Mum denies outing Kristen Stewart

Los Angeles - Twilight star Kristen Stewart's mother has denied outing her daughter as bisexual in an interview with the Sunday Mirror.

In the story that was published in the British tabloid, American script supervisor Jules Stewart appeared to confirm rumours of Kristen's relationship with her personal assistant Alicia Cargile.

Kristen Stewart, 25, has not talked about her love life after she broke up with her Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson, 29. But she has been photographed holding hands with Cargile in downtown Los Angeles.

Her mother was quoted as telling the Mirror: "I've met Kristen's new girlfriend. I like her. What's not to accept? She's a lovely girl."

But on Monday, she denied having discussed her daughter with the Mirror.

Jules Stewart told Us Weekly she had spoken to reporter Sharon Feinstein about a 2012 movie she directed, K-11, which has been put on display in the Hollywood Museum. The film is about a jail unit for homosexuals and transsexuals.

Stewart, 55, said she was asked "about my views on gay rights, which I was happy to express". She added: "Never ever did we discuss Kristen."

But she admitted she was asked about her daughter's assistant. "I said, 'Yes, she's a lovely girl.'"

Feinstein stands by her story. She tweeted on Monday: "I intend to load my tape of the interview I did with Kristen Stewart's mother Jules in two clips. Watch this space."

Kristen Stewart and Pattinson broke up in 2013, about a year after she admitted cheating on him with married director Rupert Sanders, 44.

Pattinson is now engaged to singer FKA twigs, 27.

On the Conan talk show in April, Stewart appeared to allude to Cargile when talking about her new movie, Clouds Of Sils Maria, in which she plays a personal assistant to an actress played by Juliette Binoche.

"There's so much isolation and protection that has to happen," Stewart said.

"So, then you sort of like end up, kind of like, hiring a buddy, a confidante, like, somebody to organise your schedule, but in addition to that, like, kind of like, live with you essentially."

A relationship with an assistant is "definitely more complicated" than having a person around who helps buy tampons, she added.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 17, 2015, with the headline 'Mum denies outing Stewart'. Print Edition | Subscribe