Lili Reinhart finally responded to rumours that she's pregnant with Cole Sprouse's baby
So maybe because it seems everyone in Hollywood is/was pregnant in recent months, or maybe just because we're all gossip-hungry animals with a special talent for creating great speculation around the tiniest of details, but rumours started circulating last week that Lili Reinhart was pregnant with Cole Sprouse's baby.
I mean, it took long enough for the Riverdale stars to (sort-of) confirm that they were dating, but now it seems that people want to one-up the "see, I told you so" narrative by going on to claim that Lili is pregnant.
It all came about because of an image Cole uploaded to Twitter, in which the young couple are standing with a few other people and Lili's stomach appears to be protruding. This had people immediately jumping to the conclusion that the 21-year-old was pregnant.
But – surprise, surprise – she's not pregnant and it was just an "unflattering" picture. Although Lili shouldn't really feel the need to address silly rumours like this, she decided to take to her Instagram stories to respond.
"It's unfortunate that one unflattering photo of my stomach circulating the internet causes hundreds of people to think that I'm pregnant," she wrote. "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."
The ever-candid actor said the photo was just taken while she was off-guard and during a totally normal day when she was experiencing bloating. She added that it's normal for everyone's weight and body to fluctuate and change, and emphasised that her body is her body and shouldn't be anyone else's business.
"My body is something that I will NEVER apologize for," she went on.
"My body will constantly go through change. And so will yours. And that's fine," she concluded. "So let's not put so much time and effort into caring about a stranger's figure."
Camila Mendes, Lili's Riverdale costar, chimed in on the whole debacle by showing her support for the actor. She wrote her own response on her Instagram stories.
“Inspired by you @lilireinhart,” she wrote. "I feel bloated 24/7, my weight fluctuates constantly — it comes with being a woman and should be celebrated, not criticized."
I used to fear that day that people start publicly criticizing my body and commenting on my weight, she went on. "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."
Good on these girls for setting an example and continuing to prove that although the rich and the famous may look glamorous most of the time, they too experience everyday changes in their bodies, and are open and honest about it.
Lili's not pregnant guys, so let's all just calm down.