Alyson Stoner wrote about coming to terms with her sexuality for Teen Vogue.
The former Disney Channel child star and professional dancer Alyson Stoner has shared her experience of falling in love with a woman in an emotional essay for Teen Vogue.
On Friday, the outlet published Stoner’s essay with the title, ” How I embraced my sexual idenity,” where the star opened up about her struggle with coming to terms with her sexuality.
“After I dizzied myself to do, knee spins, she walked up to me to correct my form,” said Stoner of the meeting, her dance instructor, the women she fell for, for the first time. “My heart ran wild and my body grew warm. I Was nervous to fail in front of an expert? I Was breathing heavily out of shape? Her smile was the most exciting thing I’ve ever seen.”
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After the lesson, the stars recalled a text she sent to her mother and her best friend, stating, “I met a woman today, I don’t know who she is or what I feel, but I think they are going in my life for a very long time.”
Stoner detailed how their relationship blossomed over the course of time, about the first time they hung out together for the first time kissed.
“In the purest sense, I felt awake, more compassionate, and like my true self,” Stoner wrote. “They have strengthened and inspired me, creating a space for me to discover myself without judgment. We were an example of true love.”
Stoner posing with the cast of “Step Up” at the movie premiere in 2006.
Later in the essay, the “Step Up” actress and dancer admitted that while she was in love with a woman, she also struggled to accept what had happened and refused to accept her feelings at first.
“Some people in the industry warned me that I would ruin my career to miss out on possible jobs, and possible my life is in danger if I ever came,” she explained. “My dream and all I’d worked tirelessly for since the age of 6 was suddenly in danger by my being true to myself.”
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The actress and singer then known to go to therapy, talk to pastors and vigorously involving themselves in relationships with men to try and convince herself that her feelings for another woman were not real.
But since coming to terms with sexuality, the “Camp Rock” actress has accepted who she is and clarified that her sexuality and who she was attracted to it can not be labeled as a thing.
“I, Alyson, am attracted to men, women, and people who identify in other ways,” she said. “I love people of every gender identity and gender expression. It is the soul, that excites me. It is the love that we can build and the goodness we can contribute to the world by supporting each other’s best trips.”
You can find Morgan M. Evans on Twitter @themizfactor.