After Lili Reinhart revealed she “genuinely feels like a prisoner” while filming Riverdale in Canada, the actress took to Twitter to clarify her comments. “Love it when my words are taken out of context YET AGAIN,” the 23-year-old wrote on Thursday, September 3. “I’m not complaining about going back to work, I’m incredibly grateful to have a job. I’m sad that I can’t see my family for months on end due to travel restrictions. FFS, leave me alone.”
“No wonder people think I’m this pissed off girl all the time,” she added. “I annoy myself having to speak up about this.”
During an interview with Nylon magazine, which was published on September 2, the blonde beauty got candid about filming the hit CW show during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “I cannot leave Canada,” she shared. “That doesn’t feel good. You can’t go home for Thanksgiving, can’t visit your family. No one can come visit you unless they quarantine for two weeks. It just feels f--ked.”
Naturally, Reinhart’s fans stuck up for her and admitted they knew what she meant all along. One person said, “The way anyone could read that and genuinely assume you were saying anything other than you were going to miss your family is wild to me. YOU’RE clearly someone who’s incredibly close with their family and anyone who is would have a hard time not seeing them for five months?” Another user added, “I’m so sorry this keeps happening to you, Lili. You don’t deserve this.”
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In August, the Ohio native participated in an interview about how she has been having a hard time getting through quarantine, but yet again, people thought she was referring to something different — a.k.a. her split from costar Cole Sprouse. “Quotes taken from my most recent interview are not about a ‘breakup,’ she wrote via Twitter on August 18. “They are about the depression I’ve felt over these last few months. Tired of people taking my words out of context and piecing together their own story for clickbait.”
“I would never speak so candidly about something as personal as a breakup,” she stated. “That’s incredibly private. I was addressing my depression.”
The Chemical Hearts star spoke with Refinery29, where she got emotional about her mental health struggles over the past few years. “I couldn’t see the light,” she said. I was like, ‘I feel like I’m dying.’ It was f--king rough, and there’s no other way through than just through it.”
Reinhart and Sprouse, 28, dated on and off for three years but called it quits earlier this year. Even though the former flames rarely spoke about their relationship, the Disney alum finally clarified where he stood with Reinhart. “Lili and I initially separated in January of this year, deciding to more permanently split in March,” he wrote. “What an incredible experience I had, I’ll always feel lucky and cherish that I had the chance to fall in love. I wish her nothing but the utmost love and happiness moving forward. All I’ll say about it, anything else you hear doesn’t matter.”
Meanwhile, Reinhart is focusing on bigger and better things such as releasing her new book, Swimming Lessons: Poems, in late September. “I got teary-eyed saying some of my poems, reading about certain people, or certain experiences that I very much lived through,” she told Nylon. “It was hard, but that’s the beauty of it. That’s why I wrote it all. I want to remember everything that I feel, and know at the end of the day that I lived a thorough human experience.”