Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson seem like one of the cutest couples in Hollywood–they’re discreet yet reveal just enough PDA to let you know that they’re totally smitten with one another, and lately they’ve been more and more open about their relationship.
Well, they may regret that openness now, because Kristen Stewart was caught cheating on Robert Pattinson with her married director from Snow White and the Huntsman, Rupert Sanders. Us Weekly reportedly has photographic evidence of Kristen cheating on Rob with Rupert, and an article ran in People about it. While articles and photos can be misinterpreted and don’t always mean something’s necessarily true, People magazine will almost never, ever run a story that isn’t approved by a star’s PR team unless they have a ton of proof that the story is accurate, so we’re inclined to believe this.
A source told People, “Kristen is absolutely devastated. It was a mistake and a complete lapse in judgment.” Uh, no kidding. We think R-Pattz and Rupert Sanders’ wife, Liberty Ross, are probably just as–if not more–devastated than Kristen is. Did we mention that Rupert Sanders and his wife have kids? Because they do, and that makes the situation even more effed up that it would be otherwise. “She wasn’t having an affair with Rupert,” the source assured. “It was just a fleeting moment that shouldn’t have happened. She never meant to hurt anyone. She’s a good person who just made a bad choice.”
That said, it takes two to tango, and absolutely everyone involved with this should have known better. Kristen Stewart should have known that Rob Pattinson would be crushed by her fling, because it’s pretty much common knowledge that he adores her. A source close to R-Pattz told E! Online that the onscreen Edward Cullen finds fame “very difficult and isolating” and thinks that Kristen is “the only person who he can talk to about that, and he feels like they are both on the same level and they understand one another. He worships her,” the source said. “He doesn’t think there is another woman on the planet who is as beautiful and kind as her. He wants to be with her 24/7, he wants to marry her . . . as far as he is concerned, Kristen is his perfect match . . . Kristen is perfect to him. That’s why he’s always known that someday she would be his wife.” Kinda adds an extra layer of WTF to this whole thing right?
But here’s the thing. Kristen Stewart is getting almost all of the flack for cheating on Robert Pattinson, but uh, Rupert Sanders cheated on his wife. And their kids. He’s older (41!), while Kristen is 22. He was, technically, her boss. We wouldn’t be surprised if she felt pressured into it, honestly, given his power and influence over the production.This is a guy who, quite literally, got paid to tell her what to do. That has the power to create a pretty weird dynamic that can translate offscreen, too–not unlike how Rob and Kris’ fake love translated to the real thing, but with less of a power play.
And given the circumstances, this quote Rupert Sanders gave about Kristen Stewart back in May almost sounds skeevy: “She played such a good version [of] Bella Swan, people think Kristen Stewart is Bella Swan. She’s not, you know? If you meet Kristen, she’s wildly kind of giggly and vivacious and rebellious and naughty—all things that Bella Swan isn’t.” And you know what Bella is that Kristen isn’t? Married.
Of course, cheating on anyone is wrong, married or not. If you’re unhappy or unfulfilled in your relationship, you owe it to your partner and yourself to be honest about it in order to fix or scrap your union. But in the case of a married older man with children, there’s a lot more collateral damage to deal with, and it’s unfair not just to Robert Pattinson and Liberty Ross, but also to Kristen Stewart and women everywhere that only Kristen seems to be getting all the criticism for this. Kristen Stewart being forced to wear a proverbial Scarlet Letter is a symptom of slut shaming, honestly–and slut shaming is a tool of sexism. Keep that in mind next time you’re tempted to hate solely on her for breaking Edward Cullen’s sparkly vampire heart.
Do you think Kristen Stewart is being persecuted unfairly for cheating on Robert Pattinson? Are you surprised that Kristen Stewart cheated on Robert Pattinson with Rupert Sanders? Do you think Kristen Stewart or Rupert Sanders is more in the wrong? Do you think Robert Pattinson should take Kristen Stewart back after she cheated with Rupert Sanders? Tell us in the comments!