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Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 07/25/2012

Kristen Stewart cheats on Robert Pattinson: The Internet reacts

The Us Weekly scoop about how Kristen Stewart cheated on boyfriend Robert Pattinson with her “Snow White and the Huntsman” director Rupert Sanders is the big celebrity story of the day.

It boasts all the elements Hollywood gossip addicts look for in a juicy scandal: a high-profile celeb couple (arguably the biggest one of the moment); adultery (Sanders is married); betrayal; clandestine romantic encounters; and vampires. Bella cheated on Edward, people. That violates all we thought we knew about romance, assuming that what we knew about romance was learned from reading the books of Stephenie Meyer.

Is the story of Stewart and Sanders’s tryst true? It appears to be, given that Kristen Stewart has now issued a public apology via People: “I’m deeply sorry for the hurt and embarrassment I've caused to those close to me and everyone this has affected,” she said in a statement Wednesday. “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.”

Wow. How should we feel about all of this? Let’s look to the Internet for guidance.

Here are the various stages of responding to the Robsten crisis — a crisis that obviously may rock this nation to its very foundations — as demonstrated by various tweets issued today.

Stage one: Denial.

Stage two: depression.

Stage three: Cynicism

More cynicism...

Still more cynicism...

Stage four: Understanding

Stage five: Finally, acceptance

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