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Northern Ireland supermodel Stella Maxwell and Twilight star Kristen Stewart go public with romance

By Caitlin McBride

Northern Ireland supermodel Stella Maxwell is officially off the market.

The Victoria's Secret Angel (26) whose parents hail from Belfast, has been rumoured to be dating the Twilight star since late last year.

(L-R) Martha Hunt, Stella Maxwell,Josephine Skriver and Jasmine Tookes pose prior the 2016 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show on November 30, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
(L-R) Martha Hunt, Stella Maxwell,Josephine Skriver and Jasmine Tookes pose prior the 2016 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show on November 30, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
Good friends: Model Stella with pop star Miley Cyrus
New Victoria’s Secret Angel Stella Maxwell on the catwalk
New Victoria’s Secret Angel Stella Maxwell on the catwalk
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Model and new Victoria's Secret Angel Stella Maxwell from The United Kingdom walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Model and New Victoria's Secret Angel Stella Maxwell from The United Kingdom walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Model and New Victoria's Secret Angel Stella Maxwell from The United Kingdom walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Model and New Victoria's Secret Angel Stella Maxwell from The United Kingdom walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Model and New Victoria's Secret Angel Stella Maxwell from The United Kingdom walks the runway while singer Ellie Goulding performs during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Model and New Victoria's Secret Angel Stella Maxwell from The United Kingdom walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Model and new Victoria's Secret Angel Stella Maxwell from The United Kingdom walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Stella Maxwell attends the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion After Party at TAO Downtown on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Grant Lamos IV/Getty Images)
Stella attends the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: Model Stella Maxwell attends the Jeremy Scott and adidas Originals VMA's After Party with Spirits Sponsored By Svedka Vodka at Union Station on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for adidas Originals)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: Model Stella Maxwell (L) and fashion designer Jeremy Scott attend the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

Neither has commented on the relationship, but pictures have appeared of the pair in Milan together sharing a kiss.

Both Kristen and Stella, who were reportedly in high profile relationships with St Vincent and Miley Cyrus respectively, were enjoying a low-key holiday in Italy where Maxwell was walking during Men's Fashion Week.

However, Cyrus later denied the relationship with Maxwell.

Stella hit the runway for a number of shows including Dsquared2 and Moschino and was joined by her other half as they soaked up the atmosphere for a few days before jetting back to the US.

Stewart, whose relationship with former Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson was young Hollywood's version of Brangelina, said she finally decided to go public with her romance with now ex-girlfriend Alicia Cargile.

"When I was dating a guy I was hiding everything that I did because everything personal felt like it was immediately trivialised, so I didn't like it. We were turned into these characters and placed into this ridiculous comic book, and I was like, ‘That’s mine. You’re making my relationship something that it’s not.’ I didn’t like that," she explained.

"But then it changed when I started dating a girl. I was like, ‘Actually, to hide this provides the implication that I’m not down with it or I’m ashamed of it, so I had to alter how I approached being in public.

The daughter of Northern Ireland diplomat Maurice Maxwell and Stella Maynes, Stella was born in Belgium and has spent most of her life abroad.

She began her modelling career while studying as a student in New Zealand.

Her father Maurice, a graduate of Queen's University, Belfast, worked for the European Commission and spent many years in Brussels.

Mr Maxwell's most recent appointment before retiring in 2012 was as head of the European Commission's office in Belfast.

Stella Maxwell debuted her Angel wings - a career high for any model - at the Victoria's Secret annual fashion extravaganza in the US in 2014.

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Previously she has worked on projects for Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs and Moschino, among others.

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