'Step Up' actress Alyson Stoner reveals she fell in love with a woman

Alyson Stoner is opening up. 

In a piece published by Teen Vogue on Friday, the Step Up actress reveals she fell in love with a woman, and shares her years-long journey to finally accepting her sexuality. 

Stoner began her essay by describing the day she met the woman at a dance workshop, recalling knowing that she was "going to be in my life for a very long time." 

"Our bond didn't feel quite sisterly or platonic," she wrote. "Flashes of her smile progressed to flashes of her wavy hair followed by the curve of her hips through her straight-leg pants. I realized I had never fantasized about a guy this way, nor really ever felt comfortable dating guys."

"She and I continued to hang out and began sending good morning texts. Then we made dinner and watched Orange Is the New Black. Then we vented and supported each other. Then cuddled. Then kissed and kissed some more," Stoner continued. "OK, we were in a relationship. I fell in love with a woman."

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Alyson Stoner during 'A Cinderella Story' Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
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Alyson Stoner during The Los Angeles Premiere of Paramount Pictures' 'DISTURBIA' at Mann's Grauman Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by E. Charbonneau/WireImage for Paramount Pictures - CA)
Alyson Stoner during 'Shrek The Third' Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Actress Alyson Stoner poses for pictures at Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation and Jewelers For Children's presentation of A Sparkling Sundae at the Renaissance Montura Hotel on March 9, 2008 in Los Angeles, California . (Photo by Ryan Born/WireImage)
Alyson Stoner during 'Step Up' Los Angeles Premiere- Arrivals at ArcLight Theater in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - JUNE 11: Actress Alyson Stoner attends the premiere of 'Camp Rock' on June 11, 2008 in New York. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - AUGUST 12: Actress Alyson Stoner arrives at the premiere of Disney Channel's 'The Cheetah Girls One World' held at the El Capitan Theater on August 12, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Alyson Stoner arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Twilight' at the Mann Village and Bruin Theaters on November 17, 2008 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 27: Actress Alyson Stoner arrives at the Starlight Children's Foundation's annual 'A Stellar Night' Gala held on 27 March, 2009 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 07: Alyson Stoner attends Clearasil's Ultimate Dance Competition at the Hard Rock Caf? in Times Square on April 7, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
CAMP ROCK 2: THE FINAL JAM - Alyson Stoner stars as Caitlyn on Disney Channel's 'Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam.' (Photo by Bob D'Amico/Disney Channel via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - NOVEMBER 09: Actress Alyson Stoner arrives at the premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' 'Old Dogs' held at the El Capitan Theatre on November 9, 2009 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Caulfield/WireImage)
Actress Alyson Stoner arrives at the '16 Wishes' Premiere at The Harmony Gold Theatre on June 22, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD - AUGUST 02: Actress Alyson Stoner arrives at the premiere of Touchstone Pictures and Summit Entertainment's 'Step Up 3D' at the El Capitan Theatre on August 2, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 18: Actress Alyson Stoner attends the premiere of 'Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam' at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on August 18, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JUNE 03: Actress Alyson Stoner arrives at The Harold Robinson Foundation's 2012 Pedal On The Pier Fundraiser at the Santa Monica Pier on June 3, 2012 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 17: Actress Alyson Stoner arrives to the Los Angeles premiere of Summit Entertainment's 'Step Up Revolution' at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on July 17, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JUNE 02: Actress Alyson Stoner attends the 3rd Annual Pedal On The Pier benefiting the Harold Robinson Foundation at the Santa Monica Pier on June 2, 2013 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
D23 EXPO - Cast of Phineas and Ferb greet fans and sign autographs at Disney's D23 Expo, the ultimate event for Disney fans at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California (August 9). (Photo by Matt Petit/D23 EXPO via Getty Images) VINCENT MARTELLA, ALYSON STONER
BURBANK, CA - JULY 10: Singer Alyson Stoner attends the 7-Eleven 88th birthday celebration at 7-Eleven on July 10, 2015 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Chris Weeks/Getty Images for 7-Eleven)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 23: Actress Alyson Stoner attends SoulPancake's Puppypalooza Party at SoulPancakes Headquarters on March 23, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tasia Wells/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 29: Actress Alyson Stoner attends the premiere of Paladin's 'High Strung' at TCL Chinese Theatre on March 29, 2016 in Hollywood, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 02: Actress Alyson Stoner attends the 'Lights Camera Cure' the 5th annual Hollywood dance marathon at Avalon on April 2, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
BURBANK, CA - APRIL 20: Actress Alyson Stoner attends Tubeathon 2016 at iHeartRadio Theater on April 20, 2016 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 13: Actress Alyson Stoner arrives at the Teen Choice Awards 2017 at Galen Center on August 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 26: Alyson Stoner at the 2017 Streamy Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on September 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - OCTOBER 22: Alyson Stoner attends the 10th Annual Action Icon Awards at Sheraton Universal on October 22, 2017 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Harmony Gerber/Getty Images,)
CULVER CITY, CA - JANUARY 25: Actress Alyson Stoner attends Create & Cultivate and Chevrolet Host Create & Cultivate 100 on January 25, 2018 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Alison Buck/Getty Images for Create & Cultivate and Chevrolet)
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Stoner then described the years she spent in therapy "trying to identify the source of my attraction to her." 

"My faith at that time played a large role in every aspect of my life, and my worldview neither supported nor accepted same-sex relationships. I prayed in turmoil nightly, begging to be healed from these desires. Certain pastors and community members tried to reverse and eliminate my attraction to her. I pursued physical relationships with men to convince myself that my love for her was just a spiritual battle attacking my character and discernment," she remembered.

"I’ll never forget the night I finally collapsed on my bed with tear-stained cheeks, saying, 'God, if I’m evil, then I accept this and give up. I’ve believed you are loving, but I don’t want to live a lie. If by being honest I get banished to hell, so be it. I can’t do this anymore. I’m sorry,'" the 24-year-old actress continued. "I felt a transformation, an ascension, an approach to life rooted in real love."

"I, Alyson, am attracted to men, women, and people who identify in other ways. I can love people of every gender identity and expression. It is the soul that captivates me," she wrote. "It is the love we can build and the goodness we can contribute to the world by supporting each other’s best journeys."

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