Kristen Stewart has opened up about getting back together with her girlfriend Alicia Cargile for the first time since the on/off couple reunited – and this time, it seems like it’s for good.

Stewart, who has appeared in three movies this year so far, including The Huntsman: Winter’s War, Personal Shopper and Woody Allen’s Café Society, spoke to the August edition of Elle UK about her love life, and she seems really satisfied.

“Right now, I’m just really in love with my girlfriend,” 26 year old Stewart told the publication about patching things up with her film producer girlfriend. “We’ve broken up a couple of times and gotten back together, and this time I was like, ‘Finally, I can feel again.’”

Kristen Stewart Alicia CargileAlicia Cargile and Kristen Stewart in June 2016

She initially split from Cargile in October 2015, having dated for more than a year. She briefly formed a relationship with French musician and actress Stephanie Sokolinski (known as ‘Soko’) in March this year. They called it a day in May 2016, and subsequently she and Cargile have been photographed out and about together on numerous occasions.

About a year ago, she gave an interview to Nylon in which she declared she was trying not to think about labels in relationships, saying that people who didn’t know about their true sexuality should “just do your thing”. In the new interview, she elaborated a bit more on the matter.

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“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,” the actress explained to the magazine, referring to her previous relationship with Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson.

“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. 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.”

Now that she’s happier in her personal life, Stewart now finds that her new-found contentment is having positive knock-on effects in other parts of her life, including how she manages professional stress.

Looking back now, she said: “I would have panic attacks… I literally always had a stomachache,” she revealed. “And I was a control freak and I couldn’t anticipate what was going to happen in any given situation, so I’d be like, ‘Maybe I’m going to get sick.’ It’s kind of remarkable. I just grew out of it, but that’s not to say I don’t get worried. I think I’m pretty good at being happy.”

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