Spotted: Dark clouds hovering over Manhattan as Lonely Boy and S go their separate ways. Cue the sounds of dexterous teens and twentysomethings texting away: OMG Blake and Penn broke up! Le sigh, PopWatchers. If these two can’t make it, is there any hope for us mortals?
Reps for both Blake Lively and Penn Badgley confirmed to People that the couple has ended their nearly three-year relationship in September (See: Happier times). Will Blake Lively cover up her signature cleavage in mourning? They’re both young, attractive, and rich, so sure, they’ll bounce back, but doesn’t an extra little piece of you die inside at the thought that Gossip Girl may never be the same? (A rep for The CW declined to comment.) Dan and Serena haven’t been dating since season two — and are technically step-siblings — but there’s always been a spark there (heck, we even said they belong together!), most likely due to their off-screen chemistry. And life seems to imitate art for Badgley, who recently admitted that he’s “not friends” with other cast members like Ed Westwick, which makes his on-screen disdain for Chuck that much more believable. Maybe someone needs to get over their Hemingway Complex? For now, their characters are on opposite ends of Manhattan (which likely means filming less scenes together); Serena’s at Columbia (when she makes it to class on time), embarking on a quasi-relationship with her professor Colin (Sam Page), while Dan is downtown at NYU figuring out his relationship status with Vanessa, writing, and hiding his true feelings for Nate.
With a supporting role in this fall’s The Town, Lively is becoming the series most sought-after star. (Badgley also appeared on the big-screen this fall, in a minimal, yet sweet role alongside Emma Stone in Easy A). If things begin to get awkward, do you think she’ll request script changes, or — gasp — a Marissa Cooper-style fate to get out of the show altogether? (Love her or hate her, but The O.C. was never the same). Odds are they’ll both keep it professional, but it’s got to be a little uncomfortable having to work with your ex right after a break-up.
Will this make you view Gossip Girl differently, PopWatchers? Did you like Blake and Penn, or are you more of a champion of Ed and Jessica? Today’s news also got us thinking about our favorite co-stars who are also off-screen couples, like Adam (Peter Krause) and Sarah (Lauren Graham) on Parenthood and Dexter (Michael C. Hall) and Deb (Jennifer Carpenter) on Dexter. Do off-screen relationships make for better on-screen chemistry? Who will take over for Blake and Penn as primetime’s greatest duo? Preferably a pair with last names for first names, of course.
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