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Stranger Things star Noah Schnapp just came out as gay in the most gen z way

"It was never that serious."
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Stranger Things star Noah Schnapp just came out as gay, so 2023 is already off to a good start.

WATCH: Stranger Things star Noah Schnapp comes out as gay

The 18-year-old took to TikTok to announce the news, posting a video of himself with the caption: “When I finally told my friends and family I was gay after being scared in the closet for 18 years and all they said was “we know”.”

Meanwhile, the sound in the background said: “You know what it never was? That serious. It was never that serious. Quite frankly, it will never be that serious.”

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Noah Schnapp has come out as gay. (Credit: TikTok)

In a special touch, the actor added a second caption which read: “I guess I’m more similar to Will than I thought.”

He is, of course, referring to his Stranger Things character Will Byers who has been queer coded since season one of the hit franchise. 

The comments were overwhelmingly supportive of the teen actor, with Netflix sharing three heart emojis, while fans and friends alike expressed how proud they were of the star.

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“I guess I’m more similar to Will than I thought.” (Credit: Instagram)

Noah’s best friend and fellow Stranger Things actor Millie Bobby-Brown has yet to publicly comment on the news, but no doubt she has been supporting him behind the scenes. 

Stranger Things officially premiered on the streaming giant in 2016 to huge success. Noah was the youngest of the cast members, just 10 years old when season one began.

Will’s sexuality has always been a huge talking point amongst the fandom. 

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Noah as Will in Stranger Things. (Credit: Netflix)

Last year, Noah confirmed to Variety that Will is gay and in love with his best friend Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard). 

“It was always kind of there, but you never really knew, is it just him growing up slower than his friends?” Schnapp said.

“Now that he’s gotten older, they made it a very real, obvious thing. Now it’s 100% clear that he is gay and he does love Mike.”

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