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July 27, 2016 12:20 PM EDT

Kristen Stewart opened up about her sexuality and revealed for the first time that she has a girlfriend in Elle UK‘s September issue.

The 26-year-old actress talked about her on-again, off-again relationship with film producer Alicia Cargile in a ranging and unusually candid interview.

“Right now I’m just really in love with my girlfriend,” Stewart told the magazine. “We’ve broken up a couple of times and gotten back together, and this time I was like, ‘Finally, I can feel again.'”

Stewart and Cargile have been spotted out together, including as they returned from the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

The Café Society actress also told Elle UK that she’s more open about her relationship now that she’s dating a girl.

“When I was dating a guy I was hiding everything that I did because everything personal felt like it was immediately trivialized, so I didn’t like it,” she explained. “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.”

Read the full interview in Elle UK, on sale August 3.

This article originally appeared on People.com

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