Every time 'Riverdale' stars Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse have opened up about their relationship and breakup

Jordan Strauss/Invision/APLili Reinhart, left, and Cole Sprouse arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of ‘Five Feet Apart’ on Thursday, Mar. 7, 2019 in Los Angeles.

Since reportedly first getting together in the spring of 2017,Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse have been the subject of relationship speculation.

The on-screen costars, who share a romance as “Bughead” on “Riverdale,” have been much more private about their off-screen connection, rarely speaking publicly about each other or their relationship.

After a year breakup rumours and reports, Sprouse confirmed on Instagram that the pair permanently split in March.

From their initial coy hints to their breakup, here’s everything Sprouse and Reinhart have said about each other.


Reinhart made a sweet Instagram post in honour of Sprouse’s birthday in August 2017.

Jordan Strauss/Invision/APLili Reinhart paid tribute to Cole Sprouse in a post.

She captioned the photo, “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.”

This post came a few months after fans first speculated Sprouse and Reinhart might be together in April 2017.


Sprouse seemed to deny that the pair were an item in a September 2017 interview.

Phillip Faraone/Getty ImagesCole Sprouse is an actor and photographer.

“Since the show began, people have wanted Lili and I to be together,” Sprouse told Entertainment Weekly in 2017. “People have wanted Lili and Camila [Mendes] to be together. People have wanted KJ [Apa] and I to be together. People have wanted every actor on this show to be in a union that they could make real.”

He continued, “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.”


However, in October 2017, he admitted that he didn’t mind his frequent kissing scenes with his costar, even joking that he “wrote it into [his] contract.”

The CWCole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart on ‘Riverdale.’

“[There will be] a little bit more of that, which is going to be good,” Sprouse said of season two on “Live With Kelly and Ryan” in 2017, according to Glamour magazine.

He joked, “They’re contractually obliged to give me as many kiss scenes as possible this season. I wrote it into my contract.”


Sprouse appeared to reference his budding relationship during a November 2017 interview with People magazine.

Jamie McCarthy/Getty ImagesLili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse at the Met Gala 2018

The actor said he refused to confirm or deny the speculation,saying, “Whether you dismiss those rumours or whether you encourage those rumours, it’s giving people who are, in my opinion, a bit entitled to your personal life, more power.”

He continued, “It’s also sexy, these parts of the relationships that are just yours.”


In January 2018, Reinhart publicly spoke about the scrutiny surrounding her relationship with Sprouse.

GettyLili Reinhart is from Ohio.

“People are just dying to know information about if I’m in a relationship or not,” she said in an interview with V magazine. “I understand the interest, but it’s called a private life for a reason. And it’s not something that I owe the world.”


The actress praised Sprouse for helping the rest of the “Riverdale” cast navigate the pitfalls of fame in a February 2018 interview with Ocean Drive.

Charles Sykes/Invision/APThe stars of ‘Riverdale,’ from left to right: Cole Sprouse, Camila Mendes, Casey Cott, Madeline Petsch, KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Charles Melton, and Vanessa Morgan.

“He really brings us down to earth if we’re feeling like something we’ve said is being taken out of context,” she said. “He’s always the one to be like, ‘Just ignore it. It will blow over.’ It’s a nice, calming energy he has because you know that he’s been through it.”


However, she quickly shut down a line of questioning during a July 2018 interview with Harper’s Bazaar, while appearing to hint that things were getting serious with her costar.

Albert L. Ortega/Getty ImagesLili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse at San Diego Comic Con in 2018.

“I’m not going to tell you my love story,” she told the publication. “That’s just not appropriate right now.”


Sprouse posted on Instagram for Reinhart’s birthday in September 2018.

Mike Coppola/GettyCole Sprouse called Lili Reinhart ‘my love.’

Sprouse posted a topless photo of Reinhart to his Instagram with the caption, “Both the birthday and the gift. My little muse, happy birthday my love.”


When the couple finally opened up about each other during a September 2018 cast video for Glamour, they started things off with a series of quips.

Kevin Mazur/Fox/Getty ImagesCole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart attend Fox’s Teen Choice Awards in 2018.

“Lili was a tough egg to crack,” Sprouse said of his first impression of the actress. “She’s very shy at first and reserved. I think it was about halfway into the first season she started letting people in truly.”

Meanwhile, Reinhart joked, “I thought his voice was annoying. That was my first impression. I was like, ‘That guy’s got an annoying voice.’ And now it’s grown on me, I guess.”


Jokes aside, the actress got serious, calling Sprouse her “smartest” friend during the Glamour interview.

The CWCole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart are a couple on-screen and in real life.

“Cole is one of the smartest, the smartest person, that I’m friends with,” she said. “He’s incredibly passionate about art, about photography, about acting, and I really admire that.”

She added, “I said you’re very loyal to your family because you are.”

Sprouse also had complimentary words to share, saying, “She’s one of those people that consistently pushes me to be better at the arts that I’m pursuing. That’s just the kind of person she is. She inspires excellence out of everybody she works with.”

Addressing Reinhart later in the interview, he added, “You are by nature a caretaker and an extremely nurturing person. You just want to make people feel better and help people get through whatever they’re getting through.”


In an October 2018 interview with Who What Wear, Reinhart opened up about why she kept their relationship under wraps for so long.

Jordan Strauss/Invision/APLili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse at the premiere of ‘Five Feet Apart’ in 2019.

“I think it’s just that I’m so protective over it,” she said about their romance. “It’s not something the world needs to know about, because if you give them anything, they are just going to want more.”

She continued, “I’m not going to hide away from my relationship or hide away from what’s going on in my life, but what does happen in my relationship is so private, and I cherish it a lot. He does as well. A relationship is a very intimate thing, and I want it to be between me and him, not me, him, and the world.”


In the same interview, Reinhart also opened up about the speculation that she’s her boyfriend’s “muse.”

Jonathan Leibson/Getty ImagesCole Sprouse posts artsy photos of Lili Reinhart on social media.

“I think he is such an incredible photographer, really,” she told Who What Wear. “Sometimes he’s inspired by a location, and he’s like, ‘I want to shoot you here.'”

“Other times, I’m inspired by a dress, and I’m like, ‘I want you to shoot me in this.’ Our photo shoots are very intimate, just him and me; no one else is there ever,” she said.


Reinhart post about Sprouse for Valentine’s Day in 2019 and called him “my love.”

Lili Reinhart/InstagramThey celebrated Valentine’s Day in 2019.

Reinhart posted an intimate photo of the couple and captioned it, “You make me very happy. Happy Valentine’s Day, my love.”

Sprouse also posted for Valentine’s Day with the caption, “Quite actually the only thing keeping me sane is @lilireinhart.”


Putting break-up reports to bed, Sprouse told GQ magazine in a February 2019 interview that the pair was still going strong.

Charles Sykes/Invision/APCole Sprouse in New York City in May 2018.

“It’s not something that we hide, or it’s not something that we show off. It’s just something that exists,” he told to the publication in an interview published on Valentine’s Day.


In March 2019, Reinhart complemented Sprouse’s work on the film “Five Feet Apart.”

Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicLili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse at a premiere of ‘Five Feet Apart.’

She posted on Instagram after attending the premiere of the film with Sprouse.

She captioned the post, “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.”


In a March 2019 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Sprouse gave “Sprousehart” fans a glimpse of the couple’s initial magnetic connection.

The CWLili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse as Betty and Jughead on ‘Riverdale.’

“We legitimately could not stay away from one another,” the former Disney star said about their decision to start seeing each other.

He also opened up about the couple’s struggle with deciding how much of their lives to share with the public. “I’ve girded my private life very intentionally,” he said. “It’s one of those things that I still sort of grapple with, and Lili and I grapple with.”


In March 2019, Sprouse spoke about the most romantic date he’s planned for his longtime love in an interview with Glamour magazine.

Evan Agostini/Invision/APCole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart at the 2019 Met Gala.

“I took [Lili] on a date where we drove to this location deep into Canada and I surprised her with a big hot-air balloon adventure, which was quite a bit of fun,” he told the publication in March 2019. “I like travelling quite a bit. I like road-tripping. Those grand experiences always end up yielding the greatest memories and the greatest romances.”

He shed some light on his own ideal date, saying, “My language of love is quality time. I’m not really the type of person that likes going to a movie and sitting in silence. Maybe a little breaking and entering. Some photography! Who knows?”


Sprouse and Reinhart posed for the cover of W magazine in July 2019 amid reports that they had broken up.

Richard Shotwell / Invision / APThey also spoke on a Comic-Con panel in July 2019.

The pair were interviewed separately for the cover story, and they both opened up about the hardships of being in a relationship in the public eye.

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.”

Amid reports they had broken up, they both posted the W magazine cover to their Instagram feeds with sarcastic 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.”


In August 2019, Reinhart wrote Sprouse a “sappy” poem for his birthday.

Jamie McCarthy/Getty ImagesLili Reinhart has posted a few poems on Instagram in the past.

On Sprouse’s birthday, Reinhart posted a photo of him on Instagram and captioned it with a short poem.

“I tried to find a poem / that I could send to you. / Because my words were failing me. / But I searched and found nothing that did you justice,” she wrote.

“All of these love poems can’t get it right. / No one else’s words could ever fit. / They haven’t known the fortune it is to love you,” she continued, adding the poem was a “sappy” birthday one for Sprouse.


In August 2020, Sprouse confirmed via Instagram that the couple officially broke up in March.

MONICA ALMEIDA/ReutersCole Sprouse explicitly stated when the couple separated and broke up on Instagram.

After nearly a year of breakup reports, Sprouse finally cleared the air. He confirmed in an Instagram post that he and Lili had separated in January and split more permanently in March of this year.

The rest of the caption read, “What an incredible experience I had, I’ll always feel lucky and cherish that I had the chance to fall in love. I wish her nothing but the utmost love and happiness moving forward. All I’ll say about it, anything else you hear doesn’t matter.”

Read more:

Business Insider Emails & Alerts

Site highlights each day to your inbox.

Follow Business Insider Australia on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.