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Rob Denies Saying He's Girlfriend-Free as Kristen Rumors Heat Up

Wonderwall, Wednesday, August 19, 2009, 9:49am (PDT)

Robert Pattinson's apparent cuddle-bunnies with Kristen Stewart at a Kings of Leon concert in Vancouver last weekend appeared to confirm what the rumor mill has been cranking out for months: The "Twilight" stars are more than just co-workers.

But the London Daily Mirror claims that shortly before they were snapped looking thisclose, the erstwhile Edward declared that he'd yet to find his real-life Bella.

"I don't have a girlfriend," he's quoted as sighing to the tab. "I don't know why."

So, is this an attempt at rumor deflection on the part of a privacy-seeking Pattinson, who just started shooting "Eclipse," the third installment of the vampire saga ("New Moon" hits theaters on Nov. 20)?

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Not so much, according to his rep, who tells GossipCop.com that the actor never spoke to the paper.

On the plus side, Rob can commiserate about the so-called "manufactured" interview with Kristen, who discusses the difficulties she's had dealing with the press with British magazine Dazed & Confused.

"The fact is, the paparazzi and most interviewers, they want your soul," gripes the actress gripes. "It's so scary because your persona -- and I guess I now have one, because people think of me in a certain way -- is all based entirely on quick snippets of crazed moments in your life. And that is what people then base their entire opinion of me on!"

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Adds Kristen, whose public awkwardness has become part of her charm, "Anything you say can come and bite you in the ass. It's not even like you say things you don't mean, it's just that sometimes they come out wrong."

Still, an "Eclipse" insider believes her quality time with Pattinson has put her a little more at ease.

"Kristen is like a different girl on set these days," the snitch enthuses to OK! magazine. "She is walking around with a smile on her face all the time and when Robert walks on set, she smiles even more. This is truly a young woman in love."

The mole claims the pallid pair is "definitely a couple," but "neither of them is rushing into anything. They are just having a good time hanging out ... While they aren't going to be hiding their relationship any longer, don't look for them to be flaunting it either. They're still both pretty private people."

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