Riverdale hat-wearer Cole Sprouse is famously tight-lipped about his personal life and relationships. Growing up as a massively famous Disney-kid star seems to swing the pendulum either way: you either embrace the spotlight or the entertainment machine eats you alive. In an Instagram story over the weekend, the former Suite-lifer put down rumours about his personal life and addressed aggressive invasions of his and friends’ privacy.
Sprouse has joked about the absurdity of celebrity rumours before, spoofing a tabloid headline in one IG caption accompanying a W Magazine cover starring himself and girlfriend (and Riverdale co-star) Lili Reinhart. While for the most part, fans appear supportive of Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse’ on-off relationship—the two began dating after meeting on set—recent behaviours and speculations appear to have gotten out of hand enough for Sprouse to make this public admonishment. Namely, rumours that he was cheating on Reinhart with model Kaia Gerber, which were milling around the internet over the last week.
The first post in the slide, while not addressing the Gerber rumour specifically did call out supposed “fans” behaviour. “I tolerate a lot of rumors and slander online from people claiming to be my fans. Fans who feel entitled to my privacy precisely because I never indulge them. But attacking my friends, baseless accusations, leaking my address, and sending death threats are all qualities of insanity and fanaticism. Choose humanity, stop being [clown emoji].”
With his typical disdain for the sometimes manic desire for peeks into people’s private relationships, he continued in the next slide. “When I first stepped into a public relationship this was one of the forseeable consequences. And while I truly never intended to indulge any part of my private life to the ravenous horde, it’s clear my restraint in updating them has allowed them to push their own agenda on my habits and lifestyle.”
On the outside, it seems that Sprouse tends to deal with the trappings of fame with relatively good humour. At least, depending on how you take his casual IG account camera_duels where he takes pictures of people taking pictures of him. “May the fastest camera win,” reads a line in the bio. Everybody has a limit though, and death threats would be enough for any person, regardless of their long-honed tolerance, to say enough is enough.
Sprouse put it a little differently though. In the final slide, he finished with a v clear message: “So in conclusion—please eat my delectable plump ass. (making me post a goddamn white font insta story like a twice divorced mother of three).” Succinct and to the point.
Screenshots via Teen Vogue. Lead image via Kevin Mazur/Fox/Getty Images.