Kristen Stewart Felt “Enormous Pressure” to Be an LGBTQ+ Role Model

After years of struggling to find her voice, Kristen Stewart says she is finally relishing her queer identity.

While promoting the upcoming Happiest Season, the 30-year-old actress sat down with the film’s director, fellow queer icon Clea DuVall, to discuss the difficulties she faced in being able to openly discuss her dating life after coming out as queer. When she was 21, she entered her first relationship with another woman and recalled that she was “immediately asked if she was a lesbian.”

“And it’s like, ‘God, I’m 21 years old,’” she said in the interview for InStyle magazine. “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.”

Kristen said that there was a period of time where

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