There’s a heart-racing rumor circulating around the Riverdale universe right now that Cole Sprouse (Jughead Jones) and Lili Reinhart (Betty Cooper), whose characters are an item on the show, are dating IRL. Of course, for the legions of Riverdale fans who swoon over Jughead’s perpetually-askew beanie, this news is devastating. Everyone’s favorite brooding diner writer is officially off the market! Well, allegedly.
Still, the actors haven’t confirmed it themselves. They’ve been too busy spilling season two tea all over San Diego Comic-Con. But they might not have to say anything explicit: A gesture the two made during a recent interview says more than their words ever could.
TV Line caught up with Sprouse, Reinhart, and a few other Riverdale peeps at Comic-Con last weekend. During the interview, the cast dishes a lot about the upcoming season, which is exciting—but not as exciting as the fact Reinhart and Sprouse secretly hold hands around the eight-minute mark. Yup.
It only lasts for a few seconds, but it’s glorious. Take a look at it for yourself, below, and then we can discuss.
There’s a lot to process here. Both Reinhart and Sprouse subtly grin when their hands touch, which—in my opinion—implies they have a secret they can’t tell the world yet. And that secret is they’re making out off camera, too.
Plus, look at Madelaine Petsch (Cheryl Blossom), Camila Mendes (Veronica Lodge), and Casey Cott’s (Kevin Keller) facial expressions. Is it just me or are they clocking the hand-holding and chuckling to themselves because they know what’s going on?
Maybe I’m reading too much into this; I tend to do that with Riverdale. But this is so exciting. Bughead is for real! Maybe! Probably!
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h/t to Marie Claire