Heartstopper star Joe Locke has supported his friend and co-star Kit Connor after the 18-year-old claimed he was ‘forced’ to come out as bi.
The actor, who stars as Nick Nelson alongside Joe’s Charlie Spring on the groundbreaking LGBT Netflix series, received an outpouring of love after his heartbreaking tweet.
After taking a break from Twitter, he said: ‘Back for a minute. i’m bi. congrats for forcing an 18 year old to out himself. i think some of you missed the point of the show. bye.’
Joe, 19, responded: ‘You owe nothing to anyone. I’m so proud of you my friend.’
It’s not yet certain what prompted Kit’s tweet.
Author and showrunner Alice Oseman was also among those voicing support for the youngster.
‘I truly don’t understand how people can watch Heartstopper and then gleefully spend their time speculating about sexualities and judging based on stereotypes,’ she penned.
‘I hope all those people are embarrassed as F*CK. Kit you are amazing 💖.’
Heartstopper’s Darcy Olsson star Kizzy Edgell said: ‘I love u kit im sorry this has been so disgustingly rough on you. been treated so unfairly.’ (sic)
Many fans were also standing in support of Kit and expressed their upset at the situation.
‘Reading tweets like this is heartbreaking… especially when Heartstopper taught so many people around the world the true value of someone’s personal coming out story,’ one wrote. ‘I’m so sorry you had this moment taken away from you Kit, but let’s hope people will learn from it! ❤️❤️’
Another said: ‘i’m so so sorry kit, absolutely no one deserves to feel forced to come out and anyone who made you feel like that is a horrible person. you are so incredibly valid and we love you💖’ (sic)
Kit became a household name in the teen drama after it rocketed up the Netflix charts, with Nick and Charlie’s love story stealing our hearts.
In May, the young star appeared on the Reign with Josh Smith podcast where he said that he refuses to label his sexuality.
‘I just think that there’s a danger with things on social media,’ he said.
‘In the cast, we’re all young – I’m 18 – and we have a few people in their early twenties as well and to start speculating about our sexualities and maybe pressuring us to come out when maybe we’re not ready.’
Heartstopper is available to stream on Netflix.