Cole Sprouse and his “Riverdale” co-star Lili Reinhart had a showmanship and made their on-screen romance a real one as well. The relationship was first hinted at in 2017 when Sprouse, who rose to fame on Disney comedy The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, shared a photo of Reinhart in a field of flowers on Instagram. Shortly after, it was revealed by People that the two were spotted getting close and cozy while at Entertainment Weekly’s Comic-Con Bash.
After almost three years of dating and posting cute Instagram photos on each other’s pages, the “Riverdale” actors split. It was initially speculated that the split was only temporary, as the COVID-19 pandemic halted production for the show. “Lili and Cole were in a good place when Riverdale closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, but they’re isolating separately and distance has never been good for their relationship,” a source tells E! News.
It was also said that the couple would most likely rekindle their relationship once filming begins again. However, as fans now know, that wasn’t the case.
A split heard around the world
In August 2020, Riverdale fans were already speculating that Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart would end things, but Sprouse released a statement on Instagram making the split official. He stated that he and Reinhart actually split in January, but they made it permanent in March. “What an incredible experience I had. I will always feel lucky and appreciate that I had the chance to fall in love,” Sprouse said of the relationship, assuring fans they are willing to remain friends. “I wish her nothing but the greatest love and happiness for the future.”
Sprouse said he felt “compelled” to speak out about the breakup due to public demands for wanting confirmation on GQ. He also said his relationship with Reinhart is “as real as it gets”. Since he’s quite a private person himself, the gruff tone of his Instagram caption clearly let people know he didn’t want to answer any questions about the breakup.
Fans still didn’t like the fact that their favorite couple had split, even going so far as to report Instagram posts of him and his new girlfriend, Ari Fournier, per Cosmopolitan. However, it didn’t seem to worry Sprouse, who later reportedly shared more pictures of Fournier with the caption, “Time to piss off the 14-year-olds again.”
Exes Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart keep it friendly and professional
Following the split of Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart, nicknamed “Sprousehart”, their on-screen relationship also fell apart as the two characters said goodbye to each other before going to college. But speculation is that the on-screen romance between the two may not end as Betty appeared as an “angelic character” to rescue Jughead in Season 5 Episode 14 of Riverdale. It also means that the exes might be friendly enough to work together.
The stars, although they don’t follow each other on social media, seem to have a friendly and professional relationship with each other. According to Elite Daily, the pair are still very close to their Riverdale cast members Camila Mendes, Madelaine Petsch and KJ Apa.
Both Sprouse and Reinhart, though separated, supported their “Riverdale” co-star Casey Cott at his December 2021 nuptials, when Sprouse reportedly shared a table with Mark Consuelos, according to the Daily Mail. Overall, both actors appear to have moved on. As previously mentioned, Sprouse is currently in a casual relationship with model Ari Fournier and Reinhart with actor Spencer Neville (per E! News).