Kristen Stewart On Dating Robert Pattinson: “The Public Were The Enemy”
Kristen Stewart opened up about her relationship with Robert Pattinson and why she decided to come out in a new interview with The Sunday Times.
During the chat, which covered topics both professional and personal, Stewart explained why she shied away from discussing her romance with Pattinson while they dated, and why she’s more open now. “I wasn’t hiding anything. I didn’t talk about my first relationships that went public because I wanted things that are mine to be mine. I hated it that details of my life were being turned into a commodity and peddled around the world,” she said.
“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,” Stewart said of coming out and publicly embracing her sexuality. “If it didn’t seem like a relevant topic, like something that needed help, I would have kept my life private for ever.”
She continued, “But then I can’t walk outside holding somebody’s hand, as I’m followed everywhere. When I was dating Rob, the public were the enemy, and that is no way to live. It wasn’t this grand statement: ‘I was so confused! Now I’ve realized who I am!’ I have not been struggling. It just seemed important, and topical [to come out].”
Stewart acknowledged during the interview that she is not universally loved by all Twilight fans. In fact, the Sunday Times reporter recounted the alleged backlash he received on social media from supposed Pattinson fans when he once deemed the actor’s ex-girlfriend “perhaps the best film actress under 30.” Stewart was apparently amused upon hearing this, laughing, “Because they disagreed with you? Because they were, like, ‘F*ck her?’”
“I don’t view the whole Twilight blow-up as being generally traumatic,” the star admitted. “It would take someone with a really unhealthy amount of ego to be upset that everyone doesn’t love them. It would be silly to say I don’t care what people think of my work and who I am, but stuff is polarizing, period.”
And she still greatly values her time with the franchise. Stewart noted, “I really never felt bogged down by Twilight… Every step turns you into the person you are, and yeah, [Twilight] shaped me enormously. Not just those movies, but the subsequent effect.”