Watch: On ‘Daily Show,’ Robert Pattinson Bares Private Pain

Robert Pattinson in New York Monday night (Photo: Getty Images)

“Twilight” heartthrob Robert Pattinson bonded with Jon Stewart over Ben & Jerry’s ice cream Monday night as the “Daily Show” host tried to ease into a conversation about the turmoil in Pattinson’s private life.

“Ease” was really the operative word here, as Stewart refrained from pressing the 26-year-old actor too hard about his very public breakup with “Twilight” co-star Kristen Stewart (no relation to Jon) after she admitted publicly that she’d had an affair with director Rupert Sanders while working on the movie he directed her in, “Snow White and the Huntsman.”

In the wake of that revelation, Pattinson reportedly moved out of the house he shared with Stewart.

But the actor’s attempts to nurse his wounds in private have come up against a requirement of his profession — namely, promoting his new movie, “Cosmopolis” — which was why he came on “The Daily Show” Monday night.

Pattinson doesn’t happen to be booked for any other late-night shows at the moment, so Jon Stewart seems to have had the headline-making actor all to himself. In their segment Monday night on “The Daily Show,” Jon Stewart never mentioned Kristen Stewart’s name nor asked Pattinson direct questions about their breakup.

That doesn’t mean the subject was not addressed indirectly, however.

Watch Robert Pattinson on Monday’s “Daily Show”:
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Everyone who watched the show understood what Jon was referring to when he brought out two pints of ice cream and handed one to Pattinson. “We’re just a coupla gals talkin’!” Stewart said, as Pattinson, to his credit, laughed appreciatively.

“I want to avoid eating this because I’m gonna split my Spanx!” Pattinson joked.

Turning serious (or at least semi-serious), Stewart asked him: “Are you alright? I’m worried about you.”

Apparently at a loss for words, Pattinson evaded answering the question directly, but did point out how awkward it is to appear on a talk show while so much is going on in his private life. “This is the weird thing about these interviews,” he said. “… Now I’m going to sound like an idiot – my biggest problem in my life is that I’m cheap and I didn’t hire a publicist and every awkward interview … Normally actors get these things scripted [in advance] … I’m gonna hire a publicist.”

“Here is my wish for you,” said Stewart, “that you get to handle your business in private in your personal life. I wish you all the best. I really enjoy talking to you.”

They then moved on to the topic of Pattinson’s new movie.

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