15 Signs That Show Cole Sprouse And Lili Reinhart Are Dating IRL (But In Secret)

Who doesn’t have fond memories of the acclaimed Archie comics? For several years, we’ve read the story of Archie, Veronica, Betty, and Jughead unfold right before our eyes. Years have the initial launch of the comics, fans were looking for something different and then along came The CW’s re-envisioning of the Archie comics.

Currently, in its second season, CW’s hit series, Riverdale, is an edgier and more serious version of our beloved childhood comic series. While the theme of the entire show is darker and more mature, the friendship and romance shared by the central characters remain the same.

Although Archie and Veronica are the main stars of the show, it seems like Jughead and Betty are drawing in massive following fans as well. Played by Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart, respectively, the pairing has showcased an unmatched chemistry on air and fans are looking for more.

Fans are hoping that the SprouseHart tandem goes from reel to real but with the pair being a little secretive about their status, it’s hard to determine what’s up. The two have definitely had quite the ride this past year but here is a recap of the timeline in the budding Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart affair.

15 The Rumors Begin

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It's been a year since Riverdale debuted on screen and fans have been shipping "Bughead" (Betty and Jughead, Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse's characters) since the TV series' first season because of how great their chemistry is. But on March 19, 2017, rumors about Sprouse and Reinhart's relationship status sparked online.

The word says that the on-screen couple is dating for real and that started after Sprouse posted a photo of his on-screen partner on his Instagram account. At first glance, one would think that it's just a simple photo, showing Reinhart in a field of flowers, but Bughead shippers believe that it's not just that. Lots of Sprouse's followers commented, asking if they are dating in real life because who will post a photo like that if she's not his muse, right? But, even if a lot of his followers were intrigued by the post, none of it was answered by the former The Suite Life of Zack and Cody star. He just left many fans wondering but many still hoped that it is a start of something that would make Riverdale fans' dreams come true. The caption, which was only a bunch of emojis of flowers, was also too vague to serve as a proof that they really are dating in real life.

14 Cole Sprouse Begins Affectionate Social Media Posts

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Cole Sprouse's first "hint" on his and Lili Reinhart's real-life relationship status may have been too ill-defined to confirm any dating rumor that started. However, a month after posting Reinhart's first photo on his Instagram account, he once again shared a different photo that kind of gives off a clue about his and Reinhart's relationship status in real life.

On April 22, 2017, he posted a picture which merely showed a girl wearing a black flowy dress, looking away from the camera while moving through a field of flowers. Even so, Bughead shippers could easily tell that it's Reinhart and they even tagged her in the comment section. For others, it might just seem like an ordinary artistic post, but then he captioned it with a deep metaphor that fueled their dating rumors and made the Bughead shippers lose their mind, as it kind of tells something about his hidden admiration for the 21-year-old Riverdale actress.

13 The Actors Getting Chummy During An Interview

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Okay, so Cole Sprouse posting photos of Lili Reinhart on his Instagram account may not completely convince others that they are really dating in real life, as he also posts photos of his other Riverdale co-stars and even Kendall Jenner. But their interview during Entertainment Weekly's Comic-Con on July 23, 2017, might serve as an even better proof to somehow confirm their dating rumors.

During the event, some of the cast of Riverdale were interviewed. Sprouse and Reinhart were seated at both ends of the sofa, while Casey Cott and Ashleigh Murray were seated between them, and the other cast members were seated behind them. But as the interview went on, eagle-eyed fans caught something that might confirm Reinhart and Sprouse's dating rumors. It turns out that they spotted Reinhart and Sprouse sneakily holding hands behind Casey and Ashleigh's back. The rumored couple even glanced at each other and smiled. But that's not it. Reports also claim that the two Riverdale stars were spotted getting cozy in the same event. Even so, there weren't any pictures to prove such thing. The closest evidence that we only had was a fan's photo showing the actress wearing Sprouse's coat.

12 Co-Star Hints At Sprousehart Relationship

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Apart from photos and videos that hints that Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart are dating in real life, a "witness" could also prove those rumors to be true— well, sort of. On August 11, 2017, one of their Riverdale co-stars, Skeet Ulrich, Sprouse's on-screen dad, kind of spilled the beans about the rumored couple's relationship status in an interview at the premiere of one of his shows, True and the Rainbow Kingdom.

During the interview with an Entertainment Tonight reporter, he shared his thoughts about how Sprouse is being shipped to his Riverdale co-star, Reinhart. It may sound a bit vague, but it still is telling, as he revealed with a smile that he knows that his two co-stars were "spending time together." He added that he wasn't surprised by the rumors circulating and like the Bughead shippers, he too believes that Reinhart and Sprouse have a "great chemistry." He added that the rumored couple always enjoys each other's company and that he would sometimes hear them talking as if they have already been close friends for years, hinting that something really special is going on between the two even if they are not in front of the camera. Skeet didn't directly confirm anything, but if one would read between the lines, they seem like a real thing.

11 Holding Hands For A Magazine Cover

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Early on in their budding relationship, fans were always on the lookout for any potential signs that the two are up to something behind the scenes. For fans, each sign of affection was already enough so everyone was hard pressed on exposing the off-screen romance between the two. One of the earliest signs of their affection was a little subtle, but it was more than enough to rile up the fans who have been shipping Jughead and Betty for a few months already.

The cast of Riverdale was the cover for the September 2017 issue of Entertainment Weekly’s magazine. In a preview shoot of their issue, released on September 13, 2017, the cast was obviously chummy. When the magazine was finally released, fans couldn’t help but swoon over the fact that the actors were holding hands during the shoot. It was given that it wasn’t really something overly affectionate, and considering Riverdale was the topic, the little sign of affection was more than appropriate. Still, seeing them holding hands off the set was a very good sight to see for shippers of the cute potential couple. Archie and Veronica are the stars of the show, but Jughead and Betty are certainly doing well in drawing the fan’s attention.

10 Cole Sprouse Voices Out Their Off-Screen Status

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By September 14, 2017, fans were already swooning over the possible Sprousehart tandem. No one can blame them though, as this Riverdale couple looks really cute together, and bringing their relationship from reel to real is a dream come true for any Sprouse or Reinhart fan. Of course, the stars at the center of the controversy aren’t ones to give away any major hints though.

At first, Cole was very in denial about his relationship with his co-star and he took to some media outlets to voice his words. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, he said, “Since the show began, people have wanted Lili and I to be together," Cole told the mag about the impact of Bughead. "People have wanted Lili and Camila to be together. People have wanted KJ and I to be together. People have wanted every actor on this show to be in a union that they could make real. Truthfully, it’s very pleasing that people talk about Lili and I in that way because it means that we’re resonating so strongly that people really want that to be true.” Of course, this was a heartbreaker for fans, but they, at least, got some details of the pair’s relationship off-screen.

9 More Pictures From Cole Sprouse

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It’s apparent that the lovely couple from Riverdale loves showing their affection for one another on their social media platforms. It may very well be a tease for fans who are longing for the juicy details on the Sprousehart tandem but one thing we know for certain is that the pair really does love dropping a few hints on social media. They aren’t too careful when it comes to hints though, as fans are very good at investigating the meaning behind the words.

On October 17, 2017, Cole Sprouse posted yet another amazing shot of his co-star but this time, he left the caption “410.” Fans were quick to speculate what the number meant and some guessed that the number being a special date for the couple or it could’ve meant something entirely different. According to some quick-witted fans, 410 may have been Sprouse’s way of calling his partner as an angel. Certain fans relate it to being an angel number with the meaning “a compilation of the vibrations and energies of number 4 and number 1, and the attributes of number 0. Number 4 brings its influences of practicality and application, hard work and responsibility, traditional values, honesty and integrity, diligence and determination to successfully achieve goals.”

8 Cole Sprouse Admits He Loves Kissing Lili Reinhart

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As Riverdale’s Betty and Jughead, Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart have had a few scenes where they kiss already. From their kissing scenes, fans have felt the chemistry developing between the two young actors but were these scenes really all for show? Well, Sprouse isn’t one to shy away from revealing what he thinks about having to lock lips with Reinhart for their steamy scenes on Riverdale.

In the October 26, 2017 episode of Live with Kelly and Ryan, Sprouse revealed a few things about his scenes with Reinhart. During the interview, he basically admitted that he loves the scenes with Reinhart where they would kiss and that he’s looking forward to it. He goes on saying, “They’re contractually obliged to give me as many kiss scenes as possible this season,” he joked. “I wrote it into my contract.” With the interview, fans readily saw how the two actors were so comfortable with each other that these kinds of scenes are no longer a big deal for them and one of them even wishes for more scenes to come. It’s also a tell-tale sign of how strong the chemistry and romance is between the real-life versions of Jughead and Betty.

7 No Confirmation… No Denials

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Fans were really curious as to what is up with Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart in real life. Both actors knew that they were hot under the radar of the paparazzi and their fans so every move of them counts. When asked about their relationship status, both actors would try to divert the topic away from their off-screen affair but in a November 27, 2017 interview with People, Sprouse had more to say than diversions.

When asked about his relationship with Reinhart, Sprouse said: "Whether you dismiss those rumors or whether you encourage those rumors, it’s giving people who are, in my opinion, a bit entitled to your personal life more power." He adds, “you have to have spaces for reverence in the industry. The more you let people in on that, the more people feel entitled to it and the more it becomes problematic with whoever you end up being within the future, so I take that very seriously. So I just never talk about it because it’s not anyone’s right to know." It was neither a confirmation or a denial, but one thing's for certain for fans, something is up between these two actors and everyone wants to get to the bottom of it.

6 New Year’s Together

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It’s really hard to determine when a Hollywood on-screen couple is really starting up something in real life and that goes the same for Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart. For their fans, looking at the most subtle clues will do, as the pair is really hard to catch in the act, especially if they are sweet to each other most of the time. However, there are a few occasions when fans can no longer deny that there is something going on between the real-life versions of Betty and Jughead.

In a few social media posts on January 1, 2018, both Sprouse and Reinhart were spotted together by a few fans. They were spotted in Hawaii by several fans and many speculated that the pair spent the New Year with each other. Now, hanging out with each other shouldn't be a big deal for co-stars working on a project. However, the fact that they spend New Year’s Eve with each other says a lot. The turning of the year is a very special date often reserved for very special people in our lives, so does this mean that they are special to one another? Fans are hoping that then spending time together during important occasions mean something is going on behind the cameras.

5 Lili Reinhart Opens Up

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For the longest time, it has been Cole Sprouse at the end of questions pertaining to the off-screen relationship between the actors. Lili Reinhart is on the lucky side of things, as she rarely gets pressed about the touchy topic but that is not always the case for her. In the January 16. 2018 issue of V Magazine, Reinhart finally speaks up about her relationship with Sprouse and it’s an answer similar to what her partner has been saying all along.

Like Sprouse, Reinhart neither confirmed nor denied their relationship with one another. This time though, Reinhart also comments on how it’s their private life and that they’d want to keep it for themselves. “People are just dying to know information about if I’m in a relationship or not. I understand the interest, but it’s called a private life for a reason. And it’s not something that I owe the world," she says in the interview. She goes on saying that people, especially her fans, are going to be speculative with regards to her relationship so she finds no reason in answering all of the tough questions. She adds that at that point in time, she isn’t open to any confirmation, yet, because she wouldn’t want her relationship to be under the scrutiny of the public.

4 Lili Reinhart Reveals What Cole Sprouse Means For Her Career

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Lili Reinhart isn’t exactly a veteran in Hollywood. Her biggest claim to fame by far is her role as Betty on the acclaimed series, Riverdale, and based on how she’s doing, there’s more to come in her career, as her fans rally behind her and her natural talent for acting. As a newcomer to the glitz and glamor, it should come as no surprise that she is a bit overwhelmed with all that is happening around her. However, she’s pretty lucky to have Cole Sprouse around during times like these.

In an interview with Ocean Drive on February 1, 2018, Reinhart notes that Cole is special in her life, as he helps her deal with the stress brought by her newfound fame. “He really brings us down to earth if we’re feeling like something we’ve said is being taken out of context,” she said. “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.” Sprouse is the more experienced actor of the two. Being an actor since he was a child, he already knows how to handle the stress. Reinhart is pretty open about calling Sprouse as a shoulder to cry on, which also reveals the intimacy of their relationship with one another.

3 In A Very Tight Spot At Paley Fest 2018

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Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart aren’t exactly graceful when it comes to dodging fan questions about their alleged relationship with one another. Although the two may look like they have a script memorized as answers, they are often caught off-guard, especially during fan meetings. When the cast of Riverdale was present at the Paley Fest 2018 on March 25, SprouseHart was in a very tight spot.

The cast was busy hyping up the upcoming season of Riverdale, but what fans really were there for was the Q and A portion of the event. One fan took to the stage and confidently asked whether or not the Sprousehart dating rumors were true. This isn’t the first time they were asked this though so the pair were probably pretty ready with safe answers to satisfy their fans. In a tight spot, Sprouse simply whispered into his mic “no comment,” once again, neither confirming or denying his relationship with Reinhart. By this point though, Sprouse’s persistent denial of the dating rumors are already telltale signs that something is indeed going on between the two couple. They aren’t just open to talk about it though but then again, denial only adds fuel to the fire for this two’s budding relationship.

2 A Kiss In Paris

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With all the rumors, the denials, and avoidance of relationship questions, it’s pretty apparent that Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart’s on-screen romance has developed into something beyond the confines of the Riverdale set. What fans are looking for are confirmations, either through words or actions and on April 2 of this year, fans got what they have always wanted to see from the Sprousehart tandem outside of Riverdale.

In a photograph released on Instagram, Sprouse and Reinhart were spotted getting a little too chummy in Paris, France. Reinhart was seen kissing Sprouse on the cheek, which is definitely a sign that they are possibly dating in real life and fans all over the world swooned over it. A smooch on the cheek is pretty normal for close pals but with months of rumors trailing them, it is meant more than just a friendly gesture. All fans really needed at this point were verbal confirmations from either actor and lucky for them, they didn’t have to wait too long, as the pair somewhat confirmed the rumors shortly after the stolen shot. We’re guessing that the two may have finally given up since they were spotted kissing while the film wasn’t rolling.

1 Indirect Confirmation

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After more than a year of suspicions and tons of what seem to be proofs of Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart's reel to real relationship that has been circulating online, the couple still hasn't directly confirmed anything. However, on April 4 this year, just a few days after photos of them being romantic while they were in Paris, they were bombarded with questions from paparazzi and Reinhart ended the rumors— or so we thought? TMZ caught both of the Riverdale stars as they made their way through LAX airport and asked a few questions about their relationship. One of the paparazzi asked consecutive questions, "So are you guys official now?" and "Do you think it's a bigger decision for a celebrity couple to go public than a normal person?" At first, the rumored couple tried to ignore the questions and just gave smiles but after a few moments, Reinhart seemed like she got tired of all of it and only gave a one-liner answer and said, "It's an obvious answer." With several questions coming one after another, it's quite hard to tell which among the questions thrown Reinhart answered. Still, her indirect confirmation gave a lot of hope for Jughead and Sprousehart shippers.

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