In a new interview with Esquire U.K., the 28-year-old Brit actor reflects on the public's intense fascination with his and Stewart's relationship, which ultimately ended after Stewart was caught cheating on him.
"S--t happens, you know?" the Twilight star laughed. "It's just young people...it's normal! And honestly, who gives a s--t?"
"The hardest part was talking about it afterwards," Pattinson added. "Because when you talk about other people, it affects them in ways you can't predict," he says. "It's like that scene in Doubt, 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."
Even though he and Stewart are no longer together, Pattinson is still the subject of constant attention from the media and paparazzi.
"I don't understand why," he told the mag. "I think it goes through periods where you're assigned 'this is the guy to follow'. 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!"
It's hard to remember when Pattinson wasn't an A-list celebrity, but the hunky star remembers the first time he felt like he'd officially made a name for himself in Hollywood.
"I remember when it happened," he said. "I was going to clubs in L.A. and you had to call the promoters ahead of time to get on the guest list. But one time I forgot to call, and I was on the list anyway. That's when I knew. I showed up with mustard down my T-shirt and they're like giving me the wink, 'Yeah, man, you're on the list.'"