Kristen Stewart has revealed she feels "happier" and more open about her love life now that she's in a relationship with a woman.
The notoriously private actress, who previously dated Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson and actor Michael Angarano, told Elle UK that she's "really in love" with her producer girlfriend Alicia Cargile.
“When I was dating a guy I was hiding everything that I did because everything personal felt like it was immediately trivialized, so I didn't like it," she said.
"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," she went on. "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."
Stewart and Cargile were rumoured to have been dating on and off since last year and the pair are regularly photographed together.
"Right now I'm just really in love with my girlfriend," Stewart says. "We've broken up a couple of times and gotten back together, and this time I was like, 'Finally, I can feel again'".
Earlier this year Stewart told Variety she felt pressure to “have some answer” about her sexuality but didn’t want to put a label on herself.
“I was like, ‘F—k, how do I define that?’ I’m not going to,” she said.
It follows on from her telling Nylon, “I think in three or four years, there are going to be a whole lot more people who don’t think it’s necessary to figure out if you’re gay or straight. It’s like, just do your thing."