Leighton Meester says she’s ‘never really been dumped’ by a guy: humblebrag?

Leighton Meester

Leighton Meester has been married to Adam Brody since last February after a low-key engagement. She leads a drama-free public existence. But since Leighton’s making the move from acting to music, some of her lyrics will inevitably reflect life. She hasn’t pulled a full-on Taylor Swift, but Leighton previously admitted to Us Weekly that her album (Heartstrings) was inspired by a “stupid breakup.”

Leighton recorded the album after a few years had passed, which gave her perspective. Whereas at the time, she felt like “Screw you, I don’t care about you anymore, and it’s not going to happen! Joker.” That little detail at the end makes me believe Leighton was talking about Sebastian Stan. They hooked up during Gossip Girl, and Seb is known to be very obsessed with Jack Nicholson and The Joker. When these two broke up, the gossip genie spread the word that Leighton did the dumping. In a new interview with Vanessa Bayer (SNL), Leighton reveals that she has always been the dumper, never the dumpee:

When it comes to love, Leighton Meester has never been given the ax.

While chatting with Vanessa Bayer in a funny edition of Sound Advice, the former Gossip Girl star shared the not-so-shocking dating tidbit.

“I’ve never really been dumped, I guess, but I’ve been hurt,” she tells outlandish media coach Janessa Slater, played by Bayer. “Not really, but the more heartbreaking thing is I’ve just stuck it out for a really long time.”

However, Slater hasn’t had the same luck when it comes to dating men.

“People have pulled on my heartstrings and I know what that’s like and it’s just hard for me to believe people have ever pulled on yours,” Slater suggested. “I tend to think that women who are naturally beautiful don’t experience life.”

[From Page Six

I don’t really “get” Bayer/Slater’s interview style (it seems so awkward, not funny as intended). You can watch the interview here though. Do you buy that Leighton has never been dumped? It’s pretty important to experience both the dumper and dumpee perspectives in life. But if no one ever dumps you, it’s hard to get the ball rolling in that direction. Yes, it is a little humblebraggy to talk about never being dumped.

Leighton does recognize that she’s stayed in certain relationships too long, past the point of happiness. Is that worse than getting dumped? I think it’s tragic to keep wasting time when you know a coupling isn’t working. Leighton seems really happy with Adam Brody now, but I’m still a Sebastian fangirl. Any excuse to post photos of him will do.

Leighton Meester

Leighton Meester

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  1. InvaderTak says:

    She dumped Stan ??? Crazy person.

  2. Loulou says:

    Wow that Sebastian guy is hot. Is he in anything apart from Gossip Girl?

  3. Brin says:

    She is lovely, who could dump her?!

    • Hannah says:

      I believe her too. When you’re Leighton Meester it’s probably simply the truth, not bragging lol

  4. Shambles says:

    If I was a dude I would never dump her either.

    ETA: I’ve always found it tragic that she didn’t end up with Ed Westwick, as cliche as that may sound. Their chemistry was off the charts.

    • Kitten says:

      Oh they were so f*cking fantastically hot together on GG. I wish they were realsies too.

      • Shambles says:

        Samesies. Mother Chucker forever.

        That was supposed to go down there but I’m incompetent, sry.

    • Shambles says:

      Kitten, I have rewatched scenes of theirs from GG multiple times just to see the intensity in Ed Westwick’s eyes because it melts my ovaries. They were so doing it in real life at some point.

      • Kitten says:

        Oh my god I SO get it, Shambles. His sexy, whispery voice. Those two were basically what kept me watching the show.

  5. A.Key says:

    Eyeroll. Major eyeroll.

    • Jegede says:


      Well Leighton IS gorgeous and lovely, she really is so who would dump her y’know?

      But I’m eyerolling at the opposite reaction from peeps, if someone else had said this……..

      • perplexed says:

        In full context, I don’t think her answer sounds bad. I was expecting worse when I saw the headline. Given her age, and that she’s now married, I can believe she’s never been dumped, but hurt (as she says) over the long haul in a relationship. She did seem to try to frame the answer in a modest way.

      • Jegede says:

        I’m sure if a lot of interviews are contextualised they don’t sound as sensational as first appeared. Click bait and all

        But my comment still stands, some are given the benefit of the doubt while others are torn from limb by the same.

        (not A Key of course)

      • perplexed says:

        Sorry, I just meant that she contextualized her answer in a way that made the answer sound okay to me, even in print. I didn’t mean that the interviewer or article had contextualized the answer for her — just that what actually came out of her mouth sounded fine to me when I saw how she chose to frame the full answer herself. Even if I were to have read her answer without any commentary around it, I would have still understood what she was trying to say. But after watching the interview on Youtube, I can’t even tell now if that interview was supposed to be real or taken as real.

  6. lower-case deb says:

    She’s one of the reasons why my sisters and i stayed with Gossip Girl way past its sell-by date.

  7. Trin says:

    Never been dumped myself. Stayed too long twice. You identity sometimes becomes intertwined.

    • Hudson Girl says:

      Same. I’ve never been dumped. I have experienced heartbreak via 2 people I wanted but, didn’t get.

      I have also stayed too long in a relationship because of the s€x.
      LOL, I even caved and went back to him. But, spent the next 9 months trying to build the courage to dump him a second time.

  8. Little Darling says:

    Eh, I think she’s saying more about her emotional mindset than being a humble brag. She admits it’s heartbreaking that she stayed too long.

    From all accounts she’s a lovely person who doesn’t think she’s all that (or too high profile to marry another actor since her husband is one) but she had some hard knocks growing up in her family. Which is why she probably chose the wrong relationships and stayed in them past their expiration.

  9. INeedANap says:

    It might be a technical thing — like, she’s the one always saying the words, but the relationship might hit the point where the guy is being an emotionally draining d-bag, so at that point the actual words are moot.

    And more Sebastian Stan please, mmmm.

    • Gretchen says:

      Yeah, that’s how I read it. I’ve never technically been dumped either, as in no boyfriend has ever sat me down with “We need to talk” or general dumping words, instead the relationships just crashed, burned or fizzled in sometimes cruel and unusual ways. Nothing humblebraggy about it at all and just as painful as any other breakup.

  10. Jegede says:

    Aww I LOVE her with Adam.

    They look like siblings, both have adorable puppy eyes and the cutest dimples.

  11. Naddie says:

    I don’t think she’s bragging, I guess she’s just saying. And I’m probably saying this because I like her, I mean, bragging doesn’t match with the personality she’s shown so far. If this’s came out of someone else, it could be seen as humblebrag.

    • Ellie says:

      Yes. If Blake Lively, her ex-costar, said this, my eyes would have rolled into the back of my head.

  12. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I don’t think it’s bragging if she was asked a question and answered truthfully.

  13. cryforyesterday says:

    I’m not sure what’s worse, though. Staying too long or being dumped. And I’m projecting, because I love her, but I feel that’s kind of her point-she wasn’t dumped but she stayed past a relationship’s expiration date, and that is just as bad and heartbreaking as being the dumpee.

    I love Seb Stan (the AOU press junket of doom made me long for my nerd who named his fans Winter’s Children) but I do remember vague rumors that he cheated on her as well as Jennifer Morrison, his girlfriend before Fauxmanda Clarke. And I think he was the Other Guy in Dianna Agron’s drama with Alex Pettyfer.

  14. Nayru says:

    I don’t think she’s was bragging but just being honest about what her dating experiences included. Never being dumped isn’t something to brag about anyway. It says nothing about your worth and neither is being dumped. Lastly I hate it when people say some dating experience is necessary to have a good relationship. Of course we can learn from our mistakes but we don’t need to make mistakes to learn.

  15. perplexed says:

    Was the interviewer supposed to be weird? What an odd interview to have watched…maybe it was a parody interview? Now I’m not sure if that interview was even real. Maybe Leighton’s answer wasn’t supposed to have been real either…

  16. Mispronounced Name Dropper says:

    So she never dated Leo then?
    It’s pretty easy not to get dumped if you never date up.

    • perplexed says:

      Maybe she didn’t want to date someone like Leonardo DiCaprio. I like him well enough, but I can also see he isn’t husband material. Dating “up” doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to wind up with a prize in terms of a quality husband (which I don’t think someone like Leo would be in his current state). Not dating someone like Leo or someone similar to him probably means she has common sense.

    • JenniferJustice says:

      “It’s pretty easy not to get dumped if you never date up.”

      That is so true. I’ve never been dumped either and all that means is that I should have dumped them long before I actually did – actually should have never been with them in the first place.

  17. ToodySezHey says:

    Leighton and her hubby are like
    ..a tween power couple if this was still 2003.

    What happened to their careers?

    • Kitten says:

      Adam was most in Lovelace, a slew of TV shows, and a couple crappy movies.
      He’s doing pretty well actually if “pretty well” = consistently getting work.

  18. Moxie Remon says:

    We’re all ugly and unbearable to someone, don’t trip. Sebastian gives me the impression of being a little too clingy, though.

  19. Maya says:

    She always has they same shiny face. I find her “molle” and tasteless. Other than that, I totally believe what she said, it is possible and not so much humble-bragging.

  20. tallo says:

    OMG love her dress in the main photo and much prefer her to Blake Lively. Wow hot boyfriends and a hot husband what a lucky lady and she can sing? Good for her!

  21. ashley says:

    aren’t those vanessa bayer interviews a between two ferns type of thing? Like, not actually real interviews?

  22. Norman Garza says:

    I would have to admit why would a guy in his right mind would want to voluntarily break up with someone who looks like Leighton, I mean she is gorgeous. If anything it was an honest statement that she has it good in the love department. Leighton is not a bragger or an egotist that besets a lot but not I think most successful people in Hollywood. She knows that people in Hollywood are judged evenly on who they date as they are judged on the movies they make and being tagged as a “serial dater” in Hollywood is a reputation slayer.