Stranger Things star Noah Schnapp, 18, has come out as gay, sharing the news with fans in a TikTok video on Friday. The text on the video reads, "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.'"
He also added in the caption, "I guess I'm more similar to Will than I thought," once again confirming the longstanding fan theory that his character on the show Will Byers is gay.
Comments quickly began flooding in, with one fan writing, "PROUD OF YOU!" Another added, "We love you Noah, so so so much!"
A third wrote, "Congratulations King!"
"I support you no matter what, I love you sooo much," a fourth said.
Many others referenced the caption, with one user writing, "The caption, I'm crying!"
"Ahhhh I'm so happy for you... Will's turn now," another said.
"The caption kills me," someone else added.
Noah's sister Chloe Schnapp also added, "[You are] amazing."
The actor confirmed Will's sexuality and the fact he is in love with his best friend Mike (Finn Wolfhard) during an interview with Variety in July following the release of the final two episodes of the fourth season of the show.
"It was always kind of there, but you never really knew, is it just him growing up slower than his friends?" he 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."
Noah had previously deflected questions about how the character identifies until the full season was released, as he didn't want to spoil anything for viewers.
"I think it is done so beautifully, because it’s so easy to make a character just like all of a sudden be gay," he said. "People have come up to me — I was just in Paris and this, like, 40-year-old man came up to me and he was like, ‘Wow, this Will character made me feel so good. And I related to it so much. That is exactly who I was when I was a kid.’ That just made me so happy to hear. They are writing this real character and this real journey and real struggle and they’re doing it so well."
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