“It was bugging me and at first it was really upsetting,” Reinhart told Entertainment Tonight at the CDFA Fashion Awards on Monday night. “I’m 21 — I’m not pregnant, I don’t want people to think I’m pregnant if I’m not pregnant. It did take a hit to my self-esteem for a second and then I kind of picked myself back up and said, ‘I’m not going to let this ruin my day!’ ”
Reinhart, who is dating costar Cole Sprouse, quashed the pregnancy rumors on her Instagram Stories on May 28.
“It’s unfortunate that one unflattering photo of my stomach circulating the internet causes hundreds of people to think that I’m pregnant,” she wrote on Instagram. “Nope. Not pregnant.”
The actress, who plays Betty Cooper on the Archie comics remake, told ET that she prefers to settle matters on her own.
“I feel like a lot of people say you should just sweep it under the rug, don’t pay attention to it, but that’s never really been my style,” she said. “Maybe some people find that obnoxious, but I felt the need to say, ‘No. I’m not pregnant.’ “
RELATED VIDEO: Red Carpet Official! See Which Stars Confirmed Their Relationships on the Met Gala Red Carpet
Reinhart added that regardless of whether she’s pregnant or not, she doesn’t want her body to be up for debate.
“And also, if I was, it’s kind of sad that people felt the need to make my weight a topic of conversation, but it’s just the world we live in,” she said. “I’m going to always speak out about something that I feel I need to talk about.”
Reinhart made a similar point in her Instagram Story a week prior, adding, “My body is something that I will NEVER apologize 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.”