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‘Gossip Girl’ Leighton Meester Born In Prison | Rumour Juice

‘Gossip Girl’ Leighton Meester Born In Prison | Rumour Juice
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Leighton Meester, the actress who portrayed Blair in famous series Gossip Girl, had to overcome her own fair share of issues in life to become who she is today.

Both of her parents were arrested and sentenced to a 10-year imprisonment. Leighton’s mother gave birth to her in a hospital, spent three months with her in a halfway house…

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Often, it seems like famous actors were born already well-looking, stylish and rich. Remember Blair Waldorf, the devious socialite on the mega-hit TV series Gossip Girl? This character sure had her dose of issues and heartbreak throughout the show. But Leighton Meester, the actress who portrayed Blair, had to overcome her own fair share of issues as well.

Leighton’s parents were members of a drug ring that transported marijuana from Jamaica to the US. They were arrested and each sentenced to a 10-year imprisonment. Leighton’s mother gave birth to her in a hospital, spent three months with her in a halfway house… And then, had to return to a federal prison in Fort Worth, Texas, to complete her jail sentence.

For 16 months, before her mother was released early, Leighton had lived with her paternal grandparents.

When Meester was 6, her parents separated. Her mother then moved her and her siblings to New York, and later, to LA. That was when Leighton started booking TV roles and modelling for Ralph Lauren.

Although Leighton says those were happy times, she still feels her childhood ended too quickly. She remembers not being able to relate to normal kid and teenage stuff. Who cares if this boy doesn’t like you, the real question is – do you have enough money for food or gas?

As years went by and Leighton’s career flourished, those questions became less pressing. She appeared on TV shows like Entourage, 24, Veronica Mars, Numbers, House MD, and, of course, Gossip Girl.

Until, in 2011, Meester and her mother, Constance, had a major falling off over Meester’s financial support of her younger brother. Alexander Meester suffers from several health conditions. Leighton claimed that the money she sent for her brother’s treatment was used by her mother for botox injections and hair extensions. On her part, Constance claimed she needed a larger monthly support since she “sacrificed her own happiness” to give her daughter an opportunity to pursue acting.

A few months later, Constance dropped the $3 million claim for damages against her daughter.

What a rollercoaster!

But Meester is still thankful to her parents for giving her a decent upbringing. Most importantly, she learned to give people a second chance when they are ready to change, and not to judge anyone for their past. That is a very wise take-away from such a sleazy story!
Today, Meester is very happily married to a fellow actor Adam Brody, whom she calls her soulmate. They have a daughter together.

Reality is, sometimes, stranger than fiction. And, chances are, not as shiny and glamorous. Your true happiness is often forged in the fire of hardships… and weird family ties. So be proud of who you are today, for that journey must have been a tough one!

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