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07/17/2015 12:48 pm ET

Cara Delevingne: 'My Sexuality Is Not A Phase. I Am Who I Am.'

MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 08:  Cara Delevingne attends 'El Hormiguero' Tv show at Vertice Studio on July 8, 2015 in Madrid, Spain.
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MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 08: Cara Delevingne attends 'El Hormiguero' Tv show at Vertice Studio on July 8, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images)

Cara Delevingne has responded to a controversial magazine profile that characterized her bisexuality as a passing phase.

In the July issue of Vogue, the model-actress, 22, opened up about her relationships with both men and women, and said that "being in love" with her girlfriend Annie Clark, a.k.a. St. Vincent, is "a big part of why I'm feeling so happy with who I am these days." Still, many readers were angered by writer Rob Haskell's suggestion that Delevingne's parents "may be correct" in viewing their daughter's bisexuality as a phase.

An online petition protesting Vogue's treatment of the subject drew over 20,000 signatures. 

Noting that she found "nothing malicious" in Haskell's article itself, Delevingne now tells The New York Times that she nonetheless found the resulting protest flattering. However, she remained firm on one facet of her personal life. 

"My sexuality is not a phase," she said. "I am who I am." 

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 The Vogue interview marked the first time Delevingne had publicly addressed her bisexuality. 

"It took me a long time to accept the idea, until I first fell in love with a girl at 20 and recognized that I had to accept it," the star said at the time. "Women are what completely inspire me, and they have also been my downfall." 

Noting that she has "erotic dreams only about men," she added, "The thing is, if I ever found a guy I could fall in love with, I’d want to marry him and have his children. And that scares me to death because I think I’m a whole bunch of crazy, and I always worry that a guy will walk away once he really, truly knows me." 

Kudos to Delevingne for being so honest and open. Hopefully her words will help some individuals who think bisexuality is a phase.

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