"I knew full well that I was attracted to women from a young age.”

By Kimberly Truong
Aug 07, 2020 @ 10:19 am
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Riverdale star Lili Reinhart has opened up about her decision to come out as bisexual earlier this year.

The 23-year-old actress told Flaunt magazine she felt comfortable coming out after experiencing so much solidarity at protests alongside the LGBTQ+ community in the wake of the killing of George Floyd.

"I knew full well that I was attracted to women from a young age," she said. "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."

In June, Reinhart shared in an Instagram story that she would be attending an LGBTQ+ for Black Lives Matter protest in Los Angeles that was meant for LGBTQ+ people standing in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

"Although I've never announced it publicly before, I am a proud bisexual woman," she wrote at the time. "And I will be joining this protest today. Come join."

Reinhart recently reportedly split with Riverdale co-star Cole Sprouse after more than three years together, though neither of them has personally confirmed the news. A source told Page Six, "Cole and Lili split before the pandemic hit, and have been quarantining separately. They remain good friends."

As the Black Lives Matter movement picked up steam after the deaths of Floyd and Breonna Taylor, Reinhart has used her social media platform to 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."