Is 'Riverdale' star Lili Reinhart bisexual? Cole Sprouse's ex explains that her sexuality is not a 'phase'
Lili Reinhart has become a huge name since her role as Betty Cooper on The CW's 'Riverdale' and Grace Two in 'Chemical Hearts' (2020). Many also remember her as Vicki from 'The Kings of Summer' (2013), an Angel Recruit in 'Charlies' Angels' (2019), and of course Annabelle in 'Hustlers' (2019).
The sweet-faced and bright-eyed actress is loved and supported by many and last year she bravely took to Instagram to let her fans into her world and open up about her sexuality.
Lili Reinhart speaks up on Instagram
On June 3, 2020, Reinhart revealed on her social media platform that she is bisexual when she mentioned that she would be attending an LGBTQ+ for Black Lives protest in Santa Monica, West Hollywood, California. Her story read, "Although I've never announced it publicly before, I am a proud bisexual woman."
This came when protests began after the death of George Floyd and other Black individuals such as Breonna Taylor from police injustice and brutality. In her story, Reinhart posted a flyer of the protest telling her fans, "I will be joining this protest today. Come join."
Reinhart's reveal of her sexuality on Instagram came after the actress had broken up with her 'Riverdale' co-star Cole Sprouse. You can see the actress' story below as tweeted by a fan, "LILI REINHART IS A PROUD BISEXUAL WOMAN, TURN IT UP"
LILI REINHART IS A PROUD BISEXUAL WOMAN, TURN IT UP pic.twitter.com/02B9UfLmJi— sofia | NADINE DAY (@bugheadfiIms) June 3, 2020
Reinhart's support for Black Lives Matter Movement
The actress has also publicly voiced her opinion on police atrocities. In a tweet posted on June 1, 2020, Reinhart wrote, "I want to say that I am ashamed of the racism that exists in this country. We are taught to look at our police officers as helpful and friendly when we learn about 'leaders' in elementary school. Our 'leaders' have failed us today."
"I can’t begin to imagine the horror of worrying that you won’t be protected by your 'leaders' because of the color of your skin. I know that white privilege exists and I could never fully understand what it’s like to be oppressed because of my race. I don’t have all the right words, but I stand by you. #BlackLivesMatter," she continued.
I want to say that I am ashamed of the racism that exists in this country. We are taught to look at our police officers as helpful and friendly when we learn about “leaders” in elementary school.— Lili Reinhart (@lilireinhart) June 1, 2020
Our “leaders” have failed us today.
I don’t have all the right words, but I stand by you. #BlackLivesMatter— Lili Reinhart (@lilireinhart) June 1, 2020
The actress also took it one step further, asking her fans to put her in touch with Black activists. In a June 3, 2020 tweet she wrote, "I want to open up my Instagram to any influencer from the Black community who wants to say a few words or share their thoughts — I will do an Instagram live with them and they can have my platform to speak about this issue. Any requests? Who should I reach out to?" She added, "Maybe 'activist' is a better word. Send me accounts to reach out to."
I want to open up my Instagram to any influencer from the black community who wants to say a few words or share their thoughts— I will do an Instagram live with them and they can have my platform to speak about this issue. Any requests? Who should I reach out to?— Lili Reinhart (@lilireinhart) June 3, 2020
Maybe “activist” is a better word. Send me accounts to reach out to.— Lili Reinhart (@lilireinhart) June 3, 2020
Reinhart's says being bisexual isn't a 'phase'
In August 2020, the actress spoke on how Disney created its first bisexual lead character Luz Noced in 'The Owl House', an animated series. A BBC article revealed that Reinhart said she was told "too often" that being bisexual is a "phase". Reinhart added that she was happy about the character since she was "met with comments of 'you'll grow out of it'." In response, she said, "I know that's not true."
"I think it's important to make it more normal, as I feel in cinema and TV, the characters are usually gay or straight, there's not a lot of bisexual characters — but it should be normalized," elaborated Reinhart.
"There are a lot of bisexual people, including me. Before, I felt that people were going to invalidate what I was saying by telling me I was going through a phase." The article further revealed that the actress encouraged teenagers to be part of the LGBTQIA+ community "to understand how many options we do have in this day and age".
She said, "Times are changing, and at school, there was one gay kid who was out and comfortable with it, but some people were hiding their sexuality because they were afraid to come out. I hope people know they have outlets and communities who are now so willing to support young people facing decisions about this. There's a lot of open arms out there."
Reinhart was initially 'hesitant' to come out as bisexual
In an Interview with Nylon Reinhart said, "I didn't want to come out and talk about it because I felt that bisexuality was becoming a trend, but I've supported the LGBTQ community since I was a little tween, and it just felt organic." She also spoke of why she decided to come out in June saying, "I was like, 'F--- it. Now's the time. It's not something I'm ashamed of. Hey, you. I'm going to be at this protest for LGBTQs for BLM. Come join me."
The actress also revealed to Nylon that she had "been with a girl" when she was 18 years old, but hasn't dated women until "right now". She added, "This part of my life was never intentionally hidden. My friends and family knew. My cast members knew." In an interview with Flaunt magazine, Reinhart said that she "knew full well" that she was "attracted to women from a young age".