Kristen Stewart Feels A Responsibility To The LGBT Community

Ever since Kristen Stewart endeared herself to Twilight fans in 2008, her personal life has been of great interest to fans, which, in turn, caused Stewart to want to keep that part of herself as secret as possible. Some, including Kristen herself, suggest that her desire for anonymity is what sabotaged her relationship with Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson. Now, as she looks back on that Twilight romance and forward to a future with current girlfriend Alicia Cargile, Stewart has come to realize that she owes something to her LGBT fans and to Cargile and herself, but what of Twilight‘s Robert Pattinson?

Twilight Icon Kristen Stewart Never Meant To Hurt Robert Pattinson

In a recent interview, Stewart used the word “gross” in describing her past relationship with Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson, a remark which Pattinson reportedly took to heart. International Business Times reports that, upon learning of Kristen’s remark, the Twilight actor was “deeply wounded” by the insult. In turn, Kristen has expressed concern, because it was never her intention to make Pattinson feel harmed by her words.

“Kristen’s intention with talking about her past relationship with Rob had nothing to do with trying to hurt him or disrespect him in any way,” a source close to Stewart said. “The reason she was so candid was to show Alicia [Cargile] how much she loves her and how invested she is in their relationship.”

To be clear, the initial comment in which Stewart uses the word “gross” isn’t directed at her Twilight co-star as much as it is directed at the relationship and the media interest in it.

“People wanted me and Rob to be together so badly that our relationship was made into a product,” Ms. Stewart said in her original comment. “It wasn’t real life anymore. And that was gross to me.”

While Stewart felt forced to hide her relationship with her Twilight co-star, due to the overwhelming fame that the Twilight film franchise created for its stars, Kristen says she no longer feels that pressure. If anything, Stewart says dating Alicia plays just the opposite type of pressure on her, where she feels compelled to be more open about her relationship than was the case with Pattinson.

Kristen Stewart Explains Why She Feels She Owes Something To The LGBT Community

In dating men, Kristen Stewart explains to Vogue that fan interest was just intense curiosity, but once she began dating women, the former Twilight actress says she found an opportunity to do something positive with that interest. Additionally, Kristen recognizes that to hide her current relationship would create negative connotations, implications that she felt she was doing something wrong, which wouldn’t have been the case when dating Pattinson.

“I still want to protect my personal life, but I don’t want to seem like I’m protecting the idea, so that does sort of feel like I owe something to people.”

During the interview, Stewart scrolls through pictures of herself with Ms. Cargile, sharing them with the interviewer.

“I love her so much,” says Stewart.

Kristen added that she has never wanted to hide any of her relationships, past or present, out of shame and that she would never want a lover to feel he or she wasn’t valued as a partner. Her purpose for trying to maintain a sense of privacy is to avoid having her personal life exploited for its entertainment value. Instead, Ms. Stewart would prefer that her fans get their enjoyment out of her on-screen performances and leave her to live her personal life in peace.

“It’s not that I want to hide who I am or hide anything I’m doing in my life,” says Kristen. “It’s that I don’t want to become a part of a story for entertainment value.”

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