The Heartstopper star is currently filming a new movie based on the best-selling novel A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey. Amid production of the new movie, Connor was spotted holding hands with costar Maia Reficco - prompting fans to accuse Connor of "queerbaiting."
Connor reacted to those accusations with a tweet:
"This is a silly silly app. Bit bored of it now, deleting twitter :)"
In recent interviews, Connor expressed that he doesn't want to label his sexuality yet when asked if he identified with the queer character he plays on Heartstopper. But context is important: Connor literally turned 18 years old in March 2022 - meaning that he's only been an adult for the past six months. It's not entirely shocking that an 18-year-old is still figuring himself out and not wanting to commit to making big statements.
Overall, accusing Connor of "queerbaiting" for playing an LGBTQ+ character on Heartstopper but then being spotted holding hands with a female costar from another project feels like a pretty significant stretch. First and foremost, being gay or straight aren't the only two options in the sexuality spectrum. Secondly, holding hands with a girl doesn't define one's sexuality. Lastly, it needs to be stressed that this is someone who literally just turned 18 a few months ago.
Even though fans have understandably fallen in love with Connor's adorable performance on Heartstopper, this is a terrible way to show appreciation for the actor and the series.