Lili Reinhart won’t confirm or deny her relationship with on-screen Riverdale boyfriend Cole Sprouse, but it’s pretty obvious these two are together. There were rumors going around that Reinhart is pregnant because of a recent photo of her.
Lili Reinhart from Riverdale looks pregnant. Or at least from that photo posted by cole
— ○Kal○ (@GZBGEN) April 17, 2018
The rumors got so out of hand Reinhart addressed them on her Instagram story. It wasn’t just a regular message shutting the rumors down. Reinhart also talked about body positivity and how this rumor is not only false but hurtful.
“It’s unfortunate that one unflattering photo of my stomach circulating the internet causes hundreds of people to think I’m pregnant,” Reinhart posted.
“Nope. Not pregnant. This is just my body. And sometimes I’m bloated. Sometimes an unflattering photo is taken of me. Sometimes I go through periods of time where I gain weight.”
“My body is something I will NEVER apologize for,” she wrote. “My body will constantly go through change. And so will yours. And that’s fine. So let’s not put so much time and effort into caring about a stranger’s figure.”
Her Riverdale co-star and friend Camila Mendes weighed in on the matter too.
“I feel bloated 24/7, my weight fluctuates constantly, it comes with being a woman and should be celebrated not criticized,” Mendes wrote.
“I used to fear the day that people start publicly criticizing my body and commenting on my weight. I’ve suffered too much from my own self-criticism, and wasn’t sure that I could handle it from others. But seeing somebody as beautiful as Lili respond to public scrutiny by preaching and practicing self love is all it takes for me to overcome that fear. Proud to call her my friend. Let’s continue inspiring women to love their bodies.”
This isn’t the first time these women have spoken out about body shaming versus body positivity. In March they called out Cosmopolitan Phillippines for photoshopping them. Reinhart has called out fans for body shaming her and Mendes has spoken out about her body issues and declared she’s done with dieting.