Six years after the Oscar-nominated star, Ellen Page, publicly revealed he was gay, the star has now announced that he is a transgender male named Elliot.
The 33-year-old Canadian actor took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to share her emotional statement. Ellen wrote; "Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot. I feel lucky to be writing this. To have arrived at this place in my life."
Elliot came out publicly as gay in 2014 with an emotional speech at the Human Rights Campaign's Time to Thrive conference for LGTBQ youth, where she shared that she hoped her news would help others struggling with their sexuality. "I'm here today because I am gay. And because maybe I can make a difference."
Elliot, who is also known for his huge role in Juno, asked his followers and fans for "patience" and admitted that he is "scared" of the "invasiveness, the hate, the jokes, and of the violence" that he may face moving forward.
"My job is real, but it is also fragile. The truth is, despite feeling profoundly happy right now and knowing how much privilege I carry, I am also scared," he continued.
His use of gender-neutral pronouns also suggests that Elliot is non-binary, meaning that he does not identify with any gender specifically - although he did not use this label in his statement.
Elliot also unveiled changes to his official social media accounts. He is now posting on Twitter under the username @TheElliotPage, and on Instagram as @elliotpage.
Elliot continued in his statement to thank his loved ones for their support through his journey and expressed his "overwhelming gratitude" for helping him to reach a stage where he felt comfortable to "pursue his authentic self".
Shortly after he posted his statement, his wife Emma Portner, who he tied the knot with back in 2018, showed her public support for him on Instagram.
"I am so proud of @elliotpage. Trans, queer and non-binary people are a gift to this world. I also ask for patience & privacy [and] that you join me in the fervent support of trans life every single day. Elliot’s existence is a gift in and of itself. Shine on sweet E. Love you so much," Emma wrote.
However, Elliot did not reveal what stage of his transition process he is in. He also did not share whether he has, or plans to, undergo hormone therapy or top and bottom surgery.
Dozens of A-listers and fans showed their support for Elliot revealing he is transgender. Miley Cyrus, who wrote: "Elliot rules!", followed by Anna Paquin – who starred alongside Elliot's ex, Alexander, in True Blood – commented "Sending you all the love and support Elliot! And just to save some time to everyone who is being hateful/transphobic/homophobic you can all f*** off. Elliot is a f***ing warrior and treasure of a human being."
The official Umbrella Academy account also reached out and commented "So proud of our superhero!! WE LOVE YOU ELLIOT!!!"
Elliot is currently due to begin filming the third season of the Netflix show The Umbrella Academy and, according to Variety, he will continue to play the role of female violinist, Vanya Hargreeves.
Elliot’s full statement read as follows:
Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot. I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life.
I feel overwhelming gratitude for the incredible people who have supported me along this journey. I can't begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self. I've been endlessly inspired by so many in the trans community. Thank you for your courage, your generosity and ceaselessly working to make this world a more inclusive and compassionate place. I will offer whatever support I can and continue to strive for a more loving and equal society.
I also ask for patience. My joy is real, but it is also fragile. The truth is, despite feeling profoundly happy right now and knowing how much privilege I carry, I am also scared. I'm scared of the invasiveness, the hate, the 'jokes' and of violence. To be clear, I am not trying to dampen a moment that is joyous and one that I celebrate, but I want to address the full picture. The statistics are staggering. The discrimination towards trans people is rife, insidious and cruel, resulting in horrific consequences. In 2020 alone it has been reported that at least 40 transgender people have been murdered, the majority of which were Black and Latinx trans women. To the political leaders who work to criminalize trans health care and deny our right to exist and to all of those with a massive platform who continue to spew hostility towards the trans community: you have blood on your hands. You unleash a fury of vile and demeaning rage that lands on the shoulders of the trans community, a community in which 40% of trans adults report attempting suicide. Enough is enough. You aren't being 'cancelled', you are hurting people. I am one of those people and we won't be silent in the face of your attacks.
I love that I am trans. And I love that I am queer. And the more I hold myself close and fully embrace who I am, the more I dream, the more my heart grows and the more I thrive. To all trans people who deal with harassment, self-loathing, abuse and the threat of violence every day: I see you, I love you and I will do everything to change this world for the better.
Thank you for reading this.
All my love,