Fans have been speculating about Kit Connor’s sexuality for far too long

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Kit Connor, the 18-year-old English actor best known for his role as Nick Nelson in the Netflix series Heart strokecame out as bisexual on Twitter on Monday night, but not exactly by choice.

“back for a minute,” Connor tweeted. “I’m bi. Congratulations on forcing an 18-year-old out. I think some of you missed the point of the show. Goodbye.”

In recent weeks, and for several months, social media users have accused the actor of “queerbaiting”, given that Nick Nelson is bisexual and that Connor had not publicly defined his sexuality until now.

Heart stroke is based on a very popular webcomic of the same name, which later became a series of graphic novels. Alice Oseman, the author of the webcomic and graphic novels, replied to Connor’s tweet with his support.

“I really don’t understand how people can watch Heart stroke then happily spend their time speculating about sexualities and judging based on stereotypes,” she tweeted. “I hope all these people are embarrassed like F—. Kit, you’re amazing.

Actor Kizzy Edgell, who plays Darcy Olsson in the Netflix adaptation, also responded.

“I love you kit, I’m sorry this was so disgusting for you”, Edgell tweeted. “been treated so unfairly.”

Heart stroke follows Charlie Spring (Joe Locke), an endearing and clumsy student at Truham Grammar School who has recently been branded a gay man. Charlie meets Nick, a popular rugby player a year his senior, and develops a hopeless crush on him. Their peers all assume Nick is straight, until (spoiler alert) Nick falls for Charlie as well, realizing he’s bisexual in the process. In a tender scene towards the end of the first season, Nick comes out to his mother (Olivia Colman). (The show has since been renewed for two more seasons.)

Charlie is her best friend, Nick tells his mother, but he’s also her boyfriend. “I still like girls, but, uh…I like boys too,” Nick says. “And me and Charlie, we’re…we’re dating.” And I just… want you to know.

“Oh baby. Aw, thanks for telling me,” his mom replies, hugging him. “I’m sorry if I ever made you feel like you couldn’t tell me that.”

After Heart stroke was released in April 2022, Connor saw a huge boost in social media attention, rising to 4.6 million followers on Instagram from about 200,000. And on Twitter, fans constantly speculated about the actor’s sexuality.

“Twitter is so funny man”, Connor tweeted may’s beginning. “Apparently some people here know my sexuality better than I do…”

That previous tweet, Connor says Hunger Magazine in August, addressed the risk of taking someone out, and the discomfort that comes with it.

“I’m not a big fan of labels,” Connor told Hunger. “I believe they are extremely helpful for some people in terms of self-understanding and self-realization, but I prefer not to think about labels too much. I don’t feel obligated to tell the world about my sexuality.

“I completely understand that many fans want the queer portrayal to be authentic and they want to know if it’s authentic,” he continued. “But at the same time, you shouldn’t make someone so uncomfortable that you have to tell a stranger about their sexuality.”

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