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Disney Star Garrett Clayton Comes Out, Reveals He's 'Dealt With Suicide'

Aug. 20 2018, Published 6:59 p.m. ET

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Disney channel star Garrett Clayton has come out of the closet, with an emotional and honest post on Instagram discussing his troubled youth.

“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,” he wrote.

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“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.”

Clayton, who revealed he is dating L.A. writer Blake Knight, decided to go public with his sexuality to explain why he decided to star in the new movie Reach, which is described a high-school drama about bullying from the perspective of the bully, the bullied, and the bystanders.

Clayton, 27, plays a socially awkward genius who plans to kill himself after being constantly picked on by a former childhood friend and school bully, until a new kid in school befriends him.

REACH deals with some very serious and timely topics that have affected me personally, and have likely influenced many of your lives as well,” he explained. “When I read the script for REACH, I immediately knew it was a film I had to be a part of. 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.”

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