Since becoming one of the most recognizable actresses in the world, Kristen Stewart has cautiously become more open about her sexuality. She famously dated her Twilight costar Robert Pattinson for years before becoming tied romantically to Alicia Cargile, French pop singer Soko, and model Stella Maxwell over the past few years. But in a new interview with Harper’s Bazaar, she found herself in the exhausting position of explaining that she is indeed still bisexual.
While the full transcript of the Harper’s interview is not available online, the publication's website does tease several excerpts from the magazine piece, like the lead-in to one of her quotes that read, “On being in love,” which indicates the interviewer forced her into the position of justifying her relationships.
"I've been deeply in love with everyone I've dated. Did you think I was faking it? I've always really embraced a duality,” Stewart said. “And really, truly, believed in it and never felt confused or struggling. I just didn't like getting made fun of,” she said referring to her reticence to speak about relationships early in her career.
Not one to suffer fools, Stewart gave answers about her love life that indicated the process of continually defending her bisexuality was draining, something bi people know all too well.
But the Harper’s writer wasn’t finished attempting to excavate Stewart’s romantic life with a single question and asked if she would date men again. The publication even teased the answer with the subhead, “On dating men again…” as if the answer confirming that she’s bisexual and always has been was a revelation.
"Yeah, totally. Definitely… Some people aren't like that. Some people know that they like grilled cheese and they'll eat it every day for the rest of their lives,” Stewart said. “I want to try everything. If I have grilled cheese once I'm like, 'That was cool, what's next?'"
Since the Harper’s interview was posted earlier this week, several media outlets have run with headlines teeming with a sense of incredulity over her admission of the obvious.
To be fair, during the opening monologue of her excellent hosting gig on Saturday Night Live this past February, Stewart joked about Donald Trump’s obsession with her ex Pattinson and how Trump had tweeted often when they were dating that Pattinson should dump her. Stewart’s conclusion was that if Trump didn’t like her when she was with Pattinson, he really wouldn’t like her now because, "I'm, like, so gay, dude." The moment was hilarious and celebratory, considering it was the most open Stewart had been about her sexuality to that point, and she appeared to say it with complete abandon. But her use of the word “gay” did not mean that she was no longer bisexual. It just happened to be the word she chose in that moment to drive the point home.
It’s not surprising that gossip sites like PopCrush ran the tone-deaf headline “’So Gay’ Kristen Stewart Would Still Date Men,” but even CNN ran a story with the head “Kristen Stewart Would Still Date Men.”
With the barrage of breaking news coming from Stewart nemesis Trump’s White House, here’s a news flash for CNN: Bisexual people date different genders. It’s not shocking.