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- Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart star on “Riverdale” together, and their off-screen relationship started budding in 2016.
- There have been reports that Sprouse and Reinhart have broken up, but the couple has never confirmed them – in fact, they’ve never directly confirmed their relationship in the first place.
- The two are very private about their relationship but have posted photos and shared sweet moments on social media many times over the past few years.
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Shortly after the show began filming, the pair began dating in real life, too, but they kept their off-screen relationship private.
Starting in July of 2019, reports began surfacing that the two broke up. The pair have neither confirmed nor denied their current relationship status, but they seem to have indirectly jabbed these reports in interviews and Instagram posts following the rumors.
Here’s a timeline of the relationship between the two “Riverdale” stars.
August 4, 2016: Reinhart celebrated Sprouse’s birthday on Instagram.
“Wishing the happiest of birthdays to my pal, Cole,” Reinhart wrote in her Instagram caption, adding a dancing-girl emoji.
This was the first post on Reinhart’s Instagram that showed the pair together without the rest of their “Riverdale” cast.
September 22, 2016: Reinhart posted a photo of the two on set.
Reinhart captioned this Instagram post, “Betty & Juggy.”
Although the caption tells us the pair is in character, the body language between the two made some fans think they were more than friends, especially since Betty and Jughead’s characters did not become a pair on the show until March 2017.
October 16, 2016: Sprouse posted his first photo of Reinhart on Instagram.
Sprouse’s Instagram is much more artistic than personal, but the photo seemed to confirm that the two were spending time together offset.
However, he posted a similar photo of another costar, Madelaine Petsch, with the same caption.
March 18, 2017: Sprouse posted a photo from a shoot he did with Reinhart.
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Sprouse’s Instagram showcases his photography skills, and he’s often on shoots with models like Kendall Jenner.
April 22, 2017: Both Sprouse and Reinhart continued to post photos from their photoshoots.
“That crow is clicking at us, can you hear it,” Sprouse wrote in the caption of this photo of Reinhart.
“The wind is so strong, the bird is practically hovering. They say time moves faster for corvids. Years and decades are seconds and minutes to the black bird. That’s why they click, to see if they can match our clocks. It’s true! Shame it should be hovering, it must be so confused. Motionless and untethered by time. Don’t worry for the crow, in mere moments it’ll all pass. In mere moments this will just be one of many clicks had while hovering.”
Fans, now fully believing the two “Riverdale” actors are in a romantic relationship, speculated that this long caption was a demonstration of Sprouse’s love for Reinhart.
Reinhart captioned an Instagram post from the same photoshoot, “Thank you for indulging me,” and tagged Sprouse. She followed up with a post from the photoshoot in May with the caption “Can’t help it. Here’s another.”
June 12, 2017: Reinhart posted a picture from Coachella and tagged Sprouse.
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The caption of the post was simply a palm-tree emoji, but Reinhart tagged Sprouse in the photo. The pair attended the music festival with a few of their “Riverdale” costars.
July 23, 2017: Sprouse gave Reinhart his jacket at a Comic-Con event.
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The whole “Riverdale” cast attended San Diego Comic-Con in 2017. At the event, Reinhart was spotted wearing Sprouse’s maroon suit jacket.
People reported that the pair were seen holding hands and kissing.
August 4, 2017: Reinhart posted a touching caption for Sprouse’s birthday.
The caption read “To the man who has showed me more beautiful places in this past year than I have ever seen in my whole life. Happy birthday, Cole. Thank you for all of the adventures and here’s to many more.”
September 13, 2017: Sprouse responded to relationship reports in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
“People have wanted Lili and Camila to be together. People have wanted KJ and I to be together. People have wanted every actor on this show to be in a union that they could make real. Truthfully, it’s very pleasing that people talk about Lili and I in that way because it means that we’re resonating so strongly that people really want that to be true,” Sprouse said to Entertainment Weekly in reference to “Riverdale” fans.
October 17, 2017: The pair posted a series of Instagram posts from a new photoshoot.
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Reinhart captioned the black-and-white photo, “You go first.”
Later that month, Reinhart tagged Sprouse in a post captioned “Let down your hair *extensions*” Insinuating, perhaps, that Sprouse was her prince charming.
November 18, 2017: Reinhart posted a photo of herself taken by Sprouse on a late-night rendezvous.
“When I wanted eggs and toast at 1am,” Reinhart captioned the photo, in which she tagged Sprouse.
November 22, 2017: Sprouse said he will never confirm or deny his romantic relationships.
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Sprouse’s answer about whether or not he and Reinhart are in a relationship? “No comment,” according to People magazine.
“I think that in many ways it’s offensive and an invasion of privacy, but it’s also a badge of honor because it means you’re creating a chemistry on screen that is so understandable that people want to see it in real life, which is flattering from a professional perspective,” he told the magazine.
January 18, 2018: Sprouse and Reinhart vacationed in Hawaii together over the New Year.
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Reinhart and Cole took a trip to the Kapaa Homesteads in Hawaii, according to an Instagram post from Reinhart.
April 2, 2018: Sprouse and Reinhart were spotted kissing in Paris.
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According to US Weekly, the pair of “Riverdale” actors attended RiverCon and then were spotted out in Paris. Photographers captured photos of the two sharing romantic exchanges in public.
Reinhart posted a photo while in France of a graffitied wall. She captioned the photo with the French flag.
April 17, 2018: Sprouse and Reinhart vacationed at the Cuixmala resort in Mexico.
Reinhart posted a photo of herself on Instagram and tagged Sprouse. She kept the caption simple, with only the shell emoji.
May 7, 2018: Sprouse and Reinhart attended the 2018 Met Gala together.
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The pair arrived together at the Met Gala dressed to the nines. They posed for photos together, marking the first time the couple walked the red carpet together.
May 31, 2018: Reinhart shared a photo of the two from the Met Gala on Instagram.
Reinhart posted an adorable photo later that month of the pair dressed in their Met Gala attire. The photo had no caption.
July 2, 2018: Reinhart spoke to Harper’s Bazaar about her privacy.
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“I’m not OK talking about my relationship,” Reinhart told Harper’s Bazaar. “I’m not going to tell you my love story. That’s just not appropriate right now.”
She added that she considers her privacy very important, and wants people to respect that.
July 23, 2018: Reinhart and Sprouse were spotted together at Comic-Con.
Reinhart posted a photo at Comic-Con of Sprouse, herself, and costar Casey Cott, with the caption “Loves.”
August 2018: Reinhart posted a heartfelt birthday post for Sprouse and shared a photo from one of their trips.
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“It seems as if the world would still be a stranger to me, if not for you,” Reinhart wrote in the caption for Sprouse’s birthday post. “I’m so thankful that our paths intertwined to form this beautiful adventure~ Happy birthday, my love.”
Later that month, Reinhart shared a photo of the couple in Paris. Whether it was a throwback to their trip in April 2018 or a second trip to France, Reinhart captioned a post “6am” with the location Paris, France.
Reinhart kept the caption simple – just an emoji.
September 10, 2018: Sprouse posted a photo of him and Reinhart.
This was the first semi-romantic photo Sprouse shared, captioning it, “it’s pretty, pretty late.”
September 13, 2018: Sprouse posted a topless photo of Reinhart for her birthday.
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Sprouse captioned the photo, “Both the birthday and the gift. My little muse, happy birthday my love.” Fans took this as an official announcement that the two were a couple.
October 13, 2018: Reinhart shared a shirtless photo of Sprouse on Instagram.
This post was captioned “I hope you don’t mind,” which could be a reference to the Elton John song “Your Song,” or simply an aesthetically-pleasing phrase for a caption.
February 14, 2019: Reinhart posted a photo of her and Sprouse for Valentine’s Day.
It’s hard to deny the couple’s love after Reinhart posted an intimate picture of the two of them for Valentine’s Day with the caption, “You make me very happy. Happy Valentine’s Day, my love.”
February 14, 2019: Sprouse said in a post that Reinhart was the only thing keeping him sane.
Sprouse’s Valentine’s Day post read, “Quite actually the only thing keeping me sane is @lilireinhart.”
He posted a second photo later that day with the caption, “Another one just for good measure.”
March 7, 2019: The two attended the premiere of Sprouse’s film “Five Feet Apart.”
Sprouse starred in the heartbreaking romantic film “Five Feet Apart,” and he and Reinhart attended the big premiere for the movie together.
Reinhart also posted on Instagram in honor of the premiere with the caption, “I am so in awe of @colesprouse and @haleyluhoo for their work in this film. The last few days have been hard on all of us… and this film touches you in a way that makes you feel incredibly grateful to be with the people you love. I can’t express enough how moved I was by @fivefeetapartfilm – I can’t wait for the world to see it.”
March 12, 2019: In an interview, Sprouse opened up about his and Reinhart’s special connection.
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“We legitimately could not stay away from one another,” the actor told the Los Angeles Times about his and Reinhart’s decision to start dating.
He also spoke about the couple’s issues with deciding how much of their personal lives and relationship to share with the public.
“I’ve girded my private life very intentionally,” he told the publication. “It’s one of those things that I still sort of grapple with and Lili and I grapple with.”
May 10, 2019: The two attended the Met Gala together again.
The couple walked the red carpet together for the 2019 “Camp: Notes on Fashion” Met Gala.
Sprouse posted on Instagram for the event with an out-of-character, unfocused shot of Reinhart posing with a portrait of Louis XIV.
July 2019: Reinhart and Sprouse faced breakup reports after the 2019 Comic-con.
Reinhart and Sprouse attended San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) on July 21 for a “Riverdale” panel, and after their appearance, reports began surfacing that the two had broken up, per Us Weekly.
According to an unnamed source who spoke to “E! News,” the two actually broke up earlier, in the summer of 2019.
However, right when these reports were surfacing, Reinhart and Sprouse posed for the cover of W magazine that was released on July 25, 2019.
For the interview with the magazine, the two were interviewed separately instead of as a couple.
Reinhart said, “Now that I’m X amount of years in, I do appreciate the privacy we have, that he’s encouraged me to take. No one knows how long we’ve been together, and no one will until we’re ready to say it. No one knows how we fell in love, except for our close friends and us. It’s really special.”
Sprouse said, “My own happiness and her happiness come before caring about what people are saying.”
Both of them posted the cover on Instagram with satirical captions. Reinhart’s read, “BREAKING: A reliable source has confirmed that none of you know s—,” and Sprouse’s read, “UNPRECEDENTED: Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart consume the flesh of ‘reliable sources’ to fuel their bacchanalian sex cult.”
August 4, 2019: Reinhart posted a touching poem for Sprouse’s birthday.
August 6, 2019: An interview with Sprouse in Entertainment Tonight addressed the breakup reports.
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Sprouse told Entertainment Tonight that you just have to “poke fun at” breakup rumors because of the industry he and Reinhart are in.
“It’s kind of something you sign up for, but as long as [you] can keep it light and fun, it’s all good,” he said.
November 10, 2019: Reinhart posted a series of photos that seemed to suggest the couple was back together.
The two remained quiet on social media after the summer reports and the W cover release, until Reinhart posted a series of photos that included one of the couple kissing.
The caption of the post read, “The sequel,” and the couple appeared back together.
February 9, 2020: Reinhart and Sprouse attended the Vanity Fair Oscars after-party separately.
After Reinhart’s November post, the two stayed quiet on social media about the status of their relationship.
However, some fans were disappointed that Reinhart and Sprouse were photographed arriving separately to the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscars after-party.
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