryan might be an example of that, and her career suffered.

  29. cabbie

    Kristen Stewart left Michael Angarano for Robert Pattinson and once a cheat always a cheat.

  30. Andre

    @cold plums,

    I'd disagree with you there. Lana Turner, Elizabeth Taylor, and Angelina Jolie, among others, did quite well for themselves despite their being enmeshed in scandals of various sorts.

    And I wouldn't exactly call “Snow White and the Huntsman” — dark and somewhat violent — “family fare”…

  31. cold plums

    I take your point about this not necessarily being a box office hindrance to BD2, Bel Ami, On the Road, or Cosmopolis (in fact, one could argue that Kristen Stewart pulled an Eric Packer on her own life)-but find it hard to believe that SWATH2 could proceed with Sanders and Stewart, esp. if Universal wants to continue marketing it as family-fare. Female celebrities who commit indiscretions are sadly, not so easily forgiven.

  32. realist

    Cabbie: Kristen did not cheat on Michael. You and other people assume that and spread it around as fact. Catharine Hardwick (not an anonymous “source”) had talked to Kristen about this. It was months before Kristen decided she'd give it a chance. Kristen was with Michael for 2 or 3 years, and with her life in complete mayhem regarding Twilight, and it looking like she was going to be filming and promoting it for the next four or five years was a pretty good reason. You have to spend time together if you're going to be a couple.

    And I wish people had to give their age when they post, because if I hear the stupid “once a cheat always a cheat” guess what? That's bullshit. It's funny nobody is saying that Rupert should apologize to Rob. And Rupert is the only homewrecker (hate that word) in this situation because he had a home to wreck. He is married and has kids and a wife.

    And by the way your claim that she left Mike for Rob does that make you a cheater if you break up with someone and then…..God forbid…date another person after you break up? Grow the fuck up.

    I'm happy someone is mentioning a list because I made one myself starting off with Julia Roberts and her very public affair with a married man while filming a movie. Then the man leaves his family for Julia. But Julia isn't satisfied because she thinks the wife is taking too long with the divorce and handmakes and wears in public a T-shirt ” A Low Vera”. You got it, Vera was his wife's name. Julia and her man got married and Julia has never thought she had done nothing wrong because “she felt he was the man she was supposed to be married to”, that's what she said, not a source. But the woman who played a prostitute to become famous didn't get much bad press about it. Afterall, she played into the America's Sweetheart role.

  33. Hannah

    I don't think it's true. The cover photo is fake. And even though the inside pictures look real, there's one that's clearly photoshopped (huge nose) and it makes you wonder what else… I'm waiting for official reps to put word out. I won't believe that Kristen did this until they say so.

  34. Dorym

    I think it's nonsense. Gossip columnists just dream this stuff up to sell magazines.

  35. Karen

    At last, a website with Integrity, A reporter/writer with moral ethics. I am in total awe of you sir.