Riverdale fans are very aware that Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart have a crazy amount of on-screen chemistry. It's part of the reason why their characters' Jughead and Betty's romance is one any viewer of the show can see is truly something special. They bring out the best in each other and when rumors started flying and were seemingly confirmed by sources this summer that off-screen, Cole and Lili were an actual item, shippers hearts' everywhere nearly burst. Bughead is simply precious and knowing these two are in love in real life restores everyone's faith in love, tbh.
But now, Cole has us all v confused about the actual status of Sprousehart. During the cast's sit-down chat with Entertainment Weekly, Lili straight up had no comment on the rumors while Cole just more generally spoke about all the ships on the show.
"Since the show began, people have wanted Lili and I to be together. People have wanted Lili and Cami 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 and talk about. So I think that kind of discussion, especially because it’s based so much on rumor and hearsay, needs to be taken with a grain of salt. We’re all still human lives that are interacting with the source material. But, truthfully, it’s very pleasing that people talk about Lili and I in that way because it means that we’re resonating so strongly from our character perspective that people really want that to be true. I think as professional actors we can pat ourselves on the back for that and go, 'This was a success.' It was such a success that people want to see it in real life," he said.
UMM, OKAY. So he didn't really confirm or deny anything but said we all shouldn't ever really trust hearsay, which we know, and then we have Lili over here so understandably is #OverIt when it comes to any and all dating rumors she's involved in. Basically, she's tired of everyone thinking she may or may not be dating any of her co-stars.
"It’s horrifying how invested some people are in my love life," Lili wrote on her Tumblr page. "Emphasis on 'my.' It is mine. It is private. If a stranger’s love life is causing you anger, frustration or anxiety… please reevaluate your priorities. I also want to point out that there is a difference between shipping Betty and other characters, and shipping me with literally everyone I make eye contact with. There are so many other things to focus your attention and energy on."
We get it girl, we do but like Lili wrote the most heartfelt birthday message to Cole on Instagram and she and Cole have been spotted out and about together several times, just the two of them. Like when they caught a flight leaving Vancouver together. Or how about the fact that Cole has everyone out here thinking he just referred to Lili as "the love of my life." ALREADY SOBBING. But let's recap:
So, Cole posted the cover of a shoot he did where he photographed Sam Smith and in the caption, Cole wrote, "Excited to show you guys my cover and story for L'uomo Vogue this month, starring @samsmithworld
Pick up a copy if you see it, I'll be posting some of the other shots over the next couple days. Keep up. Thanks to the love of my life, the timeless @rushkabergman for styling, and the team over at @avenue53 for helping. As always, special thanks goes to @glennwassall and Helena." And naturally, we're all like who is this love of your life Cole?! And Lili even commented with a little red heart.
So now we're all thinking that's who he's referring to, Lili! But again, that's just us being hopeful over here. But speaking of more subtley romantic moments, let us never forget the time they went on a hot air balloon ride, which they both posted on their Instagram stories without you know, acknowledging that they were together.
And yes, the fandom took note of this rather romantic gesture because it simply hit everyone right in the feels. Hot air balloon = a date 99.9% of the time, right?
but like cole and lili lowkey high key exposed yesterday. literally went on a hot air balloon date and just posted about it weren't spotted— ananda 🍂 (@anandadaily) September 18, 2017
but like cole and lili lowkey high key exposed yesterday. literally went on a hot air balloon date and just posted about it weren't spotted
Cole and Lili were *most likely* on a romantic hot air balloon ride Cole and Lili were *most likely* on a romantic hot air balloon ride— lilli loves lili💙💛 (@riverlilivixen) September 17, 2017
Cole and Lili were *most likely* on a romantic hot air balloon ride Cole and Lili were *most likely* on a romantic hot air balloon ride
Well Cole and lili are on a hot air balloon and I'm here screaming my head off— Maria💜✨ (@rivversdale) September 17, 2017
Well Cole and lili are on a hot air balloon and I'm here screaming my head off
Now, you can obviously be just friends with someone and hang out all the time without there being anything more than a solid friendship. While that is fine and dandy, we still can't help but wonder and believe in our hearts there is something more going on here, since Cole is pretty much dancing around the question and there is plenty of proof out there that yes, they are an actual couple.
Well, we're most likely never going to get a clear answer from Lili and Cole since the actress has made it clear she has no interest in fanning the flames and Cole, being an actor for so many years, has said in the past that he always plans on keeping his personal life private.
"I am one of those guys that's never ever going to talk about my private life with the public sphere. I mean people can talk about Jughead as much as they want but when it comes to the personal relationships, I have spent much of my life separating work and play so I will continue to do so," Cole once said to Elle. And in April of 2017, Cole spoke about why he often does photo shoots starring his leading lady and admitted that Lili is just someone he likes taking pics of.
"Lili and I play characters who are dating, so just about any time she and I go out into the wilderness, it's 'Oh my god!' But truthfully, I'm a sucker for friends, fashion, and framing," Cole said to MTV News.
This is all a bit confusing if we're being honest here but it's clear the friendship Cole and Lili have is really unlike anything else. The entire Riverdale cast has truly become a family and their friendships with each other will last a lifetime, which Lili spoke about in an interview with Coveteur.
"One hundred percent, and I would be devastated if it wasn’t. There’s no telling what’s going to happen in the future, but I was just talking to Cole and Cami, who were over watching Game of Thrones, [about how] we’re incredibly blessed. That’s how I feel about the entire situation and this show being in my life. I booked this role without knowing that I was going to make 10 new best friends. That’s insane, coming from someone who never really had too many best friends to begin with, because of my social anxiety and just the way that I am. This was like a golden ticket. I got a job, and I also got these incredible people in my life," Lili said.
Alright, now that is adorable and we're glad she's made such amazing shows, especially her bond with Cole. We're just forever grateful Bughead is still going strong on the show. We can get all the cute romantic moments we need there.
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This post was originally published on Sept. 19, 2017, and has since been updated.