Sprouse said that he’s been “rumored” to be dating a lot of his costars, not just Reinhart. But, he specifically touched upon the rumors involving her saying:
Lili and I are constantly talked about in the public eye — and, for me — I think that it is being deeply informed by the love of the characters and wanting to see us together.
He went on to say he’s not exactly thrilled about it:
“I think that in many ways it’s offensive and an invasion of privacy. But, it’s also a badge of honor because it means you’re creating a chemistry onscreen that is so understandable that people want to see it in real life, which is flattering from a professional perspective.”
When the interviewer asked if he is in a relationship with Reinhart, he said “no comment.”
Because whether you dismiss those rumors or whether you encourage those rumors, it’s giving people who are in my opinion are a bit entitled to your personal life more power, and you have to have spaces for reverence in the industry.
Going to college made me realize you have to have real spaces of privacy and you have to establish those early. [Ryan] Gosling is a perfect example. Gosling has been in a much more sexual or romantic side of the industry than many actors have to be. His marriage is not publicized, and talked about, and beaten over people’s heads because people respect that he set those boundaries early. And, that’s the same thing. The more you let people in on that, the more people feel entitled to it and the more it becomes problematic with whoever you end up being with in the future. So, I take that very seriously.
People can speculate all they want. People speculate about me with every member of the cast practically, but it’s really no one’s right to know. It’s also sexy, these parts of the relationships that are just yours.
Amen, Cole, keep your private life yours.