It’s so important to be your full true self, and I’m so proud of Garett for realizing that!

Last week, actor Garett Clayton came out in an emotional essay that he posted to Instagram. You might know Garett from his Disney Channel days of the Teen Beach movies, King Cobra, or his most recent project, REACH.

“With the release of my new movie REACH coming up, I thought it was important to explain why I took on this project in the first place,” Garett said in opening statement to his lengthy essay. He continued “when I read the script for REACH, I immediately knew it was a film I had to be a part of. 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.”

Ending it, Garett said “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. 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.”

It’s incredible to see that Garett was ready to up to the world about his life, so much love and respect for him for having the courage to do this. May he live his life to the fullest and never stop being his true and authentic self, congratulations G. Garett’s new movie, REACH, comes out October 19th- check out the trailer here!