She’s speaking out! Lili Reinhart just slammed harmful stereotypes about bisexual relationships during a Twitter rant, and fans are so here for it.
First, the Riverdale star reposted an image taken by Matt Bernstein, that read, “Perhaps the reason romantic and sexual relationships between women are fetishized or perceived as ‘a phase’ is because our culture struggles to understand a concept of love and sexuality that doesn’t involve men whatsoever.”
“Amen, I am bi and proud,” she captioned it.
She then added in another tweet, “It’s all too common for men to bully their bi/pan girlfriends. They can accept when a woman wants another man, but they can’t respect when a woman wants another woman. F**k that toxic s**t.”
What Has Lili Reinhart Previously Said About Her Sexuality
For those who missed it, the actress first came out as bisexual in June 2020, while sharing information about a LGBTQ+ Black Lives Matter march.
“Although I’ve never announced it publicly before, I am a proud bisexual woman,” she wrote at the time on her Instagram Stories. “I will be joining this protest today. Come join.”
And while chatting with Fault Magazine one month later, Reinhart opened up about the exact moment that she realized she liked men and women, and why she decided to come out to the world.
“I knew full well that I was attracted to women from a young age,” she revealed. “I felt that since I’ve exclusively been in hetero-normative relationships, it would be too easy for any outsider, especially the media, to vilify me and accuse me of faking it to get attention. That’s not something I wanted to deal with. But to my close friends, and those in my life, my bisexuality has been no secret.”
She also told The Los Angeles Times that she wanted to let the public know that she was bisexual so that she could date a girl and not have to hide it.
“I thought, ‘Do I like girls? I don’t know.’ As I’ve gotten older, the answer has become, ‘Yes. Clearly, I do,’” she explained. “I think I just felt at this point in time: Why not? If suddenly I started dating a girl publicly, I didn’t want people to be like, ‘What the?’ Not that I would even owe anyone an explanation. Because I don’t.”
During an interview with Nylon in September 2020, the blonde beauty admitted she was nervous to come out because she felt it was “becoming a trend” in Hollywood.
“I didn’t want to come out and talk about it because I felt that bisexuality was becoming a trend [among celebrities],” Reinhart admitted. “But I’ve supported the LGBTQ community since I was a little tween, and it just felt organic. I was like, ‘F**k it. Now’s the time. It’s not something I’m ashamed of. Hey, you. I’m going to be at this protest for LGBTQs for BLM. Come join me.’”
She added, “I remember being in fifth grade. I was waiting for my bus. I remember this so weirdly and vividly, just standing by myself going, ‘Do I like girls?’ I don’t even know where it came from or why. I remember looking at this article — I think it was in Cosmo — that asked ‘Do you want to be with that woman that you’re looking at, or do you want to be her?’ I was like, ‘I would like to be her, because she’s a sexy, amazing woman, but I also want to be with her. I didn’t date girls until I was… right now. I’d been with a girl when I was 18. This part of my life was never intentionally hidden. My friends and family knew. My cast members knew.”
As fans know, she previously dated her Riverdale costar, Cole Sprouse, for three-years, and Reinhart later explained why she waited to come out until after they had split.
“It’s easy for people to question, ‘Oh, but you’re with a man that’s straight.’ It’s like, well, Anna Paquin is married to a man, but she is bisexual,” she said. “I didn’t want to put my ex in a position, it seems like it would have been a little strange to come out when I was in a hetero relationship. It just seemed, I don’t know, maybe a little bit like I was looking for something else while I was in the relationship. So, I didn’t really think about coming out until after I was not in a relationship anymore. It just felt more organic that way.”
And get this, you guys — the 24-year-old admitted that she got a lot of DMs from girls after she came out.
“I did have a couple of ladies sliding into my DMs, which I thought was funny, but also flattering,” she continued. “Yeah. It was interesting to see the difference in my DMs after I came out, which was a nice little surprise … And also just like, I hate to say it, more quality human beings. People who genuinely are coming because they’re saying, ‘Oh, thank you for doing that.’ Or ‘I really appreciate you doing that,’ rather than some random person saying like, ‘Hey, wanna f**k?’ It just was more, I hate to say it, but just more quality messages, people genuinely who cared.”
What Happened Between Her And Cole Sprouse?
We can call agree that Sprouse and Reinhart’s characters are practically couple goals in the CW show, so when they took their love off the screen and into real life, it was definitely a dream come true for Riverdale fans!
For those who forgot, the pair was first spotted kissing in July 2017, and after that they quickly became couple goals. Over their three-year relationship, they constantly shared cute pictures together, gushed over each other in interviews and attended events side by side. But in August 2020, fans were left shocked when the former Disney star announced that they had split a few months earlier.
“Lili and I initially separated in January of this year, deciding to more permanently split in March,” Sprouse wrote on Instagram at the time. “What an incredible experience I had, I’ll always feel lucky and cherish that I had the chance to fall in love. I wish her nothing but the utmost love and happiness moving forward. All I’ll say about it, anything else you hear doesn’t matter.”