Kristen Stewart Publicly Discusses Relationship With Girlfriend For The First Time

"I’m just really in love with my girlfriend."

By Eric Shorey

Remember how tabloids and blogs used to always make fun of Kristen Stewart's unsmiling countenance? And how that was messed up because why are women expected to smile all the time? Well now Kristen's finally got something to be happy about: her girlfriend!

In a recent interview with Elle UK, Stewart discussed her not-so-secret years-long relationship with on-and-off girlfriend Alicia Cargile. This marks a big change for the actress, who hasn't publicly discussed developments in her romantic life for a while now.

Stewart never celebrated an official coming out (which is cool and fine and kind of not really our business?), but she had never exactly been secretive either: “Google me. I’m not hiding,” she told Nylon winkingly in August 2015, acknowledging that she had been seen PDA-ing with ladies for a while.

Now, Stewart's getting specific about her current and past relationships. Here's her quote from the most recent Elle interview:

“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. 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. 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.”

Considering Stewart's reputation for grumpiness, it's nice to hear her express happiness effusively: “I think also right now I’m just really in love with my girlfriend," she said. "We’ve broken up a couple of times and gotten back together, and this time I was like, ‘Finally, I can feel again.’”

Kristen Stewart is set star in Woody Allen's Café Society, which will debut on September 2. Her cover issue of Elle UK will be available on August 3rd.

Check out a cute pic of Kristen and Alicia (proudly) dodging paparazzi. 

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