Season 2 of Heartstopper is proving to be just as big a hit as season one and star Joe Locke has finally confirmed what has been speculated all along!
According to showbiz bible Variety, Heartstopper season 2 soared to second place on the Netflix Top 10 during the July 31-Aug. 6 viewing window as fans rekindled their love affair with Nick and Charlie’s. After premiering on the service on Aug. 3, the new installment recorded 6.1 million total views.
It comes as star Joe Locke, who plays Charlie, went on the record in an interview with Teen Vogue. Locke said: “People have assumed and written it, and I haven’t ever corrected anyone because I haven’t felt the need to. But I’ve never specifically stated my sexuality.”
Locke confirmed that he is gay and has known that he was gay since he was nine years old.
“I have been openly gay since I was, like, 12,” he noted.
Now, just in case you didn’t dip into season one and would like to be caught up on all the fuss around this raw and adorable Netflix series:
Charlie (Joe Locke) and Nick (Kit Connor) and their friends at Truham Grammar School are back — and, like every other teenager in the world, they’re just trying to figure it all out when Heartstopper returns for Season 2 on Aug. 3. As Nick tells his pal Elle (Yasmin Finney) in the trailer for the new season above, “You don’t always have to understand your feelings completely. You don’t have to always have everything figured out. You can just feel.”
Though their friends are in the loop, Nick isn’t publicly out at school and Charlie wants to make sure Nick’s coming out experience is way less traumatic than his own — “I want you to come out when and how you want to,” he says. But the new boyfriends aren’t the only ones with romantic woes this season. Tao (William Gao) and Elle are working through their own complicated love lives, and so are the rest of their classmates.
For a treat sweeter than Nick’s bubblegum milkshake, check out the new trailer for Season 2 above. Below, the cast and crew of Heartstopper share a preview of what’s to come — including a jaunt to the City of Lights — with a behind-the-scenes video. Read on to find out everything we know so far about the new season of Alice Oseman’s coming-of-age series.