Stranger Things star Noah Schnapp comes out as gay in new video

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Stranger Things star Noah Schnapp has come out as gay in a new video.

The 18-year-old Will Byers actor shared a humorous video on TikTok on Thursday (January 5) where he explained that he'd come out to his friends and family.

"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'," reads the message imposed over a video of Noah Schnapp miming a TikTok meme.

His caption added: "I guess I'm more similar to will than I thought [sic]."

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Noah was referencing the fact that his character in Stranger Things is gay and has been harbouring a secret crush on his best friend Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard).

The show has faced criticism over its handling of Will, as many have taken issue with the show not definitively having Will come out on screen.

Just this week, Schnapp addressed his character's sexuality by promising fans they will get necessary closure in the Netflix series' fifth and final season.

"I can just tell you that I'm very very excited for what's to come," he told Forbes.

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"I think they did a great job with Will's character this season, and beautifully addressed everything they needed to. The way they closed the show is just perfect – the story started with Will, and it’ll end with Will."

As for his personal announcement, Schnapp has received overwhelming support on his TikTok account, with many fans sharing how proud they are of the young actor.

Stranger Things seasons 1-4 are now streaming worldwide on Netflix. A fifth and final season is currently in the works.

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