I have to say, I'm feeling kind of sorry for Kristen Stewart these days. You know, in a you made your bed and now you have to lie in it and it smells like regret and maybe also cat pee kind of way. I mean, when I think back on the dumb, hurtful things I did when I was 22 ... let's just say I'm glad I wasn't a hugely popular celebrity. I'm convinced people don't grow a true sense of accountability until they've made at least one horrible, can't-take-it-back mistake, and the fact that Stewart's dealing with her own fallout in front of the entire world, well, it must truly suck to be her right now.
Especially since this is the Scandal That Would Not Die. It's the like Infidelity Energizer Bunny, it just keeps going, and going, and going. The latest barb thrown Stewart's way by the tabloids: a re-hashing of an unfortunate comment she made in July, just days before the Stewart/Sanders drama hit the press.
Back in mid-July, Stewart was at Comic-Con and told Entertainment Weekly she would never manufacture an artificial public persona:
I don't like people like that. People who are a complete non-person but somehow through the lens seem like they are on and interesting and engaged. ... I don't want anyone leaving and saying, 'God, that girl is so fake.' People tell me to make it easier on myself and to play a character when I go out on carpets and stuff. But you know what? I'd rather be me.
The thing is, I know what Stewart's talking about here -- she's talking about not playing the Hollywood game, not trying to be someone other than who she actually is when she's doing press appearances. This is something she's been bashed for in the past, because she tends to come across as cold, unenthused, and maybe even a little sneery.
I suspect in reality she's actually just hugely uncomfortable with all the public attention, and unable (or, as she puts it, unwilling) to act the part of the bubbly, grateful starlet.
But whatever she really meant by the 'fake' comment, it's naturally being used against her now. Kristen Stewart says she hates fake people but she was cheating on her boyfriend! (People goes out of their way to point out that she did the interview while relaxing next to Robert Pattinson.) BURN HER SHE'S A WITCH!
As far as past comments being torturously applied to their current situation, it could have been worse. For instance, Robert Pattinson's thoughts on cheating, shared with Vanity Fair back in April:
But there's a thing I've never got: that is, why do people cheat? I can understand the impulse, but not how you can keep two relationships going at the same time for long.
Oof. Yeah, I don't know if it's going to be possible for the two of them to get past this, even if they both want to. As difficult as it must be for two major stars to maintain a relationship while dodging a nonstop influx of rumors, it would be even harder to make it work when the tabloids actually have a bona-fide scandal to reference -- over and over and over, until the fans stop caring, which probably is never going to happen because TWIIIIIIIILIGHT.
Do you think it's fair for Stewart's 'fake' comment to be used against her right now?
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