Edward and Bella are so together, so that means Jacob's like, you know, still free. - Stephenie on "Eclipse" book tour in Chicago, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NveVeGK9vw
"Does this love [for Jacob] devaluate her love for Edward? Not for me. For me, it makes that perfect true love stronger. Bella has another option. She has a really good one. An option that's easier in many ways, that takes nothing—like her family, present or future—away from her. She would have love, and friendship, and family—an enviable human future. But she chooses Edward over all of this. This makes it real for me. - Stephenie's website, Eclipse FAQ, http://www.stepheniemeyer.com/ecl_faq.html
Hope this helps people not to worry... as far as I can make out, Meyer is being straight with us. She doesn't seem to be the type to lie about her characters.