Shortly after photographs of Kristen Stewart kissing her "Snow White and the Huntsman" director Rupert Sanders began to circulate, the director has issued a statement and apology for the indiscretion.
"I am utterly distraught about the pain I have caused my family," Sanders said in a statement to People magazine. "My beautiful wife and heavenly children are all I have in this world. I love them with all my heart. I am praying that we can get through this together."
Sanders is married to model and actress Liberty Ross, who played the mother of young Snow White in the film. The couple have two children.
[article id="1690444"]Stewart also issued a statement[/article], apologizing to her longtime boyfriend and fellow "Twilight" star Robert Pattinson. "I'm deeply sorry for the hurt and embarrassment I've caused to those close to me and everyone this has affected," she said. "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."
The photos of the two were reportedly taken July 17 in Los Angeles. Stewart and Pattinson were seen days later walking the carpet at the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday night. They met during the first "Twilight" film in 2008, and almost immediately, rumors began to circulate that they were romantically involved. They have remained stoutly private about the nature of their relationship until now. The last "Twilight" film, "Breaking Dawn - Part 2," is due in November.