Kristen Stewart opens up about feeling 'enormous pressure' to publicly come out

MEGAN STONE
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Kristen Stewart sat down for an honest interview with InStyle about her past, specifically the pressure she faced when she was first romantically linked with another woman.

The "Twilight" actress was promoting her upcoming movie "Happiest Season" -- a film about a lesbian couple, where one of the two women has yet to come out to her conservative parents -- and admitted that she personally relates to the characters because of her own coming out experience.

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"The first 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,'" Stewart, 30, recounted. "I felt like maybe there were things that have hurt people I've been with."

Because her romantic life immediately became a front page story, she explained she began closing herself off "not because I felt ashamed of being openly gay but because I didn't like giving myself to the public."

PHOTO: Kristen Stewart at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on Jan. 7, 2020 in Los Angeles. (AxeAxelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic/Getty Images )
PHOTO: Kristen Stewart at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on Jan. 7, 2020 in Los Angeles. (AxeAxelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic/Getty Images )

Stewart added that her feelings about the media demanding such personal information from her "felt like such thievery."

"The added pressure of representing a group of people, of representing queerness, wasn't something I understood then," she added. "I was being hounded about labeling myself."

"I did feel an enormous pressure, but it wasn't put on me by the [LGBTQ+] community," the "Panic Room" actress added. "I was a kid, and I felt personally affronted."

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Now things are different for Stewart, who happily admitted, "Now I relish it. I love the idea that anything I do with ease rubs off on somebody who is struggling."

"Happiest Season" is currently slated to open in theaters Nov. 25.

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