Why Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse Keep Their Relationship So Secret

"I'm not going to tell you my love story."

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If you're a Riverdale fan, you know that Betty and Jughead have taken their on-screen relationship status to real life. Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse (opens in new tab) have (basically!) confirmed they're dating (opens in new tab) by lovingly kissing and holding hands (amongst other sweet things (opens in new tab)), but the two have stayed quiet about the details of their relationship.

Turns out, the secrecy is actually on purpose—despite her very public life, Reinhart doesn't feel the need to share any particulars about her private life, and that includes her relationship status. In a new interview with BAZAAR.com (opens in new tab), Reinhart admits she thinks it's "inappropriate" to discuss her and Sprouse's relationship.

"I'm not okay talking about my relationship,” she says. “I'm not going to tell you my love story. That's just not appropriate right now.”

Well, at least we know there is a love story to be told. Since early last year, Reinhart and Sprouse have been not-so-coy about their off-screen romance. They've been spotted holding hands in a Comic-Con interview (opens in new tab)flirting on social media (opens in new tab), and even their co-star Skeet Ulrich (who plays Jughead's dad) said they have a "special connection." (opens in new tab)

They made their official debut as a couple on the Met Gala red carpet (opens in new tab), which set Betty/Jughead shippers into a frenzy.

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As for how she felt that day, Reinhart tells BAZAAR.com (opens in new tab), "I felt like the smallest fish in the biggest pond. It made me see how far I had left to go, and how much work it takes to get to a point where I can go to the Met one day and feel like I'm a big fish now. I'm not there yet, but that's fine, because I'm 21. That's satisfying, to know that I have a place to go.”

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