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Coulrophobic: Robert Pattinson has revealed he is terrified of clowns after a traumatic incident during a family outing at the circus
Twilight star Robert Pattinson has revealed he is terrified of clowns after a traumatic incident at the circus when he was a child.
The 24-year-old actor said he was turned into a coulrophobic after a family outing to the Big Top ended with the death of one of the clowns.
And now, despite playing the fearless vampire Edward Cullen in the Twilight film series, Robert admits he hasn't been able to shake his phobia.
Admission: Twilight actor Robert Pattinson opened up to Ellen DeGeneres about getting suspended from primary school
He told America's Today Show: 'The first time I went to the circus somebody died. One of the clowns died.
'His little car exploded. The joke car exploded on him. Seriously. Everybody ran out. It was terrifying.'
And Robert isn't the only famous coulrophobic - Johnny Depp and P. Diddy have previously admitted being irrationally scared of the beings.
Meanwhile, Robert, who is currently promoting new movie Water For Elephants, also revealed to U.S. TV host Ellen DeGeneres that he was once suspended from school because he tried to stop other children from killing snails.
The actor also had his beloved Top Trumps cards confiscated and his teacher threw all the saved snails in the bin, he said.
Casual: Seen here later in the day arriving to record an interview with chat show host Jimmy Kimmel
Robert Pattinson on Ellen 2011