Stranger Things is so freaking good that, for many fans, it's hard to imagine the young actors on the show as anything but their characters. It turns out, though, that not only does Millie Bobby Brown not actually like Eggos all that much (what???), but Charlie Heaton reportedly has a son, according to Us Weekly. Needless to say, Twitter is totally freaking out over the idea that Heaton, who plays the misfit high schooler Jonathan Byers, is a dad, and that his baby is oh so cute.
According to the Us Weekly report, 23-year-old Heaton shares a son with his ex, Akiko Matsuura, with whom he played in a British noise rock band called Comanechi before Heaton moved to Los Angeles and hit it big with the first season of Stranger Things. A source told the magazine:
They share a son, but he lives with Akiko and Charlie visits on occasion. Charlie is in L.A. most of the time auditioning and was filming for Stranger Things, but he jumps across the pond to London to see their son. Akiko and Charlie are amicable coparents.
Romper reached out to Heaton's reps to confirm the report, but has not heard back at this time.
The Sun was the first to report on Heaton's young child, writing that the boy is 3 years old, and reportedly named Archie.
Heaton mostly flew under the radar after the first season of the Netflix smash hit, while his younger co-stars charmed the world as they made the talk show rounds, culture writers penned a million odes to Winona Ryder, and the internet clamored for #JusticeForBarb. But now that Season 2 has dropped, things are very, very different, and not just because Eleven grew out her hair.
Heaton made headlines over the weekend when he was denied entry into the United States. He was detained at Los Angeles International Airport because authorities allegedly found cocaine on the actor, according to People. Heaton was then reportedly sent back to the United Kingdom, meaning that he could not attend the premiere party for the second season of the show. Heaton apologized for the issue, according to People:
My planned travel to the U.S. last week was affected by an issue at U.S. immigration, and I am working to rectify it as soon as possible. I do want to clarify that I was not arrested or charged with a crime, and cooperated fully with the U.S. officials at LAX. I’m sorry to all the fans and my Stranger Things family for missing the premiere. We are all so proud of this season and I would never want this story to negatively impact the show.
Now, just a few days later, he's in the news again, albeit for an entirely different kind of reason.
All the news reports calling this baby a "secret love child" and such may be a little overblown. As some fans pointed out on Twitter, those who were following Heaton's career closely before now already knew about his son. It seems like it may just be a case of an actor keeping his personal life and his professional life separate, rather than a dramatic secret conspiracy. (Perhaps let's leave the dramatic secret conspiracies to Hawkins National Laboratory.)
For those curious about how Heaton's love life is currently going, Teen Vogue reported a few weeks ago that he was spotted holding hands in public with his Stranger Things co-star Natalia Dyer, so that's a potential victory for all those who ship Nancy and Jonathan over Nancy and Steve, despite Jonathan taking all those vaguely voyeuristic photos of her...
A belated congratulations to Heaton on his adorable son. No wonder he's so good at giving off those father figure vibes to his younger brother Will on the show.
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