Catherine Hardwicke Confirms Robsten?

Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke may have been unceremoniously bounced from the vampire-movie series, but she’s still contributing quite nicely to the Twilight gossip mill.

In a recent interview with Time magazine, the helmswoman seems to have revealed that co-stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are, in fact, an item:

“After I cast him, I told ‘Rob, don’t even think about having a romance with her. She’s under 18. You will be arrested.”

(Um, did she just suggest that R-Pattz likes ‘em a little too young?)

While Hardwicke can’t say with absolute certainty, she does go on to imply that, once legal technicalities like age-of-consent laws were no longer an issue, the two brought their relationship into an other-than-professional direction:

“I didn’t have a camera in the hotel room. I cannot say,” Hardwicke says. “But in terms of what Kristen told me directly, it didn’t happen on the first movie. Nothing crossed the line while on the first film. I think it took a long time for Kristen to realize, ‘O.K., I’ve got to give this a go and really try to be with this person.'”

Hmm…. Do you think Catherine Hardwicke is speaking with authority on this one? Take to the comments section and let us know!