Kristen Stewart (Pic: Georges Biard)
Kristen Stewart, one of the most high profile LGBT stars in Hollywood, says that bisexual people are not confused.
“I don’t want to seem presumptuous, because everyone has their own experience,” she told The Guardian. “The whole issue of sexuality is so grey. I’m just trying to acknowledge that fluidity, that greyness, which has always existed. But maybe only now are we allowed to start talking about it.”
Stewart’s most famous romantic relationship was with her former Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson, but she’s also been linked to female partners, including, most recently, model Stella Maxwell.
Stewart has often refused to define her sexual identity and has said that she embraces the “ambiguity of life”. Last month, while appearing on Saturday Night Live (SNL), the 26-year-old-star addressed President Trump, telling him: “I’m like, so gay, dude”.
When asked by The Guardian if she believes she’s played a role in increasing awareness about sexual fluidity and the LGBT community, she responded: “Individually we are all part of that change and so I can take some credit for it, I guess – there’s no reason why I should shy away from that.”
Stewart, who is promoting her new film Personal Shopper, also acknowledged that despite great progress towards inclusivity and acceptance, “people still have some horrendous fucking experiences”.
She continued: “But it’s cool that you don’t have to nail everything down any more. That whole certainty about whether you’re straight or gay or whatever.”
Stewart added: “You’re not confused if you’re bisexual. It’s not confusing at all. For me, it’s quite the opposite.”
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, she also spoke about her “so gay” declaration on SNL. “In that moment, to make it normal and cool and completely unashamed? It felt really cool,” she said with a smile.
Bisexual role models are much needed in the face of widespread biphobia and bisexual erasure (the idea that bisexuality is not a legitimate sexuality). These are not only phenomena in wider society but also within the LGBT community itself, in which bisexual people are often seen as “confused” or too fearful of coming out as gay or lesbian.