Locke & Key actor Connor Jessup came out as gay last year and now he’s revealing what helped him decide to be open about his sexuality.

Connor said in a new interview with Attitude that he has been dating 13 Reasons Why actor Miles Heizer for “about 18 months” and their relationship gave him the courage to come out.

“One of the sparks at the beginning of the fuse [for coming out], was that I fell in love. When you’re happy, you want to be happy publicly, and it made me think about the whole construction of my life in a way that I had been avoiding,” Connor said in the interview. “I probably wouldn’t have [come out] if that hadn’t happened.”

Connor said that before his relationship with Miles, he never looked for love.

“The excuse was always that I was busy working and there was never the time to meet people — that’s all true to an extent, but also I think I was afraid,” he said. “There’s still this phenomenon where you can be out like I was, but in my day-to-day life, I wasn’t doing anything that would make people think I was gay. I wasn’t in a relationship and I wasn’t looking to be because I was ignoring that part of me. I put myself on pause for a while.”

“So, I had relationships, but nothing like the one I’m in right now,” he added. “This is my first time being in love.”

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