Garrett Clayton Comes Out as Gay in Emotional Instagram Post

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Garrett Clayton attends the premiere of Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's "Solo: A Star Wars Story" on May 10, 2018 in Hollywood, Calif.

Garrett Clayton, whose classic good looks and acting talents are best recognized from Teen Beach Movie and Hairspray Live, came out as gay on Monday (Aug. 20) in a powerful Instagram post. He also introduced his boyfriend, writer Blake Knight.

In a caption of a car selfie, he discussed his personal relationship to his upcoming movie, Reach, in which he stars as a socially awkward teenager who plans on committing suicide after extensive bullying. On why he took the project on, Clayton wrote that the film "deals with some very serious and timely topics that have affected me personally, and have likely influenced many of your lives as well."

"When I read the script for REACH, I immediately knew it was a film I had to be a part of," he continued. "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."

He ended his message by stressing the importance of the subjects touched on in the film. "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." 

See the full post 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. ♥️

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