"Heartstopper" Star Kit Connor Is Supported by Cast as He Says He Was Forced to Come Out as Bi

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12: Kit Connor attends the Attitude Awards 2022 at The Roundhouse on October 12, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)

Kit Connor is finest identified for enjoying Nick on the LGBTQ+ Netflix rom-com “Heartstopper,” which follows teenagers as they navigate their means via faculty, their emotions, and their sexualities. While the sequence itself spotlights LGBTQ+ characters in a superbly genuine means โ€” giving a lot of them ample house to come back out in their very own time โ€” the compassionate messaging behind the present seems to have been misplaced on many, as evidenced by Connor’s latest put up.

The “Rocketman” star wrote a tweet late on Oct. 31 saying he’s bisexual, however he added that he felt pressured to come back out after being harassed by followers. The actor wrote, “again for a minute. i am bi. congrats for forcing an 18 12 months outdated to out himself. i feel a few of you missed the purpose of the present. bye.”

Moments after Connor’s tweet, supportive feedback flooded his timeline, each with love for the star and anger on the circumstances beneath which he felt he needed to make the announcement. “Heartstopper” author Alice Oseman responded by tweeting, “I really do not perceive how folks can watch Heartstopper after which gleefully spend their time speculating about sexualities and judging based mostly on stereotypes. I hope all these persons are embarrassed as F*CK. Kit you might be wonderful ๐Ÿ’–.”

Joe Locke, his “Heartstopper” castmate who performs Charlie, replied by tweeting, “You owe nothing to anybody. I’m so pleased with you my buddy ๐Ÿ’•.” Kizzy Edgell, who performs Darcy Olsson, tweeted, “love u equipment im sorry this has been so disgustingly tough on you. been handled so unfairly,” whereas costar Sebastian Croft, who performs Ben Hope, wrote, “Kit Connor, the world would not deserve you. Love you my buddy โค๏ธ.”

The toxicity that prompted Connor’s tweet was largely on account of him being accused of queerbaiting by followers following photos of him holding arms along with his costar in “A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow,” queer actress Maia Reficco. Due to troubling feedback directed on the actor, he stop Twitter in September, writing, “This is a foolish foolish app. bit bored of it now, deleting twitter :),” but he made a fleeting return to set the report straight.

Connor had additionally beforehand spoken about pointless hypothesis surrounding his sexuality and his unease at being labeled. “To begin type of speculating about our sexualities and perhaps pressuring us to come back out when perhaps we’re not prepared. For me, I simply really feel completely assured and cozy with my sexuality,” he stated on the “Reign With Josh Smith” podcast in May. “But I do not really feel the necessity to actually, you already know โ€” I’m not too large on labels and issues like that. I’m not huge about that.”

Many followers had been fast to reply to Connor’s tweet and voice their frustration. “Reading tweets like that is heartbreaking . . . particularly when Heartstopper taught so many individuals around the globe the true worth of somebody’s private popping out story. I’m so sorry you had this second taken away from you Kit, however let’s hope folks will be taught from it!” one wrote. Another tweeted, “I’m so disenchanted on this fandom.”

Connor himself summed up the weird phenomenon of judging, labeling, and making unwarranted theories of these within the public eye. “It feels a bit unusual to make assumptions about an individual’s sexuality simply based mostly on listening to their voice or seeing their look. I really feel like that is a really fascinating, barely problematic type of assumption to make,” he stated.

Yet once more, we’re reminded that celebrities are human, too; followers aren’t entitled to all the things. No one ought to really feel pressured to publicly announce their sexuality earlier than they’re snug in doing or saying so โ€” particularly a young person.

Image Source: Getty / John Phillips

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