Kristen Stewart and Rupert Sanders Release Public Apologies for Affair. Stewart's is Better.

After Kristen Stewart's bad decision, comes a good one. Just as Us Weekly released photos of her romantic embrace with married Snow White and Huntsman director in their new issue, Rupert Sanders, she released a public apology.

"I'm deeply sorry for the hurt and embarrassment I've caused to those close to me and everyone this has affected. This momentary indiscretion has jeopardized the most important thing in my life, the person I love and respect the most, Rob. I love him, I love him, I'm so sorry," Stewart said in a statement.

Compared to the spate of denials and mea culpas from most cheating celebrities which are largely spent lambasting probing media, Stewart's statement was fast, honest and deeply remorseful. Despite being a closed off celebrity known for her perpetual snarl, it was a statement that seemed full of emotion and shame. If anything, it revealed the side of a 22-year-old growing up, owning her very serious mistakes and trying desperately to right them.

If there's anyone who should be groveling it's the 41-year-old Sanders, father of two young kids, and husband to Liberty Ross, the same Liberty Ross cast as Stewart's mom in the movie. Not long after Stewart's statement, Sanders had one of his own.

"I am utterly distraught about the pain I have caused my family," he told People.com. "My beautiful wife and heavenly children are all I have in this world. I love them with all my heart. I am praying that we can get through this together."

Sanders' statement is more melodramatic that Stewart's and at the same time far less self-incriminating. No direct reference to his indiscretion, but instead referring to affair as something to "get through" with the help of his family. It's as if, it happened to him, rather than  something he was partly responsible for.

The fallout has most likely upset Pattinson, who doesn't take kindly to cheating, according to a recent Vanity Fair interview. But they've only recently become public with their relationship, only a year from rumors linking him with other actresses. Not to excuse her actions but frankly, they're just kids. Stewart's infidelity was bad, but not Sanders bad.

After tweeting "Wow" just after the scandal broke, Sanders' wife, model Liberty Ross deactivated her Twitter account and has yet to make a public statement. Based on her Vogue blog, where she recounts her role in the movie (as Queen Eleanor) and her relaxing family vacation post-premiere, the infidelity was a big surprise.

Not only did Ross support her husband during the film, a project she described as 2 year-haul, she stuck by Sanders when he was still an unknown director and she a famous model. Their recent swap in celebrity status is a new thing, she told You magazine, before the cheating photos surfaced. As a mom and long-time supporter of her husband's work, she's facing an embarrassing fall-out from the affair, particularly because of all the promotional press she's done in advance of the film.

Then there's their young children, aged 5 and 7. Stewart and Sanders are slated to make a sequel to the "Snow White" movie. His role as director, and their family's future income, could be in jeopardy thanks to this scandal. Not to mention their once happy family unit, now in disarray.

As an actress in the film and co-star to Stewart, Ross was betrayed literally behind her own back. Sanders also cast Ross, 33, as the mother to Stewart, a woman only 11 years her junior. Not the most flattering decision in retrospect.

If age can be a factor in infidelity, it can also help to explain bad choices. Stewart is 22, and though in a relationship, she's technically single and has spent her young life on a film set. She made a mistake, is owning it, and appears to be growing up as a result. Meanwhile, Sanders is 41, married, and a father. He's also Stewart's boss on set, a powerful role that can be used to influence someone much younger and less experienced. His mistake may have torn apart his family and ruined his credibility as a new director. For him there's no going back. He should have known better. For Stewart there's a good chance, if not for forgiveness, then for maturity. After this, she will know better.

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