By Caleigh Rykiss
Date March 8, 2017
Since she hit superstardom with the Twilight franchise, Kristen Stewart’s love life has been major tabloid fodder. It all started with her “life imitating art” romance with co-star Robert Pattinson and was further intensified after she got caught cheating on him with married Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders. (Still a very sensi topic for Twihards around the world.) Since that scandal in 2012, Steward has been seen with and rumoured to be dating multiple women in the industry. But despite the public interest, the actress has always kept extremely private when it comes to her romantic dealings—that is until now.
On her recent SNL appearance, Stewart uncharacteristically mentioned her sexuality, calling herself “so gay”—with humour, of course. But this was big for a woman who never wanted to draw attention to her private life. So why the shift? In a new interview with The Sunday Times, she revealed that her new-found comfort with coming out and going public about her private life is so she can inspire others. “I suddenly realized [my private life] affects a greater number of people than just me,” she said in the article. “It was an opportunity to surrender a bit of what was mine, to make even one other person feel good about themselves.” She said if it wasn’t for wanting to bring attention and awareness to the LGBT community, she probably wouldn’t be so eager to share, “If it didn’t seem like a relevant topic, like something that needed help, I would have kept my life private for ever.”
Here’s a look back at some of the most memorable and inspiring celebrities to come out of the closet.
In an interview with GQ, the musician said that coming out in a post on Tumblr in 2012 was both terrifying and relieving, saying, “The night I posted it, I cried like a f**king baby. It was like all the frequency just clicked to a change in my head. All the receptors were now receiving a different signal, and I was happy. I hadn’t been happy in so long…There’s just some magic in truth and honesty and openness.”
The Canadian actress came out in a bold and brave way—announcing it during a speech at the Time to THRIVE concert. She explained to the crowd, “I’m here today because I am gay. And because maybe I can make a difference. To help others have an easier and more hopeful time. Regardless, for me, I feel a personal obligation and a social responsibility.”
The outspoken star, who is a huge advocate for the LGBT community, revealed her pansexual identity in an interview with Variety, explaining, “I always hated the word ‘bisexual,’ because that’s even putting me in a box. I don’t ever think about someone being a boy or someone being a girl.” She also admitted that though it took her parents some time, they eventually accepted her orientation. “My first relationship in my life was with a chick. I grew up in a very religious Southern family. The universe has always given me the power to know I’ll be OK. Even at that time, when my parents didn’t understand, I just felt that one day they are going to understand.”
In an effort to bring attention to the inequalities that still exist for the LGBT community in Russia, Miller declined an invitation to the 2013 International Film Festival in Russia. In a letter to the fest, he said, “As someone who has enjoyed visiting Russia in the past and can also claim a degree of Russian ancestry, it would make me happy to say yes. However, as a gay man, I must decline.”
“What I can say absolutely is that I am in love, and that person happens to be Holland Taylor.” Paulson finally went public about her romance with the Two and a Half Men star to The New York Times last year, calling their love “the most wonderful and extraordinary thing.” She added, “If my life choices had to be predicated based on what was expected of me from a community on either side, that’s going to make me feel really straitjacketed, and I don’t want to feel that.”
Last month, the gay actress told Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist about the moment when she told her mom she felt different than the other girls. “I knew how I felt and what I kind of identified as…but, I didn’t know anyone else that was gay or a lesbian. So I didn’t really know how to word it. So I was just like, ‘I think I should let you know that when I eventually get a boyfriend, they’ll be a girl.’ And she was just like, ‘I know.'”Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic