"Because when you talk about other people, it affects them in ways you can't predict.co-star—earning them the nickname "Robsten"—taught her a lesson in what happens when her personal and professional identities merged. "It's not that I want to hide who I am or hide anything I'm doing in my life. But at the same time, I want so badly to expose myself," the 26-year-old actress says."I hated it that details of my life were being turned into a commodity and peddled around the world.It was an opportunity to surrender a bit of what was mine, to make even one other person feel good about themselves."For Stewart, dating Pattinson yielded more attention than she ever wanted.The one-time co-stars—whose three-year courtship came to a screeching halt in 2012 amid a Stewart-driven cheating scandal— found a unique comfort in attempting to navigate the often debilitating highs and lows that accompanied their sudden skyrocket to super-stardom together.
"The hardest part was talking about it afterwards," Pattinson added.The 26-year-old actress shared that she "didn’t talk about my first relationships that went public because I wanted things that are mine to be mine.I hated it that details of my life were being turned into a commodity and peddled around the world." But as she's gotten older — and experienced firsthand more of the positive and negative sides to superstar levels of fame — she has realized that relationship struggles are a universal experience, and they affect "a greater number of people than just me.But considering I had so many eyes on me, I suddenly realized [my private life] affects a greater number of people than just me.It was an opportunity to surrender a bit of what was mine, to make even one other person feel good about themselves." Stewart elaborated that she tried to keep her romance with the British actor, 30, private, but the constant media attention made that difficult.