Canadian actor Connor Jessup has talked about his life changed when he fell in love with 13 Reasons Why star Miles Heizer.
Jessup posted about their relationship on Instagram the day after Valentine’s Day – and now he confirms they are in love.
Speaking to LGBT+ magazine Attitude, the 25-year-old also talks about his decision to come out last summer.
Jessup plays Tyler Locke in Locke & Key, the recent TV adaptation of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez’s hit comic book series. The first series of the teen drama is now on Netflix.
‘I’m an easily embarrassed person’
In the interview, he reveals one reason he decided to come out was his relationship with fellow actor, Miles Heizer, also aged 25.
He says: ‘One of the sparks at the beginning of the fuse [for coming out], was that I fell in love.
‘When you’re happy, you want to be happy publicly. And it made me think about the whole construction of my life in a way that I had been avoiding.’
In last June’s announcement about his sexuality, Jessup says he knew he was gay since he was 13. But he shrugged it off out of ‘shame’.
Now he reveals he didn’t think people would be interested in his sexuality. But he is happy with the public’s reaction.
Connor says: ‘It was more of a relief than I was expecting.
‘I’m an easily embarrassed person and I can’t imagine that anyone would care about my personal life.
‘It seemed so presumptuous to make a post and assume that people would want to take a moment out of their time to read it.
‘It felt almost arrogant and that held me back, but eventually I decided that it was easier to do it than to not do it.’
‘Grateful’ being gay is no longer an issue for roles
Until this year, Jessup was most famous for his roles in American Crime and the 2015 movie Closet Monster.
Now he has a starring role in Locke & Key. He plays a teen who uses magical keys with his brother and sister in their family home to fight evil forces.
And he doesn’t think his sexuality will stop him getting the best roles in the future.
Connor says: ‘I don’t know how much it matters any more — unless maybe at the highest budget level, if it’s some superhero movie.
‘The truth is, no one is going to cast me as Spider-Man. And I don’t think it matters much for the parts that I’m probably right for and interested in.
‘I’m grateful that I am starting my career at the time that I am, but that’s a very different reality than it was even recently. I’m hyper-aware of that.’
The April issue of Attitude magazine is out now.