Garrett Clayton has steadily built a gay following in recent years. Although he got his start with Disney Channel titles like Teen Beach Movie and Shake It Up, he's gone on to some more mature roles recently. In 2016, he starred as Brent Corrigan alongside James Franco and Christian Slater in the gay porn true crime movie, King Cobra.
In his latest film, Reach, he plays a young man contemplating suicide. But when he befriends another boy, he begins to realize his reasons to live.
Clayton recently took to Instagram with a post about his role in the film. He took the opportunity to reveal his own past struggles with bullying and depression. He also came out, revealing he's "been in a relationship with for a long time" with a man who's helped him through those struggles.
Read Clayton's full statement in the caption below:
With the release of my new movie REACH coming up, I thought it was important to explain why I took on this project in the first place. REACH deals with some very serious and timely topics that have affected me personally, and have likely influenced many of your lives as well. (I also prefer to share things that are particularly important for me here on my IG) instead of in some random magazine or online article - because you are the ones that have been rooting for me and following me on my professional and personal journey in life. When I read the script for REACH, I immediately knew it was a film I had to be a part of. I have personally dealt with suicide within my own family, intense bullying in high school, and - on top of it all - myself and the man I’ve been in a relationship with for a long time (@hrhblakeknight) have both experienced shootings within our hometown school systems, and have witnessed the heartache that takes place in affected communities after such tragic events. These topics - not always easy to discuss- are all close to my heart, and, knowing how serious they are, I wanted to share this with you all. This film has come from the perspectives of people who care deeply about these issues, and if watching it helps even one person... then it was all worth it.