Lili Reinhart Fans are ‘Shocked’ but ‘Proud’ She Came out as Bisexual During Pride Month

Lili Reinhart is known for playing Betty Cooper on the CW’s hit series, Riverdale. But she’s also been in the spotlight for her romance with co-star, Cole Sprouse. Amidst rumors of their breakup, Reinhart has come out as bisexual, and here’s how fans are reacting.

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Lili Reinhart of ‘Riverdale’ | Getty Images/Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic

Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart’s break-up

In late May, E! News reported that Reinhart and Sprouse were quarantining separately since Riverdale production shut down in mid-March. According to inside sources, the distance ultimately led to the couple parting ways. 

“Lili and Cole were in a good place when Riverdale was shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak, but they isolated separately, and distance has never been a good thing for their relationship,” a source told the outlet. “When Cole and Lili are around each other, often, things are very good. Their relationship is very intimate and affectionate, but things become much more complicated when they’re apart.”

Cole Sprouse denies cheating on Lili Reinhart with Kaia Gerber
Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

This came as a shock to fans, considering how close the two have been the last few years. But the source did suggest they could get back together once the shutdown is over. 

“They know they will likely reconcile once filming resumes,” the source said. “Both aren’t interested in dating other people, just using this time to chill and focus on themselves.”

Lili Reinhart comes out as bisexual on Instagram

In a June 3 Instagram story, Reinhart posted a flyer promoting an LGBTQ Black Lives Matter protest in West Hollywood. Along with encouraging fans to participate in the protest, the Riverdale actress revealed that she is bisexual. 

“Although I’ve never announced it publicly before, I am a proud bisexual woman,” Reinhart wrote in the Instagram story. “And I will be joining this protest today. Come join.”

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Screen capture of Lili Reinhart’s June 3, 2020 Instagram Story

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Fans react to the news

This is the first time Reinhart has addressed her bisexuality, but fans were super supportive to hear the news. Many took to Twitter to applaud the actress, and praise her for bravery.

“I’m lost for words and I’m so proud of @lilireinhart for coming out as a bisexual,” a fan wrote on Twitter. “You can’t lie we’re all shocked so unexpected but I’m glad she can come out and I hope she knows that she has so many supporters and so many people will be inspired.”

“Lili Reinhart is bisexual and I think that’s beautiful,” another fan tweeted.

“I’ve never said this before but I’m inspired to,” another fan tweeted. “Thank you @lilireinhart  I honestly never thought I would admit it to myself because I was scared, but now I feel brave enough to. I may never tell anyone in person, but at least I have supportive people online.”

Some fans pointed out how gracefully the actress came out. And others applauded her commitment to fighting for social justice. 

“Lili Reinhart is an incredible person who has overcome many horrible things in her life,” one Twitter user shared. “And he had the courage to say that he is bisexual.  She is fighting for the respect that all people should have regardless of our skin color. I am proud to be her fan and admire her.”