Kit Connor confirmed this week that he’s bisexual, however stated his announcement was not of his personal accord.
The British actor ― who performs Nick Nelson, a younger athlete coming to phrases together with his sexuality on Netflix’s LGBTQ-inclusive teen collection “Heartstopper”― stop Twitter final month amid fervent social media discourse about his personal life.
Connor, 18, expressed his frustration with the web hypothesis when he returned to the social media platform Monday.
“Back for a minute,” he tweeted. “I’m bi. congrats for forcing an 18 year old to out himself. i think some of you missed the point of the show. bye.”
Connor didn’t specify what might have compelled him to publicly handle his sexuality. In current months, the actor has been accused of “queerbaiting,” or pandering to followers by leaning into the idea that they determine as LGBTQ in actual life.
Different stars, together with Charlie Puth and Harry Types, have confronted related allegations. The criticisms leveled in opposition to Connor, nevertheless, intensified in August when he was noticed holding fingers with actor Maia Reficco, his co-star within the forthcoming film “A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow.”
Shortly after “Heartstopper” debuted on Netflix in April to near-universal acclaim, Connor defended his determination to maintain his sexuality personal each in interviews and on social media.
“I’m perfectly confident and comfortable in my sexuality, but … I’m not too big on labels and things like that,” he instructed podcaster Josh Smith in Could. “I don’t feel like I need to label myself, especially not publicly.”
By Tuesday morning, Connor’s announcement had drawn main help from followers, in addition to from his “Heartstopper” cohorts.
“You owe nothing to anyone,” tweeted actor Joe Locke, who performs Nick’s boyfriend, Charlie Spring. “I’m so proud of you my friend.”
“I truly don’t understand how people can watch Heartstopper and then gleefully spend their time speculating about sexualities and judging based on stereotypes,” creator and showrunner Alice Oseman tweeted. “I hope all those people are embarrassed as FUCK. Kit you are amazing.”