Lili Reinhart Says Her Bisexuality Was Never a Secret

The LGBTQ community has come a long way in the last 50 years. In the past, actors often had to hide their sexuality if they wanted to have any hope of maintaining a public career. Thankfully, times have changed, and actors of all life experiences feel more comfortable than ever to express themselves freely. Lili Reinhart is one of those actors.

Who is Lili Reinhart?

You probably recognize Lili Reinhart from the popular CW drama Riverdale or last year’s iconic Jennifer Lopez-led movie Hustlers. But before her breakout, Lili Reinhart was struggling to find stability both mentally and financially as an actor in Los Angeles. She began appearing on-screen as a young teenager, and was diagnosed with depression at just 14 years old.

Who has Lili Reinhart dated?

For nearly three years, Reinhart was dating her Riverdale co-star Cole Sprouse, a former child actor himself. Rumors swirled in May that the two had called it quits, and Sprouse confirmed today in an Instagram post that they had indeed gone their separate ways. They “initially separated” in January of this year before “deciding to more permanently split” in March.

Lili Reinhart attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
Lili Reinhart attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party | Matt Winkelmeyer/VF20/WireImage

Lili Reinhart comes out

Earlier this summer, Reinhart made a public declaration of her sexuality on Instagram while spreading the word about a Black Lives Matter protest. “Although I’ve never announced it publicly before, I am a proud bisexual woman,” the post read. The timing of the announcement in the middle of Pride month excited many people.

‘No secret’

In an interview with Flaunt magazine earlier this month, Reinhart elaborated on what her experience as a bisexual woman has been like, specifically with regard to her status as a public figure and the backlash that bisexual women in particular often face. “I knew full well that I was attracted to women from a young age,” she admitted. “I felt that since I’ve exclusively been in heteronormative relationships, it would be too easy for any outsider, especially the media, to vilify me and accuse me of faking it to get attention. That’s not something I wanted to deal with. But to my close friends, and those in my life, my bisexuality has been no secret.”

While she was under no obligation to acknowledge her sexuality publicly, Reinhart was inspired by recent events to use her voice in new ways. Reinhart has been an outspoken advocate for Black Lives Matter, and attributes her coming out publicly to the solidarity she felt while marching alongside LGBTQ people at her first BLM protest in West Hollywood—famously one of the gayest neighborhoods in the world. “It was incredible to be surrounded by so many people who are actively fighting against the injustices that are happening right now,” she reflects. “Enough is enough and hopefully we’ll see real change from the actions that are now being taken.”

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What is Lili Reinhart working on right now?

Starting this Friday, Reinhart can be seen in Chemical Hearts, a new romantic drama that will be available on Amazon Prime Video. The movie is a first for Reinhart, as she’s credited as an executive producer.

Her book of poems titled Swimming Lessons is also due out soon, slated for release on September 29. The poems are an intimate look into Reinhart’s experiences with young love, depression, and anxiety while in the spotlight.