It's been over a decade since Twilight turned Kristen Stewart into a bona fide star.
And in the time since the actress, turning 29 on April 9, became the leading lady of one of the biggest film franchise's in the world, she's also managed to become something of a tabloid fixture thanks to her endlessly fascinating dating history. But as her tastes in partners have evolved and broadened, with Kristen openly declaring in a 2017 interview with The Guardian that she's, in fact, bisexual, so too has her position on the way she approaches the public's role in her relationships.
While she's always been fiercely private and surely always will be, there was marked shift in Kristen's thoughts right around the time she began dating women as well as men.
"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 told Elle U.K. in July 2016. "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 when she started dating a girl, it all changed. "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," she continued. "It opened my life up and I'm so much happier."
For Stewart, the subtle shift in how she and her paramours present themselves in public—aka, in front of the paparazzi—comes from the feeling that it's "really important" that her young fans see the photos, she told Variety that same year. "As much as I want to protect myself, it's not about hiding. As soon as you start throwing up so many walls, you cannot see over them yourself, so you just start isolating in a way that's not honest. I definitely found where I'm comfortable. I don't take credit for that," she told the publication. "Things have really shifted in this wonderful way. I'm reaping the benefits."
So, though she's yet to publicly confirm her latest rumored romance, with blogger and stylist Sara Dinkin, one can assume from the photos that this is, in fact, the real deal. And it's a far cry from the way she used to handle herself back when she and Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson were hot and heavy. After all, it did take her around two years to ever even refer to him as her "boyfriend" in an interview...
Here's your comprehensive guide to all the people—that we know of—that Kristen has spent time with.