Kristen Stewartacknowledged her lesbian girlfriend Alicia Cargile in an Elle U.K. interview recently. The 26-year-old "Twilight" star has publicly linked her name with her long-term lover, after stating qualms last year about coming out as gay. Stewart explained her reasoning for refusing to admit sexual orientation and then recanting that decision. And that explanation is getting her a lot of kudos.

Kristen Stewart is gay and in a loving relationship

It may be no shocker that Kristen Stewart is a lesbian. She and her girlfriend Alicia Cargile are often seen together in what is clearly a loving, romantic relationship.

But the Bella Swan actress has been loathe to say openly that she is gay. Because she is ashamed of it? No, Stewart just doesn't like labels -- gay, straight, LGBT, or otherwise. She felt it would be contrived and ostentatious to make a big splashy announcement of sexual orientation. But then she realized that this difference may be misunderstood as not being comfortable with sexuality, or, worse yet, ashamed of her lover Alicia Cargile. So she stepped outside her comfort zone to stand by her woman.

Kristen Stewart finds LGBT status comfortable

Stewart made a name for herself in the "Twilight" films. She played a young nubile teen in love with the vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattison). Pattison and Stewart were off-camera lovers as well once.

But like so many young actors, she felt typecast by the role of Bella Swan. Everything she did was under a microscope. Every part of their real-life romance was mirrored against the Twilight backdrop. This made the naturally reticent Stewart uncomfortable. But by contrast, coming out as LGBT, in a lesbian relationship, was very comfortable and natural.

Stewart says she feels at peace with herself and her sexual orientation, and also more genuine for having acknowledged Alicia Cargile to the world. However she says, it's not important to decide, or announce to anyone, whether you're gay or straight. Just "do your thing." Having said that, Stewart doesn't fault those who feel the need to make a big deal out of coming out.