There is no happy ever after for Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders after it has emerged his wife, Liberty Ross, has filed for divorce following the public humiliation of his cheating scandal with Kristen Stewart.
The Vogue model and actress, 34, filed for divorce Friday from Sanders, 41, in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Friday, PEOPLE confirms.
The couple had tried to patch up their almost ten-year marriage, including going to therapy, following the pictures of the director cozying up with Stewart coming to light.
TMZ, who broke the story, reports that in court documents, Ross seeks joint custody of the couple’s two kids, 5 and 7. She also asks for spousal support and attorney’s fees.
Sanders, who has filed his response to the divorce petition, also seeks joint custody of the kids, and wants to share legal fees with Ross, according to TMZ.
Meanwhile, Stewart and Pattinson’s relationship has not quite been the same since the cheating scandal, that occurred last summer. Though they are seemingly together, there are also constant reports of a new split.
She has retained a dignified silence in the wake of those explosive photos of her husband, Rupert Sanders, cavorting with Kristen Stewart.
But while she isn’t exactly opening up and spilling the beans of her despair, Liberty Ross alludes to a lot in the latest video in Alexander Wang’s “Confessional” series.
The British Vogue model, who found her marriage in crisis after Sanders was pictured in an intimate clinch with Stewart, reveals: “I believe that we’re all on journeys and we are all given lessons at certain times in our life.”
Tellingly, Ross, who has been pictured coming out of couple’s counseling with Sanders, says: ”I don’t like being trapped or feeling that I’m not able to move forward. I do think that this year is kind of the end of some things and the beginnings of something else. And I think that beginnings are always really exciting, and change is very important in life.”
Her “confession” was filmed around her appearance in Wang’s runway show last month and can be viewed here.
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart may have been able to mend their relationship after she was caught cheating with film director Rupert Sanders. But there is one loser in this scenario– Sanders himself.
His gorgeous estranged wife Liberty Ross has reunited with her ex-boyfriend.
Life & Style is reporting that thethe mystery man the model was photographed with in London on Sept. 17 is Christopher Taylor, the director of art gallery Museum 52 and Liberty’s ex boyfriend!
In fact, Life & Style found an old photo of the two together from 2001, and years later, they’ve definitely reconnected.
“On Sept. 17, they arrived at the Serpentine Gallery event arm in arm,” a source tells Life & Style about the exes. “They left together, too.”
Click here to see a photo of them now and in 2001.
On Friday, we revealed the true story behind the Kristen Stewart and Rupert Sanders scandalous pictures– and told you that there were still more photos of the pair to emerge.
And it’s just like Christmas in July this Monday afternoon with US Weekly unleashing the next round of Stewart/Sanders pics… and sordid and candid they certainly are.
The photos are from the same set taken on July 17 in L.A. [Click here to see more of the new revealing shots]
Meanwhile, Stewart’s boyfriend of three years, Robert Pattinson has asked her to remove her belongings from their home– which a U-Haul truck did on Saturday morning.
“The entire thing has been such a blow to Rob. Talk about having his heart ripped out,” a source who knows the couple tells PEOPLE. “Rob just isn’t going to be able to get past the cheating – one time or not.”
However, the pair are set to be reunited on Sept. 6, when they are scheduled as co-presenters at MTV’s Video Music Awards… but we doubt they are likely to keep up appearances.
Last week, Kristen Stewart called her affair with Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders a “momentary indiscretion.”
However, it has emerged over the weekend that the relationship between the pair had been going on for some time (it is something we alluded to in this piece on Friday).
Leopold Ross, the brother of Sanders’ wife Liberty Ross, told the U.K.’s The People that he believes the 22-year-old actress became involved with the 41-year-old director during production of Snow White last year.
“It was from the last half of filming and all through post-production, clear into last week,” Leopold Ross told the publication.
And as for her future with Sanders, Leopold Ross hinted that the Vogue model may be ready to cut ties with her womanizing husband once and for all.
“She made some sacrifices for something she thought was worth it, now she knows, right?” Leopold Ross said. “It might actually make things better in the long run. She wasn’t that happy for a while, but our family is close, she’ll be all right.”
Do you think she should dump him or give him another chance, bearing in mind they have two small children?
Yesterday, when Kristen Stewart and Rupert Sanders both separately issued groveling apologies to their respective partners, it seemed that they were doing everything they could with the power of the written word (if, indeed, they had any input into them) to make it clear that their affair was a mistake… a BIG mistake!
But did we really buy into their indescribable regret over acting on their attraction for one another at the risk of hurting their loved ones?
We consulted Dr. Reef Karim, The Sex, Drugs & Relationships Doctor and Psychiatrist & Relationship Expert, to get his take on the affair; whether Stewart and Sanders wanted to get caught; and can either couple come out of this mess in one piece.
Here is our interview with him….
Celebzter: Kristin and Rupert are both in relationships, so why would they cheat? Is it a sign that they aren’t happy at home?
Dr. Reef Karim: People cheat for many reasons.
Cheating and affairs in a relationship are usually a symptom of a larger problem with the couple. The most common symptoms are problems with: trust, feeling respected, poor communication, impulsivity and difficulties with conflict resolution. Any of these are a potential problem requiring work and an open dialogue by the couple.
Celebzter: Do you think Kristen and Robert’s relationship can survive?
Dr. Reef Karim: This was a pretty big deal because it was people they know well, as a couple, and it was so public. But, almost any relationship can be salvaged if both parties are willing to really work on the relationship. This one, however, won’t be easy.
Celebzter: When infidelity happens, how can a couple try to make it work?
Dr. Reef Karim: The key to working with infidelity is to understand why it happened. Was it pre-determined or impulsive? Was alcohol or drugs involved? Who was it and how do you know them? Is it an emotional relationship or only physical? What is it about our relationship that may have contributed to this happening? After these and other questions are answered, the next step is open communication and sometimes professional help.
Celebzter: What makes it worse is that Rupert’s wife was in the film and Rupert said that the four I.e robert, Kristen, Rupert and his wife Liberty) all became friends….does that make the sting even worse because the deception is greater?
Dr. Reef Karim: The discovery of an affair is a bad time for anyone. But, if the affair involves a friend and the deception is significant, the betrayal is that much worse. The sting and repair are definitely more complicated because friendships may be dissolved.
Celebzter: Kristin and Robert Pattinson have never come out and confirmed publicly that they are a couple, what does that say about their relationships?
Dr. Reef Karim: The declaration “we are officially a couple” is overrated. Especially in the celebrity community. You can have a perfectly healthy relationship without making it public. But, if one member of the couple hides the relationship from others for ulterior motives (like I’m leaving my options open to date other people), then you have a problem.
Celebzter: But yesterday, she confirmed that she loved him and realizes that she put their relationship in jeopardy…..is it too little too late?
Dr. Reef Karim: They definitely “need to talk” to gain an understanding of why this happened, what’s the problem with the relationship, can the trust be repaired and what to do in the future. The fact that the betrayal was so public doesn’t help.
Celebzter: And what to make of Rupert’s statement?
Dr. Reef Karim: Clearly, if he was distraught and valued his marriage he wouldn’t have cheated in the first place?
When people cheat, they usually aren’t thinking, they’re acting on impulse (unless it’s a long-term affair). Being with an attractive person, on set, for an extended period of time requires self-restraint. And, per reports, that didn’t seem to happen in this situation.
Celebzter: They were caught making out in public, it’s almost like they wanted to get caught, right? Who would do that otherwise?
Dr. Reef Karim: Primal impulses make you do crazy things like make out in public when one celebrity is married and the other is in a relationship. In other words, the passion (and maybe alcohol?) makes you do things that you wouldn’t normally do.
Celebzter: What should Rob do? What should Rupert’s wife do? Should they forgive the other half? Or walk out?
Dr. Reef Karim: Everyone in this situation needs to focus on their own family and relationship and work on repairing the trust by openly communicating and possibly getting some professional help with the relationship. There’s a lot of betrayal here that needs to be worked out.
One woman is married with kids. The other in a relationship with an equally famous star. But after today, Kirsten Stewart and Liberty Ross will forever be etched in internet history after it emerged that Stewart was having an affair with Ross’ husband, Rupert Sanders.
Stewart and Sanders treacherous behavior is made all the more worst by the fact that during filming for The Snow White And The Huntsman, for which Liberty also starred in, the three, alongside Pattinson, would all hang out together.
“Rob and Kristen are both very down-to-earth, very nice people, ” Sanders said. “We all became very close friends.”
So, what do Stewart and Ross have in common, besides having shared the same man? Here is a tale of two women engulfed in a scandal (Ed’s note: We switched things around with the last comparison… you will understand why upon reading it).
Liberty: Born in London, England. Her maternal grandfather was Lord Killearn, while her father, Ian Ross, was one of the launch team of Radio Caroline, and in the Eighties founded Flipper’s, the first roller disco in Los Angeles.
Kristen: Born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Her father, John Stewart, is a stage manager and television producer who has worked for Fox. Her mother, Jules Mann-Stewart, is a script supervisor originally from Maroochydore,Queensland, Australia.
Claim to fame:
Liberty: Vogue model/ actress. She appeared on her first cover of British Vogue in June 2000.
Kristen: She is best known for playing Bella Swan in The Twilight Saga.
Liberty: Married long-term boyfriend, advertising director Rupert Saunders, in 2003. She was 24. They have two children, Skyla and Tennyson.
Kristen: She was in a relationship with Michael Angarano, her co-star from the 2004 film Speak.
Since meeting on the set of Twilight in 2008, Stewart has been romantically linked to co-star Robert Pattinson, who today she confirmed was the most important person in the world to her and the person she loved.
Liberty: High-end fashion model…think glamor
Kristen: Tomboy, just got out of bed look….think, she can’t go a day without her converse sneakers
Liberty: In 2005 came in at number eight on a list of the richest models under 30.
Kristen: She topped Forbes list this year as the highest-paid actress with earnings of $34.5 from May 2011 to May 2012.
Famous last quotes
Kristen: “I want to go to college for literature. I want to be a writer. I mean, I love what I do, but it’s not all I want to do – be a professional liar for the rest of my life
Liberty: “I went from the glamour of working with Karl Lagerfeld and John Galliano to living on an isolated hilltop, with my husband gone most of the time. But that’s why everything feels so amazing now. We rode through the really hard times and we stuck it out”
[Note: She was quoted as saying this just TWO weeks ago with Britain's YOU magazine]