Robert Pattinson became an international superstar thanks to the “Twilight” franchise, but said the overnight fame and fan mania drove him crazy.
Pattinson, who played the dashing vampire Edward Cullen in five Twilight movies, said his life is exponentially better now that his Twilight fame has subsided.
“I had people sitting outside my house every single day, and it drove me crazy,” Pattinson told NME. “I didn’t go into a supermarket for about six years.”
Rob continued: “But now I can go in and chat to the guy who’s working there about his kids, or where he’s going on holiday, and not be thinking, ‘Is he gonna sell me out?’ I just don’t have to think about that stuff anymore.”
Twi-mania shifted into overdrive, thanks to Pattinson’s romance with co-star Kristen Stewart.
Kristen publicly apologized to Rob, but the damage was done, and their once-close relationship eventually fell apart.
Pattinson is now engaged to singer FKA Twigs, but is appalled by the racist abuse she has experienced from fans, who feel Rob is too good for her.
“I was talking to my dad about this and I bet him that if he looked up Nelson Mandela’s funeral on YouTube, the first comment would be a racist one,” said Rob.
“It was, with like a million upvotes. What I don’t get is why? I think it’s because most normal people are not commenters – I’ve never met anyone who’s left a comment on anything.”
Pattinson said people who post comments on online articles are demons. “It’s just demons who live in basements,” said Rob.
“You have this weird thing where you end up trying to fight against this faceless blob, where the more you hate it, the bigger it gets, because it’s all in your head.”
The self-deprecating Pattinson admits he despises fame because he’s a self-conscious, insecure person.
“I’m the most uncomfortable person in the world,” said Rob. “It’s taken me a really long time to find out what my voice is, or even if I had the right to say anything at all.”
Pattinson continued: “A lot of people, when they’re really young, tend to be like, ‘I’ve got something to say and I want everyone to hear it!’ But I’ve never wanted anyone to hear what I’m saying, because it’s probably stupid.”