American actress, Kristen Jaymes Stewart has opened up about her sexuality and revealed for the first time that she has a girlfriend.
She opens up about her “love” for Alicia Cargile in her new Elle UK cover story. It marks the first time the actress has spoken on the record about having a girlfriend.
She’s quoted as saying in the magazine’s September issue, “I think also right now I’m just really in love with my girlfriend. We’ve broken up a couple of times and gotten back together, and this time I was like, ‘Finally, I can feel again.’”
Stewart attributes her newfound openness to what she’s learned over the years from dating both men and women. “When I was dating a guy I was hiding everything that I did because everything personal felt like it was immediately trivialized, so I didn’t like it,” she says, seemingly referring to her relationship with Robert Pattinson. “We were turned into these characters and placed into this ridiculous comic book, and I was like, ‘That’s mine. You’re making my relationship something that it’s not.’ I didn’t like that.”
“But then it changed when I started dating a girl,” continues Stewart. “I was like, ‘Actually, to hide this provides the implication that I’m not down with it or I’m ashamed of it, so I had to alter how I approached being in public. It opened my life up and I’m so much happier.”
She adds, “Information is not being stolen from me anymore because I don’t hide any of it. What I care about is living in a truthful way, and I really am.” Stewart is one of five stars to be deemed an “icon of change” and score their own Elle UK cover for the new issue. The actress’ full interview will hit newsstands on August 3. Check out a behind-the-scenes video from the photo shoot below!