Riverdale actress Lili Reinhart, 21, clapped back at haters on Instagram after they began spreading rumors that she was pregnant with her boyfriend Cole Sprouse‘s baby.
“It’s unfortunate that one unflattering photo of my stomach circulating the internet causes hundreds of people to think that I’m pregnant,” she wrote on Instagram. “Nope. Not pregnant.”
Reinhart, who plays Betty Cooper opposite Sprouse’s Jughead on the hit CW show, added, “This is just my body. And sometimes I’m bloated. Sometimes an unflattering photo is taken of me. Sometimes I go through periods of time where I gain weight. My body is something that I will NEVER apologize for. My body will constantly go through change. And so will yours. And that’s fine. So let’s not put so much time and effort into caring about a stranger’s figure.”
Earlier this month, Reinhart shared that her struggle with acne, which she has battled since she was 12, has “caused major self-esteem issues.”
“I always text my mom when I have a bad breakout. I tell her how ugly I feel and how these breakouts shatter my confidence every time they appear,” she wrote, “But I’m hoping that someday I can feel beautiful even if I’m having a breakout. And that I won’t feel obsessive or paranoid.”
Reinhart insists that she is not defined by her breakouts and empathizes with anyone struggling with the same issue. She has encouraged followers to support each other with the hashtag #breakoutbuddy. “We have each other. So let’s get through this acne experience together. I’d love to hear your skin story. Write or post about your acne experience under this hashtag I just made up off the top of my head.”
Camila Mendes, who plays Veronica Lodge on Riverdale, responded to her co-star on Instagram yesterday, “Inspired by you @lilireinhart,” she wrote. I feel bloated 24/7, my weight fluctuates constantly — it comes with being a woman and should be celebrated, not criticized. I used to fear that day that people start publicly criticizing my body and commenting on my weight. I’ve suffered too much from my own self-criticism and wasn’t sure that I could handle it from others. But seeing somebody as beautiful as Lili respond to public scrutiny by preaching and practicing self-love is all it takes for me to overcome that fear. Proud to call her my friend. Let’s continue inspiring women to love their bodies.”
Though Reinhart and Sprouse have yet to confirm their relationship, they were spotted kissing and holding hands in Paris last month, and in January, they traveled to Hawaii together.
Reinhart told V Magazine at the time that she is not at a point in her life where she wishes to discuss her private life because she doesn't want to have a relationship in the spotlight.