Anne with an E's Amybeth McNulty says she 'accidentally' came out as bisexual, fans rejoice during Pride Month
Amybeth McNulty supported fan speculation about Anne Shirley being bisexual and her coming out as bisexual was the real-life fulfillment of the way fans saw Anne's character
Talk about great timing. Amybeth McNulty, better known as the titular "Anne" of the hit show 'Anne with an E', came out as bisexual on June 18 as Pride Month is being celebrated. Of course, since this is the girl who plays Anne, queen of the unconventional, how could McNulty's coming out publically be boring?
Most fans first realized she had come out only after she tweeted about it saying: "Well, I think I just accidentally came out hahaha happy pride month lovelies", followed by a pride flag and a heart emoji. Her Twitter feed subsequently exploded with fans congratulating her entry into the LGBTQ+ club, dubbing her a "bicon". There was an avalanche of "date me" and "marry me" tweets in response to the news, with both bisexual and lesbian women rejoicing that they had "a shot".
However, some fans were curious about the "accidental" part of her tweet and began a bit of sleuthing. They finally realized that she had liked and reposted a fan edit of one of her older Instagram stories about attending a pride parade that had her holding the sign "Anne Shirley is bi as hell".
The actress had also recently posted pictures of herself titled 'Call me by your name: Quarantine Edition', mimicking the signature poster art of the coming-of-age romantic film about the love that blooms between 17-year-old Elio Perlman (Timothee Chalamet) and Oliver (Armie Hammer), a 24-year-old graduate student assistant of Elio's father.
Fans of the book and the series have often speculated that Anne was bisexual, which is reflected in her intense friendship with the girl-next-door Diana Barry. Both swear to be lifelong "bosom friends", who will never be parted even if they do get married.
Amybeth McNulty supported these fan speculations herself and her coming out as bisexual was the real-life fulfillment of the way fans saw Anne's character on the show and in the books. Several fans posted pictures of her wearing the pride flag when she was much younger while others thanked her for "trusting them" with the news. Calling it a "win for girls", another user posted that "if God hates gay [people], why do we keep on winning?".
A large portion of McNulty's fans wanted to know which bisexual anthem she was rocking out to after coming out -- 'Sweater Weather' or one of the songs by 'girl in red'. McNulty's coming out will probably help bring some cheer to her fans still blue over their favorite show's cancellation.
In 'Anne with an E', though both Anne Shirley and Diana Barry are straight, they often do pretend to woo each other while playing 'The Knight rescuing the Princess' games. The series also explored queer relationships through two people in particular -- Diana's aunt Josephine, who lived with her partner Gertrude till she died, and Cole, who is Anne and Diana's classmate.
Artistic and shy, Cole was an addition to the original cast of characters in the books. His plotline was specifically written to update the 1908 novel written by Lucy Maud Montgomery to include a queer coming-of-age story.