Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart try to minimize awkwardness by pulling out of ‘Twilight’ events

Taylor Bigler Entertainment Editor
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Imagine walking into a social gathering of some sort — a summer barbecue, perhaps — and spotting your ex-girlfriend/boyfriend standing across room for the first time since the non-amicable split. You knew he/she would be there, but the awkward tension between the both of you could be cut with a knife.

Now, imagine doing that with hundreds of screeching tweens taking photos of you and every entertainment news outlet filming it. It would pretty much suck, right?

Well, in order to avoid this situation, both Robert Pattinson (the wronged) and Kristen Stewart (the wrongdoer), have pulled out of four scheduled “Twilight” conventions in the months running up to the premiere of the final movie in the franchise, “Breaking Dawn Part II.”

Taylor Lautner has also pulled out of the conventions, although he is not apart of the cheating scandal as far as we know.

After Stewart was photographed getting handsy with her married, father-of-two “Snow White and the Huntsman” director in late May, she has all but disappeared. Nobody has caught a glimpse of her, even in paparazzi-swarmed Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, a broken-hearted Pattinson was contractually obliged to hit the red carpet and talk-show circuit last week to promote his weird new movie “Cosmopolis.”

The actor appeared visibly uncomfortable during his broadcast interviews with “The Daily Show,” “Good Morning America” and MTV. Most of the interviewers danced around the Stewart issue, but managed to bring it up in vague-yet-cringeworthy ways.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times last week, Pattinson made his opinon on the media very clear.

“Media culture is a monstrous thing,” he said. “You can’t win. The annoying thing is that you can’t attack them, but you can’t defend yourself. The best thing you could possibly do is punch a paparazzi and give them their big payday.”

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