Kristen Stewart is proud of her sexuality and she doesn’t care who knows it!
Despite being incredibly private, the 26-year-old actress came out on “Saturday Night Live” last month, calling herself “so gay.” Now Stewart has opened up about why she took that moment to go public with her sexuality.
“Honestly, I think it was just funny,” she told E! News. “Not to diminish the point because I think that saying things so bluntly is absolutely important, but at the same time, the only reason I haven't ever done that is because there is an ambiguity to that and I wanted things to be really real for me.”
She also added that she didn’t realize the statement would make such an impact.
“It wasn't like, ‘Let's do this thing that's going to be so important,’” she continued. “I just thought it was like a nice, light... and also yeah, I'm so utterly proud that I've had so many people be like, ‘Thank you,’ and I'm like, ‘No, thank you.’ It's kind of mutual, full circle.”
Stewart never used to be so open about her personal life. When she previously dated her “Twilight” costar Robert Pattinson, for instance, she refused to publicly acknowledge the relationship.
Last year, Stewart explained her change in attitude towards her love life, saying: “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.”
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson attend the 'Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2' premiere in 2012.
The “Personal Shopper” star reiterated this sentiment in a recent interview with London’s Sunday Times.
“I didn't talk about my first relationships that went public because I wanted things that are mine to be mine,” she told the paper. “But considering I had so many eyes on me, I suddenly realized [my private life] affects a greater number of people than just me. It was an opportunity to surrender a bit of what was mine, to make even one other person feel good about themselves.”
She also clarified that she “wasn’t hiding anything” by staying quiet about her sexuality.
Stewart believes her coming out was “important” and “topical,” and she’s right. Not only was it a shout out to the LGBTQ community, but also a stand against U.S. President Donald Trump, who has threatened LGBTQ rights and protections.
On Twitter, many have (and still are) applauding Stewart’s coming out.
kristen stewart said "im so gay" on saturday night live thank you kristen stewart me too
— PECAN BUTTER (@EMOGOTH420) February 5, 2017
I know it's been a few days but I'm still living for Kristen Stewart saying "I'm so gay, dude".. like it's given my life purpose
— Shannon Beveridge (@nowthisisliving) February 9, 2017
ok but kristen stewart saying "i'm, like, so gay, dude" is the most relatable thing. im pretty sure that's verbatim how i came out @ work
— Major Tom 🤖 (@felickity) February 6, 2017
Starting a self-help group for people who are still clapping Kristen Stewart for saying she is "so gay" in her SNL monologue
— kimberly (@ri0tgrrrl) March 1, 2017
kristen stewart saying the words "i'm so gay" just blessed 2017 for the lezzys wow
— Briggitte (@briggittetorrec) February 7, 2017
Way to go, Kristen!