On October 28, 2012, Hollywood Life reported that though Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson were recently spotted kissing at a Prince concert, Pattinson attended Saturday’s L.A. County Museum of Arts event solo. While some may speculate the appearance indicates trouble for the couple, the reason is likely attributed to the couple’s legal contract with Summit Entertainment not to release joint photos before appearing at the final installment for “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2” red carpet premiere. Stewart and Pattinson have recently been photographed kissing at the Prince concert, snuggling at Stewart’s new Los Feliz home and enjoying time with friends at an L.A. bar. While their relationship appears to be headed in the right direction, there is no question that Stewart’s summer scandal with Rupert Sanders has changed their relationship forever.
Cheating Changes a Relationship Forever
When a couple is in a committed relationship, infidelity is viewed as one of the greatest deceptions that may occur. People magazine reported on October 26, 2012 that Pattinson continues to have trust issues with Stewart.
“There’s still healing to do and trust issues but Kristen will do whatever it takes,” a source told the publication.
One of the most important factors that contribute to whether a couple will survive cheating is how long the infidelity occurred. This factor often determines whether a couple can move forward with their relationship and leave the cheating scandal behind. In Pattinson’s and Stewart’s case, the infidelity was not ongoing, and reports say that Stewart, 22, never had sex with her 41-year-old “Snow White and the Huntsman” director, but rather the two were involved in heavy make-out, kissing and petting sessions. The length of the affair and the news that the two never had sex may be the reason why both Pattinson and Sander’s wife, Liberty Ross, were willing to forgive.
Thought Pattinson has forgiven Stewart, the relationship will never be the same as before and has suffered a permanent change. The trust level will always be tainted by the fact that infidelity occurred.
Deception Factors in Kristen Stewart’s Affair
Though Stewart confessed to the affair in a statement to People magazine, Pattinson still must deal with the fact that Stewart was deceptive in their relationship. This may prove to become the greatest source of conflict and doubt for Pattinson as the couple moves forward. It’s important to realize that Stewart did not come forward and admit the affair by her own volition, however, she confessed after Us Weekly published photos of the two on July 26, 2012. While Pattinson might easily forgive the infidelity, he may find it is more difficult to accept the fact that Stewart did not come clean on her own. This fact can cause Pattinson to worry that she may never have told the truth and continued with the affair for a greater period of time. In order for Stewart and Pattinson to truly move forward with their relationship, they need to deal with Stewart’s deception and the fact that she did not come clean until forced to.
What Cheating Means
While many cheaters may offer up numerous reasons for their actions, such as boredom, attraction, high libido or their needs not being met, the truth is that cheating means a person is willing to abandon their commitment to their partner and ultimately leave the relationship. Even those who may be in denial are really saying they are no longer satisfied in their committed relationships. Stewart must come to terms with what caused her to want an out of her relationship.
Reports that she has now decided cheating was a mistake and wants to remain committed to Pattinson, will only be confirmed through the test of time. Stewart must realize that if she wants to be in an open relationship then Pattinson needs to agree to that. Otherwise, she needs to remain committed and realize there will be consequences for her actions.
Pattinson has made a tremendous move in forgiving Stewart and taking her back. It is up to Stewart to prove to Pattinson that she truly wants to be in a committed relationship.
Regardless of the outcome, their relationship will permanently change due to the affair.
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