Cole and Dylan Sprouse Left Disney When They Were Teens and Now It's Clear Why | 22 Words

There's a very specific reason why Cole and Dylan Sprouse cut ties with Disney...

Dylan and Cole Sprouse hit the Hollywood scene at just a few months old...

And almost immediately drew in comparison to the likes of the Olsen twins.

They well and truly won over viewers...

Dominating the teenage television market for years.

And, unlike many other notorious child stars who suffered public meltdowns or went "off the rails"...

The Sprouse twins went on to live surprisingly well-adjusted lives -  attending college and continuing to pursue passions outside of acting.

And of course, their success has continued into adulthood.

In 2017, Cole landed a leading role as Jughead Jones in the smash drama Riverdale, while Dylan appeared as Trevor in the 2020 flick After We Collided.

They have certainly made their mark on the industry...

And haven't fallen short of success and fame.

But we'll never forget that Disney is where they found their fame.

But, why exactly was it that they left Disney?

Well, the twins have since spoke out...

And it seems things weren't quite as "suite" as they appeared.

As you know, the Sprouse twins had an early start in the world of acting.

But are best known for their roles in the popular Disney Channel series The Suite Life Of Zack & Cody.

Their first major film role was in the 1999 comedy Big Daddy.

In which they co-starred with comedy native Adam Sandler.

The twins later made the crossover to the small screen, starring in several television sitcoms.

But of course, it was their Disney fame that really catapulted them into the spotlight.

As a result of the success of The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, many quickly branded them as "heartthrobs" among preteen and teen audiences.

Just a year after the sitcom hit screens, the brothers expanded their empire and launched a franchise known as the Sprouse Bros brand, which included a clothing line, book series, and magazine.

And of course...

The Suite Life of Zack & Cody was retooled in 2008 as The Suite Life on Deck. 

In 2007, Dylan and Cole were 2 of the wealthiest children alive...

And, in 2010, were the highest-paid teenage Disney television actors, reportedly earning $40,000 per episode combined.

So it's safe to say that during their Disney days, they had their fair share of fans...

And had skyrocketed to superstardom.

But it seems all wasn't how it appeared...

And the real reason the pair left the Hollwyood studio is very unique.

Their ending with Disney was less than happy.

This isn't surprising as former child stars like Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, and Joe Jonas have all spoken out about how they felt Disney pressured them to be perfect.

Joe Jonas has repeatedly bashed Disney and alluded to the mistreatment of fellow stars like Vanessa Hudgens, who was reportedly "held in Disney offices for a day after her nude-photo scandal in 2007."

The star said that the control the network exerts over its stars only makes them want to cut ties more, explaining, "being a part of the Disney thing for so long will make you not want to be this perfect little puppet forever."

At the time, Dylan Sprouse stepped into the drama.

The actor wrote in a since-deleted Tumblr post: "If they wanted to, they could have told Disney 'NO.' Cole and I did this hundreds of times and we ended up all right. The only reason they didn't is because, like many of the people on that channel, I think they fell for the allure of fame."

But just because the pair aren't bitter towards Disney, doesn't mean their exit wasn't icy.

According to a since-deleted post on Salon.com (via Us! Magazine), Cole and Dylan were left very unimpressed when the network attempted to "steal" their spin-off idea, then denied them producer credits on the new show.

The pair proposed that their characters, Zack and Cody, would return to the Tipton Hotel in Boston to live with their single mother.

The twist then comes when a younger male character moves into the hotel with his single dad, allowing the twins to mentor him.

Dylan has previously spoken out about this.

"When we had pitched our idea, it was kind of this situation where they had almost laughed in our faces," Dylan explained in the Salon video.

But just a year later, the shoe was seemingly on the other foot.

Dylan claimed that Disney came back to them with an "idea" that was basically the same thing they had pitched: the twins move to Miami, work at a hotel, and meet a younger male who becomes their "prodigy."

Dylan said he and his brother were "shocked."

"Cole and I turned to each other and we basically laughed in their faces and walked out," Dylan revealed.

Their long relationship with Disney had crumbled.

"That was the last meeting we had with Disney," Dylan concluded.

If nothing else, it's clear their time at Disney gave them the ability to say no.

For more on one half of the duo, Cole, scroll on to watch him reprise his role as Ben in Friends more than 2 decades on...