Earlier this year, Keiynan Lonsdale came out in a heartfelt Instagram post.
The 25-year-old actor – who plays Wally West/Kid Flash on the CW’s The Flash – decided that he had to “embrace who I am” and “not faking shit anymore,” telling his fans that he likes both men and women.
“I’ve become bored of being insecure, ashamed, scared… no one should feel like that about themselves, especially when there is so much good life to live,” he posted.
Because of his blossoming career in Hollywood, he initially didn’t have plans to come out until later in life. Much, much later in life.
“I never had any plans to come out until I was like in my 80s,” Keiynan told The Hollywood Reporter. “Until then I’d just live a nice sad life.”
He ultimately decided against that, and in May this year he let the rest of the world know who he is.
“It’s been a wonderful experience, a very welcoming experience,” he said of his coming out.
“We have the power to change that outcome ourselves and if you come out and you’re proud of it and you’re proud of yourself then people are proud for you. It’s infectious.”
The reaction from fans all over the world has been a great experience for Keiynan too.
“I have kids contact me from Nigeria,” he said. “I’m part Nigerian and now they can see someone on TV and reach out to me on social media from the other side of the world. It’s amazing.
“To hear them say they feel better about themselves, it means the world to me.”
As well as The Flash, Keiynan has had role in The Divergent Series as Uriah Pedrad, and in Dance Academy as Oliver Lloyd.
He will also star alongside Jurassic World’s Nick Robinson in upcoming gay coming-of-age movie Love, Simon, which is a big screen adaptation of Becky Albertalli’s 2015 novel Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda.