Kristen Stewart Opens Up About Dating In Public & Coming Out As Queer
Kristen Stewart has opened up about dating in the public eye and coming out about her sexuality.
The 30-year-old Twilight star was interviewed by Instyle for the November 2020 issue, where she discusses dating and being asked if she is a lesbian.
She explained what she stands for, “The first couple of times I played queer characters I was not [openly] queer yet. I’m drawn to stories and people for a reason, and I think, by default, I represent what I stand for. I do think it’s important that we step into different roles and into other people’s shoes in order to really expand ourselves, albeit not ever taking up space for people who should be telling their own stories.”
Stewart talks about filming the Twilight franchise at such a young age, saying, “I was a kid. I definitely was never like, ‘OK, I’ve got this franchise on my back.’ If anything, that is an outsider’s perspective, which is one that I can share with you only now. Then, I had no idea.”
Kristen talks about dating in the public eye and the questions that come with that, she explained, “The fist time I ever dated a girl, I was immediately being asked if I was a lesbian. And it’s like, ‘God, I’m 21 years old.’ I felt like maybe there were things that have hurt people I’ve been with. Not because I felt ashamed of being openly gay but because I didn’t like giving myself to the public, in a way. It felt like such thievery. This was a period of time when I was sort of cagey.
Even in my previous relationships, which were straight, we did everything we could to not be photographed doing things-things that would become not ours. So I think the added pressure of representing a group of people, of representing queerness, wasn’t something I understood then. Only now can I see it.”
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