Jughead and Betty may be #couplegoals in hit drama Riverdale, but actors Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart are (or were) extremely private about their actual romance. The couple reportedly reunited in 2017 and fans loved their every move – but after Comic-Con 2019, rumors of their breakup started to spin.
We take a look back at their relationship and try to decode where their relationship is today.
March 18, 2017
Fans were already shipping Cole and Lili from the moment Riverdale premiered in January 2017, but actual dating rumors started when Cole posted this photo of Lili in a field of flowers.
April 22, 2017
The following month Cole posted another photo of Lili frolicking around a field of flowers, but this time the caption was much more telling. Fans quickly decided this had to be Cole’s love affair.
June 12, 2017
Lili responded to an original photo of himself that Cole shared on Twitter. His response included heart eye emoji, fire emoji, and… uh… take a look for yourself:
July 22, 2017
During an interview at Comic-Con 2017, fans spotted Cole and Lili slyly stroking their hands during an interview.
Lili was pictured wearing Cole’s jacket later that night.
Aug 4, 2017
Lili wrote a sweet birthday message to Cole in an Instagram post.
“To the man who has shown me more beautiful places in the past year than I have ever seen in my life. Happy birthday, Cole. Thank you for all the adventures and here are many more. ”
No big deal, right? Right?!
September 13, 2017
Cole and Lili were holding hands on the blanket of Weekly entertainment.
… But in the accompanying interview, Cole seemed to suggest that his relationship with Lili was on the fans’ minds.
From the start of the show, people wanted Lili and I to be together. People wanted Lili and Camila to be together. People wanted KJ and I to be together. People wanted every actor on this show to be in a union that they could bring together. Honestly, it’s very nice that people are talking about Lili and I this way because it means we resonate so strongly that people really want it to be true.
October 17, 2017
Cole shared another great photo of Lili on his Instagram. He captioned it “410”, which was a mystery to fans. Could this refer to a date? Or a joke in between? Either way, we passed out.
See this post on Instagram
October 25, 2017
Sure Living with Kelly and RyanCole admitted that he doesn’t mind dating Lili. “They are contractually obligated to give me as many kissing scenes as possible this season,” he joked. “I put it in my contract.”
January 1, 2018
The couple spent New Years together in Hawaii!
January 10, 2018
Lili declined to talk about herself and Cole’s relationship with V Magazine.
“People are dying to know if I’m in a relationship or not. I understand the point, but it’s called privacy for a reason. And it’s not something I owe the world.
March 25, 2018
While promoting their upcoming season, the cast of Riverdale attended Paley Fest 2018. When it came time for audience questions, one fan (and the hero of Bughead) decided to ask the question everyone was dying to know:
“Cole and Lili, there have been a lot of rumors that you are dating. … You go out together?
“No comment,” Cole whispered awkwardly into his microphone.
April 2, 2018
Cole and Lili has been taken kissing in public! During a press trip to Paris, France, paparazzi took this photo:
April 4, 2018
Two days after the Paris kiss, they fundamentally confirmed their relationship. TMZ caught the couple at LAX airport and asked them if it was a big decision to go public with their relationship.
Lili’s response? “It’s obvious.”
April 17, 2018
The couple may have had a romantic getaway in Mexico. Although they never posted a photo together, some eagle-eyed fans spotted what appears to be Lili’s shadow in one of Cole’s vacation photos.
May 7, 2018
Finally! Lili and Cole made their red carpet debut at the 2018 Met Gala.
July 2, 2018
In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Lili has opened up about her difficulties speaking publicly about her relationship.
“I don’t agree to talk about my relationship, I’m not going to tell you about my love story. It is simply not appropriate at the moment.
July 27, 2018
After filming the third season of Riverdale, both have together to watch the lunar eclipse of the blood moon. Lili documented her night with Cole on her Instagram Story.
Aug 4, 2018
On Cole’s twenty-sixth birthday, Lili posted an Instagram photo of Sprouse with the caption:
“It seems to me that the world is still foreign to me, if not for you. I am so grateful that our paths have intertwined to form this beautiful adventure ~ Happy birthday, my love.
Aug 12, 2018
Cole and Lili attended the Teen Choice Awards 2018 with their Riverdale castmates. Although they didn’t win, Cole and Lili were nominated for Choice TV: Ship and Choice TV: Liplock.
However, they clearly didn’t walk the red carpet together or pose for photos together. A fan also took a photo of the show’s seating arrangement which showed Cole and Lili sitting next to each other, but with an empty seat between them.
August 30, 2018
During filming Riverdale season 3, Lili posted a photo of herself and Cole posing in France.
September 10, 2018
Cole posted a photo of the pair almost kiss. Simply captioned “It’s pretty, quite late”
September 13, 2018
For Lili’s twenty-second birthday, Cole posted a wonderful photo of Lili. In addition to the photo, Cole wrote, “The birthday and the gift. My little muse, happy birthday my love.
October 1, 2018
In an interview with Who what to wear, Lili explained why it was so important for her to keep her relationship private.
I think it’s just that I’m so protective about it. It’s not something the world needs to know because if you give them something, they will just want more. I’m not going to hide from my relationship or hide from what’s going on in my life, but what’s going on in my relationship is so private, and I love it very much. He also does. A relationship is a very intimate thing, and I want it to be between me and him, not me, him and the world.
October 13, 2018
Lili shared a cute photo of Cole on a beach with the caption “Hope you don’t mind.” Cole commented hilariously, “Are you dating?”
November 10, 2018
After Idris Elba’s victory People The sexiest man in the world, Lili weighed in with her own thoughts in an Instagram story. She posted a photo of Cole with the caption “My Sexiest Man Of 2018 Alive”.
November 22, 2018
Big step! Cole traveled to North Carolina to spend Thanksgiving with Lili’s family.
January 6, 2019
Rumors began to circulate about the breakup of the couple when they haven’t been to the Golden Globes together, and it had been a long time since the couple had been seen together.
At the time, however, Cole was Out of the country with Riverdale costar KJ Apa.
February 11, 2019
However, just in time for Valentine’s Day, Cole and Lili set the record straight about their relationship. Amid the breakup rumors, Cole posted a photo of Lili lying in the snow.
March 7, 2019
Lili supported Cole at the premiere of her film for Five feet away. The couple posed together on the red carpet, hugging each other.
April 29, 2019
Lili shared a video of Cole getting his face licked by a cute puppy. Someone in the background says, “She thinks you’re Dylan,” referring to Cole’s twin brother. “She does the same to Dylan.”
July 22, 2019
Rumors began to circulate that Sprousehart was finished. This time it felt real. Multiple sources reported that the couple had stopped quitting after 2 years together, although the couple were reluctant to address the public.
According to Us weekly, “The Riverdale co-stars have been spotted at a distance from each other at Weekly entertainment Comic-Con Night in San Diego on Saturday July 21. They both mingled Riverdale teammates at different times, but were rarely seen together.
Cole told a friend that they broke up, the site reported, and he ended up returning home with his teammates Apa and Camila Mendes.
Sources close to the couple also said the two will not be living together while filming the upcoming season of Riverdale, reported E! New.
Despite their alleged split, the teammates seemed cordial when they sat down next to each other during the show’s panel on July 21. Lili later even joked about her ex and Apa blundering. “Please don’t ever put me in between those two again,” she joked in an Instagram caption of the trio.
Needless to say, fans struggled to cope with the idea of the couple breaking up in real life.
But wait … after a “very complicated breakup” earlier this summer, they are “in much better condition right now,” a source said. E! New.
July 25, 2019
And then, well, there’s this, posted by Lili:
What make we know?
Aug 4, 2019
Lili took to Instagram to wish Cole a happy birthday with a romantic poem.
So, we might never know the truth about this intensely private couple. Sometimes they sit together, sometimes they don’t; sometimes they let the audience in, sometimes they don’t. Anyway, what we’ll always be Bughead stans.