The star of Riverdale and former GLAMOUR UK cover star, Lili Reinhart has opened up about coming out as bisexual two months ago.
In an interview with Flaunt magazine, the 23-year-old actress said: “I knew full well that I was attracted to women from a young age. 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,” she continued. “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.”
Back in June, the Hustlers star shared that she is a “proud bisexual woman,” in an Instagram stories post.
Lili revealed that she had attended an LGBTQ+ for Black Lives Matter protest in West Hollywood by posting an image of a poster from the march and wrote underneath, “Although I’ve never announced it publicly before, I am a proud bisexual woman. And I will be joining this protest today. Come join.”
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After asking her fans to put her in touch with Black activists, Lili used her Instagram platform to speak up about the Black Lives Matter movement following the tragic death of George Floyd, and host conversations with BIPOC authors and activists.
“I felt that I wasn’t doing enough,” she told Flaunt. “And I felt that it was lame to keep reposting what everyone else is posting so I asked myself: ‘Okay, what do I have to offer?’ I definitely learned a lot from the conversations I’ve been having. While it’s important to be an ally in this movement, Black voices cannot be muffled by other voices. This is their time to be heard. White people have to acknowledge their f—king privilege, which exists, and is very real. It’s important that we don’t just sit on our asses and let someone else fight this fight for us because it involves absolutely everyone.”
In June, the actress wrote: “I want to say that I am ashamed of the racism that exists in this country. We are taught to look at our police officers as helpful and friendly when we learn about ‘leaders’ in elementary school. Our ‘leaders’ have failed us today.”
She continued to say, “I can’t begin to imagine the horror of worrying that you won’t be protected by your “leaders” because of the color of your skin. I know that white privilege exists and I [could] never fully understand what it’s like to be oppressed because of my race.”
Lili’s coming out announcement came after she split from her co-star and long-term boyfriend, Cole Sprouse earlier this year after struggling to be apart during lockdown. According to E! News, a source said, “Lili and Cole were in a good place when Riverdale was shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak, but they isolated separately, and distance has never been a good thing for their relationship. When Cole and Lili are around each other often, things are very good. Their relationship is very intimate and affectionate, but things become much more complicated when they’re apart.”
We salute you for your honesty, Lili.
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