Are Lili Reinhart And Cole Sprouse Still Friends?

Cole Sprouse and his "Riverdale" co-star Lili Reinhart had a showmance, making their on-screen romance a real-life one as well. The relationship was first hinted at in 2017 when Sprouse, who gained his fame from the Disney comedy "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody," shared a photo on Instagram of Reinhart in a field of flowers. Shortly after, it was revealed by People that the two were seen getting close and cozy while they were at Entertainment Weekly's Comic-Con Bash.

After nearly three years of dating and posting cute Instagram photos on each other's pages, the "Riverdale" actors broke up. At first, it was speculated to just be a temporary separation as the COVID-19 pandemic halted production for the show. "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 reported to E! News.

It was also said that the pair would most likely rekindle their relationship when filming starts again. However, as fans now know, that was not the case.

A breakup heard around the world

In August 2020, "Riverdale" fans were already speculating that Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart ended things, but Sprouse posted a statement on Instagram that made the split official. He stated that he and Reinhart had actually split in January, but they made it permanent in March. "What an incredible experience I had, I'll always feel lucky and cherish that I had the chance to fall in love," Sprouse said about the relationship, assuring fans that they were willing to stay friends. "I wish her nothing but the utmost love and happiness moving forward."

Sprouse said that he felt "forced" to say something about the split due to the public demand of wanting a confirmation, per GQ. He also said that his relationship with Reinhart was "as real as it gets." As a fairly private person himself, the stark tone in his Instagram caption clearly let people know that he didn't want to answer any questions about the breakup.

Fans still didn't like the fact that their favorite couple broke up, as they even went as far as starting to report Instagram posts of him and his new girlfriend, Ari Fournier, per Cosmopolitan. However, it didn't seem to faze Sprouse, who later reportedly shared more pics of Fournier with the caption, "Time to piss off the 14yos again."

Exes Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart keep it friendly and professional

After the breakup of Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart, nicknamed "Sprousehart," the on-screen relationship also fell apart as the two characters said goodbye to each other before going off to college. But it is speculated that the on-screen romance between the two may not be done, as Betty appeared as an "angelic figure" to lead Jughead to safety in Season 5, episode 14 of "Riverdale." This also means that the exes may be friendly enough to work together.

The stars, despite not following each other on social media, seem to have a friendly and professional relationship with each other. According to Elite Daily, the two are still very close with their "Riverdale" cast members such as Camila Mendes, Madelaine Petsch, and KJ Apa.

Both Sprouse and Reinhart, although separate, went to support their "Riverdale" co-star Casey Cott at his wedding in December 2021, as Sprouse reportedly shared a table with Mark Consuelos, per Daily Mail. Overall, both of the actors seem to have moved on. As mentioned, Sprouse is currently with model Ari Fournier and Reinhart is in a casual relationship with actor Spencer Neville (per E! News).