The Twilight star confessed that he struggles to cope with the intense press interest surrounding his relationship with Stewart.
"Media culture is a monstrous thing," Pattinson told the Los Angeles Times.
"You can't win," he continued. "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."
Stewart recently cancelled her upcoming appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards. This appearance would have seen her publicly reunite with Pattinson for the first time since news broke of her affair with Rupert Sanders.
The 22-year-old actress will reportedly make her red-carpet return at next month's Toronto Film Festival.