Rupert Sanders Speaks Out About His Affair with Kristen Stewart

Rupert Sanders is looking back at his scandalous tryst with Kristen Stewart.

Back in 2012, the director made headlines when he was photographed kissing his Snow White and the Huntsman leading lady. At the time, Sanders was married to model Liberty Ross, while Stewart was in a longterm relationship with Robert Pattinson. Though the affair ultimately led to the dissolution Sanders’ 12-year marriage, the 46-year-old filmmaker doesn’t believe it hindered his career one bit.

“You never know what’s coming in life. Around every corner there’s something unexpected, and that’s life. You just have to brush yourself off and continue moving forward the best you can,” he told Metro while promoting his new movie, Ghost in the Shell. “Everyone makes mistakes. I am bound to make more mistakes, and I wouldn’t expect my life to be exciting if I didn’t.”

He continued, “If you took people off the table for a momentary lapse, there would be no one making art.”

Ross, who finalized her divorce with Sanders in 2014, also seems to have moved on. “I have no problem with anyone involved. I’m completely compassionate, I really am. No life is perfect, we all have our problems and issues and I believe that it’s good to be true to who you are,”  the mom-of-two told U.K’s Harper’s Bazaar that same year, adding “people need to learn to forgive.”

As for Pattinson, he’s since brushed off the drama as well. “Shit happens, you know?” he said in a 2014 interview with Esquire. “It’s just young people… it’s normal! And honestly, who gives a shit?”