Tim Stack
September 15, 2017 AT 11:50 AM EDT

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Betty (Lili Reinhart) and Jughead (Cole Sprouse) are arguably the most beloved romantic couple on Riverdale. The surprise match even led to their own shipping fan group called Bugheads.

Well, the Internet went into even more of a Bughead tizzy when rumors began to surface this summer that Sprouse and Reinhart might be dating in real life.

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While Reinhart had no comment when asked by EW about the rumors, Sprouse gave a very lengthy, thoughtful answer.

“Since the show began, people have wanted Lili and I to be together,” Sprouse admits. “People have wanted Lili and Cami to be together. People have wanted KJ and I to be together. People have wanted every actor on this show to be in a union that they could make real and talk about. So I think that kind of discussion, especially because it’s based so much on rumor and hearsay, needs to be taken with a grain of salt. We’re all still human lives that are interacting with the source material. But, truthfully, it’s very pleasing that people talk about Lili and I in that way because it means that we’re resonating so strongly from our character perspective that people really want that to be true.”

He adds, “I think as professional actors we can pat ourselves on the back for that and go, ‘This was a success.’ It was such a success that people want to see it in real life.”

Riverdale returns Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

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