Riverdale’s Lili Reinhart has addressed previous pregnancy rumours, admitting they hurt her self-esteem. In May last year the actress, who plays Betty Cooper on the CW show, was forced to deny she was pregnant as she hit back at cruel trolls who were commenting on her body as if it were carrying Cole Sprouse’s sprog.
Now the 21-year-old has admitted the rumours about her bod were particularly hurtful to hear. ‘It was bugging me and at first it was really upsetting,’ Lili said to Entertainment Tonight the CDFA Fashion Awards on Monday.
‘I’m 21 – I’m not pregnant, I don’t want people to think I’m pregnant if I’m not pregnant. ‘It did take a hit to my self-esteem for a second and then I kind of picked myself back up and said, “I’m not going to let this ruin my day!”’
Talking about the manner in which she previously addressed the rumours head on, instead of ignoring them or issuing some PR-perfected statement, she said it was the way she liked to go about things. And more power to her.
‘I feel like a lot of people say you should just sweep it under the rug, don’t pay attention to it, but that’s never really been my style,’ she said. ‘Maybe some people find that obnoxious, but I felt the need to say, “No. I’m not pregnant”.’
Last year the star took to Instagram to share her thoughts about the so-called ‘unflattering photo’ that first got people talking (seriously, girl might have eaten a burger and people are talking). ‘It’s unfortunate that one unflattering photo of my stomach circulating the internet causes hundreds of people to think that I’m pregnant,’ she said.
‘Nope. Not pregnant. This is just my body. ‘And sometimes I’m bloated. Sometimes an unflattering photo is taken of me. Sometimes I go through periods of time where I gain weight.’ She added: ‘My body is something that I will Never apologize for. My body will constantly go through change. And so will yours.