Why Kristen Stewart's Apology To Robert Pattinson Is Unprecedented In Celebsville

26 July 2012 by

Why Kristen Stewart's Speedy Apology Is Unprecedented Compared To Other Celebrity's

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...

Why Kristen Stewart's Speedy Apology Is Unprecedented Compared To Other Celebrity's

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).

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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?

Tiger Woods

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.

LeAnn Rimes

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’.

Meg Ryan

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.

Anthony Weiner

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.

Mark Sanford

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.

Bill Clinton

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.’

Kobe Bryant

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.

David Letterman

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.’

Jesse James

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.


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Sophia Ashraf (Thu Jul 26 11:19:56 BST 2012): She's an idiot and R-Patz is dumb if he forgives her!
Vani Rajool (Thu Jul 26 12:05:08 BST 2012): Admire them !!!!??? There is nothing to admire , they got caught and they needed to do some damage control .....
Sandy Fuentes (Thu Jul 26 12:26:38 BST 2012): She ruined her career with that kind of statement which sounds completely infant and naive. The last months were the most important moments of her career, she's so idiot. She'll disappear like others one-big-movie actresses.
Stephanie McRae (Thu Jul 26 18:33:27 BST 2012): hope they sort out whatever it is or isn't - I reckon someone has blown it into more than it is / was - don't forget there was lots of rumours last year about R-Pattz - please don't judge so quickly on something you are not involved in.
Mileah Wilson (Thu Jul 26 19:04:17 BST 2012): blown up?...Did u NOT SEE THE PICTURES?, there is EVIDENCE, of him holding her from behind, and couped up in a car in a hideway place she's kissing him, and he's on her.....what is there NOT to judge..stop making excuses...when u are WRONG you are WRONG. period...i feel no sympathy for cheaters lol
Denise Collum Kimball (Thu Jul 26 21:35:33 BST 2012): If an "affair" ruins careers in Hollywood, studying space flight/going into space ruins astronauts. Clearly, seemingly and unfortunately both come with the job description.
Anna Jones (Thu Jul 26 23:02:51 BST 2012): Clear PR diversionary tactic to "reveal" she really loves RPatz. I'm guessing they break up right after the Twilight Saga (how apt) press junket ends
Naomi Pryor (Fri Jul 27 00:56:47 BST 2012): I think the situation is a private matter and should have remained that way... there was no need for her to publicly apologise... it's between her and her man. Crap happens, they are both still really young... everyone should get over it... I'm getting bored of reading about it..... NEXT NEWS PLEASE!
Rohan James (Fri Jul 27 01:44:34 BST 2012): maybe you should read my book instead ;-)
Naomi Pryor (Fri Jul 27 03:04:12 BST 2012): Where do i buy one?
Jane Elaine (Fri Jul 27 22:17:53 BST 2012): I know what it feels like to be cheated. If she really loves him,she will never cheat on him and cause him pain not even once... It's Rob's decision if he'll forgive her. But first, she needs to gain Rob's trust again knowing that she is capable of cheating...gaining someone's trust is not that easy...:)
Michelle Nicole Perry (Sun Aug 26 15:03:46 BST 2012): I believe this was a publicity stunt for that movie that backfired on the both....who in the pubic eye goes to a public place to have a rendezvous when their cheating???????