Cara Delevingne is dishing on her relationship with Ashley Benson in the new edition of Net-A-Porter’s digital title Porter.
“I’d never truly let anyone in before, for fear of them leaving,” Delevingne reveals. “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? Okay.'”
Delevingne and Benson have been together for over a year after meeting on the set of the movie “Her Smell” in which they played members of a punk band fronted by Elisabeth Moss. Her latest gig, on “Carnival Row”, meant spending seven months apart while filming in Prague, but Delevingne says the couple made the tough long-distance relationship work.
“Long-distance relationships are always tough,” she confesses. “We make it work, though. We have to. And it definitely makes me a better, happier person.”
Delevingne has learned to be open about her sexuality, revealing Harvey Weinstein told her she’d never succeed if she were to come out publicly.
“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,'” she says. Delevingne says Weinstein’s advice came “a long time before” he made unwanted sexual advances toward her. In 2017, the actress-model accused Weinstein of attempting to get her to kiss another woman in front of him.
“When I’d just started to audition for films, he was naming people [women] I’m friends with – famous people – and asking, ‘Have you slept with this person?’ I just thought: This is insane.”
“I loved men from when I was very young,” she reveals. “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,” the actress says before adding, “Not that that’s why I became gay.”
To see the full interview, read Porter or download the NET-A-PORTER app for iPhone, iPad, and Android.