Here's how to get the 'gay panic' wallpaper from Netflix's Heartstopper

Amber Peake April 24, 2022
Here's how to get the 'gay panic' wallpaper from Netflix's Heartstopper


If you’ve started watching Heartstopper on Netflix, you’ve probably noticed Charlie’s iconic “gay panic” wallpaper.

The new Netflix series set in an all-boys grammar school follows openly gay student Charlie Spring fall for his new rugby player friend Nick Nelson.

Throughout the show, audiences see close up shots of Charlie’s phone as the two hit it off outside school. The character’s wallpaper has since caught the attention of fans on social media.

We take a look at how you can match Charlie’s wallpaper as well as how it ties to the graphic novel in which the series is based.

Heartstopper | Official Trailer | Netflix

Heartstopper | Official Trailer | Netflix
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Fans can’t get over Charlie’s ‘gay panic’ wallpaper in Heartstopper

Heartstopper audiences will probably be familiar with Charlie’s iconic “gay panic” wallpaper, which is seen in close-up shots across the new Netflix series.

For those who missed it, the wallpaper features the phase “gay panic” over the top of a peach coloured background.

The phone background seems to have caught the attention of fans on Twitter, as many have reacted to its feature on the micro-blogging site:

It has a tie to the Heartstopper graphic novel

As fans will know, the series is based on a graphic novel series by author Alice Oseman.

In the illustrated books, Charlie’s phone wallpaper featured a NASA inspired wallpaper which, replaced “NASA” with “GAY.”

As fans notice the “gay panic” wallpaper on Charlie’s phone in the Netflix series, others are also remembering the design featured in the novel on social media:

Some may recognise that the phrase “gay panic” also features in volume 2 of the Heartstopper novels. A similar phrase also features in episode 4 as Nick exclaims: “honestly, I’m having a proper full-on gay crisis.”

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You can now match Charlie’s wallpaper

Looking to change your lock screen to match Charlie’s “gay panic” background? We’ve got you covered.

Fans will be pleased to hear that Alice Oseman, aka the author of the Heartstopper novels, has shared the iconic wallpaper on Twitter for “Charlie Spring stans”:

Inspired by the wallpaper, fans have also begun sharing their own creations, changing the phase on how they identify:

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Amber is an entertainment journalist with a love for anything showbiz, celeb or reality TV. After graduating with a degree in Journalism at Brunel University she became a Showbiz Reporter at Having written for both HITC and The Focus, Amber is now a staff writer for The Focus covering the latest celeb and entertainment trends.