Liberty Ross Opens Up About Husband Rupert Sanders’ Affair With Kristen Stewart
Liberty Ross, after over a year since pictures of her husband, director Rupert Sanders, and Kristen Stewart hit newsstands, is finally opening up about the matter.
“It was horrible,” Ross told Vanity Fair, speaking about learning of the affair. “It was really the worst, really the worst.”
"I have no words to describe what we went through," she says. "But I think, for me, something always has to completely die for there to be a rebirth. And, for me, I feel like I'm going through a rebirth."
Sanders, who directed Stewart in Snow White and the Huntsman, was caught on camera with the 23-year-old actress in intimate embraces on July 27, 2012. A week later the pictures were published in Us Weekly. Not only was Sanders married with two kids with Ross – Skyla, 7, and Tennyson, 5 – but Stewart was in a long-term relationship with her Twilight costar Robert Pattinson.
When Ross’s brother Atticus got word of the pictures, he knew it was going to be a devastating time for his sister. "It was f—ing crazy," the Academy Award winning composer told Vanity Fair. "To some extent at that moment, Rupert was in denial, and Liberty didn't know what was going to happen … I'm texting people because I know this is going to be huge. I knew this had all the makings of what our world has become. This is going to be f—ing big, and Liberty needs to be protected."
When the affair news broke, Ross almost immediately knew that she wanted her marriage to be over. She’s admitted that prior to her husband’s fling with Stewart, things were not as perfect as they had seemed. His cheating just confirmed that there wasn’t much left to fight for. "I'm not a quitter. I've done everything I could to be the perfect wife and mother and really support my husband," she said. "But I just didn't have any more to give, you know?"
Ross filed for divorce from Sanders in January of this year, though the divorce has yet to be finalized. After the more than a year that’s past since the scandal made the headlines, Ross has found a way to forgive her husband and to be thankful for the good years that they had together. "We were together for 16 years, and that in itself is really beautiful," she told the magazine. "And we've created two exceptional lives together."
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