Former Disney star Garrett Clayton comes out as gay

Garrett Clayton discussed the politically charged nature of his new film 'Reach' and revealed he has been dating a man named Blake Knight 'for a long time'.

Published: 21st August 2018 03:48 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st August 2018 03:48 PM   |  A+A-

Garrett Clayton

Actor Garrett Clayton (Photo | Garrett Clayton Instagram)

By PTI

LOS ANGELES: Actor Garrett Clayton, the star of Disney Channel's "Teen Beach Movie", has come out as gay.

In an Instagram post on Monday, Clayton, 27, discussed the politically charged nature of his new film "Reach" and revealed he has been dating a man named Blake Knight "for a long time".

"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.

 

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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"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," he wrote.

"Reach" is slated to release on October 19.

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