In what might be the best makeover red carpet moment of the year so far, Kristen Stewart shocked everyone at the Los Angeles premiere of her new movie Personal Shopper with her platinum shaved head. She balanced the look with a smudged kohl eye and nude lip and what could’ve been Charlize Theron in Mad Max was instead a softly sublime freaking rock star.
But it’s not just her trademark cool looks and aura that has people talking. For nearly a decade, Stewart’s private life has been widely dissected, particularly her relationship with Robert Pattinson. When that ended, we’re sure it was somewhat of a relief to no longer be so exposed. But then last summer, Stewart was photographed with a woman, and she started getting a different kind of attention. This time, though, she’s opening up.
“I didn’t talk about my first relationships that went public because I wanted things that are mine to be mine,” she told the U.K.’s Sunday Times. “I hated that details of my life were being turned into a commodity and peddled around the world.”
But after being photographed with an on-again, off-again girlfriend Alicia Cargile (then later with St. Vincent and Stella Maxwell), she realized she could help spread a positive message of acceptance.
“Considering I had so many eyes on me, I suddenly realized [my private life] affects a greater number of people than just me,” she said. “It was an opportunity to surrender a bit of what was mine, to make even one other person feel good about themselves.”
She continued: “If it didn’t seem like a relevant topic, like something that needed help, I would have kept my life private forever. When I was dating Rob, the public was the enemy — and that is no way to live.”
Her public reveal that she was gay came in February while hosting Saturday Night Live. During her monologue, Kristen talked about President Trump‘s tweets about her in 2012, and said, “But Donald, if you didn’t like me then, you’re probably really not going to like me now because I’m hosting SNL and I’m, like, so gay, dude.'”
As for why she decided to come out publicly, she said, “It just seemed important, and topical.” Stewart also reiterated that her coming out “wasn’t this grand statement, ‘I was so confused! Now I’ve realized who I am!’ I have not been struggling.”
Not that she owes anyone anything but good for her for just coming out in a very K-Stew way — nonchalant, confident, whatevs. And her new ‘do, which is reportedly for an upcoming role? Matches the rest of her perfectly. Damn, girl.