Kit Connor, an English actor who is 18 years old and best known for playing Nick Nelson in the Netflix show Heartstopper, announced on Twitter on Monday night that he is bisexual, but it wasn’t really his choice. Connor tweeted, “Back for a minute.” “I’m bi.
Thanks for making an 18-year-old come out to you. I think some of you didn’t get what the show was about. Bye.” People on social media have been accusing the actor of “queerbaiting” for the past few weeks and months since Nick Nelson is bisexual, and Connor hadn’t said what he was until now.
Heartstopper is based on a webcomic with the same name that got a lot of attention and was later turned into a series of graphic novels. The webcomic and graphic novel’s creator, Alice Oseman, replied to Connor’s tweet with support.
She tweeted, “I really don’t understand how people can watch Heartstopper and then spend their time happily guessing about sexualities and judging based on stereotypes.” “I hope all of those people are as embarrassed as F—. The kit, you are amazing.” Darcy Olsson, played by actor Kizzy Edgell in the Netflix version, also replied.
Edgell tweeted, “I love you, Kit, and I’m sorry this has been so disgustingly hard on you.” “gotten such a bad deal.”
Heartstopper is about a student at Truham Grammar School named Charlie Spring, played by Joe Locke. Charlie is funny and awkward, and he just discovered he is gay. When Charlie meets Nick, a popular rugby player who is a year older than he is, he falls in love with him.
All of their other friends think Nick is straight until (spoiler alert) he also falls for Charlie and finds out he is bisexual. Nick comes out to his mom in a touching scene near the end of the first season (Olivia Colman). Since then, the show has been picked up for two more seasons.
Nick tells his mom that Charlie is his best friend and boyfriend. “I still like girls, but, um… I like boys too,” Nick says. “And Charlie and I are… going out. I just… wanted you to know.”
“Oh, child. “Oh, that’s sweet. Thanks for telling me,” his mom says as she hugs him. “I’m sorry if I made you think you couldn’t say that to me.”
After Heartstopper came out in April 2022, Connor got much more attention on social media. He went from having about 200,000 Instagram followers to having 4.6 million. Fans also talked about the actor’s sexuality all the time on Twitter.
Early in May, Connor tweeted, “Twitter is so funny, man.” “It looks like some people here know more about my sexuality than I do….”
Connor told Hunger Magazine in August that his earlier tweet was about the risk of exposing someone and the discomfort that comes with it.
“I am not a big believer in labels,” Connor told Hunger. “I think they are accommodating for some people in terms of getting to know themselves and realizing who they are, but I try not to think about labels too much. I don’t think I have to tell everyone I’m gay.”
“I totally get that many fans want the gay characters to be real, and they want to know if they are real,” he said. “But at the same time, you shouldn’t make someone feel so uncomfortable that they have to tell a stranger about their sexuality.”