Dating during coronavirus quarantine is rough as it is, but we imagine it’s even worse when the internet is full of rumours your boyfriend is cheating on you with a supermodel. It’s, unfortunately, the predicament that Riverdale‘s IRL couple found themselves in last week. Rumours were floating around that Cole Sprouse was cheating on and off again gf Lili Reinhart with model Kaia Gerber.
After Sprouse addressed the cheating rumours with a very direct IG Story, supporters of the couple waited to see what response Reinhart might make. The thing is, it already happened.
In a white-text IG Story on her own account, Reinhart shared a pretty angry message to people’s vindictive behaviour on social media. While dumb, troll comments are part-and-parcel of being online—and especially being a woman in the public eye, as Billie Eilish has noted—it’s clear they’d ratcheted up to a point where Reinhart needed to speak out.
“Dear everyone on social media,” she wrote in the Story. “Don’t put people down for the sake of putting them down. Don’t be a fucking asshole. The world doesn’t need anymore of that shit.”
She also took to Twitter, in a post that’s now been deleted. “Twitter is actually the most toxic form of social media,” she wrote, continuing, “People are assholes for the sake of being assholes. Do you not understand karma? It’s fine if you don’t, you’ll understand when it bites your miserable ass.”
Both of the messages were actually deleted quickly after they were posted, but some eagle-eyed fans managed to spot them—a good reminder that things on the internet live forever. While neither Reinhart or Sprouse directed addressed the specific Kaia Gerber rumour, the timing does seem to indicate they were pissed about it. For the time being, it appears the two are getting through it.
While they’re not quarantining together, a source explained that “haven’t split” and are working on their relationship. “Their relationship is always up and down but they do talk every day and care very much about one another,” the source said. “Lili and Cole have been trying to be more low-key.”
As sad as it is that the Reinhart/Sprouse relationship exists until this microscope and scrutiny, the power of the internet can be used for good! Recently some fans have been pushing the Ariana Grande 4 Meg in Hercules agenda and we also saw Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal acknowledge their love and holy matrimony on social media.