Liberty Ross, whom you may remember from the love triangle square that had all of Hollywood and the world talking during summer 2012, is getting candid about how she dealt with her now ex-husband, Rupert Sanders, cheating with Kristen Stewart. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Liberty admits that the whole fiasco was "horrible. It was really the worst, really the worst. I have no words to describe what we went through." Ouch ... We could've guessed, but man, does it sound like the Rupert and KStew affair really did a number on this woman -- and her whole family.
She went on to stay that she really didn't want to give up on her marriage. "I’m not a quitter. I’ve done everything I could to be the perfect wife and mother and really support my husband. But I didn’t have any more to give, you know?" Ugh. If that doesn't have your heart breaking for her, I don't know what would ...
Thankfully, in the time that has passed since the scandalous affair, Liberty seems to have found some sort of peace with the whole big mess ... and even sounds like she may have come out of it stronger than ever.
The 35-year-old British model explains:
I was able to be completely secluded. I just visualized being this sort of Masai warrior. I was just going to stand very still and very strong, and just let it all roll past me. I tried to keep as far away from it as I could and to understand that this is my family and it’s the most precious thing to me. ... I think, for me, something always has to completely die for there to be a rebirth. And, for me, I feel like I'm going through a rebirth.
Wow, that is incredibly ... Zen! I am so impressed and in admiration of someone who can get true clarity, as it sounds she has, on a horrible ordeal like this. Especially as she went on to say something that truly reflects the peace she's found:
[Rupert and I] were together for 16 years, and that in itself is really beautiful. And we've created two exceptional lives together.
We all have our own unique ways of handling the death of a relationship, as she puts it, but obviously some ways are much healthier and therapeutic than others. Prioritizing preservation of your own mental and emotional wellness and strength -- and of course, your children's, as Liberty did -- sounds like a winning way to go in what otherwise may feel like a completely hopeless, hurtful split.
In other words, it sounds like Liberty got through this nightmare in the healthiest possible way. Good for her for letting that be known; perhaps it could serve as a great comfort to other women who happen to find themselves in the same boat.
Are you surprised by Liberty's confession? Does it change how you feel about the cheating scandal at all?
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