Liberty Ross, British model and wife of Rupert Sanders for 10 years had no clue that he husband was cheated on her for a long time. Only a few hours before paparazzi photos of Stewart and Sanders kissing and hugging were revealed did she find out about it.
“It was horrible,” Ross says. “It was really the worst, really the worst.”
Atticus Ross, Liberty Ross’ brother, also stepped in to protect her.
“I’m texting people because I know this is going to be huge,” he tells. “It was about not destroying [Liberty]. I don’t think people understand what being in the eye of that storm is like.”
He took a number of measures to keep Ross safe from all the mess that had followed the revelation.
“I just visualized [being] this sort of Masai warrior,” says Ross, 35. “I was just going to stand very still and very strong, and just let it all roll past me.”
She had shifted to Los Angeles so that her husband could pursue his career as a director. However, she admits that their marriage had lost spark before the scandal with Stewart surfaced. “We’d lost our real connection,” she admits.
42-year-old Sanders had apologized for cheating and hoped for reconciliation but Ross knew it was the end. She filed for divorce.
“I have no words to describe what we went through,” she says. “But I think, for me, something always has to completely die for there to be a rebirth. And, for me, I feel like I’m going through a rebirth.”
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