Less than a day after rumours accused Kristen Stewart of cheating on Twilight dreamboat Robert Pattinson with director Rupert Sanders, the actress released a heartfelt public apology: ‘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.’
Rupert also issued a statement saying he is 'utterly distraught about the pain I have caused my family. My beautiful wife and heavenly children are all I have in this world.'
But today, the issue that has Grazia HQ in a fluster is why the pair owned up to their affair so darn quickly. By Hollywood standards, it's certainly a controversial move...
Let's get one thing straight: this isn't a simple case of a 22-year-old cheating on her boyfriend. Kristen is the highest paid actress in Hollywood and is dating the most desired man on the planet (c'mon, who can resist R-Pattz's scruffy 'do?). As for Rupert, he is twice Kristen's age and a married father of two. And let’s not forget Rupert's wife is drop-dead-gorgeous model Liberty Ross who played Kristen’s mother in the Snow White film, making this whole situation even ickier. So we can all agree that this is MAJOR news in celebsville.
But what makes the situation SO extraordinary is how both adulterers reacted. Yes, the pictures are pretty hard to deny but we weren't expecting either of them to acknowledge the scandal, let alone issue frank apologies for their ‘steamy rendez-vous’ within mere hours of the rumours emerging.
It's a stark contrast to the celebrity tradition of holding off the press and hatching a controlled and considered statement days, months, even years later. Take Tiger Woods, if you will, who apologised for his numerous affairs nearly THREE MONTHS! after being exposed. Meanwhile, LeAnn Rimes didn’t publically say sorry until a year and a half after she'd ditched her husband for her super-hot co-star (for more comparisons, keep scrolling).
But that's not all: Kristen’s gushing honesty is particuarly astonishing. Her gut-wrenching 'I love him, I love him' is certainly not what we've come to expect from the grouchy publicity-shy star. The actress has gone to great lengths to hide every morsel of her life from the press and now she's photographed kissing a married man in broad daylight in front of a tourist destination? THEN she's publically apologising to the boyfriend she's never even confirmed dating?! Needless to say, her words are gonna go down in Hollywood history.
So why is Kristen so different to other high-profile cheaters that she felt the need to confess so speedily and so publically? For starters, her repentance was directed at boyfriend Robert Pattinson - the aforementioned most-desired-man-on-the-planet - who is reportedly 'humiliated'. She's clearly desperate to hang onto him (who can blame her?) but is also keen to placate his legion of loyal fans.
Secondly, the press tour for Twilight: Breaking Dawn 2 is due to kick off in a matter of months, which could be… awkward. Tackling the affair head on may be Camp K-Stew's way of issuing damage control and pouring cold water on the media frenzy. Although it may have exactly the opposite effect...
Or perhaps her words are for the zillions of Twi-fans who are beside themselves with grief (see here) and may threaten to boycott the franchise's final installment? Although we're pretty sure nothing could put off that fervent lot.
So let's hear your take on the biggest scandal of 2012 thus far (TomKat, who?). Do you admire Kristen and Rupert for admitting their guilt and apologising so swiftly? Are you cringing at their public plead for forgiveness? Or are public statements - swift or otherwise - unnecessary considering this is a private matter?
For the sake of evaluation, let’s compare the news to other stars who’ve confessed indiscretions. And let's just be grateful K-Stew didn't have to repent on live telly, eh?
In 2010, the superstar golfer apologised for his 'irresponsible and selfish' behaviour. ‘I had affairs, I cheated. What I did was not acceptable, and I am the only person to blame,’ he said during a tightly controlled televised statement.
The singer-turned-actress had an extra-marital affair with co-star Eddie Cibrian in 2009 but it was a whole two years later, after she'd divorced and re-married, before she admitted, ‘I didn’t do it the right way’.
The 46-year-old was married for 10 years to fellow actor Dennis Quaid until she had an affair with co-star Russell Crowe during filming of 2000 movie Proof of Life. 'It's very difficult to be a career person and have a relationship. I didn't succeed at doing it at all. It's incredibly hard,’ she said.
A week after he unintentionally posted a lewd photo of himself on Twitter, the New York Democrat said sorry for his R-rated use of social media. 'I'm deeply sorry for the pain this has caused my wife, and our family, my constituents, my friends, my supporters and my staff,' he said.
In 2009, the US Governor admitted he'd secretly flown to Argentina to continue a sordid affair. He apologised to his wife and four sons and resigned from his position as head of the Republican Governors Association. 'I've let down a lot of people, that's the bottom line,' the 49-year-old said at a news conference where he visibly choked up.
After having an affair with Monica Lewinksy – and denying it – the US president confessed to his mistake, delivering an apology on national television. ‘Indeed, I did have a relationship with Miss Lewinsky that was not appropriate,’ he said. ‘In fact, it was wrong. It constituted a critical lapse in judgment and a personal failure on my part for which I am solely and completely responsible.’
The NBA Champion was accused of sexually assaulting a hotel employee in 2003. He denied the charges, asserting that the sex was consensual and so he issued a public apology to his wife, Vanessa, for the indiscretion. The charges were dropped and Vanessa bagged a $4 million, 8-carat diamond ring.
In 2009, the chat show host issued an on-air apology for cheating on his wife with an intern. Speaking of his wife Regina, the 62-year-old said: ‘She has been horribly hurt by my behavior, and when something happens like that, if you hurt a person and it's your responsibility, you try to fix it.’
Facing allegations of infidelity in 2010, Sandra Bullock's husband issued an apology, taking full responsibility for his affairs. ‘This has caused my wife and kids pain and embarrassment beyond comprehension and I am extremely saddened to have brought this on them,’ the statement read.