'This was career suicide'

Kristen Stewart has committed “career suicide” by having a fling with her married director and making a public apology for it, experts say.

The actress — who plays Bella in the Twilight Saga movies opposite Pattinson’s character Edward — admitted last week that she had cheated on the actor with her married Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders, and various media sources say that the revelation could be extremely damaging to Stewart’s movie career.

Studio Executive Dorian Rubin told Hollywood Life that there is “nothing Kristen Stewart can do to save her career” – because the star’s own fans feel “betrayed”.

“Her career exists on her fans and right now her fans are not happy. They feel betrayed, they are upset, it’s not a good sign for Kristen.

“The reason Kristen became so successful in the first place was because of her fans. For studio executives, fan base equals box-office dollars. If Kristen loses her fans she loses value,” Rubin continued.

“It doesn’t matter that she is only 22-years-old and was may have been taken advantage of by her older director, her fans are that age or younger and they may not forgive her. They were all hoping that the photos were Photoshopped.

“So many hearts were broken, not just Rob’s, but all of her fans. Bella Swan would never do something like this!”

A film buff told The Sun that "Kristen's the most hated woman in Hollywood. Female moviegoers have been looking for a reason not to like her and now they have it.

"Lots of Rob's huge army of female fans will boycott her films. It's going to be a long road for her to come back, professionally as well as personally."

Last week, Stewart issued a public apology for what she described as a “momentary indiscretion” with Sanders, and declaring her love for Pattinson.

A weekly magazine editor told The Huffington Post that Stewart’s public acknowledgement of the affair was “career suicide”.

"Because of her statement, Us Weekly [which had the exclusive images of Stewart and Sanders] was up 25 percent in newsstand sales. The number guarantees the story will be on the weekly covers again this week. If Kristen thought the statement would get ahead of the story and suck the oxygen out of the fire, she is wrong. She just poured gas on the fire."