There are few pleasures guiltier than following the lives of celebrity couples who grace the glossy pages of the tabloids. Photos of gorgeous twosomes sell magazines with abandon. And yet, the only thing we love more than celebrities in love is when that love ends in scandal. For the past few years, as the Twilight films have become arguably the most popular franchise since Harry Potter, we couldn’t get enough of the series’ stars, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, and their budding offscreen romance. Then in July, rumors surfaced that Stewart had engaged in a fling with Rupert Sanders, her director on this summer’s Snow White and the Huntsman — and suddenly the perfect, if decidedly pale, couple was engulfed in turmoil.
“This momentary indiscretion has jeopardized the most important thing in my life, the person I love and respect the most, Rob,” Stewart told People. “I love him, I love him, I’m so sorry.” Her apology led many to question why she confessed so quickly, and more than one publicist predicted career suicide.
Suddenly, R-Patz and K-Stew were no more, and tabloid, celebrity gossip mags and entertainment publications had a field day. Every scandal has a half life, and like the rest of them, this one faded too — only to be rekindled when the couple got back together, just in time for the premiere of the last film in the Twilight saga. “He’s never going to forget what she did, but he has forgiven her,” a Pattinson “pal” told US Weekly. The sooner we can forget, the better.