In a touching essay written for Teen Vogue former Disney star Alyson Stoner came out, and her words will make you so emotional. Many of us who lived and breathed pop culture in the early 2000s usually remember Stoner as the adolescent girl who stole the show in most of Missy Elliott's videos. But the 24-year-old actress and dancer has recently dealt with her private life in a very powerful way. In her candid and moving play, originally released by Teen Vogue on Friday the actor discusses the first time she fell in love with a woman and the years she spent with it to arrange sexuality with her.
Stoner begins her essay by saying that her first encounter with the woman in question took place in a dance workshop. She wrote,
"There she was, wore wide jeans and a snapback on the backside, she twisted and rolled her body with adventure and utter devotion, as a Type A perfectionist I was mesmerized and intimidated."
From there, Stoner tells how her relationship with the teacher, who remains unnamed throughout the essay, has developed.The Step Up star mentions that she realized early that the Bond that they had "I feel quite sisterly or platonic." The two approached each other through texting and phoning, but their relationship later became physical after they began spending time together.
She wrote, "You and I went around hanging out and started sending good morning lyrics, then we had dinner and watched Orange is the new black then we ventilated and supported each other, then cuddled. Okay, we were in a relationship, I fell in love with a woman. "
Yet, despite being attracted to her, Stoner reveals she spent years trying to combat the feelings she felt of her faith for her teacher.
"I had physical relationships with men to convince myself that my love for her was just a spiritual struggle that attacked my character and judgment," she said. Stoner also mentions that some of her friends in the industry wanted to discourage her, warning her that her decision could result in her having a negative impact on her career. She wrote
"Some people in the industry warned me that I would ruin my career, miss potential jobs, and possibly put my life in jeopardy if I ever got out of my dream and everything I've worked for since my sixth year was suddenly in jeopardy because I … was true to myself. "
As she struggled with her identity, the woman she invaded fell into action as a constant source of strength and encouragement that ultimately helped her to arrange with their identity. She does not label her identity, but she makes it clear that sex does not attract her.
I, Alyson, I am attracted to men, women and people who identify themselves in other ways, I can love people of any gender identity and any expression, it is the soul that captivates me, the love we can build and the Goodness We Can Contribute to the World
Stoner's coming-out essay seems to go hand in hand with the release of her latest single "When It's Right" . The song is, as Stoner describes in her essay, "the first image of a living new world that I now call home."
"When It's Right" is currently available on Spotify.
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