Joe Locke and his co-star Kit Connor have already become major stars following their acclaimed performances in Netflix’s new romantic drama, Heartstopper. With a second season in the pipeline, fans on Twitter and TikTok have been confused by claims the young actor had died, and Joe himself has had to clear up the rumours in his latest Instagram post.
19-year-old actor Joe has had to confirm he’s still alive following a bizarre hoax which has become popular on TikTok this week.
Several popular posts on the online video-sharing platform claimed users had discovered the actor had died and sent their condolences.
Hundreds of Heartstopper fans were left confused and upset by the videos, and the topic quickly became trending on Twitter.
Thankfully, the young Netflix star is still alive and has been filming the highly anticipated second season of the Young Adult drama this year.
In his latest Instagram post, which featured snaps of Joe and Kit at British GQ, @user1825x commented: “TikTok thinks you’re dead.”
Joe quickly replied: “TikTok is full of people who lie to get clout… I am alive and well.”
His fans were naturally relieved and also furious with social media users who had been spreading lies.
Twitter user @heartstperxjoe fumed: “The fact that he had to address that he’s F*****G ALIVE is really f****d up you guys wtf…”
“Joe Locke baby get behind me I’m about to throw some hands.”
“That’s so gross honestly,” user @scaleddandicy replied.
“If people wanna spend some time off social media and not post 24/7 they should be able to without being assumed they’ve passed.”
@emronance asked: “Why are people on TikTok saying Joe Locke is dead? When there’s 0 news about it, that’s such a weird joke to make.”
And @nicksnelIie wrote: “Why does TikTok take a piece of information and run with it? Joe Locke is not dead.”
The hoax comes just a few weeks after Joe’s co-star Kit was caught up in a similar social media storm.
His 18-year-old screen partner claimed he was forced to come out by online trolls when he confirmed he was bisexual in a Twitter post.
“I’m bi. Congrats for forcing an 18-year-old to out himself,” he wrote. “I think some of you missed the point of the show. Bye.”
Kit immediately received an outpouring of support from Heartstopper fans, who were frustrated by fellow viewers who falsely accused the star of ‘queerbaiting’.
He has subsequently deleted his Twitter profile, though his co-star Joe remains active on most social media platforms.
Joe’s latest TikTok posts featured the Heartstopper cast in Paris, so fans could expect to see some iconic scenes from Alice Oseman’s graphic novels in the upcoming second season.