In a new interview, Cara Delevingne has revealed that when she first began transitioning from modelling to acting, disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein, who she previously accused of trying to kiss her, told her to hide her sexuality and to get a fake boyfriend.
The 27-year-old says that she doesn't like to put a label on her sexuality, but that she doesn't "think it helped" her to get movie roles. "In the beginning, I don't think it helped," Delevingne told Net-a-Porter. "One of the first things Harvey Weinstein ever said to me was, 'You will never make it in this industry as a gay woman - get a beard'. [It was] a long time before he tried to touch me."
In 2017, Delevingne wrote a lengthy Instagram post accusing Weinstein of trying to coerce her into kissing another woman in his hotel room, before attempting to kiss her himself. "As soon as we were alone he began to brag about all the actresses he had slept with and how he had made their careers and spoke about other inappropriate things of a sexual nature," she wrote, saying that she was "terrified that this sort of thing had happened to so many women I know but no one had said anything because of fear."
On whether she feels any pressure to define her sexuality, Delevingne says, "I've been to so many dinners where people are like, 'So, what are you? L, G, B, T, Q?’ I’m like, 'Guys, really? This is what we're talking about?' I change every day."
"I loved men from when I was very young," she continued. "I fell in love with my sports teacher at five. He married my other sports teacher, and I cried for weeks."
"I had a boyfriend for four years and then he left, and I got with his best friend. But continuously, over and over again, I was hurt by men. Not that that's why I became gay."
Speaking of her year-long relationship with Pretty Little Liars star Ashley Benson, Delevingne said, "I never really trusted people, or felt worthy of it, and I always pushed them away. She's the first person that has said: 'You can't push me away. I'm going to be nice to you, I love you.'"
"I'm just like, wait, so all I have to do is just let you be nice to me? Why have I never done that before? OK."
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