During an interview for The New York Times’ T Magazine, Kristen opened up about her relationship with Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson and how it taught her a thing or two about her private life and professional life mixing. When the couple’s fans started referring to the pair as ‘Robsten’ Kristen got uncomfortable with her pro and personal identities merging.
“People wanted me and Rob to be together so badly that our relationship was made into a product. It wasn’t real life anymore. And that was gross to me,” Stewart says.
Stewart understands that as a high-profile actress with a huge fan base, audiences are naturally interested in her love life. Although she is now getting to grips with how much to share and not to share, the 26-year old still struggles to find the perfect balance.
“It’s not that I want to hide who I am or hide anything I’m doing in my life. It’s that I don’t want to become a part of a story for entertainment value.”
“I’m not the typical showman. But at the same time, I want so badly to expose myself. I want to be understood and I want to be seen, and I want to do that in the rawest, purest, most naked way I can.”
It wasn’t until recently, that Stewart confirmed she was dating visual-effects producer Alicia Cargile. Whilst showing T mags reporter Nicholas Haramis her private Instagram, Kristen openly declared her feelings for her girlfriend – “Look how cute she is. I love her so much.”
On realising how far she’s come in terms of dealing with ‘fame’, the actress seems more relaxed than ever in her relationship and comfortable with the good that can come from being honest to her fans.
“I would never talk about any of my relationships before, but once I started dating girls it seemed like there was an opportunity to represent something really positive. 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.”