Lili Reinhart, known for “Hustlers” and playing Betty Cooper on “Riverdale,” just came out publicly as bisexual.
The announcement was made via Reinhart’s Instagram stories on Wednesday night. In one story post, she shared the flyer for an LGBTQ+ Black Lives Matter protest in Hollywood to call for anti-racist policies and criminal justice reform. In another Instagram story, she posted her own plans for attending the gathering and encouraged her followers to plan to show up at the event as well.
“Although I’ve never announced it publicly before, I am a proud bisexual woman,” Reinhart wrote on her stories. “And I will be joining this protest today. Come join.”
Lili Reinhart was most recently romantically linked to her “Riverdale” co-star Cole Sprouse, who she dated pre-pandemic. According to People, the two actors ended their relationship in May, though mostly because of quarantine and an inability to see each other, rather than a lack of interest.
“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 explained, according to a story in Harper’s Bazaar. “When Cole and Lili are around each other often, things are very good. Their relationship is very intimate and affectionate, but things become much more complicated when they’re apart.”
Aside from her surprise coming out, Reinhart has been using her social media platforms to interact with and inspire her followers to get involved in the Black Lives Matter movement and the protests happening in the U.S. and all over the world. On Twitter, the star wrote about her white privilege and the movement as a whole.
“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,” Reinhart posted on Twitter. “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.”