Director Bill Condon urges fans to separate scenes in the 'Twilight' movies from real life events

Twilight director Bill Condon has asked fans to show respect for Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson.

Last month (July 26), it emerged that Stewart had cheated on Pattinson – her co-star in the Twilight movies and boyfriend of over two years – with film director Rupert Sanders. The pair met when Stewart was shooting her recent film Snow White And The Huntsman, which Sanders directed, but the affair is alleged to have taken place later, during promotional duties for the movie.

Stewart subsequently issued a public apology for the affair, in which she reaffirmed her feelings for Pattinson. “This momentary indiscretion has jeopardised 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,” she said at the time.

Stewart and Pattinson will appear together as lovers Bella and Edward in the final Twilight film, Breaking Dawn – Part 2, which is due for release in November (2012). Director Bill Condon has now asked fans to separate what they see on screen from real life events. “The fact is, these are actors playing parts, and maybe it’s not such a bad thing that people be reminded of that,” he told Entertainment Weekly.

He also urged Twilight fans to show sensititivity towards the stars as they complete promotional duties for the film. He added: “Both of these actors gave heart and soul to the Twilight movies, not only during shooting, but also by navigating so graciously the whole life-in-a-fishbowl aspect of the phenomenon. Above all they have always shown great respect for the fans who made these movies such a success. Now it’s time that some of that respect be returned to them.”

Meanwhile, a representative for the movie studio behind Twilight, Summit Entertainment, has confirmed that the release of Breaking Dawn – Part 2 will not be affected by the stars’ relationship difficulties. “While it is studio policy not to comment on the personal lives of actors, Summit is moving full steam ahead,” said Nancy Kirkpatrick.