Lili Reinhart has fiercely responded to claims that she’s pregnant.
The actress, who plays Betty Cooper in the hit CW series Riverdale, has been forced to deny rumours that she’s expecting.
Fans started speculating over a photo that surfaced of Lili and her Riverdale co-star Cole Sprouse, who is also her boyfriend, in New Orleans.
However, Lili has hit back at the speculation by insisting that she was simply bloated.
On her Instagram story, the actress wrote, “It’s unfortunate that one unflattering photo of my stomach circulating the internet causes hundreds of people to think that I’m pregnant.”
She continued, “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.”
“My body is something that I will NEVER apologise for. My body will constantly go through change. And so will yours. And that’s fine. So let’s not put so much time and effort into caring about a stranger’s figure,” she concluded.
Lili’s co-star Camila Mendes, who plays Veronica Lodge in Riverdale, praised her friend for responding to the ridiculous rumours.
She wrote on Instagram, “Inspired by you @lilireinhart. I feel bloated 24/7, my weight fluctuates constantly, it comes with being a woman and should be celebrated, not criticized.”
“I used to fear the day that people start publicly criticizing my body and commenting on my weight. I’ve suffered too much from my own self criticism, and wasn’t sure that I could handle it from others.
“But seeing somebody as beautiful as Lili respond to public scrutiny by preaching and practicing self love is all it takes for me to overcome that fear. Proud to call her my friend. Let’s continue inspiring women to love their bodies,” she added.