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Kristen Stewart Opens Up About Her Girlfriend In Elle UK

"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."

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In an interview with Lotte Jeffs, Stewart discussed her current projects, her struggles with anxiety, and, for the first time, her relationship with Alicia Cargile.

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"I think also right now I'm just really in love with my girlfriend. We've broken up a couple of times and gotten back together, and this time I was like, 'Finally, I can feel again,'" Stewart said in the interview.

The 26-year-old actor went on to contrast how the public treated her relationship with actor Robert Pattinson and her current relationship with Alicia Cargile:

"When I was dating a guy I was hiding everything that I did because everything personal felt like it was immediately trivialised, 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."

She said that to hide her relationship would imply she's ashamed of it — which she is not. "I had to alter how I approached being in public. It opened my life up and I'm so much happier," she said.

When confronted about her love life last year, Stewart told Nylon, “Google me, I’m not hiding.” She elaborated that she didn't feel right having a big, formal "coming out" moment.

You can read portions of the interview here. The September issue will be available on newsstands Aug. 3.

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