Liberty Ross: I Forgive Kristen Stewart and Rupert Sanders For Affair
Liberty Ross has opened up about her ex-husband Rupert Sanders’ headling-making affair with Kristen Stewart — and says there are no hard feelings. The model and actress reflects on the situation in a new Harper’s Bazaar UK interview.
“Unfortunately, we live in a world where everything is so overexposed that it’s actually terrifying,” says Ross of the experience in 2012. “I was horrified at how relentless and extraordinary going through something like that was.”
Her biggest concern was shielding her two young children from the media onslaught. She tells the magazine, “I was able to go and be somewhere secluded for a good month. And then when school went back, I had no choice but to be as strong a woman as I could be for the children.”
But things are calmer now. “It’s amazing what two years does,” says Ross. “Today, I feel happier than I’ve ever felt, and I’m in such a great place. All of us are: my kids are great, Rupert’s amazing, we have all moved on and everyone is doing really well.”
Asked whether she’s still resentful about what happened, Ross answers, “God, no. Ugh. People need to learn to forgive. I have no problem with anyone involved. I’m completely compassionate, I really am. No life is perfect, we all have our problems and issues and I believe that it’s good to be true to who you are.”
It may have been time for her and Sanders to part ways, regardless of the scandal. “Rupert and I were together since we were very, very young. I was 18 – essentially, I married my first boyfriend,” explains Ross. “I always used to say we were more like brother and sister anyway. We’d been together for so long, we weren’t really evolving together as a couple so much.”
She and Sanders are still on good terms. Ross tells the magazine, “Rupert was very much part of my family, and still is – he was like another sibling. We’ll always have this amazing love for each other. I spent 17 years of my life with him. I have nothing but love and respect and compassion for him. He’ll always be my family, you know. We live close to each other, we continue to raise our children absolutely together, it’s really good.”
And she seems to have a good perspective on the whole saga. “I think we can grow from all experiences, even the most tragic, sh*tty ones where you think you’re going to die,” says Ross. “Actually, you know, there are ways of growing with them and learning from them and moving past them and accepting them. I just feel so lucky and peaceful with everything in life, and excited and happy.”
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