On October 28, 2012, Hollywood Life reported that Robert Pattinson attended the 2012 LACMA Art + Film Gala on Saturday, October 27, 2012 solo. As new photos show Pattinson attending the event and mingling with celebrities such as Cameron Diaz and Florence Welch without Stewart, some have grown concerned that there may be trouble brewing in the couple’s reconciliation. This is most likely not the case as the two are probably under contract not to appear in official public photos before the premiere of “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2.” Pattinson and Stewart have made several solo appearances since their reported reconciliation and these are not an indication of trouble brewing. What may be signs of difficulty to come, however, are recent reports that Pattinson is having difficulty trusting Stewart following her summer affair with 41-year-old Rupert Sanders.
What Type of Affair did Kristen Stewart Have?
Affairs are not created equally and the different types of affairs often correspond to the way the betrayed partner responds. There are people who are serial cheaters. No matter how hard they try to remain committed to their partner, they fail. Serial cheaters continue to find themselves with different lovers for a number of reasons. Sometimes they are bored, have unfulfilled expectations or simply are dissatisfied with their current partner. As far as media reports have stated, Stewart is not a serial cheater and her relationship with Sanders was a limited affair. It’s important to recognize that when an affair has been discovered, the cheater is often faced with the choice of coming clean on past indiscretions or carrying on as if the affair was the first time he or she engaged in that behavior. If Stewart cheated on Pattinson multiple times, and with different partners, Pattinson may not find it in his heart to forgive her. Stewart could choose to withhold the truth from Pattinson in what she views as the only way to protect her relationship and encourage reconciliation.
From what Stewart has said and media reports have indicated, Stewart engaged in a fling with Sanders.
What is a Fling and why did Kristen Stewart have one?
A fling differs from serial cheating or a long-term affair by the simple fact that flings are sexual relationships without any intention of making a lasting commitment. Neither Stewart nor Sanders have indicated they considered being with each other in a long-term, committed relationship. Sanders is married to model Liberty Ross, and the couple have children together. Reports say that Pattinson was considering proposing to Stewart before the affair went public.
Though no one but Stewart may answer why she had a fling with Sanders, there are several possibilities. The first is that Stewart may have felt pressured to engage in activity with Sanders if he were the initiator. As Sanders was 19-years older than Stewart and in a position of authority as the director of her film “Snow White and the Huntsman,” Stewart may have felt unable to resist Sanders advances, if he made them. There have been no reports, however, that Sanders made unwanted advances towards Stewart and we can only assume that she was a willing participant in the fling.
One possibility that could explain Stewart’s willingness to have a fling with Sanders is fear of commitment. If reports that Pattinson was ready to propose and solidify their relationship through marriage are true, then Stewart may have felt she wasn’t ready for such a serious commitment.
Sometimes, people who feel they are burdened with intense responsibility and commitment may engage in a fling as a means of abandoning all responsibility and engaging in behavior they view as carefree. In these situations, sometimes people are overwhelmed with the feelings of being young and without a care in the world; therefore they give in to the emotional thrill that comes with a fling. Sexual attraction, attention and excitement can become enticing and cause a person to lose sight of their commitments and responsibilities.
As it appears Stewart and Sanders engaged in a fling and had no commitment to one another, Pattinson may have found it easier to forgive Stewart and take her back. If Stewart had been involved in a long-term relationship with the desire to be committed to Sanders, Pattinson may have found the deception to painful to forgive.
While Pattinson reportedly deals with trust issues, he might find it helpful to realize that neither Stewart nor Sanders had any emotional attachment towards one another. It truly appears this fling was a matter of convenience and may be nothing more than what Stewart stated when she described it as a “momentary indiscretion.”
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