Hello, Kate Spencer here. I think I’ve now well established myself as a “person who likes Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson a whole lot,” and my boss has asked me to hop online and type up a little something about this evening’s rumor bomb: that Kristen “was caught by photographers in a series of steamy rendezvous with her Snow White and the Huntsman director, Rupert Sanders.” (Us Weekly‘s words, not mine.)
People also ran a story about the allegations, in which their source said: “Kristen is absolutely devastated. It was a mistake and a complete lapse in judgment. She wasn’t having an affair with Rupert. It was just a fleeting moment that shouldn’t have happened. She never meant to hurt anyone. She’s a good person who just made a bad choice.”
I also know that Rob and Kristen have been photographed together quite a lot recently, both at press events like Comic-Con and the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday and out and about in Los Angeles, where they left friend Bobby Long’s concert holding hands just last week. All accounts are that they are as close and happy as ever.
Let me be very clear: I like Rob and Kristen, and I like them together. I know how devoted the fans are and understand the reasons Kristen is admired as intensely as she is — she comes across as a genuine, grounded and good person, with a clear sense of self and a sensitive, self-deprecating side. It’s what makes Us‘ and People‘s charges seem particularly out of character.
The thing I have always admired about Kristen is that she’s always come across as an authentic person, flaws and all. She has never pretended to be anything but human. And human beings make mistakes. And whether or not this recent round of gossip is true, false, or somewhere in between, it’s a valuable thing to remember: The celebrities we admire truly are just like us. They love, they hurt, they try their best, they work at things — their jobs, their relationships, themselves. Sometimes they succeed and sometimes they screw up.
Lord knows I have screwed up many, many times in my life.
And if I may have an Oprah moment here … I know this to be true: that a gossip tabloid is just that — a tabloid filled with gossip. That the only people who really understand the workings of a relationship are the people involved in it. That people can work through things that seem impossible to overcome. And that whatever goes on between two people — both good and bad — is their business, no matter how public their lives may be.
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