Riverdale fans around the world have been left broken-hearted following the latest news about Betty and Jughead's real-life counterparts. Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart met when filming the teen comic-book melodrama and have been dating for two years. But a representative for the two announced that the pair have finally called time on their relationship. The reasons for the split are not yet known, with sources simply claiming that the two have split and are no longer living together.
It's safe to say that since the news surfaced, it's spread like wildfire.
However, the pair have finally responded to the breakup rumors and it certainly wasn't what we were expecting to hear...
Cole Sprouse had an early start in the world of acting.Many of us will remember him for his childhood role as Ross's first child, Ben Geller, on '90s sitcom, Friends.
Sprouse had a pretty illustrious child acting career.His best-known role may be alongside his twin brother, Dylan, in popular Disney Channel series, The Suite Life Of Zack & Cody.
But Sprouse is now synonymous with another role.Based on characters from the original Archie comics, Riverdale is a super successful teen-drama television series by The CW.
The series opened to a fair amount of critical acclaim.But since the first series, it has attracted some criticism from reviewers, who find the show to be overly dramatic, schmaltzy, and unrealistic. Nevertheless, fans of Riverdale are pretty dedicated, and the show has just been renewed for a fourth season.
Alongside Sprouse, the series features an ensemble cast.KJ Apa plays the role of Archie Andrews, Camila Mendes plays Veronica Lodge, and Lili Reinhart made her television debut in the role of Betty Cooper.
And there was one aspect of the show that kept viewers coming back.The blossoming relationship between Betty and Jughead was something that Riverdale fans were here for - even giving the two the "ship name" of Bughead.
But that's not all.
Some even had pretty gushing captions.
But shippers make the best internet detectives.
@colesprouse @DamonBaker 😍🔥💦💦— Lili Reinhart (@Lili Reinhart)1497321397.0
For many, this was the first real piece of evidence.At Comic-Con in 2017, eagle-eyed fans noticed that the pair seemed to be gently caressing one another's hands - presumably assuming that they were out of sight.
For a long time, the pair refused to confirm or deny.
Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart with a fan today in Hawaii! https://t.co/G9Dbk71zSO— Riverdale News (DAILY) (@Riverdale News (DAILY))1514865362.0
And the same year, the two made their first public appearance.They attended the 2018 Met Gala together - and looked much closer than just good friends during their posing session on the red carpet.
Though it wasn't always plain sailing for the couple.Entertainment Tonight. "And she's one of those people that consistently pushes me to be better at the arts that I'm pursuing, and that's just the kind of person she is, she inspires excellence out of everybody she works with."
Reinhart had a similar level of reservations.
While the pair were private, they did start to share more about their relationship."It's not something that we hide, or it's not something that we show off. It's just something that exists," Sprouse shared in March 2019.
But it seems that the love between the two couldn't last.This week, a representative for the pair confirmed Bughead-shippers' worst fears. The two have gone their separate ways.
After two years, the relationship was reportedly confirmed to be over.According to E! News, "Lili and Cole broke-up earlier this summer. The two are not living together this season."
Since their reported split, the pair had been "intentionally keeping their distance from each other."However, since the announcement of Riverdale season four, the two are back on "much better terms." "Right now, it's unclear where things stand, but it seems [as though] they could be heading back in the direction of getting together."
And the two have been seen in public appearance as recently as July 21st.Reinhart and Sprouse looked happy together on the Riverdale Comic-Con 2019 panel in San Diego.
So, what is going on with the pair?It seems like fans don't know what to believe in this particular saga. After all, you can't always take what you see online at face value.
Well, we won't have to wonder for much longer as the pair have finally broken their silence on the split.
In the Instagram snaps, the two are starring together on the latest front cover of W Magazine.
In fact, the interview in question is where some of the rumors began...After publishing the piece, the magazine claimed that the stars insisted on being interviewed separately.
Reinhart posted this snap on Instagram, addressing the breakup rumors.
At the exact same time, Sprouse posted this image:
Reinhart also took to Twitter to settle the rumors.
Don’t believe everything you read on the internet, kids. And news sources should try a little harder to be less vil… https://t.co/L7yr2kZyBO— Lili Reinhart (@Lili Reinhart)1564098459.0
Their cryptic responses are the ultimate trolling.
And fans don't really know what to do.
@lilireinhart Wait what happened? Is this about her and @colesprouse? Are they actually still together?— bubbles (@bubbles)1564099738.0