Known to fans of Disney Channel and Freeform for his roles in “Teen Beach Movie” and “The Fosters”, actor Garrett Clayton had some important news to share with fans via Instagram, coming out as gay and revealing he’s in a long-term relationship with writer Blake Knight, whom he tagged in his post.
“I thought it was important to explain why I took on this project in the first place,” he wrote, discussing his role in upcoming big-screen drama “REACH”, noting that the film — which focuses on a teenager grappling with suicidal feelings — “deals with some very serious and timely topics that have affected me personally, and have likely influenced many of your lives as well.”
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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. ♥️
In “REACH”, Clayton stars as teenager Steven Turano, “a socially awkward band kid” who has decided to take his own life. “However, when Clarence, the new quirky kid in school, befriends him, Steven’s plans are sidetracked and he reaches beyond his comfort zone forming stronger relationships with his father, friends, and teachers,” describes the film’s synopsis. “The boys form an inseparable bond as Clarence finds creative ways to pull Steven out of his depression.”
Clayton’s boyfriend, Blake Knight, celebrated his partner in a congratulatory Instagram post.
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So proud of @garrettclayton1 today! He’s overcome a lot, and still has one of the biggest hearts of anyone I’ve ever met. Handsome, talented, hilarious, kind… what’s not to love?! 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! ❤️😘😍 #ManCrushMonday #ManCrushEVERYDAY