Actress Shannon Purser, who plays Barb in Netflix series Stranger Things, has come out as bisexual on Twitter.
“I’ve only just recently come out as bisexual to my family and friends. It’s something I am still processing and trying to understand and I don’t like talking about it too much,” she wrote.
The 19-year-old actress said she was writing in response to accusations of “queerbaiting” on Netflix series Riverdale, which she also stars in.
The drama started when Shannon dismissed “angry” fans of the show who complained that the kiss characters Betty and Veronica shared in Riverdale’s first episode was “queerbaiting” because it didn’t lead to a relationship.
Shannon clarified that was only referring to Riverdale fans “who had been particularly cruel” to her personally.
“I’m very very new to the LGBT community. I have never heard the term ‘queerbaiting’ in my life until today,” she wrote.
“That being said, I have never ever wanted to alienate anyone and my tweet was thoughtless… Thank you to all the people who kindly reached out to me.”
Shannon regularly uses her Twitter to discuss with her fans subjects like mental health, depression, faith and sexuality and last week she tweeted that “getting comfortable with your sexuality is a process.”
“It’s going to be ok. I wish I’d known that sooner,” she wrote.
“Another thing I wish I’d known about sexuality is to take it slow. It can define you as much as you want it to.
“It’s gonna be ok. You’re going to be ok. No, you’re going to be great.”
— Shannon Purser (@shannonpurser) April 19, 2017