Ex-wife Liberty Ross called that 20-hour period before the story broke “horrible,” in a new interview with Vanity Fair magazine.
“It was horrible,” she says. “It was really the worst, really the worst.”
Sanders directed Stewart in her movie, “Snow White and the Huntsman,” and began they began their relationship while filming in England. Ross was on set with her kids and played Stewart’s mother in the movie.
Sanders broke down and told his wife about the affair after he learned photos would be published in USWeekly magazine.
“I have no words to describe what we went through. 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,” she says of the incident.
The scandal made international headlines because Stewart and actor Robert Pattinson had been in a high-profile relationship for almost four years while playing on-screen lovers in the “Twilight Saga” movies.
The magazine also interviewed Ross’s brother Atticus Ross, who was close with Sanders. He was stunned by the news.
“It was f**king crazy,” he tells the magazine.
“To some extent at that moment, Rupert was in denial, and Liberty didn’t know what was going to happen…,” he recounted.
“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**king big, and Liberty needs to be protected.”
Once the news broke, Ross fled her Los Angeles home with her two children and stayed with a friend. “I just visualized [being] this sort of Masai warrior. I was just going to stand very still and very strong, and just let it all roll past me.”
Ross and Sanders tried therapy and marriage counseling but she ultimately ended the 16-year marriage.
Stewart and Pattinson reconciled for a time, but their relationship ended as well. Despite tabloid reports that the two are still friends and speak to each other frequently, Pattinson says he moves on once he ends a relationship.
There’s no evidence they are in contact with each other, other than “anonymous” tabloid sources who may or more likely may not exist. For the latest news on Pattinson and Stewart you can trust, follow TheImproper on Twitter.