Keiynan Lonsdale Confirms Exit From 'The Flash' With Moving Twitter Post

6 June 2018, 15:43

Keiynan Lonsdale
Keiynan Lonsdale. Picture: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

By Sam Prance

The actor who stars as Wally West and Kid Flash on the hit superhero series has revealed that he will no longer be a series regular on the show.

Yesterday (June 5) rumours swirled round the internet that Keiynan Lonsdale would be leaving his position as a series regular on The Flash and its spinoff The Legends of Tomorrow and now the Love, Simon star has confirmed them.

After multiple incredible series as Wally West and Kid Flash, the teen heartthrob will be taking a step back to focus on other projects.

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Taking to Twitter, Keiynan posted a moving message to his 150,000 followers about what the show means to him, why he's decided to feature in it less and what the future holds for him. He captioned it: "Love you all - Keiy x".

In it the rising star also assures his fans that this doesn't mean that Wally is gone forever. Not to mention, he goes on to thank the cast and crew for everything that they have done for him.

"Yo! Soo as a lot of you have now read, I’m not returning next season as a series regular for @cwtheflash or @cw_legendsoftomorrow. It’s definitely not a total goodbye or “see ya never” situation, cause Wally West will still be round when you need him the most! :) It’s just that it won’t be full time anymore."

So we will still get more Wally content. This is a little easier to bear.

"I’ve changed a lot in the past year (as you’ve probably noticed lol)", he said. "And for infinite reasons my perspective on life & what I want from it now is just completely different. Because of that, my heart told me it was the right time to continue my journey on an unknown path, and I’m so damn grateful to both shows for honouring & respecting that with me."

He continued: "I love Kid Flash, I love the family I’ve made, & I’m absolutely in love with the invaluable lessons I’ve learnt along the way. Thank you for believing in me & rooting for Wally to thrive, you honestly helped me see that i did indeed deserve to play him, & that shit right there made me a stronger actor 🙏🏾 Anyway, I hope you stick around for the new adventures, the only thing I can promise is Magic. Love Keiy ⚡"

I like to change my hair, I like to take risks with how I dress, I like girls, & I like guys (yes), I like growing, I like learning, I like who I am and I really like who I'm becoming. Spent way too many years hating myself, thinking I was less valuable because I was different.. which is just untrue. A couple years ago I was able to accept myself, & it saved my life, but now I've gotten to a new road block & I feel kind of lost. I gotta take the next step & actually embrace who I am, which is pretty exciting. Not faking shit anymore, not apologising for falling in love with people no matter their gender. I've become bored of being insecure, ashamed, scared... no one should feel like that about themselves, especially when there is so much good life to live. Ya know more & more I see so many young people being their best / truest selves, it's fucking inspiring... so what have I been waiting for!? Who knows. Everyone in their own time. I hope we can all learn to embrace who we are & not judge people who aren't exactly the same as us. The truth is we are all family, we're all one. Just love. Keiy. ❤

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After winning legions of fans as our favourite superhero The Flash, Keiynan zoomed into mainstream prominence this year as the breakout star of the critically acclaimed teen drama Love, Simon. He also came out during the process and has since become a prominent LGBTQIA+ activist, as well as releasing a queer anthem in 'Kiss The Boy'.

Of course the thought of not having Keiynan on our screens every week is breaking our hearts but knowing that he is going to use this time to explore more of the projects that he loves is super exciting.

We cannot wait to see what he does next.