Heartstopper’s Kit Connor shuts down speculation about his sexuality
The actor, 18, has become a household name over the past week after Heartstopper rocketed up the Netflix chart and became the series everyone wanted to binge-watch.
Heartstopper sees Kit star opposite Joe Locke, also 18, in what has been hailed a revolutionary and life-changing coming-of-age show for the LGBTQ+ community.
Based on the novels by Alice Oseman, the series tells the story of Charlie Spring (Joe) who develops a crush on form buddy Nick Nelson (Kit).
His feelings are quickly reciprocated, but the pair must battle with keeping their relationship a secret, particularly as Nick comes to terms with his sexuality.
The series also guest stars Olivia Colman, with the Oscar-winning actress making a surprise appearance as rugby star Nick’s mum.
Thanks to the show’s authentic queer and trans storytelling, countless fans have felt inspired to come out to their own families, however, this has also let to speculation around the actors’ own sexualities, since many play LGBTQ+ characters.
Kit – who you might recognise from Elton John biopic Rocketman – took to Twitter to address any rumours in a light-hearted way.
‘twitter is so funny man. apparently some people on here know my sexuality better than I do…’ He wrote to his rapidly growing follower count.
Fans were quick to shower the young actor in praise and support, reminding him that it’s never right to ‘assume’ someone’s sexuality just because they are in the public eye.
‘Let’s clear some things up. Just stop. Kit hasn’t explicitly come out about his sexuality, so he’s the only person who knows about his sexuality yk (and maybe friends and family). But this idea of trying to cancel people for “queerbaiting” without evidence… is insane,’ tweeted one supporter.
‘your sexuality is your own and no one elses, it’s your right to choose when where and how you want to speak about it, don’t let anyone intimidate u into crossing ur own boundaries bc it’s not worth it,’ another lovingly reassured the star.
Another wrote: ‘You don’t owe an explanation to anyone! That goes to everyone out there!’
Kit’s tweet comes as co-star Joe – who, like Kit, is currently studying for his A-levels amid the Heartstopper chaos – also reminded people to be mindful of what they share on social media.
Joe – whose first acting gig was Heartstopper – shared a screenshot of a Twitter search, showing that users have been typing in phrases such as, ‘Joe Locke ugly’ and ‘Joe Locke gay.’
In response, he wrote: ‘Everyone should be entitled to an opinion, but just know we see most of the stuff people post online :)’
Heartstopper fans are eagerly awaiting confirmation of a season two following the success of the first eight episodes, with the cast themselves keen for a second instalment to be given the green light.
Actors Yasmin Finney, who plays Elle, and William Gao, who plays Will, have teased a ‘blossoming’ romance between their trail-blazing teen idols, under no illusion that viewers are hanging on the edges of their seats, waiting for them to get together.
William told Metro.co.uk and other press: ‘Their love story blossoms in season two, at least in the book in the second book. It blossoms and this flower opens out of this love between them.’
‘What was once such a strong beautiful friendship has turned into a beautiful relationship,’ said Yasmin.
‘I’m hoping in season two we see something like that. I don’t know not giving any hints but I’m really excited.’
So, Netflix, if you could let us know the deal with S2 ASAP that would be great, because we’ve already watched the first season 10 times over…
Heartstopper is available to stream now on Netflix.
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