Stewart was caught on camera kissing her married film director, Rupert Sanders, in 2012 and made a public apology to his family and Pattinson, 28, but the couple still split a year later under obvious scrutiny and publicized drama.
“S*** happens, you know?” Pattinson told Esquire U.K. “It’s just young people ... it’s normal! And honestly, who gives a s***?”
Pattinson also revealed what he thought was the toughest part of the split.
“The hardest part was talking about it afterwards," he said. "Because when you talk about other people, it affects them in ways you can’t predict. It’s like that scene in "Doubt" [with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman], where he’s talking about how to take back gossip? They throw all those feathers from a pillow into the sky and you’ve got to go and collect all the feathers.”
Pattinson remains in the public eye as he has tried to move on from a long-term relationship. He sold his home in Los Angeles earlier this year and, oddly enough, moved next door to former Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight.
“They photographed anyone who came up to the gate, anyone who rang the bell,” he said of his old home, "and they followed any car that came in and out."
That kind of scrutiny is not limited to the actor's home.
“I can’t go to hip places,” he said. “I have to find weird little restaurants on the fringes. But they’re so much nicer. I love empty bars. Any empty bar, actually.”
In the end, Pattinson cannot understand why paparazzi and the media still have him on their radar. He's not against joking about the situation.
“I think it goes through periods where you’re assigned ‘this is the guy to follow,'" he said of photographers in Hollywood. "But whenever I see a bunch of paparazzi hanging out, I always think, ‘Oh God, what have they found out! Oh, THAT love child! I totally forgot!”