It was only a matter of time before the cheating scandal involving Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart made the rounds of the internet. Even before news broke of the couple’s affair, the press was speculating on what would happen next. Would the couple’s on-screen chemistry translate into real life? Would Robert be unfaithful to Kristen once the public saw them together? Would their marriage survive the intense media scrutiny?

Although the cheating scandal was covered by most of the mainstream press, social media has continued to cast a long shadow over the relationship between these two mega-stars. Through the platforms they use, the public has been able to watch as the events of the past year spiraled out of control.

Kristen’s Instagram Post

On March 24th, Kristen posted a lengthy statement on her Instagram account in which she confessed to having an affair with Robert. She stated that she and Robert began their relationship as friends and that she had never imagined it would turn into something more. However, she said that after her mother’s death it became clear to her that her life would never be the same. As a result, she decided to explore new adventures and opportunities.

Although Kristen has never been one to keep her private life private, she made a particularly obtuse decision by posting her statement on social media. Even before the public had a chance to process what they were reading, she had already suffered the ignominy of being outed as a cheating partner. Knowing that she would never be able to have a private life, Kristen most likely decided that she would rather confess to everyone than let her intimate details stay hidden. In doing so, she guaranteed that her affair would be plastered across the internet for all to see.

Robert’s Instagram Response

In response to Kristen’s post Robert posted a lengthy statement of his own on Instagram. In it, he denied having had an affair with Kristen and claimed that she had been the one who had initiated the contact and that he had only agreed to see her because he was already engaged to be married. He went on to say that he did not believe the affair was a mistake and that he had enjoyed their time together. He ended his statement by asking for privacy to help him get over Kristen and move on with his life.

Although Robert’s statement was the most sincere gesture of contrition that Kristen could have hoped for, it was still not enough to mollify the public or stop the rampant speculation. Even before this most recent statement, Robert was already under a great deal of public scrutiny, particularly regarding his supposed mistreatment of his ex-wife, Pattison. Many believe that he is using the recent media attention to clean up his image and set the record straight about what really happened between him and Kirsten. What do you think? Will Robert be able to rebuild his profile after this most recent cheating scandal?

The Fallout

Since the news broke that Kristen had cheated on Robert with various men, including her Twilight co-star, the internet has been abuzz with rumors and speculation. Even before her statement, there had been a great deal of speculation surrounding her supposed affair with Robert. Many on social media have compared the timing of Kristen’s affair with Robert to the same period in which she had an affair with her Snow White and the Huntsman director, Rupert Sanders. (Of course, Robert had already been engaged to be married at the time of the Sanders affair.)

The story was originally reported by US Weekly, which published a cover story about the affair titled, “The Mystery of Kristen Stewart’s Identity.” The cover story went on to say that although Robert had denied the affair, he had given in to temptation and had cheated on his fiancee. The magazine said that they were able to confirm the affair through anonymous sources and that there would be more to the story than originally thought.

This most recent round of cheating by Kristen Stewart has only served to prove that even the most promising film careers can end up unraveling after years of media scrutiny and rampant speculation. Just ask Robert Pattinson or Keanu Reeves how they feel about their own cinematic pasts now that their onscreen reputations have been thoroughly tarnished by a constant barrage of tabloid headlines and vicious social media comments. Will this latest cheating scandal destroy Robert’s already damaged reputation? Will the couple divorce? Are they even still together?

Where Do We Go From Here?

Although the answers to all of these questions may lie in the future, one thing is for certain: this will not be the last we hear of this unfortunate couple. Even Robert and Kristen’s biggest fans will have to admit that their star-crossed romance has been incredibly entertaining to watch as it’s progressed over the past year. Whether they stay together or divorce remains to be seen, but one thing is certain: we will never get to see their romantic life play out on the big screen as we had originally hoped.