If there's any couple that has put their fans on an emotional rollercoaster, it's Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse. The two play on-screen couple Betty Cooper and Jughead Jones in The CW's
Riverdale. As for their off-screen status? Well, that's an entirely different, topsy-turvy story. If anything, Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse’s quotes about their relationship show they have a deep tenderness for each other, even if they keep the deets super private.
A quick timeline: In March 2018, about a year after
Riverdale started airing, fans were at a fever pitch due to Reinhart-Sprouse dating rumors. (When asked dead-on at Comic Con that year, Sprouse gave a dry "No comment.") A few months later at the 2018 Met Gala in May, the two made their couple debut. Fast forward to July 22, 2019, when sources reportedly confirmed to Us Weekly that Reinhart and Sprouse had reportedly broken up. A few days later, a source reportedly told E! News, "Now that filming is happening again, it is very likely they will mend the relationship and get back together. They spend a lot of time together on set."
And just as
everyone was tweeting "love is dead", Sprouse and Reinhart upped the ante by promoting their joint cover for . "Unprecedented: Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart consume the flesh of ‘reliable sources’ to fuel their bacchanalian sex cult," W Magazine Sprouse wrote on Instagram. Reinhart's caption was more direct: "Breaking: A reliable source has confirmed that none of you know sh*t."
Completely on-brand for this couple, here are TK quotes from Reinhart and Sprouse about their relationship that prove the two are serious about keeping their love between the two of them.
Reinhart Spoke About Sprouse's 'Calming Energy'
Prior to confirmation of their relationship, Reinhart did speak about Sprouse as a friend to
Ocean Drive in February 2018. When asked whether Sprouse gave her any pointers on processing fame — you know, since he starred in Big Daddy and The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and all — Reinhart said: Totally. He really brings us down to earth if we’re feeling like something we’ve said is being taken out of context. 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.
'It’s Called A Private Life For A Reason'
Both Reinhart and Sprouse spoke — or didn't quite speak — about their love life in
on the Seventeen's May / June 2018 feature Riverdale cast. Talking about the advice he'd give is younger self, Sprouse said: Relax! I spent so much time trying to be perceived as some kind of playboy instead of someone who spent 90 percent of his day playing video games.
Reinhart, on the other hand, explained why she doesn't want to spill the tea about her love life. She told
Seventeen: Every time someone asks me about it, I make a decision then and there about whether I’m comfortable. It’s not like I’m in some kind of contract, but I’m not in the place where I want to talk about it, and that’s totally fine. It’s called a private life for a reason — it’s mine, and it’s special and sacred. My relationships are between me and whomever I’m with, not between me and the world.
Reinhart Is 'The Only Thing Keeping [Sprouse] Sane'
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'It's A Small Part of Who We Are'
There are so many juicy nuggets in the now-infamous
W Magazine article. For starters, Sprouse and Reinhart reportedly insisted that if they were interviewed together, it wouldn't be as a couple. Reinhart told : W We’re not fighting with the idea that people group us together, but we are paired up a lot. We’re acknowledging that we’re in a relationship, but it’s a small part of who we are as people. We want our own separate identities.
Reinhart also went on to say she initially didn't want to keep her relationship with Sprouse private, but he changed her mind — for what she feels like is the better:
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.
In context with Reinhart's quotes about
how fame has exacerbated her anxiety, this makes total sense.
'They Haven't Known The Fortune It Is To Love You'
Post-breakup rumors, Reinhart shared a photo of Sprouse to her Instagram
for his birthday on Aug. 4. Reinhart's caption read: 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. / 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.
Whatever the status of their relationship may be, the unconditional tenderness in this Instagram post can't be overlooked.
'You Have To Poke Fun A Little Bit'
Sprouse's response to how he handles breakup rumors was as tongue-in-cheek as that
W Magazine Insta caption. In August 2019, Sprouse playfully told that the breakup rumors were "incredibly" annoying. He then went on to say: ET No, I don't care. That's the nature of our industry. I think you have to poke fun of it a little bit. It's kind of something you sign up for, but as long as can keep it light and fun, it's all good.
I don't know about you, but this seems to me like confirmation from Sprouse that, yes, he and Reinhart were just messing with fans.
Reinhart Mentions A Couples' Costume With Sprouse
September 2019 Q&A with , also post-breakup rumors, Reinhart refers to Sprouse as her boyfriend. She mostly spoke about Coveteur Hustlers, but at one point, she gets asked about her iconic Halloween makeup and what's on deck for this year. Reinhart said: Oh my god, I haven’t done [special-effects makeup] in a really long time, actually. I kind of went from special-effects makeup to face-painting. So, I’ve done a lot in the past. Now I don’t really have the time, which sounds so stupid, but I really don’t. It takes a lot of time to do those things. I think I’m leaning in towards a character for Halloween. I think I’m going to do it with my boyfriend, Cole. I don’t want to spoil it if it’s not going to happen, but it’s a TV duo... No special effects this year, but maybe a wig.
do a couples' costume if you were broken up with someone, right?
'Haven’t I Just Been So Lucky?'
And last but not least, Sprouse shared a picture of Reinhart for her birthday this year on Sept. 13. Sprouse
captioned the snaps: Lil @lilireinhart was born on a Friday the 13th and haven’t I just been so lucky ever since?
Which is, in fact, a pretty sweet caption as far as Friday the 13th posts and "Happy birthday to my girlfriend" messages go. While Reinhart and Sprouse are keeping it all close to their chests, fans can at least admit that they're always going to be a sweet couple worth shipping. Here's hoping they keep up the cuteness for many years to come.