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Former Disney Channel Star Garrett Clayton Comes Out On Instagram

Garrett Clayton, a star of the Disney Channel Original movie Teen Beach Movie, has indirectly come out in an Instagram post.

The 27-year-old actor posted about his upcoming role in the film Reach on Instagram. The film deals with sensitive topics like gun violence and suicide, which Clayton says are personal to him and his boyfriend, both of whom went to schools where a shooting occurred.

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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“When I read the script for REACH, I immediately knew it was a film I had to be a part of,” Clayton wrote on Instagram. “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 have both experienced shootings within our hometown school systems, and have witnessed the heartache that takes place in affected communities after such tragic events.”

While not directly posting about his sexuality, he made a subtle nod (and tag) to his boyfriend, Blake Knight. Knight also posted about Clayton, saying that he was proud of him.

“It’s been an awesome journey all over the world together so far, and I’m looking forward to many more years and trips and puppies and movies and naps and dinners and friends! I love you, Gary!”

Based off of the post, it feels like Knight has been waiting to go public with their relationship. Surrounding this supportive tweet are two other older photos of the couple. Pretty dang cute.


Ryan Khosravi

Ryan Khosravi is a culture writer based out of New York, and his thing in the world is beating unsuspecting straight men at Super Smash Bros.

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