Ariel Winter denies Star story that she gives her boyfriend an allowance

Ariel Winter, 19, has been with her boyfriend Levi Meaden, 29, for seven months. The two are often seen out together, they’re very demonstrative on social media, and they just got tattoos for each other, half hearts on each of their hands that form a full heart when put together and little cheese and peanut butter symbols to remind them of their nicknames for each other. So they’re in that early honeymoon phase.

Levi is a struggling actor while Ariel is raking it in on a hit TV show. Star claimed in their most recent print edition that Ariel gives Levi money so it can look like he’s paying for stuff. In turn he pulls his weight around the house by helping clean, cook and do chores. They also wrote that he “treats her like a princess.” This wouldn’t even be a story if the genders were reversed and I have zero issues with it. There’s nothing wrong with being a stay-at-home supportive partner. If the guy was a total douchebag or a player (see: Casper Smart) it would be different, but that doesn’t seem to be the case here.

However Ariel has blasted this story. She instagrammed a screenshot of a note she wrote saying that she has a personal assistant and a boyfriend, that they’re not the same person, and that Levi pays his own way. She also called this fake news and wrote that he has something big coming up in his career.

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I like that line “I don’t support anyone and I don’t need anyone to support me.” Again, I wouldn’t have a problem with this, but Ariel does because it’s about her relationship and it’s simply not true. Good for her for being clear about the facts. Now if only she could tamper down the social media enthusiasm a little but I get it.




This news came out a few days ago but it’s new to me. Photos credit: Backgrid, Pacific Coast News and WENN

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  1. Snazzy says:

    I’m happy for her to go off and live her best life however she chooses … but that silver dress has got to go

    • Melly says:

      I love her. Her recent fashion choices have been bad, but I still dig her. She’s in her “dress kinda slutty” phase, and I went through the same thing when I was her age.

  2. Don't kill me I am French says:

    CDAN has the same BS source than StarMag .Enty had written a blind about it .I always think that 95% of his blinds are BS/made up/exaggerated after reading Daily Mail or other tabloids

    • detritus says:

      CDAN is interesting but I don’t trust enty. I stopped reading after all the hmmmm stuff, so not sure if it’s changed since then?

  3. Alix says:

    Is she going to pitch this big a fit over every story that’s written about her?

    • Flufff says:

      If it’s fake, why shouldn’t she?

      • Sami says:

        Because fact that she is having a fit about something so insignificant published by a lower tier tabloid, implies that it is true. Remember the expression “thou doth protest too much” and the Streisand effect? You only address a story that has found a large audience or comes from a traditionally reputable outlet.

      • Erinn says:

        I find it more suspicious that she’s paid it that much attention if it is fake. The whole “she doth protest too much” type of deal. If it was complete fluff, writing a quick “okay, Jan” would have been a lot more effective than going off on a rant.

        My guess is that it’s either partially true… or it’s a subject of contention in their relationship already. If it wasn’t something she was very sensitive about already, I don’t think they would have gotten that kind of reaction.

  4. Eve V says:

    I think her over reaction says everything.

  5. candy says:

    She’s a very, very, very, very lucky young person whose mother got her everything she has. Obviously, her stage mom is a twit, but this under average young woman is where she is because of mom. It wasn’t looks, talent or anything but a pushy mom who got her the right auditions. It was utterly disrespectful to drop her mom how she did. And now she advertises herself everywhere and let’s us all know what a spoiled brat she is, who needs a parent to put her in her place. I agree, her reaction is proof that she is supporting her boyfriend- which is fine anyway. Maybe he’ll keep her in line if only to keep the cash coming.

  6. FishBeard says:

    I can’t help but feel for this girl. Whether this story is true or false, I get the sense that she’s being exploited by the boyfriend somehow. Given her age and tumultuous upbringing, she likely has no sense of detecting poisonous people. It seems like she’s desperate for attention of the parental kind, hence the nearly thirty year old boyfriend and social media antics. It’s sad.

    • Esmom says:

      That’s how this strikes me, too. Very sad indeed.

    • Odette says:

      I feel this way too. I saw an Instagram thingy of him slapping her butt on the beach, with his friend leering behind. It felt…..uncomfortable. Now, I’m all for sex positivity, but it felt…..I was just like, “Gurl, be careful……..”

  7. Magnoliarose says:

    I would be upset by the tone of the article too if it were me. Like she is some desperate young woman who has to buy a loser bf. There are people in the world who love a person regardless of money. Maybe she could have stayed silent but she is young so I get it, that is a lesson you learn as you get older. Besides not many guys in her age range have earned a living on par with her salary. I wonder if dear old Momster planted the story.

  8. interplay says:

    Well I agree about her being totally disrespectful to her mom. How many people hate their parents at that age? Every one of my friends said her mom was mentally abusive when we were teens. It’s called angst. Difference is Ariel had the money to be a total dick to her mom, all I could do was slam the door and come back the next day with tail between legs asking for tuition money. The fact is that without her mother, she’d have probably been working 3 jobs right now to get through community college. How about “thank you”???

    • Molly says:

      Are you familiar with the history of Ariel’s mother? You should google about why she’s a “total dick to her mom.”

    • insertpunhere says:

      I don’t recall saying that about my mother, but I’ll admit that I come from a bizarrely close knit family.

      Having said that, IIRC, CPS felt the need to intervene. The Court intervened. Ariel’s adult sister backed her. This was not teenage angst. This was abuse. It’s not fair to compare, “My mom won’t let me go to a concert with my boyfriend and spend the night in a hotel! She’s such a jerk!” with the kind of emotional abuse allegations that were made (and at least partially substantiated to get this type of legal response).

  9. in-the-now says:

    If you get a lottery winning job like being on a hit sitcom. You be damn grateful to who gave it to you. Top athletes are the same as child actors, without parents they’d be like everybody else.

    • Enough Already says:

      Yep. She’d be like everybody else who’s emotionally stable, self-aware and happy.

  10. jess1632 says:

    Wow a lot of the comments are gross and highly insessitive regarding Ariel and her mother. You guys would rather her have let her (crazy, over the top, abusive) mum continue harassing and abusing her own daughter? For what? Money?? Y’all are gross and sound like her loony mother who is bitter and resents her own daughter for not sharing money ARIEL EARNED HERSELF!!!!

    • GiBee says:

      It’s not a bunch of people being disrespectful – it’s obviously just one person posting repeatedly with different names. C’mon, you’d have to be a complete lunatic to defend Ariel’s mother. Or I guess you’d have to be Ariel’s mother herself. Not like she’s doing anything else right now.

    • GiBee says:

      It’s not a bunch of people being disrespectful – it’s obviously just one person posting repeatedly with different names. C’mon, you’d have to be a complete lunatic to defend Ariel’s mother. Or I guess you’d have to be Ariel’s mother herself. Not like she’s doing anything else right now.

    • Otaku Fairy says:

      Some of it could be Crystal defending herself under multiple locations, devices, or names, (she’s established a certain pattern of behavior with the public, so I wouldn’t put it past her) but a lot of it is probably different people actually choosing to side with an abuser in this case. The fact that the abuser in this case is a woman, western, and not overtly religious works, combined with the fact that the famous victim is considered a ‘slutty’ woman are probably the reasons for it. On another liberal/feminist site the last time Crystal made the news (for publically slut-shaming her daughter) so many regular commenters fell all over themselves to try to make excuses for her, despite her being a person with a history of abuse with both of her daughters.

  11. Mildred Pierce says:

    How much does she get per episode?

  12. andy abder says:

    Everyone’s entitled to own opinion. Blood is thicker than water, and I’d never do that to my mother. Even though sometimes I’ve thought about it. Plus, you have no idea what really happened. Like the media is the truth, right.

    • Snazzy says:

      Personally I hate that expression. There are people in our lives that we are tied to just because we are related by blood, but they are terrible people and would do whatever they could to blood us dry or make us suffer. And yes, that includes parents. Many of us have friends that would die for us, care for us and love us for who we are, and family members that would happily stab us in the back because they feel like they are owed something simply because of a genetic tie, even if they have not stood beside us in our most difficult times or helped us grow into the people we are. I have certain friends in my life that will trump family ties, any freggin’ day of the week. You can take that to the bank.

      As babies we were not asked if we wanted to be brought into this world – babies are a responsibility – and in today’s society, more often than not a choice. When someone chooses to have a child, it’s also selfish – they want to fit into some kind of societal standard, they want a little genetic reproduction of themselves, they want to be able to lavish attention on another. I’m not saying it comes from a bad place or a place that is not made up of love, but it is a place that has a certain amount of selfishness. And with that comes a huge helping of responsibility, as babies are helpless and children vulnerable for a very long time. So it was her parent’s responsibility to look out for her well being, which they absolutely did not (or at least the mother, not sure where the father is in all of this), choosing instead to use and abuse her as a cash cow.

      So ya, I’m ok with her doing and saying whatever she wants, as long as she protects herself and her money.

      Ok, rant over. Thanks for listening CBers :)

      • Chingona says:

        Thank you, I too hate this expression just because someone is related to doesn’t mean you have to stick by and let them hurt or abuse you.

      • Esmom says:

        I hear you, Snazzy. I think people who say they’d never cut off a family member have no idea how harmful and toxic some relationships can be. While I haven’t cut off my mom I have friends who I’m far closer to and who understand me far, far better.

      • Sister Carrie says:

        The actual quote is something along the lines of “the blood of the battlefield is thicker than the water of the womb” which is the exact OPPOSITE of the meaning that the shortened version gives.

    • Otaku Fairy says:

      @Andy Abder: If Ariel Winter’s mother was a religious man with a history of physically and emotionally abusing his daughters and harassing them through the press, would you be so quick to rush to his defense?

    • detritus says:

      “Blood is thicker than water”
      Says a person who either does not have dangerous family members, or has poor boundaries.

  13. Frigga says:

    I wish she would get some better standards. Honestly, why would a 29 year old date a 19 year old? Because she’s insecure, impressionable, and has yet to mature to his level and therefore, is easy to take advantage of. Been there, done that. No almost 30 year old would do this to someone so young unless it was for sex…and control.

    • Zapp Brannigan says:

      I would also add access into the mix there also. I think her name and cash would open far more doors in L.A than his would. I think she would be better off in college for a few years, take a break from public life and deal with her abusive past therapeutically. The path she is on now, youth, money and no positive parental influence, it will not end well.

      • Snazzy says:

        Wasn’t there something about her being cared for by an older sister at some point? Or am I dreaming?

      • Otaku Fairy says:

        Besides the 38-year-old sister who has raised and looked out for her, just how much parental guidance should she have at 19? That’s definitely too old to have someone controlling how she dresses/presents herself or her sex life and dating, especially for someone who was an emancipated minor. She’s already had (actually, she might still be doing it) therapy to deal with the issues with her mother and, at least publically, has handled it a lot better than I’d expect someone to handle a situation like that. It would be easier for me to be bothered by her having an older boyfriend if she were jumping into a marriage with him at 19, but since it’s just sex and dating at this point, it’s not really a big deal. A 29 year-old who dates a 19-year-old may be immature as a person, but it’s not like she’s young enough to be his daughter (or, sometimes in Hollywood, granddaughter).

  14. Chelly says:

    I’m not even going to comment on the way she dresses cause I just can’t go there. But I do kind of have a problem with being “kept” in a relationship. If both partners are able to work, both should. Even if 1 makes extra good $, the other should be doing SOMETHING to contribute outside of the household (or society like fundraising, charities, volunteer work). I can wash a dish, be a supportive partner & still maintain a life outside of the home. Unless he’s doing something like going to auditions, rehearsals, or is a stay at home dad, idk why he wouldn’t be doing something. I’d be upset if someone reported this about my bf if I were her too bc personally it would be disrespectful to me for anyone to imply & print that I have a “kept” man

  15. KBeth says:

    It’s annoying that she responded to that story, she sounds very immature. Even if it is true, it isn’t anyones business.

  16. nicegirl says:

    Gosh, I was SUCH an idiotic person when I was young . . . thank Heaven we did not have social media to inform everyone.

  17. Your mom says:

    She’s young and doesn’t have a mother to help her navigate all of this. My heart goes out to her.

  18. Bread and Circuses says:

    It’s amazing what magic can be wrought by Hollywood hair and makeup. In the red carpet shot, she looks like a bombshell. In the others, she looks like an everyday girl — cute, but not someone you’d necessarily notice if she walked by you on the street.

  19. lucy2 says:

    I hope everything goes ok for her. She’s at a tough age for most young women, but especially child actors trying to transition to adulthood, and is so public with everything, it makes me worry a little for her.
    I can imagine the temptation to always correct tabloid nonsense is strong for most celebrities, but at some point I think you have to try to tune it out.