Breaking Dawn 2 director says fans need to leave the stars alone

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Jul 4, 2015, 1:48 PM EDT

With Twilight stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson lighting up the tabloids following a very messy breakup (they'd been dating for a while now), Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 director Bill Condon has a message for the fans: Back off.

Per all the gossip out there, the two split after Stewart was caught sneaking around with Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders.

Regardless of what happened, Condon says they're both good people, and he doesn't want the tabloid drama to detract from the contributions they've made to the franchise:

"The fact is, these are actors playing parts, and maybe it's not such a bad thing that people be reminded of that. 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."
Being a celebrity in general can put a person under a fair amount of public scrutiny. Starring in one of the biggest young adult series of the generation? Yeah, it brings a lot more.

Of course, Condon has a point. Actors may be famous, but they're still private citizens. If Average Joe or Jane cheats on their significant other, they may catch flak and break up—but at least it isn't plastered on every magazine at the grocery store.

What do you think? Should you separate the job from the person as a fan?

(Via Yahoo!)