KJ Apa's Surprising Dating Status Amid 'Riverdale' Family Backlash On Girlfriend Of 16
Keneti James Fitzgerald Apa aka KJ Apa knows all the colors of success derived from his successful projects like The Hate U Give, The Cul De Sac, and A Dog's Purpose.
However, the New Zealand-born actor, best known for his portrayal of Archie Andrews on the CW series, Riverdale, has also colorful dating life on his side that made big headlines. From romantically linking with the co-star to the alleged relationship with a minor girl, the actor's personal life has been a thing of interest for many.
Onscreen Girlfriend Meets Parents
KJ has all his thanks to the American drama series, Riverdale for his fame and fortune. His per season salary of $200,000 for the series Riverdale, which also further contributed to his net worth, has increased significantly over the years. At present, he earns nearly $61,000 per episode from The CW's hit show.
However, there's more KJ has gained from the show; his close friendship with the cast members while working on the show. He even shared an intimate relationship with his onscreen lover Camila Mendes and also took her to meet with his parents.
KJ Apa hangs out with Camila Mendes and her parents on 19 September 2017 (Photo: KJ Apa's Instagram)
While many assumed that KJ had received the approval of Camila's parents, others argued that Camila was more like a sister to him as he captioned the picture referring to her as his sister.
Their relationship mystery was debunked in 2018 when KJ talked about the two during an interview. During the meeting, the actor spoke about the alleged romance and his passionate onscreen scene with Camila. He mentioned that it was initially awkward, but as the two co-stars got to know each other, the shyness between them soon faded away.
Further, KJ stated that he and Camila had grown fond of each other and often hanged out together as friends whenever they got a chance. At the moment, Camila is reportedly dating another Riverdale actor, Charles Melton.
Dating A Minor; Fans Outraged
While returning to Canada from the Christmas holidays for the shooting of Riverdale, the 5 feet 11 inches (1.8 m) tall actor brought back a mystery blonde along with him. The pair was spotted and photographed as they exited the Vancouver Airport on 11 January 2018.
KJ Apa and his supposed girlfriend exit the Vancouver Airport on 11 January 2018 (Photo: JustJaredJr.com)
It was later discovered that the girl was none other than 16-year-old Corinne Isherwood. Further, Clevver News reported that the pair had been dating since November 2017. Previously, the two were also spotted having lunch with friends.
The relationship didn't go well with the fans as they accused the actor of dating a minor girl. Angry tweets were directed towards KJ as he ignored the whole situation. Critics argued that the phrase "age doesn't matter" didn't apply in the case of KJ as he was dating a minor.
An outraged user going by the name "Mins" wrote on Twitter,
"did you forget that you’re not actually 16? you just play one @kj_apa #kjapaisoverparty"
The same user posted another sarcastic tweet writing,
"what a love story she’s a fan of my trashy show and supports me her account name is archiegothot she’s an intellectual and i realized age didn’t matter i love her #KJAPAISOVERPARTY."
However, the pair split after a while, and KJ confirmed his single status later while appearing for the cover of Seventeen magazine in June 2018. The 21-year-old actor mentioned that he was single and further revealed that he had no control over when he will start dating.
Fans are assuming that amid all the pressure and hatred for dating a 16-year-old, KJ has decided to let go of the affair and could be searching for his special lady.
Village Chief Father And Instagram Star Sisters
Born as the youngest son of Keneti Apa and Tessa Apa, KJ grew up in New Zealand along with his family. He has two elder sisters, Arieta and Timena. Descendants of Scottish, English and Samoan ancestors, both KJ's father and grandfather were chiefs of their respective Samoan villages. He even carved a traditional Samoan tattoo on his right shoulder at the age of 15 to honor his father, who had become elected the village Matai (chief) at that time.
As for KJ's older sister Timena, she is an Instagram star with a massive following of more than 40,000 fans. She commenced her Instagram career by uploading a self-portrait in February 2012.
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KJ's eldest sibling, Arieta is also a celebrity on Instagram, with a fan following exceeding 10000 users. She is known for posting travel photos, along with pictures of friends and family.
Upcoming Projects For 2018: Boost For Net Worth
KJ has a busy schedule ahead in 2018 as he is set to return to his role of Archie in the third season of Riverdale. KJ had to go through taking a long road trip from Los Angeles to Vancouver with his co-anchor Cole Sprouse for the shooting of the series.
In addition to that, KJ has also been appointed as the new ambassador for the campaign of men's fashion watch brand, Fossil, with several promotional events for the product ahead.
Moreover, KJ is also reported to join the forthcoming season of the famous TV show, Survivor. KJ is yet to confirm the reports and sources reveal that negotiations were being held between the two producers and KJ.
All the big projects KJ got involved in 2018 helped boost his net worth to $3 million.
The actor also made headlines in May 2019 after he poked fun at Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan's royal baby. After the royal couple named their child as Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the actor took a jibe at the pair claiming that they are fans of his show Riverdale as the lead character is also named Archie.