Package Connor Tweets He Is Bisexual

Package Connor is greatest identified for taking part in Nick on the LGBTQ+ Netflix rom-com “Heartstopper,” which follows teenagers as they navigate their approach by means of faculty, their emotions, and their sexualities. Whereas the collection itself spotlights LGBTQ+ characters in a superbly genuine approach — giving a lot of them ample house to come back out in their very own time — the compassionate messaging behind the present seems to have been misplaced on many, as evidenced by Connor’s latest publish.

The “Rocketman” star wrote a tweet late on Oct. 31 asserting he’s bisexual, however he added that he felt pressured to come back out after being harassed by followers. The actor wrote, “again for a minute. i am bi. congrats for forcing an 18 yr outdated to out himself. i believe a few of you missed the purpose of the present. bye.”

Moments after Connor’s tweet, supportive feedback flooded his timeline, each with love for the star and anger on the circumstances beneath which he felt he needed to make the announcement. “Heartstopper” author Alice Oseman responded by tweeting, “I really do not perceive how folks can watch Heartstopper after which gleefully spend their time speculating about sexualities and judging primarily based on stereotypes. I hope all these persons are embarrassed as F*CK. Package you’re wonderful 💖.”

Joe Locke, his “Heartstopper” castmate who performs Charlie, replied by tweeting, “You owe nothing to anybody. I am so pleased with you my good friend 💕.” Kizzy Edgell, who performs Darcy Olsson, tweeted, “love u package im sorry this has been so disgustingly tough on you. been handled so unfairly,” whereas costar Sebastian Croft, who performs Ben Hope, wrote, “Package Connor, the world does not deserve you. Love you my good friend ❤️.”

The toxicity that prompted Connor’s tweet was largely as a consequence of him being accused of queerbaiting by followers following footage of him holding fingers along with his costar in “A Cuban Lady’s Information to Tea and Tomorrow,” queer actress Maia Reficco. As a consequence of troubling feedback directed on the actor, he give up Twitter in September, writing, “It is a foolish foolish app. bit bored of it now, deleting twitter :),” but he made a fleeting return to set the file straight.

Connor had additionally beforehand spoken about pointless hypothesis surrounding his sexuality and his unease at being labeled. “To start out kind of speculating about our sexualities and possibly pressuring us to come back out when possibly we’re not prepared. For me, I simply really feel completely assured and comfy with my sexuality,” he stated on the “Reign With Josh Smith” podcast in Could. “However I do not really feel the necessity to actually, you recognize — I am not too massive on labels and issues like that. I am not large about that.”

Many followers have been fast to reply to Connor’s tweet and voice their frustration. “Studying tweets like that is heartbreaking . . . particularly when Heartstopper taught so many individuals world wide the true worth of somebody’s private popping out story. I am so sorry you had this second taken away from you Package, however let’s hope folks will be taught from it!” one wrote. One other tweeted, “I am so upset on this fandom.”

Connor himself summed up the weird phenomenon of judging, labeling, and making unwarranted theories of these within the public eye. “It feels a bit unusual to make assumptions about an individual’s sexuality simply primarily based on listening to their voice or seeing their look. I really feel like that is a really fascinating, barely problematic kind of assumption to make,” he stated.

But once more, we’re reminded that celebrities are human, too; followers aren’t entitled to every part. Nobody ought to really feel pressured to publicly announce their sexuality earlier than they’re comfy in doing or saying so — particularly an adolescent.

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