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Kristen Stewart: Unwholesome mix of tween idol and adult romance?

Kristen Stewart and Rupert Sanders have publicly apologized for their infidelities, breaking the hearts of Tweens who idealized the romance between 'Twilight' stars Stewart and Robert Pattinson.

By Correspondent / July 26, 2012

Kristen Stewart and Rupert Sanders attended the "Snow White and the Huntsman" screening in Los Angeles in May. Stewart and director Sanders are apologizing publicly to their loved ones following reports of infidelity.

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Oh, Kristen Stewart and Rupert Sanders – giving tweens everywhere a lesson in real life this week.

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That’s right, fans of “Twilight,” the young adult book series and movies, have been distraught ever since they learned that their beloved, star-crossed, 50 percent vampire couple, Bella and Edward, are not living the fairy-tale romance so many had imagined. 

But before getting into the details, I will back up, for those who might have been out of the pop culture loop. (Vampires? Lovers? Kristen Stewart?)

In 2008, Ms. Stewart starred as Bella, the female protagonist of Stephenie Meyer’s young adult book sensation, “Twilight.” The basic plot of the Twilight series is that Bella, decidedly not the most popular girl in school, has fallen in love with Edward, who is, inconveniently (or at least, challengingly) a vampire. It goes from there, with many near death experiences, other angry vampires, obsessive love and lots and lots of not having sex. (Until the last book, that is, and you should just wait for the consequences of that. You do not want to give birth to a baby vampire, all I’m saying.)

There’s been a lot of feminist criticism of these books, but girls across the world love them. Just love them. And so, when it became known that popular actress Stewart was dating – in real life! – hunky Robert Pattinson, who plays Edward in the movie, well, it was almost more than the Tween world could handle. As much as they lurved Bella and Edward, they double lurved Kristen and R-Patz. They called the duo “Robsten.” Seriously.
And then, Mr. Sanders had to come along.

He directed Stewart in her leading roll in the new movie, “Snow White And the Huntsman.”  And this week, Us Magazine printed photographs of Mr. Sanders and Stewart apparently involved recently in a romantic tryst.

The whole thing is ugly. Sanders is married to a model and actress Liberty Ross, who is a decade older than the 22-year-old Stewart, and who played Snow White’s mom in the film. Sanders and Ms. Ross have two children together. Meanwhile, rumors had been swirling that Mr. Pattinson would propose to Stewart.


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