Why Heartstopper star Kit Connor, 18, wanted to keep sexuality private


Emmy Griffiths

Heart stroke fans took to Twitter to support one of the show’s stars, Kit Connor, who came out as bisexual on the social media platform on Monday, admitting he felt ‘forced’ to come out publicly his sexuality before he’s ready. He wrote: “Back a minute. I am bisexual. Congratulations on forcing an 18-year-old out of it. I think some of you missed the point of the show. Goodbye.”

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Fans of the show took to Twitter to discuss Kit’s tweet, with many believing the star was forced to come out with her sexuality following accusations of ‘queer-baiting’ (where fiction alludes to a same-sex relationship without describing it).

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Kit previously opened up about her decision to keep her sexuality private on the Reign with Josh Smith podcast, explaining, “I just think there’s a danger with things on social media. In the cast, we’re all young – I’m 18 – and we also have a few people in our early twenties who are starting to speculate about our sexualities and maybe pressure us to come out when we’re maybe- be not ready.

Kit tweeted that he was bisexual

“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’m not massive on this subject. And I don’t feel like I need to label myself, especially not publicly.”

Her new post was greeted with sadness by fans, with one writing: “Coming out should be uplifting, but instead unfounded accusations of queer baiting have forced Kit Connor go out as bi to everyone before he’s ready. It’s so messed up. I hope he’s okay and I hope the people who harassed him feel bad and learn something.”

Fans were furious that the star felt pressured to ‘get out’

Heartstopper graphic novels author Alice Oseman added: “I really don’t understand how people can watch Heartstopper and then happily spend their time speculating about sexualities and judging based on stereotypes. I hope all these people are embarrassed because [expletive]. Kit you are amazing.”

A third person added: “Queerbaiting is a media term. Real people can’t queerbait. Bullying an 18 year old kid until you force him out is HORRIBLE.”

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