Director Rupert Sanders Is Finally Speaking Out About His Affair with Kristen Stewart

Five years after the scandal, he's opening up about his "momentary lapse".

Kristen Stewart has been through so many public changes that it’s easy to forget some of her past scandals. So in case you need a refresher, in 2012, a photographer caught Kristen in an intimate embrace with director Rupert Sanders while the two were filming Snow White and the Huntsman. Rupert was married to actress Liberty Ross at the time, and Kristen was also supposedly in a relationship with her Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson.

Since fans were insane about this union, they were equally insane about this betrayal. Both Rupert and Kristen gave abject apologies in public statements. Kristen told PEOPLE, “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."

Everything worked out fine for Robert, who is now happily engaged to FKA Twigs. Kristen isn’t permanently attached to anyone as far as we know, but she is openly dating women for the most part. At the time of her affair, she was only around 21-years-old, and while it’s easy to judge people from afar, most people make mistakes at that age. She essentially said as much in a recent interview with Marie Claire.

"Speaking very candidly, it was a really traumatic period in my early 20s that kick-started something in me that was a bit more feral," Kristen said, "I'm really proud that I am able to move forward and not fall into every mental crater."

Rupert, however, was 41 at the time. He too has more-or-less left the past behind him, though he and his wife have since divorced. Marie Claire also somehow wrangled a quote out of him on the incident, though it’s fairly vague.

“You never know what's coming in life," said Rupert, "Around every corner there's something unexpected, and that's life. You just have to brush yourself off and continue moving forward the best you can. Everyone makes mistakes. I am bound to make more mistakes, and I wouldn't expect my life to be exciting if I didn't...If you took people off the table for a momentary lapse, there would be no one making art."

“Making art” is one euphemism for it.

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