‘Heartstopper’ star Joe Locke calls interest in actors’ sexuality ‘rude’


Heart stroke Star Joe Locke spoke about the tabloids’ interest in the teenage cast’s sexual identities, describing the fixation as “crass and perverse”.

The actor appears alongside Kit Connor in the hit netflix show, which has been praised for its storytelling and portrayal of a young LGBTQ+ romance.

Connor left Twitter in September when some fans accused him of queerbaiting after he was seen holding hands with Maia Reficco in Paris, before briefly returning to the social media platform last month (October 31) to come out publicly as bisexual.

“Come back a minute. I am bisexual. Congratulations on forcing an 18 year old out of himself,” the actor tweeted. “Think some of you missed the point of the show. Goodbye.”

Talk to British GQ in an interview with the two actors, Locke said he was also frustrated with speculation surrounding his love life, as well as those of his co-stars.

“The idea of ​​a tabloid taking an interest in a teenager’s love life is really disgusting,” he said. “Someone making money with rumors about who I – an 18 year old boy – might like or talk about is really rude and evil. I’m 18, I don’t know who I am yet .

Connor received support from Heart stroke creator Alice Oseman after its release, who again criticized those who had watched the show but learned nothing from it.

“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 FUCK. Kit, you are amazing.

Kit Connor in “Heartstopper”. CREDIT: Netflix

Appearing on the Reign with Josh Smith podcast in May, Connor noted that he doesn’t need to explain his sexuality and that it’s “dangerous” to speculate on social media.

“In the cast, I’m 18 and we have a few people in our early twenties, and even with those older cast members, we’re all so young, and to start speculating about our sexualities and maybe we push to come when we may not be ready,” he said.

He continued, “I mean, for me, I just feel like I’m perfectly confident and comfortable in my sexuality, but I’m not too big on labels and things like that. I I’m not massive about it. And I don’t feel like I need to label myself, especially not publicly.

“It’s 2022, it’s a little strange to make assumptions about someone’s sexuality just by hearing their voice or seeing their appearance. I feel like that’s a very interesting assumption, slightly problematic, to do.


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