If you're one of those Riverdale fans that's absolutely bug-eyed for Bughead, then Lilli Reinhart's birthday message to Cole Sprouse will send you swooning on a loop. Reinhart posted the message on her Instagram on Thursday evening along with a cute picture of Sprouse walking through tall grass and it's just about the sweetest thing you'll read today. And naturally, it's totally adding to those rumors that Bughead is a couple in real life, too. Reinhart's birthday message to Sprouse reads:
To the man who has showed me more beautiful places in this past year than I have ever seen in my whole life. Happy birthday, Cole. Thank you for all of the adventures and here's to many more
Are you still breathing? Good. Then we can start to delve deeper into exactly why this is the most adorable thing ever.
As you're likely already aware, there's been speculation among fans for a while now that Sprouse and Reinhart are secretly dating. Just two days ago, E! News reported that Reinhart and Sprouse allegedly went on a movie date to see Baby Driver together in Vancouver, accompanied by Reinhart's Mom and Sister. At the end of July, People also reported that Sprouse and Reinhart were allegedly seen "canoodling" together at Comic Con, during the Entertainment Weekly party, which definitely makes it sound like love could be in the air for these two. Bustle reached out to reps for both Sprouse and Reinhart regarding these rumors, but has yet to hear back.
It's also worth comparing this year's birthday message to the one that Reinhart posted on Instagram in 2016. While this year, Reinhart's post is truly dreamy, and full of feels, last year it was much more pared back, with a caption that simply read, "Wishing the happiest of birthdays to my pal, Cole." Which means that he's gone from being a "pal" to a "man" in the space of a year within his birthday greetings from Reinhart. So make of that what you will, friends.
Their coupling may not yet be confirmed, but that won't stop fans from being absolutely delighted by Reinhart's birthday message to her rumored boyfriend. And frankly, whether they're romantically involved or not, it's evident that the two share a deep bond that's magical to hear about whether their potential love is a platonic one, or a romantic one.
Whatever the truth of their relationship may be, you have to respect the manner with which these two have managed to refrain from saying too much regarding it. But whatever it is that Sprouse and Reinhart share should absolutely be theirs, and theirs alone. Happy Birthday, Mr. Sprouse.