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Leighton Meester — No Boyfriend? No Big Deal!

Tue, December 28, 2010 5:04pm EDT by Add first Comment

Leighton Meester may play an emotional ice queen on ‘Gossip Girl,’ but in real-life she says love is one of the most important things in her life!

Anyone that watches Gossip Girl knows how well Leighton Meester plays the show’s resident rich brat, Blair Waldorf. But Blair’s world of fair-weather friends and trainwreck of a love life is very different to Leighton’s reality — so she says.

Leighton, 24, who broke up with longtime boyfriend, actor Sebastian Stan, in April isn’t an emotional mess like her character would be in the same situation. Leighton claims in the most recent Seventeen magazine that having a boyfriend just isn’t that big a deal.

“I think that the importance of love is really strong for me in my life, whether it’s a guy or a friend or just my puppy,” she tells the mag. “I think love changes you over time, and whether you have good or bad experiences, you always grow and learn from it.”

Even though she’s busy promoting her new movie, Country Strong, with no one on her romantic radar at the moment, Leighton says she’ll always have some form of love in her life to keep her from spiraling down into an emotional black hole.

“If I shut love down or didn’t let it in, I would just be this really cold, sad person,” she said.

— Aimee Curran