“Heartstopper” Star Kit Connor Comes Out As Bi And Blames Trolls For Forcing Him To Do So

November 1, 2022 / Posted by:

My favorite genre of TV is “secretly queer teens are secretly queer.” See: Love Victor, the gayest eps of Degrassi, and Netflix’s recent hit, Heartstopper. Heartstopper stars Joe Locke and Kit Connor as Charlie and Nick, two cute lil’ British high schoolers who fall in love. Now, in real life, Joe Locke is openly gay. But 18-year-old Kit’s sexuality has been a mystery, and fans of the show were obsessed with figuring it out. Last month, shit hit the fan when photos emerged of Kit holding hands with Maia Reficco, his female co-star in an upcoming movie. Heartstopper fans saw this as a great betrayal and accused Kit of “queerbaiting” by playing a queer character. In response, Kit quit Twitter. Yesterday, he returned, and tweeted that, actually, he was bi, and sarcastically congratulated his critics for “forcing an 18 year old to out himself.”

Here’s Kit’s tweet:

Now, the majority of people who’d been going after Kit online were members of the LGBTQ+ community who believe that actors who aren’t queer shouldn’t get to play queer roles. That’s their version of “queerbaiting,” a term originally created to describe the marketing technique where gay romance is hinted at, but never actually happens (see: TV shows like Sherlock and Rizzoli & Isles). Recently, the term has been used to describe celebs like Nick Jonas and Harry Styles. While Harry dresses androgynously, plays a bisexual character in My Policeman, and avoids labeling his sexuality, he’s only ever been in public relationships with women. But should he have to come out if he is queer? And is he “queerbaiting”? Me no know. It’s all very complicated, and, as a profoundly stupid person, I do not have the answers.

Right after Kit came out as bi on Twitter, Heartstopper’s creator, writer, and showrunner, Alice Oseman, shared her support:

And other fans took to Twitter to rally around Kit:

It sucks that Kit felt forced to come out on Twitter. You shouldn’t have to come out to trolls. You should only ever have to come out to your endlessly supportive mum, played by Olivia Colman:

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