Actress Kristen Stewart has been in the spotlight since she was a kid, with particular intensity after starring in the Twilight franchise. Her relationship with co-star Robert Pattinson was basically under a microscope, and when she was subsequently exposed for having an affair with an older married director, it was a huge deal. It wouldn’t be surprising if Stewart never wanted to be remotely public about her relationships again, but in a new interview with Harper’s Bazaar UK that came out Monday, she talks about why she has been open about her love of women.
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We are proud to present the October subscribers’ edition of @BazaarUK starring Kristen Stewart. After being catapulted into global stardom as a teenager in The Twilight Saga, Kristen Stewart moved on to more challenging roles, winning acclaim for her performances in thought-provoking independent films. Now, as she returns to the mainstream with Charlie’s Angels, she opens up about her fluid sexuality, directorial debut and finding the freedom to be herself. The October issue is available to buy on newsstands from Thursday 5 September. Interview by Sophie Elmhirst Kristen Stewart wears @chanelofficial Haute Couture top and Chanel sunglasses. Styled by @MirandaAlmond Photographed by @AlexiLubomirski Hair by @hairbyadir Make up by @JillianDempsey Manicure by Christina Conrad Stylist’s assistant @TillyWheating With thanks to @iamhannahridley @tommacklin @brookemace11 @avrilmair @jogoodby @tommacklinstudio and @justinepicardie @kiaanorange #kristenstewart #harpersbazaar #Chanel
Stewart doesn’t identify as either a lesbian nor a heterosexual—she wants no labels. She is attracted to all sorts of people, but she says she grew up in an environment where admitting to being attracted to someone of the same gender was considered damaging to a film career.
“I was informed by an old school mentality, which is – you want to preserve your career and your success and your productivity, and there are people in the world who don’t like you, and they don’t like that you date girls, and they don’t like that you don’t identify as a quote unquote ‘lesbian,’ but you also don’t identify as a quote unquote ‘heterosexual.’ And people like to know stuff, so what the (expletive) are you?’ “
She was even directly told that if she didn’t go out in public with her girlfriend, she’d have a much more successful trajectory, even passing through the Marvel cinematic universe.
“I have fully been told, ‘If you just like do yourself a favor, and don’t go out holding your girlfriend’s hand in public, you might get a Marvel movie,'” Stewart said. “I don’t want to work with people like that.”
(I think Stewart would be perfect for playing Captain Marvel’s girlfriend, just putting that out there.)
What ultimately saved her was the fact that she wanted to live a full life, not a half-hidden one so she could make more movies.
“I think I just wanted to enjoy my life. And that took precedence over protecting my life, because in protecting it, I was ruining it.” she said. “Like what, you can’t go outside with who you’re with? You can’t talk about it in an interview?
And she says things are changing quickly:
“I just think we’re all kind of getting to a place where—I don’t know, evolution’s a weird thing—we’re all becoming incredibly ambiguous,” she explained. “And it’s this really gorgeous thing.”
It’s true and it’s cool that Stewart has the confidence to be open about her experience, making the world a little less defined in a wonderful way.