Is that Rupert Sanders? Kristen Stewart is seen getting into a car with man who appears to be her former lover... on same day beau Robert Pattinson jets out of LA

It caused one of the biggest celebrity shocks of 2012 when details of Kristen Stewart's secret affair with married director Rupert Sanders came to light last summer.

But it would appear the 23-year-old actress has been spending time with her former lover once again, with new photographs showing her getting into a car with a man who bears an uncanny resemblance to the father-of-two.

The Twilight star, who first met the director when they worked on Snow White And The Huntsman together in 2011, was seen climbing into the passenger seat of a dark car after a night out with friends at Mexican restaurant Malo Taqueria in Silver Lake, California, on Sunday.

Is that Rupert Sanders? Kristen Stewart was seen getting into a car with a man who looked mysteriously like her former lover as she left Malo Taqueria in Silver Lake, California, last Sunday night

Mystery man: Kristen's companion looked like the former Snow White And The Huntsman director, who she was caught in a passionate clinch with last summer

In addition to Kristen's mystery male companion looking suspiciously like her former flame, the vehicle in question appeared to be a black Acura - the same model as the one owned by Sanders.

While MailOnline is awaiting comment from Kristen's spokesperson, it would appear the incident took place on the same day the star's Twilight co-star boyfriend, Robert Pattinson, jetted out of Los Angeles.

The starlet had been enjoying an evening out with a group at girlfriends at the Mexican eatery, the same location where Robert - who she briefly split from when details of her affair with Sanders came to light last year - threw her a romantic birthday party last week.

Similarities: Rupert owns a black Acura, the same vehicle that the car in the picture appears to be

Catching up? Kristen was seen sitting in the passenger seat of the dark vehicle after her evening out

Details of Kristen and Rupert's affair came to light when they were pictured cuddling and kissing in July 2012.

The brunette beauty immediately issued a grovelling public apology to her long-time love, Robert, with the pair briefly splitting, before briefly reconciling their romance.

She said at the time: '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.'

Girl time: The 23-year-old actress had spent the evening with a group of girlfriends after seeing beau Robert Pattinson jet out of Los Angeles earlier in the day

Keeping it casual: Kristen was dressed in her typically scruffy style, opting for a black hoodie, jeans and Converse trainers

Making plans: The Twilight starlet chatted with pals, before making her way off into the night with her male companion

Meanwhile, Sanders issued an equally gushing apology to his wife, Liberty Ross, 34, and their two children, Skyla, eight, and six-year-old son Tennyson.

He said: 'I am utterly distraught about the pain I have caused my family. My beautiful wife and heavenly children are all I have in this world. I love them with all my heart. I am praying that we can get through this together.'

While Kristen and Robert managed to get their relationship back on track, British model Liberty - who played Kristen's mother in the Snow White film - filed for divorce from Rupert in January, citing 'irreconcilable differences' as the reason behind the marital split.

Former flames: Details of Kristen's infidelity with married director Rupert came to light in July 2012, after they worked together on Snow White And The Huntsman in 2011

The raven-haired beauty petitioned for joint physical and legal custody of the couple's two children.

According to reports, Liberty couldn't move on from Rupert's infidelity with his leading lady, although the couple are understood to have attended counselling sessions late last year.

A friend said: 'Liberty tried for a reconciliation but it was impossible. The mistrust went too deep. The decision to divorce was hers.’

In happier times: Rupert's model wife, Liberty Ross, filed for divorce from the director in January, petitioning for joint physical and legal custody of the couple's two children Skyla, eight, and six-year-old son Tennyson

In her only public comments about the affair – in an interview at the end of last year – the model said: ?I believe that we’re all on journeys and we are all given lessons at certain times in our lives.

?Sometimes, when things seem really bad, you have to be able to see the good and learn from it and move forward as graciously as possible.’

Kristen is set to reprise her leading role in the Snow White And The Huntsman sequel later this year, but Rupert has been dropped from the project.

Still going strong: Kristen and Robert, pictured at Coachella festival last week, split briefly last year when details of the star's infidelity came to light, but worked hard to rekindle their relationship

Facing more heartbreak? Meanwhile, 3,000 miles away the Twilight stud, who turns 27 next month, was seen checking out of his New York hotel on Tuesday

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