Kristen Stewart Discussed Coming Out as Queer and Becoming More Open With Relationships

Starr Bowenbank
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Photo credit: Theo Wargo - Getty Images
Photo credit: Theo Wargo - Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

  • Kristen Stewart opened up abut her sexual identity with direction Clea Duvall.

  • In the interview, Kristen talks becoming more comfortable with being with her partners in public and coming out as queer.

One of the many reasons why people adore Kristen Stewart—you know, aside from her serious acting chops—is because she is a queer icon. She's unapologetically herself and dates whoever the hell she wants! But it wasn't always like that for Kristen, especially earlier in her acting career while she was becoming one of Hollywood's brightest young stars. Now, Kristen is shedding light on why she's now comfortable with showing her relationships more publicly and is explaining her journey of coming out as queer.

In her cover story for InStyle, Kristen sat down with Clea Duvall, the director of Kristen's upcoming film Happiest Season, which is "about a woman named Harper, played by Mackenzie Davis, who has yet to come out to her family but brings her girlfriend, Abby, played by Stewart, home for Christmas." Clea asked Kristen if her personal experience drew her to being in the movie, to which Kristen replied:

"Yeah. 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.' 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. Retrospectively, I can tell you I have experience with this story. But back then I would have been like, 'No, I'm fine. My parents are fine with it. Everything's fine.' That's bullshit. It's been hard. It's been weird. It's that way for everyone."

Later in the interview, Kristen also talked about experiencing pressure to be an advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community.

"I did more when I was younger, when I was being hounded about labeling myself. I had no reticence about displaying who I was. I was going out every day knowing I'd be photographed while I was being affectionate with my girlfriend, but I didn't want to talk about it. I did feel an enormous pressure, but it wasn't put on me by the [LGBTQ+] community," Kristen shared. "People were seeing those pictures and reading these articles and going, 'Oh, well, I need to be shown.' I was a kid, and I felt personally affronted. Now I relish it. I love the idea that anything I do with ease rubs off on somebody who is struggling. That shit's dope! When I see a little kid clearly feeling themselves in a way that they wouldn't have when I grew up, it makes me skip."

Clearly, Kristen doesn't feel the same pressures she once did when she was younger, and TBH, we love to see it!

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