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‘Breaking Dawn’ Vampire Contacts ‘Kill’ Kristen Stewart

'That is one thing I can't wait to say goodbye to,' she tells MTV News.
By Kara Warner, with reporting by Josh Horowitz


Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1"
Photo: Summit Entertainment

The dedicated Kristen Stewart fans out there are likely very well aware that she wears colored contact lenses for her role as Bella Swan in the "Twilight" movies. And in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2," Stewart dons the amber lenses her co-stars Robert Pattinson, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Jackson Rathbone and Kellan Lutz have been wearing for years as part of their official Cullen vampire clan costuming.

When MTV News caught up with Stewart recently, we asked about that experience and she revealed that, although she's experienced with contacts, her new vampire ones weren't much fun to wear.

"They are worse. The yellow ones sort of limit your vision even more, and so you feel a little bit more closed off," she said. "That is one thing I can't wait to say goodbye to, is the contacts. They just kill you. [They give you] dead face."

Pattinson recently told us he was delighted that his co-star had to suffer with the rest of them. "She's like, 'I wear contact lenses. Why do you always complain about yours?' " Pattinson said. "When she finally wore them and then was complaining about them every second of the day, it was kind of satisfying."

Stewart said the yellow lenses were totally worth the trouble, because she was so excited to play the vampire version of Bella.

"I've been waiting. To see her thrive anytime, it's — she's always so full of something that she knows, and it's like, at this point, you finally go, 'Oh, she was right,' and she can also go, 'OK, great, I'm not crazy, this was supposed to happen.' "

Stewart said Bella's previous feelings that she was different from others are validated in the final film. "The whole vampire thing, I wasn't excited to be white and all that; I was really more excited to finally get her there, because she wants it so bad."

Tonight, join MTV.com live from the "Breaking Dawn - Part 1" red-carpet premiere as we talk to your favorite stars about all things "Twilight"!

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Robert Pattinson Relishes Kristen Stewart’s Contact-Lens Discomfort

Stewart didn't understand why her co-star complained about his 'Twilight' vampire contacts until she had to wear her own.
By Kevin P. Sullivan, with reporting by Josh Horowitz


Robert Pattinson in "Breaking Dawn"
Photo: Summit Entertainment

Aside from ending what has been roughly five years of hard work and incredibly pale skin, "Breaking Dawn" brought a different type of satisfaction to Robert Pattinson. The end of the "Twilight Saga" meant that his co-star Kristen Stewart would finally understand the pain he's had to endure the entire time they've spent shooting the films.

It's not a great spoiler to say that Stewart's Bella will become a bloodthirsty, red-eyed vampire at some point during the two-part finale, whose first installment opens on November 18. This has been a long time coming for Bella, the fans and, it turns out, Pattinson.

Getting into character meant a change of eye color for Stewart and some vindication for her co-star. In the nicest way possible, Pattinson explained to MTV News' Josh Horowitz that knowing Stewart would have to experience the discomfort of his vampire contact lenses was "a great feeling."

Stewart had her own set of contacts to wear as the human version of Bella to turn her eyes brown, but those apparently did not hurt, unlike the gold contacts that Pattinson had worn since the beginning of the series. "She's like, 'I wear contact lenses. Why do you always complain about yours?' " Pattinson said.

When Stewart finally did change into her vampire eyes, Pattinson got what he had been waiting for. "When she finally wore them and then was complaining about them every second of the day," he admitted, "it was kind of satisfying."

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Romeo Santos on Reinventing Bachata, Befriending Jay-Z, Crazy Fan Tattoos

"We felt that [our music] was so unique that it could actually backfire on us," recalls Anthony "Romeo" Santos of formulating a modern bachata sound as part of NYC's Aventura. From the early Nineties through the group's 2011 breakup, Santos & Co. gave the once-rural, century-old Dominican genre a modern makeover, adding infectious hip-hop beats, crystalline R&B vocals and plenty of big-city swag to the style's signature slinky bongos and twinkling guitars. "We already had the perception from people that we weren't real bachateros. It was a bit scary because if you don't function in Dominican Republic with a bachata project, then most likely you won't function anywhere," says the Bronx-born Dominican–Puerto Rican singer.

That formula, however, proved to be wildly successful: The self-styled King of Bachata, who went solo in 2011, would turn the tropical style into a multimillion dollar empire. In 2014 he broke records as the first Latin artist in history to both headline and sell out Yankee Stadium for two consecutive nights. That same year Formula, Vol. 2 was certified 11 times platinum; one of the album's singles, "Propuesta Indecente," a tango-tinged song about a salacious encounter, currently holds over a billion YouTube views. Last year, Jay-Z enlisted Santos as the CEO of Roc Nation Latin.

The momentum continues with his follow-up Golden which dropped Friday – an 18-track Spanglish album that sees the crooner exploring electro-pop, bossa nova, vintage rock, reggaetón and jíbaro (a requinto-driven folk style from Puerto Rico), while remaining firmly planted in bachata. Santos' single "Imitadora" dethroned Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito" (the most streamed song of all time) on the Billboard Latin Airplay charts, and its accompanying video has already racked up nearly 25 million YouTube views in just a week. On Thursday, via a partnership with the nonprofit Notes for Notes, he became the first Latin star to light up the Empire State building. The iconic New York edifice beamed gold to match with the concept of Golden while displaying a light show to his latest single "Carmín."

Rolling Stone caught up with Romeo Santos at the 40/40 Club in New York where he walked us through the new record before its release. He held forth on numerous topics, from how he globalized a countryside genre to South America's infatuation for Romeo Santos portrait tattoos, and how he keeps reinventing his own bachata formula.

Madame Tussauds unveiled their Romeo Santos wax figure on Wednesday. What was your reaction when you first saw it?
They allow artists to have input in terms of what you can tweak here and change there, and it's been two good months that we've been doing that. The last images that I received, I was a bit concerned – to be super transparent with you – because I felt like it didn't really look like me. But then, I was like, "You know what? Let me not be a pain in the ass. Let's just move forward. It looks enough like me." And when I saw it in person, I was like, "Whoa!" I did not expect that to look like [me]. You definitely cannot appreciate it in pics. In person, it's a whole different dynamic.

Would you say Golden stands alone from the Formula Vol. 1 and 2 series?
I wanted to give [Formula] a rest. I didn't want to compare or relate it to a franchise. I felt the responsibility of doing an album that's a continuation of the same concept and format, that people would expect certain things. I also want to grow as an artist and reinvent myself. If you listen to Formula. Vol. 1 and 2 – not to take anything away from those albums; obviously the success speaks for itself – you can tell that it's a continuation. [Golden] has things I've never done before, and you never know, there might be a Golden, Vol. 2 at some point. I just felt like the album sounds a lot more refreshed. It has its own essence so it deserves its own title.

In the "Imitadora" video, the viewer sees you acting as an FBI agent. Is that an approach we'll be seeing more of from you?
I've always loved acting, and I do respect the craft. I don't want to be that guy que se inclina [that leans to it] because of my status as a musician. It takes a lot of practice and discipline, just like I've done it in the music business. If I don't have anything going on with music, then I would like to do that, but right now I'm so focused on todo lo que hago musical [everything that I do musically]. I'll tell you a story, at one point I was going to do a project in acting with Will and Jada [Pinkett Smith], which I know hit the media. And when I heard six or seven months, I was like, "Oh, my God, I would love to, but I got fans to feed." I didn't know how much of my time and work was needed. I did say that I would do it, but that it wasn't the moment.

Do you feel like Anthony Santos – you, when not in performance – has become one entity with Romeo Santos, the bachata king and master seducer, or do you keep that character separate from your private life?
Absolutely. There are certain things about Anthony where I can see Romeo in there, but not that much. I don't want to talk about myself like I'm a different person, but that's [the nature of] the question. I'll give you an example: ... I've created this character Romeo that shows a lot of confidence onstage, the seductive [side]. But when I come offstage, I've noticed how I'm nothing like Romeo. Let's just say if girls are complimenting me or coming on to me, I'm flattered but I wouldn't react the [same] way I would on stage. They throw me bras onstage and I may say the smoothest line, but I'm very shy in person, and I'm very conservative. ... In certain ways, [Romeo] could look arrogant but I think that's the character that people enjoy to see.

Being of Dominican–Puerto Rican descent, how was it navigating your multicultural experience growing up in New York?
It was great. I come from the Bronx, so I was exposed to every type of music you can think of. I go downstairs, and in one corner they're rocking salsa, and on another corner it's hip-hop. La vecina baja la ventana [the neighbor opens her window] and you hear merengue. When I started making music, I incorporated these sounds and elements. It was organic – I wasn't like, "Let me try to be down." At first it was a little bit overwhelming for traditional bachata fans because they weren't hearing any bachatero singing in Spanglish prior to Aventura. I'm glad that I have this background, and that I was born in the Bronx, because it gave me a unique sound.

"Girls throw me bras onstage and I may say the smoothest line, but I'm very shy in person."

Your music, even prior to your solo career, helped modernize bachata by giving it a hip-hop and R&B spin. Did you think from the get-go that this would be a winning formula?
I can tell you that Lenny [Santos of Aventura] and myself were pretty much the ones that created most of the music. ... But again, we were just having fun. At that moment we weren't really overthinking it. We probably took ourselves more seriously as we started functioning more and more – when we got to the point when we started realizing that we had a responsibility. This is some serious shit and we got to continue to feed people good music and reinvent ourselves. It was a challenge. ... We were fortunate to really [have an] impact in D.R. and in many other countries. It just became a virus.

You've been one of the few successful Latin musicians to not have to assimilate to the American market, but instead, you've had the U.S. mainstream cross over to you. Usher, Nicki Minaj, and Drake have all sang bachata songs alongside you.
That's part of the reason why I was super excited for the success of "Despacito." I'm not talking about the level of success, but a phenomenon like that probably happens every 50 years or so. I'm talking about the concept of bringing an artist like Justin Beiber into the Latin [market]. That's what I've been doing, even with Aventura, [like collaborating] with Akon and Wyclef. When I went on as a solo artist, I continued that but took it to another level with Usher and Drake.

There's a misconception in my opinion – but I think that it's fading away because of the success of "Despacito," which I'm so glad – and it's that we Latinos have to go do an American album, an English album, an Anglo production to cross over. I sold out two Yankee stadiums and all of my hits are in Spanish, and they're bachata. That's a sign that you don't have to do that, [assimilate]. The Number One song in the world is a reggaetón called "Despacito" and that's beautiful.

Your lyrics can sometimes be racy, but the music is delivered with sophistication. How do you balance those two elements?
That's a great question because it allows me to explain why I do certain things. I feel like as a songwriter, as I was saying earlier, I have a responsibility to feed my fans certain types of songs – but I know that not all fanáticos tienen edad [fans are of age]; they variate. Around 2014, I noticed that kids from five or seven [years old] were singing "Propuesta Indecente"! And I'm pretty sure they didn't know what the theme is about. So I start thinking: "Imagine if I do something to cater to those fans," and that's how I created "Héroe Favorito," [Golden's first single], which is a song where a lot of people were like, "Yo, but that's not Romeo's style." 

I feel like as an artist and a songwriter, I have to reach certain audiences and give people a little bit of everything. You listen to my production and there's not another "Héroe Favorito" because that was [made] especially for the kids. I obviously also wanted adults to appreciate it. You have to try to darle un poquito de todo [give a little bit of everything]. I like my music to be like a buffet. If you don't like this plate, there's another one for you.

People consider you the Jay-Z of Latin music. What do you think of that comparison?
That's an honor. I look up to Jay, and he's exactly what anyone wants to be. He's not only an amazing MC but also a mogul. Everything he touches se convierte en oro [turns to gold]. It's just an honor to be in the same room with this man. ... I'm not only here guiding [as the CEO of Roc Nation Latin], but I'm also learning. Recently I had the opportunity to be in a studio session with him, and I listened to his album [Magna Carta ... Holy Grail] before it hit the market. I don't know what I was enjoying more, the actual album – because it's amazing – or the experience of him speaking to other people highly about me. Those are moments that I value and will worship for the rest of my life.

I can honestly say that I have worked and collaborated with absolutely everyone [I admire]. The one that I would've loved to and is no longer with us is Michael Jackson. I would've also loved to do a bachata with Selena. That would've been insane.

Of all of your experiences onstage, what's one that stood out as the most unforgettable or outrageous?
Starting with Aventura, we suddenly reached a huge level of success, and I don't take that for granted. But the first time I experienced something shocking where I asked myself, "What's going on?" but in a good way, was in Argentina. I used to tour there a lot and the fan base are very emotional about showing you love. When you play certain venues in the U.S., even though the dudes love you, they'd probably say, "My girl loves you." Out there it's not like that, and a lot of male fans aren't shy to show how much they love you, [even if] they're there with their girlfriends. So I've seen something that blew my mind, like "Whoa!" This guy – and mind you, it started with one – we made eye contact, and he shows me his chest while I was performing. [It was] my face! I'm like, "What?!" Then like 10 minutes later, I see another guy with an arm tattoo that says, "The King Stays King." 

I know people that love me, that would probably take a bullet for me, but they ain't tattooing my face on no parts of their body. If you show that type of appreciation for me, it's special. A similar thing [happened] in Chile. That probably was by far one of the things that blew my mind. It was pretty impressive. I still can't believe it. 

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Linkin Park: Chester Bennington’s ‘Absence Leaves a Void That Can Never Be Filled’

Linkin Park issued a statement in memory of Chester Bennington, four days after the death of their lead singer.

Penned as a letter to Bennington, the band discuss their "grief and denial" following Bennington's death while also reminiscing about their time with the singer and the music they made together.

"Our hearts are broken. The shockwaves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has happened," Linkin Park wrote.

"You touched so many lives, maybe even more than you realized. In the past few days, we've seen an outpouring of love and support, both public and private, from around the world. [Bennington's wife] Talinda and the family appreciate it, and want the world to know that you were the best husband, son, and father; the family will never be whole without you."

Linkin Park continued, "Talking with you about the years ahead together, your excitement was infectious. Your absence leaves a void that can never be filled—a boisterous, funny, ambitious, creative, kind, generous voice in the room is missing. We’re trying to remind ourselves that the demons who took you away from us were always part of the deal. After all, it was the way you sang about those demons that made everyone fall in love with you in the first place. You fearlessly put them on display, and in doing so, brought us together and taught us to be more human. You had the biggest heart, and managed to wear it on your sleeve."

In the aftermath of Bennington's death, Linkin Park canceled their One More Light World Tour and provided contact information for suicide prevention groups on their website. In Monday's statement, the band admitted that the future of the band following Bennington's death is unclear.

"Our love for making and performing music is inextinguishable. While we don’t know what path our future may take, we know that each of our lives was made better by you," the band wrote. "Thank you for that gift. We love you, and miss you so much."

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