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Kristen Stewart Is More Open + Public Than Ever

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Thanks to her girlfriend Alicia Cargile

When you choose a profession like acting, there's the automatic notion that you are choosing to become a "public figure." If you're successful, you will undoubtedly find yourself thrust into the frenzy of the spotlight, and your right to privacy becomes skewed, both legally and sociologically. While Kristen Stewart has been acting since she was a child, she, quite obviously, is not someone who enjoys having her personal life shared with the world. As is her right, she has continuously attempted to skirt questions about her relationships, wants, and desires in the press and at public events. Now, though, the 26-year-old is living her most authentic life away from, and in front of, the schools of paparazzi.

After years of rumors about her relationship to producer Alicia Cargile, she told us that she's no longer concealing her true self or sexuality. As she put it in our September 2015 cover story, "Google me, I’m not hiding." And while she's been photographed with Cargile and smooching Soko, she hasn't officially come out as someone who is romantically attracted to women and men. That is until her September Elle UK cover story.

"I think also right now I'm just really in love with my girlfriend," she said, in reference to Cargile. "We've broken up a couple of times and gotten back together, and this time, I was like, 'Finally, I can feel again.'"

As she also told the magazine, her relationship with Cargile has also helped her become more open to sharing pieces of herself in the public eye. "When I was dating a guy I was hiding everything that I did because everything personal felt like it was immediately trivialised, 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 continued. "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."

Going on record will undoubtedly help reduce the stigmas that somehow still exist with being LGBTQIA. Sexuality, like gender, is fluid, and hopefully, we are moving forward with having this truth become more widely accepted.

Cara Delevingne, Ashley Benson, and Agyness Deyn also star

Elisabeth Moss is trying to keep it together as punk rock artist Becky Something in the trailer for forthcoming movie Her Smell. She's surrounded by iconic faces who make up her band Something She, Gayle Rankin as Ali van der Wolff and Agyness Deyn as Marielle Hell, as she grapples with the fact that her musical prowess just doesn't draw as big a crowd as it used to.

In addition to the wavering fame, Becky is "grappling with motherhood, exhausted bandmates, nervous record company executives, and a new generation of rising talent eager to usurp her stardom," according to a press release. "When Becky's chaos and excesses derail a recording session and national tour, she finds herself shunned, isolated and alone. Forced to get sober, temper her demons, and reckon with the past, she retreats from the spotlight and tries to recapture the creative inspiration that led her band to success." And what's clear from the trailer, Moss is absolutely meant for this role, transforming into the punk on the brink of collapse.

Rounding out the cast are Ashley Benson, Cara Delevingne, and Dan Stevens. Watch the official trailer, below. Her Smell hits theaters on April 12 in New York and 14 in L.A., with "national expansion to follow."

Her Smell | OFFICIAL TRAILER HD www.youtube.com

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In an acceptance speech at the BRIT Awards

As The 1975 accepted the BRIT Award for Best British group, outspoken frontman Matty Healy shared the words of journalist Laura Snapes as a way of calling out misogyny that remains ever-present in the music industry. Healy lifted a powerful quote from Snapes' coverage of allegations against Ryan Adams for The Guardian: "Male misogynist acts are examined for nuance and defended as traits of 'difficult' artists, [while] women and those who call them out are treated as hysterics who don't understand art."

Snapes reacted almost immediately on Twitter, saying she was "gobsmacked, and honoured that he'd use his platform to make this statement." Snapes had originally written the line for an interview she published with Sun Kil Moon singer Mark Kozelek back in 2015, in response to Kozelek publicly calling her a "bitch" who "totally wants to have my babies" because she requested to speak in person rather than via e-mail, which she brought up in the more recent piece on Adams. Kozelek's vile response, and the misogyny that allowed it to play out without real consequences, it could be argued, could have easily played out in the same way in 2019, which makes her reiteration of the line, and Healy's quoting it on such a large platform, all the more important.

It should be noted that back in December, Healy caught a bit of heat himself on Twitter for an interview with The Fader in which he insinuated that misogyny was an issue exclusive to hip-hop, and that rock 'n' roll had freed itself of it. He clarified at length on Twitter and apologized, saying, "I kinda forget that I'm not very educated on feminism and misogyny and I cant just 'figure stuff out' in public and end up trivializing the complexities of such enormous, experienced issues."