For almost as long as the CW’s Riverdale has been on the air, fans have been shipping Betty and Jughead — or Bughead, as they’re better known — on screen as well as off. Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse, the actors who play their characters, have certainly sparked their fair share of IRL dating rumors, but thus far, the twosome have remained coy, refusing to comment on their status. A slew of new photos may have just confirmed what fans have known in their hearts all along, however: These two most definitely seem to be an item.
The actors were spotted on a beach in Hawaii this weekend, where they didn’t shy away from some affectionate PDA. In a series of photos obtained by outlets such as PopSugar and E! News, they walked the shore and took to the waves together, with the former The Suite Life of Zack & Cody star keeping his co-star close with an affectionate arm around her shoulder.
In some photos, the 21-year-old can even be seen sweetly holding onto Jug, er, Sprouse‘s hand, and yes, it’s every bit as adorable as you imagined.
Overall, the pair looked beach-ready and relaxed, with 25-year-old Sprouse wearing a pair of red board shorts and his presumed lady in a striped two-piece.
The young actors’ sun-filled New Year’s vacation together wasn’t exactly a secret — local fans posted photos with the pair on Twitter earlier in the week — but this is the first time they’ve been spotted getting cozy.
Even with the PDA-filled photos, however, it’s not likely that the couple will change their secretive approach to their relationship privacy anytime soon.
As the Disney alum recently explained to People, sharing your personal life with the public can be a slippery slope, and he has no interest in going there. “The more you let people in on that, the more people feel entitled to it and the more it becomes problematic with whoever you end up being with in the future, so I take that very seriously,” he said. “So I just never talk about it because it’s not anyone’s right to know. People can speculate all they want; people speculate about me with every member of the cast practically, but it’s really no one’s right to know.”
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