Kit Connor tweets that he’s bisexual
Kit Connor is best known for playing Nick in the Netflix LGBTQ+ romantic comedy “Heartstopper,” which follows teens as they navigate school, feelings, and sexualities. While the series itself shines a light on LGBTQ+ characters in a beautifully authentic way – giving many of them plenty of room to come out at their own pace – the compassionate message behind the series seems to have been lost on many. , as evidenced by Connor’s recent post.
The ‘Rocketman’ star wrote a tweet late on October 31, announcing he was bisexual, but added that he felt compelled to come out after being harassed by fans. The actor wrote, “Back a minute. I’m bi. Congratulations on forcing an 18 year old to come out. I think some of you missed the point of the show. Goodbye.”
Moments after Connor’s tweet, supportive comments flooded his timeline, both with love for the star and anger at the circumstances under which he felt he had to make the announcement. Favorite Writer Alice Oseman responded by tweeting“I really don’t understand how people can watch Heartstopper and then happily spend their time speculating about sexualities and judging based on stereotypes. I hope all these people are embarrassed like F*CK. Kit, you are amazing 💖.”
Joe Locke, his “Heartstopper” bandmate who plays Charlie, responded while tweeting, “You don’t owe anyone anything. I’m so proud of you my friend 💕.” Kizzy Edgell, who plays Darcy Olsson, tweeted“I love you, I’m sorry this was so gross for you. I was treated so unfairly,” while co-star Sebastian Croft, who plays Ben Hope, wrote“Kit Connor, the world doesn’t deserve you. I love you my friend ❤️.”
The toxicity that prompted Connor’s tweet was largely due to the fact that he had been accused of queerbaiting by fans following photos of him holding hands with his co-star in ‘A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow,” queer actress Maia Reficco. Due to disturbing comments directed at the actor, he quit Twitter in September, writing, “This is a dumb app. Kinda bored now, deleting twitter :)”, but he made a short-lived comeback to set the record straight. on time.
Connor had also previously spoken about unnecessary speculation surrounding his sexuality and his discomfort with being labelled. “To start speculating about our sexualities and maybe pressuring us to come out when we might not be ready. For me, I feel completely confident and comfortable with my sexuality,” he said. said on the “Reign With Josh Smith” podcast. in May. “But I don’t feel the need to really, you know – I’m not too big on labels and things like that. I’m not massive about it.”
Many fans were quick to respond to Connor’s tweet and express their frustration. “Reading tweets like this is heartbreaking…especially when Heartstopper has taught so many around the world the true value of someone’s personal story. I’m so sorry that this moment was taken away from you, Kit, but hopefully people will. learn from it!” we wrote. Another one tweeted“I’m so disappointed in this fandom.”
Connor himself summed up the bizarre phenomenon of judging, labeling, and unwarranted theories about those in the public eye. “It’s a little strange to make assumptions about someone’s sexuality just by hearing their voice or seeing their appearance. I feel like that’s a very interesting and slightly problematic assumption to make,” did he declare.
Again, we are reminded that celebrities are also human; fans are not entitled to everything. No one should feel pressured to come out publicly before they are comfortable doing or saying it, especially a teenager.