Did Robert Pattinson force Kristen Stewart to make her public apology?

You remember Kristen Stewart’s very public, simpering apology after she was caught cheating on Robert Pattinson with Rupert Sanders?

I'm deeply sorry for the hurt and embarrassment I've caused to those close to me and everyone this has affected. This momentary indiscretion has jeopardized the most important thing in my life, the person I love and respect the most, Rob. I love him, I love him, I'm so sorry.

I love him, I love him…

It was embarrassment upon embarrassment for Stewart but also, seemingly, totally out of character. After all, leading up to the scandal, she’d avoided even admitting that the two were dating. We went from staunch reluctance to grossly forthcoming, and it was entirely unnecessary. She didn’t need to offer you an apology. But maybe she needed to include you in the apology because she knew that that’s what HE would have wanted?

New interview with Robert Pattinson in Australia’s Sunday Style magazine in which he discusses what he expects in a girlfriend:

“I’m quite sensitive, and I do like a bit of grand gesturing, but that’s just my ego.”

There it is: “Grand Gesturing”. So…he’s the dude who’s living love like a romantic comedy. Now it actually makes sense, right? Understanding that that’s what he would have responded to, Stewart sacrificed her pride, willingly humiliated herself after already humiliating herself, to seek his forgiveness. And he reportedly lorded it over her until they could no longer make it work, even though he claims to be relatively easygoing in a relationship:

“There’s not very much that really bothers me. I don’t ever feel the need to forgive or expect people to be. I judge people on their actions. I don’t really care if it’s wrong or right, I give them the benefit of the doubt. If they do something I can’t be bothered to deal with, I just cut them out.”

It takes a lot of grace to be the person who forgives infidelity. I couldn’t do it. I’m too small. It requires a generosity of character that will never happen for me. And considering that these are young actors we’re talking about, as self-absorbed and insecure a demographic as you will find, it’s not surprising that they couldn’t make it work. You have to really commit to overcoming infidelity. And the responsibility doesn’t just rest with the cheater. Imbalance will kill even the healthiest relationships, never mind those that are recovering. There comes a point when a person runs out of “grand gestures” and just can’t apologise anymore.

And where is all this insight coming from? Pattinson is currently promoting Dior Homme. You’ll recall, for weeks this summer we were teased and teased about the release of his groundbreaking fragrance commercial, a short film that was supposed to revolutionise perfumey short films. Pattinson’s Dior Homme Franco was eventually released on September 1. Have we discussed this yet? I don’t think we have because that weekend I was balls deep in rehearsals for The Social and after that we moved straight into TIFF.

Did it deliver?

Well, it depends on who you are. If you are a Twi-Hard, I suppose Pattinson looks pretty enough, and broods enough, and opens his mouth to make sexy face enough to satisfy expectations. For the rest of us, put it this way: if you’re going to throw down Zeppelin in service of an implied suggestion that this is the new James Dean, you better make sure he’s that cool. Cool would mean that there are no clichés. No crashing old people stuffy parties on a whim, kissing underwater, because Leo D did it better, and driving down the beach in luxury cars that don’t even require a stick shift.

Click here for more from Robert Pattinson in Sunday Style.