When Cara Delevingne and actress Ashley Benson began dating a little over a year ago, Delevingne seemed to keep her personal life a little closer to the vest. Which, fair enough: She’s a celebrity—boundaries must be set! But having Benson in the picture, said Delevingne in a recent Porter interview, has led her to become a more open, trusting person who no longer ‘pushes people away.’ Ah, love.
“I’d never truly let anyone in before, for fear of them leaving,” Delevingne said of life before Benson in the interview, published Friday (September 13). “I never really trusted people, or felt worthy of it, and I always pushed them away.”
But with Benson, she says, that just wasn’t an option: “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?”
This isn’t the first time the two revealed little bits and pieces of their romance. In June, the duo revealed they were officially dating by posting a video of them kissing on set. The pair even appears to have inked their love with tattoos referencing one another.
Earlier in September, Delevingne shared a bit more of her romantic life during an interview with Elle UK. After the interviewer asked her what love felt like for her, Delevingne replied, “I’m just better when I’m in love.”
“That doesn’t have to mean with someone,” she added. “It can also mean with myself. It just feels incredible when you’re not alone, when you’re facing the world with someone else.”
As to why the pair keep their relationship out of the public eye, Delevingne told Elle UK, “Because it’s sacred. I get why people care so much, and I don’t want to be so secretive that people think I’m ashamed of anything… But I’ve never been in a relationship where things are so public, or where I posted pictures of someone else. This seemed different. We had gotten to the point where we had kept it a secret, or at least not wanted attention, and now I feel like I’m not going to not be proud. Which isn’t the same thing as wanting to pose on a red carpet together, either.”
Each couple has their own style—and it certainly seems like Delevingne and Benson have found the balance that works right for them.