‘Outer Banks’ Star Chase Stokes Gets ‘Vulnerable’ on Twitter, Thanks Fans For Support: ‘You All Have Saved Me’

Outer Banks star Chase Stokes wants his fans to know how much their support means to him. The actor took to Twitter to thank his followers for showing so much love to him and the Netflix show. Additionally, he touched on mental health and reminded everyone that it’s important to take care of themselves. Here’s what Stokes wrote, plus more on his own mental health journey.

Outer Banks star Chase Stokes at the 78 Venice International Film Festival 2021
‘Outer Banks’ star Chase Stokes at the 78 Venice International Film Festival 2021 | Rocco Spaziani/Archivio Spaziani/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images

Chase Stokes took a social media break after ‘Outer Banks’ Season 2’s release

The highly-anticipated season 2 of Outer Banks launched on Netflix on July 30. Nearly one month after the release, on Aug. 21, Stokes decided to take a social media break, revealing on his Instagram Stories that he wanted to “detox.” As Showbiz Cheat Sheet previously reported, Stokes wrote, “Gotta take care of my brain. Mental health is a lifelong journey.”

Before he left, Stokes made sure to thank fans for watching Outer Banks Season 2 and making the show so successful. Neilson streaming data recently revealed the Netflix original had been viewed for 2.1 billion minutes in the week of Aug. 2, as The Hollywood Reporter noted.

“It’s been a hell of a year,” Stokes wrote. “We are all super thankful for taking our little show into your hearts and homes again.” 

Chase Stokes thanked fans and encouraged them to take care of themselves

Stokes has occasionally returned to his social media accounts to share a few photos and reposts and interact with fans. He appeared on Twitter on Sept. 5, where he left a simple yet important message for his followers: “It’s okay not to be okay.”

However, the encouragement didn’t stop there. In another tweet, Stokes told his fans to “take care” of themselves and their families, practice patience, and “be present.”

“Do what you need to do to be honest with yourself and to feel okay,” he added.

Stokes was also sure to thank Outer Banks fans once more “for making my dreams come true.”

“Thanks for making our show apart of your lives,” the actor wrote. “It’s very hard to be vulnerable. But I’m ok with it. Because you guys make it easy.”

Finally, Stokes shared that fans have helped him through difficult times, just as many said Stokes did. He concluded:

You all- have saved me just as much as I see the tweets of me/cast saving you. You guys are the heart of my hearts. Keep beating…fighting. Keep moving forward with love. Please? We can change the world with love. So lean into that. Love. Love hard. Please.

The ‘Outer Banks’ star has previously opened up about loss and seeking help

Stokes has long been an advocate for mental health. In the past, he’s opened up about his own experiences in the hopes of inspiring others to seek help, as he did.

During an appearance in May on People‘s virtual panel on mental health, in partnership with Bring Change to Mind, Stokes revealed that his grandmother died just before he landed his Outer Banks leading role as John B. Routledge. The positive and negative “counter-experiences” impacted his ability to cope.

“I feel like, with every high I’ve hit [in his career], there’s been a major low,” he said. “It was this weird counter-experience, where I didn’t know how to process her death, nor did I have a space to process it due to a fear of failure with work.”

Stokes continued to explain that he “didn’t know how to ask for help” at first but eventually went to therapy.

“It was the best thing I could’ve done for myself. It’s an ongoing battle, which is the most important thing for me to remember,” he said. “Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable because it’s okay not to be okay sometimes.”

How to get help: In the U.S. and Canada, text the Crisis Text Line at 741741 to reach a crisis counselor for support.

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