Coming Out

Nickelodeon, YouTube star Lucas Cruikshank comes out

Staff Reports

Lucas Cruikshank, the 19-year-old comic actor who created the character “Fred Figglehorn,” and the associated “Fred” series for his YouTube channel — which he later parlayed into a film series for Nickelodeon — confirmed publicly on Tuesday that he is gay.

Cruikshank came out in a video posted on his YouTube channel in which he and Jennifer Veal, a 20-year-old actress who starred in the Disney Channel sitcom “Jessie,” answer questions submitted by fans, one of which was, “Are you gay?”

“I’m gay, but my family and friends have known for three years. I just haven’t felt the need to say it on the Internet,” Cruikshank responded.


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