Riverdale‘s Madelaine Petsch & Travis Mills Have Broken Up

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In a lengthy, heartfelt Instagram post, Travis Mills confirmed his breakup with Madelaine Petsch.
After discussing how their careers in the public eye made it look like their relationship was always easy, Mills wrote on Instagram that the couple struggled with "balancing REAL LIFE & doing it all while being separated by it.⁣⁣⁣⁣"
"While it pains me our journey has come to a close, I mean it when I say I’m so incredibly grateful to have shared the last 3 years with someone as compassionate, smart & wonderful as Madelaine. The personal growth made possible by our time together I wouldn’t trade for anything," Mills wrote.
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He added:
"While I’m holding back tears I’m excited to see what you do next. I’ll always have your back.⁣⁣⁣⁣ Trying to capture the gratitude, love & pain in a few paragraphs, is impossible.⁣⁣⁣⁣ I’m not deleting any of our images, I regret nothing.⁣⁣⁣⁣"
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Been writing, and re-writing this the last few d⁣ays⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ I've had to accept there’s no possible way to capture a love of this scale or its significance to me, in a few paragraphs. That said, I'll try, because so many of you supported us over the years like a family would. So here it goes-⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ Our relationship has been in the public eye for the last 3 years. What’s ironic about my most public relationship is that behind the scenes it was the most non-superficial & grounding experience in my life. While it pains me our journey has come to a close, I mean it when I say I’m so incredibly grateful to have shared the last 3 years with someone as compassionate, smart & wonderful as Madelaine. The personal growth made possible by our time together I wouldn’t trade for anything.⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ Red carpets, parties, photoshoots, TV etc create this alternate reality where we are one-dimensional people, free of real world challenges, kicking our feet up, waiting for the next big job. I wish our lives really looked like a google image search of our names.⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ In reality we're ambitious & hard-working individuals, dealing with rejection, in different states/countries, wondering what the next best move is, trying to see friends/family, take care of our dogs, answering an ocean of e-mails, balancing REAL LIFE & doing it all while being separated by it.⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ There’s a ton of privilege being able to do what we do, but there’s a mountain of challenges. That said we were in it together. It challenged me, kept me honest, made me more compassionate, and helped me do some very necessary growing up. The highest highs were made better, the lowest lows were livable, because of her. I’ve learned so much about myself & life from that unconditional love and support.⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ While I’m holding back tears I’m excited to see what you do next. I’ll always have your back.⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ Trying to capture the gratitude, love & pain in a few paragraphs, is impossible.⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ I’m not deleting any of our images, I regret nothing.⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ It’s a sad world when sites, blogs, & media try to profit off our pain. Please be respectful.⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the support

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This post was originally published on February 19, 2020.
In the wake of speculation about the state of Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse’s relationship, the Riverdale rumor mill churns on. This week, Madeleine Petsch, who plays Cheryl Blossom, allegedly split from Travis Mills, her boyfriend of three years, according to E! News. 
Petsch and Mills got together after Mills, a musician as well as actor and host, congratulated Petsch over Facebook for landing the role of Riverdale’s HBIC. Mills auditioned to play Jughead on The CW series, but the part ultimately went to Sprouse. 
Petsch and Mills were notoriously very public about their romance, with Mills appearing often on his girlfriend’s popular YouTube channel. Thanks to popular demand from fans, Mills even did Petsch’s makeup for the channel in November of 2017.
"I generally don't go public with relationships, but it was one of those things where, when you know you know. And I know with him," Petsch told Marie Claire of her relationship with Mills in 2017. "I feel like it's better to come out and be honest about what I'm doing than try to hide it; I don't feel any kind of protectiveness towards it when it comes to fans. We've got a very solid relationship."
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In 2018 Mills, the co-host of MTV’s Ghosted: Love Gone Missing with The Bachelorette’s Rachel Lindsay, revealed to Access Hollywood the upside of his long distance relationship with Petsch, who films Riverdale in Vancouver. 
“As hard as it may be, one thing that’s kind of refreshing is that it’s nice knowing — when someone flies back home or I fly up there — it’s nice knowing someone puts in that effort to want to see you,” he told the outlet. 
Lately, Petsch and Mills haven’t been spotted on social media together. Their last post, from December of 2019, showed the couple looking very much together at Disneyland. 
“I don’t always wear ears at @disneyland, but when I do it’s because @madelame made me,” Mills wrote on Instagram of his girlfriend. 
The last time Petsch shared an image of Mills on her Instagram grid, it was back in April of 2019 for his 30th birthday. 
“Happy birthday lil baby!!! To being thirty, flirty and thriving all year,” she wrote. “I love you.” 
Refinery29 reached out to Mills and Petsch for comment.

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