Dark secrets of the cast of Twilight

The Twilight Saga was indeed quite the saga. The first film grossed nearly $400 million at the box office, leading to a fever-pitch of Twi-hard obsession around the world.

Of course, with that level of fame often comes scandal, and the cast of Twilight certainly wasn't immune. From jaw-dropping affairs, to gay rumors and nude photo scandals, relive the biggest scandals that threatened to derail both the stars' careers and the Saga altogether. 

Kristen Stewart cheats on Robert Pattinson

Undoubtedly the biggest celebrity news story to come out of the Twilight saga was the demise of the relationship between stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson.

Their mysterious, media-shy fling began to unravel in July 2012 after Us Weekly published photos of Stewart having an affair with her married Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders. The photo bombshell dominated the tabloids, forcing Stewart to issue a public apology to Pattinson for cheating. The couple tried to weather the storm but wound up splitting for good in 2013. (Sanders' wife, Liberty Ross, filed for divorce in January 2013.)

For what it's worth: while Stewart later called her breakup from Pattinson "incredibly painful," Pattinson ultimately took it in stride. "S*** happens, you know?" he told British Esquire in September 2014. "It's just young people … it's normal! And honestly, who gives a s***?"

Fair enough!

Was their relationship a PR stunt?

Throughout their relationship, Stewart and Pattinson were sometimes plagued by Internet and tabloid gossip alleging that their relationship was less authentic and more of a Hollywood publicity stunt. Whether far-fetched or not, there were a number of incidents along the way that certainly fanned those flames—like, you know, the time Stewart told T Magazine in 2016 that their relationship eventually became a "product."

"People wanted me and Rob to be together so badly that our relationship was made into a product," she said. "It wasn't real life anymore."

Curiously enough, Stewart has since moved on to dating women; Pattinson is now engaged to FKA Twigs.

Casting controversy over Victoria

Rachelle Lefevre played the villainous vampire Victoria in both Twilight and New Moon; however, much to fan horror, the studio decided to go in a different direction in Eclipse and Breaking Dawn Parts 1 and 2, replacing Lefevre with another Hollywood redhead, actress Bryce Dallas Howard. 

Fans were shocked at the change and cruelty towards Lefevere. Even she released a statement to E! News claiming she was "stunned" by the decision, adding she had turned down other work in order to fulfill her commitment to the complete Twilight series. 

Incidentally, Catherine Hardwicke, who had directed the first Twilight, came forward to say that the studio had always wanted Howard for the role, and cast Lefevre when Howard wasn't available, adding insult to injury.

The cast trashed the movies (but got paid millions)

The press tours for the Twilight movies were sometimes painful to watch, due to the not-exactly-subtle shade various cast members would throw at the franchise. (Remember the time Pattinson quipped that he wanted to take his dignity as a parting gift?)

And yet, while they appeared to be in pain during interviews, behind the scenes, Pattinson and Stewart were laughing all the way to the bank. In 2014, a lawsuit revealed that the stars made a you-know-what-ton of money for starring in the Saga, including receiving $2.5 million bonuses for the first movie. Even crazier, TMZ reported that Pattinson earned $25 million to star in Breaking Dawn parts 1 and 2. 

Which, wah, boo hoo. We're pretty sure $25 million trumps dignity. 

Robert Pattinson was almost fired

In May 2017, Pattinson revealed to the New York Times that his rebellious behavior on the set of the first Twilight movie almost got him fired on set, "until his agents flew in to straighten him out."

"I didn't have to kiss anybody's [a**] the entire time," he told the Times. "I don't think I did, anyway."

Incidentally, Pattinson went on to call the Twilight movies "an amazing luxury," adding it was "amazing luck, as well, to just have fallen into it with the group of people I worked with on it."

Taylor Lautner was plagued by gay rumors

Despite having high-profile romances with the likes of Taylor Swift, co-star Taylor Lautner, who played Jacob, the were-man who competes with Edward for Bella's heart, often battled gay rumors in real life. Speculation reached a fever pitch in 2014 when Lautner was photographed at a gay bar, sending the world of social media into a speculation frenzy. 

Whatever the case (read: who cares?), three years later, it appears that Lautner may have finally put the rumors behind him. He's been dating Carrie Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd since the two met on the set of Scream Queens.

Ashley Greene weathered a nude photo scandal

In 2009, nude photos of Ashley Greene, who played Alice Cullen, were leaked online. Greene spoke to Allure magazine about the effect the photos had on her and her family. "One of my family members said to me, 'Ashley, everyone does it. You're just famous.'" 

Ashley herself wasn't quite as understanding as her family. She lawyered up and let everyone know through a statement from her attorney that she intended to sue anyone who posted the photos or shared them online.

Peter Facinelli's marriage to Jennie Garth bit the dust

In March 2012, the tabloids confirmed that Peter Facinelli, who played Dr. Carlisle Cullen, and his wife of 11 years, Jennie Garth, were divorcing. "I was very resistant. I didn't want it to happen. It took me some time to come to peace with it," Garth later told People magazine.

In her memoir, Deep Thoughts from a Hollywood Blonde, Garth explained that while the split seemed sudden, it was in actuality many years in the making, with Facinelli's Twilight work schedule contributing to the stress. "I was thrilled for him that he was taking his career to the next level, but I was also, I can see now, feeling a bit resentful and itchy in ways that I couldn't quite identify," she writes. "All I know is that I felt like I was waiting: for him to come home, waiting for him to be free to join me in the day-to-day of our family life, waiting for the next job to be lined up that would take him far away from us again."

That next job turned out to be the movie Loosies, where Facinelli met Jaimie Alexander, who would become his girlfriend, and later fiancée. But that relationship wasn't meant to be, either; Alexander called off their engagement in early 2016.

Taylor Lautner was almost replaced as Jacob

When director Chris Weitz was hired to direct the second Twilight film, New Moon, rumors swirled that he was thinking about replacing Taylor Lautner with an actor who physically fit Jacob's buffed-up description in the book. Amid the drama, Lautner campaigned to stay in the movie, at one point telling MTV News, "I have been working out. I've been working out since the day we finished filming Twilight. I just weighed myself today; I've put on 19 pounds. I'm guaranteeing Weitz 10 more [pounds] by filming."

For his part, Weitz told the press in 2009 that "there was a brief possibility" that Lautner would be replaced but that he "was always convinced that he was going to be able to do it."

"The doubts came up because he had very few scenes in the first movie and also because he's described as being 6'5″ in the second book,' Weitz said. "So there were some reasonable facts that we had to come to grips with. I liked the sweetness of his character and I knew that it was easier to take an actor in the direction of anger and rage than it was to find someone who was kinda a hunk or 6'5″ Native American and somehow turn him into that very sweet-natured persona that Taylor brings out so well to boot."

Bronson Pelletier had a meltdown at LAX

Bronson Pelletier, who played a member of Jacob's wolf pack, had a public relations nightmare on his hands after exhibiting some very bad behavior at LAX in December 2012. 

According to TMZ, Pelletier was first kicked off a plane after he was deemed "too intoxicated to fly" by officers. He was then told to wait for another flight, during which he allegedly began "urinating in public by the gate." Cops returned to the scene and arrested him for public intoxication.

After the incident, TMZ discovered that just one week prior, Pelletier had been arrested for felony meth and cocaine possession at a bar. He was later sentenced to two years' probation for the peeing incident.

Ashley Greene's apartment caught fire and the details were bizarre

In March 2013, the West Hollywood, Calif. condo of Ashley Greene was destroyed in a fire that killed one of her two dogs. According to TMZ, the fire, which began while Greene, her boyfriend and brother were sleeping, was initially believed to have been started by a candle; however, in October 2014, the building's manager, Adrian Mayorga, alleged that a glass crack pipe had been found inside Greene's apartment after the fire had occurred.

No evidence of a crack pipe was discovered; however, Greene still wound up having to settle a lawsuit filed by Mayorga (later identified as the building's doorman), who had "claimed he was hurt while running through the smoke-filled hallways, yelling for residents to flee," according to TMZ.

Nikki Reed's wild past

Back in early 2002, Nikki Reed and eventual Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke co-wrote the movie thirteen, based on Reed's tumultuous upbringing that involved feuds with her parents, sex, drugs and a whole lot of drama. "When she started changing from 12 to 13 years old, I saw her losing her joy," Hardwicke told the New York Daily News upon the film's release 2003. "She became so angry. It really freaked me out. I wanted her to get back to creative, rather than destructive, things."

While the film earned strong notices and an Oscar nomination for co-star Holly Hunter, Reed later admitted she "wasn't ready" for fame at age 15 and that thirteen hindered her relationship with her parents. She also admitted to Zooey magazine in 2012 that the film wasn't as autobiographical as she originally claimed. "thirteen was really hard on my family," she said (via Screener). "I wrote this movie about them and their flaws and imperfections and what it was like growing up. It was from one kid's perspective and not a well rounded one. You get older and it's like, how dare I portray my father as being a totally vacant careless schmuck?"

She also appears to have a much stronger relationship with her mother. Which, for anyone who saw thirteen, will come as a huge sigh of relief.