Heartstopper star Kit Connor has expertly put a halt to fans speculating about his sexuality on social media.
Connor quickly became a household name for his role as rugby star Nick Nelson in Netflix’s beloved LGBT+ drama Heartstopper. The series follows the developing relationship between Nelson and his openly gay friend, Charlie Spring (Joe Locke).
The couple realises that they have romantic feelings for each other and try to navigate their blossoming romance alongside their personal lives. During the show, Nick comes to terms with his sexuality and even comes out as bisexual to his mum (Olivia Colman), which has inspired others to come out to their families.
Now, Connor has called out those who have been commenting on his sexuality and assuming that he might identify more with his character on the Netflix show. In true fashion, he addressed the online rumours in a lighthearted but firm way on Twitter.
“Twitter is so funny man,” Connor wrote, “apparently some people on here know my sexuality better than I do…”
twitter is so funny man. apparently some people on here know my sexuality better than I do…
— Kit Connor (@kit_connor) May 2, 2022
Heartstopper fans came out in droves to support Kit Connor and reminded others why it’s important to never assume another person’s sexual orientation just because they’re in the public eye.
(1) 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
— Nathan (@nathwheel05) May 3, 2022
im just gonna leave this here, since some people are lacking critical thinking pic.twitter.com/MZB1DipSRD
— léna (@krecekposel) May 2, 2022
people on social media think they have the right to assume everything about others just because they’re public figures and it sucks because it’s REALLY none of their business. don’t mind them kit we love u ^_^
— manda (@kitcoded) May 2, 2022
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
— ro (@evensglow) May 2, 2022
im so sorry u saw that some people just watched heartstopper and everything they heard went in one ear and out the other. ignore them we got you
— zoe | LOVES BASH!!! (cast pr manager) (@vaItcrsen) May 2, 2022
Kit Connor’s tweet comes as Locke revealed on Twitter that he is also receiving hate online. Locke, whose breakout role was in Heartstopper, shared a screenshot of a Twitter search which revealed that users had been searching phrases like, “Joe Locke is ugly” and “Joe Locke is gay”.
“Everyone should be entitled to an opinion, but just know we see most of the stuff people post online,” Locke wrote.
Everyone should be entitled to an opinion, but just know we see most of the stuff people post online
— Joe Locke (@joelocke03) May 2, 2022
Connor responded that the searches gave him “primary school playground flashbacks”.
Fans are eagerly waiting for Netflix to confirm if future seasons of Heartstopper are on the way, and those involved with the show have hinted about what they’d want to see the show cover.
Heartstopper creator Alice Oseman said that, should the show continue, it would explore themes of mental health as that’s “something that’s really important in the books” as Charlie and Nick grow.
“The challenge of writing Heartstopper is exploring those darker issues while keeping the tone so optimistic and hopeful,” Oseman said. “That has been, like, the struggle of writing it for me the whole way through.”
In a separate interview, Locke shared that he would like to explore Charlie’s mental health journey as he “deals with an eating disorder” and had started to “go on that journey” in season one.
Kit Connor shared that he would want to explore Nick’s relationship with his loved ones and family members, especially as the character has a homophobic sibling.
“For Nick, I think there’s a lot more exploration to be done in terms of his family,” Connor said. “It’s known to fans of the comics that he has an older brother who’s homophobic.”
He continued: “I think that would be a really interesting route to go down, but I think there’s loads of material to go and explore.”
Heartstopper is currently streaming on Netflix.