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Originally posted 07/26/2012 09:00PM
After their smoldering chemistry in the Twilight films, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson confounded their fans and bewildered prying reporters by keeping their real-life relationship cloaked in secrecy for as long as possible.
So it was Stewart's gut-wrenching apology to Pattinson, punctuated by her double "I love him, I love him," that shocked in its bare expression of emotion nearly as much as her admission of a fling with Rupert Sanders, the married director of Snow White and the Huntsman.
So how did Stewart, 22, go from private love to public pain? And were there any signs along the way? Here's a timeline of the key events leading up to the cheating scandal:
Originally posted 07/26/2012 05:30PM
Just two weeks before news broke of Kristen Stewart's fling with Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders, his wife spoke of early troubles in their marriage.
"I romanticized domesticity for a while, and loved having a shopping list of groceries stuck to the fridge," actress Liberty Ross told YOU magazine.
"But moving [from London to Los Angeles] and starting a life all over again was a lot harder than I had anticipated. I just didn’t think it would be as isolating and daunting as it turned out to be."
Originally posted 07/26/2012 12:30PM
Robert Pattinson has packed his bags.
Following Kristen Stewart's public apology for having a fling with her Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders, the 26-year-old actor has left the Los Angeles home he shared with Stewart, PEOPLE has confirmed.
"I'm not sure they'll be able to recover from this," a source says of the couple of three years, who met making the Twilight trilogy.
In seclusion and not in contact with Stewart, 22, the British star "is heartbroken and angry," says the source.
Originally posted 07/26/2012 11:45AM
Before a cheating scandal rocked the lives of both Kristen Stewart and Rupert Sanders, the pair spent months together on the sets of Snow White and the Huntsman.
While filming SWATH, Sanders, 41, seemed infatuated with Stewart, 22, but it never went any further, a source tells PEOPLE. One of the reasons could be that Sanders's wife, actress-model Liberty Ross, starred alongside Stewart in the film, playing Snow White's mother. Sanders even cast the couple's two children, Skyla, 7, and Tennyson, 5, as extras in the film's final scene.
But a photo unearthed from May shows Stewart and Sanders enjoying dinner with a small group, which included fellow castmember Charlize Theron, at Berlin's Monsieur Vuong Vietnamese restaurant.
Originally posted 07/25/2012 04:30PM
Before Rupert Sanders was the man at the heart of a cheating scandal with Kristen Stewart, he was known in Hollywood as an up and coming British director.
Says one insider, "He is a guy people have been clamoring to work with."
While Sanders's collaboration with Stewart, Snow White and the Huntsman, was his first feature film, chances are you've been watching his work for a long time.
Sanders, 41, made his name in the entertainment industry by directing elaborate big budget commercials. He's created award-winning advertisements for everything from Halo 3 to Monster.com.
Prior to the scandal, he was also known as a family man who fawned over his wife, model Liberty Ross, 33, and their two young children.
Here are five things to know about Sanders:
Originally posted 07/25/2012 02:00PM
Kristen Stewart isn't the only one expressing her anguish over her cheating scandal with her Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders.
"I am utterly distraught about the pain I have caused my family," Sanders tells PEOPLE in an exclusive statement. "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."
The British director, 41, is married to actress-model Liberty Ross, with whom he has two young children. Stewart, 22, has been in a relationship with her Twilight costar Robert Pattinson, 26, since they first met when filming nearly four years ago.
Originally posted 07/25/2012 01:05PM
Kristen Stewart is issuing a public apology for hurting her boyfriend of three years, Robert Pattinson, by having a fling with her Snow White and the Huntsman director, Rupert Sanders.
"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," Stewart said in a statement Wednesday.
Originally posted 07/24/2012 07:55PM
The relationship between Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson has been rocked by the revelation that the actress had a brief fling with a married director, sources tell PEOPLE.
"Kristen is absolutely devastated," says one source. "It was a mistake and a complete lapse in judgment."
The hookup with Stewart's Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders occurred recently, the source says.
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