It is hard to imagine what must be going through British heart-throb Robert Pattinson’s mind at this point.
Here you are, the most lusted-after man in the world, and your girlfriend goes and has a fling with some 42-year-old dude.
The word “gobsmacked” comes to mind.
If being a millionaire with a face like an angel doesn’t protect you from heartache, then what hope does the rest of us have? “No hope,” would be the short answer.
On the other hand, it is sort of comforting to know that a guy like Pattinson is susceptible to the same romantic body blows as the rest of us.
Stewart, 22, has already issued a public apology to Pattinson, 26, for her fling with Rupert Sanders, who directed her in Snow White And The Huntsman.
And that was all the proof needed that something indeed went down between the pair.
Pattinson has, as of press time, made no public statement.
But a source close to the hunkhas apparently spoken up, telling RadarOnline.com: “Rob is in shock that Kristen cheated on him. He is absolutely devastated.
“But right now he doesn’t want to say anything in public until he figures out what he’s going to do.
“Rob is really hurt by Kristen. Catching her cheating is not at all what he expected from her.”
One of the things that has made Pattinson so attractive to his female admirers over the past few years is that he seems every bit as sensitive and gentlemanly as his Twilight old-timey vampire character, Edward Cullen.
In contrast to many Hollywood celebs, he comes across as being genuinely warm and down-to-earth, the sort of man who makes a woman feel safe and secure.
"I'm not the casual-affair kind of guy," he told Vanity Fair magazine during a recent interview. “If I choose to be with someone, it's because I really want it. When I have a relationship, I'm 100 per cent into it.” Maybe the problem is that Pattinson is too nice.
Did wild child Stewart end up finding him boring? Did he give her the impression she could walk all over him? If so, welcome to the nice guy loser club, Rob!
There is always room for one more sap.
Especially one who is likely to stay with her.
A source close to Pattinson told HollywoodLife. com: “The only person he really trusts is Kristen… But now that she’s ruined that trust, it’s going to be hard for him to deal with it.”
But Pattinson will likely “force himself to get over it because he ultimately wants Kristen in his life”.
Pattinson comes from a strong family background and it is likely his feelings towards monogamy and long-term commitment were inherited from his parents, who remain in a loving relationship after decades of marriage.
Ironically, as he told Vanity Fair, infidelity is not his cup of tea.
“There's a thing I've never got: That is, why do people cheat?” he said.
“I can understand the impulse, but not how you can keep two relationships going at the same time for long.”
In 2010, insiders close to Pattinson could already see trouble brewing, that it was a matter of time before she broke his heart.
One told US Weekly magazine that the actor had fallen too hard for Stewart, saying: “He thinks she's The One. But she just doesn't love him as much.”
Pattinson, whom pals describe as “more emotional and sensitive” than Stewart, picked up on his girlfriend’s distance and feared that “his feelings are more serious for her than hers are for him”.
Cut her loose?
So will Pattinson end up standing by his girl, or will he decide to cut her loose? Either way, the coming months will prove to be very awkward.
His new film, Cosmopolis, will be released on Aug 17 in the US, and it is unlikely hewill be in the mood to face the press.
Even worse, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, the final instalment of the series, is set for a publicity blitz in November.
It is hard to imagine Pattinson and Stewart walking down the red carpet together, something they have been doing so adoringly for the last four movies since 2008.
I must admit to being personally saddened by this whole sordid story and feeling genuinely bad for the guy.
I have spent the last few years defending the Twilight films and Stewart from haters, and now my job will be that much more difficult.
She has taken her fairy-tale reel-to-real romance with Hollywood’s handsomest prince and turned the whole thing into a joke.
She has turned him into a court jester, a fool, a cuckold, standing there in a funny hat with bellson it.
It is not like Pattinson will never find another girl – I mean, there must be a queue that could reach to the moon – but he may never love in quite the same way again.
This article was first published in The New Paper.