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Leighton Meester covers the new issue of Lucky Magazine.

In it, the 26-year-old star of That’s My Boy and Gossip Girl talks about her rise to fame, her personal style, and the impending end of the CW hit that made her a star.

Excerpts and photos from her interview appear below:

Leighton Meester Lucky Cover

On whether she thought she would be successful: “I don’t know. Yes? You can’t count on success in this business. But anyway, being famous or rich or making a certain kind of movie – none of that means ‘success’ to me."

"Success to me is being happy and fulfilled, truly fulfilled, and being proud of myself and doing different things all the time. So thus far, yes, I’ve been successful.”

On how Gossip Girl changed her style: “My friend says that before the show I dressed like a homeless person. I used to buy everything at garage sales. It was hard to give up! I’d be like, ‘But this crazy sweater is amazing, and it only cost 25 cents!’"

"I’ve learned from Blair, though. Now I like to pepper in some designer stuff.”

On her makeup routine: “I’ve stopped wearing makeup when I’m not working. For a while I thought I had dark circles and bad skin, and then I realized I was seeing myself that way because I didn’t recognize myself anymore without makeup."

"Now when I wear it, I think I look really weird!”

On love: “I love love. It’s the most intriguing universally understood emotion, and it comes in so many forms: family love, love of friends. I fall in love with everybody all the time.”

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Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester has a new beau in Aaron Himelstein.

On a trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the actress, 26, and her artist boyfriend visited the famous Christ the Redeemer at the top of the Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park Friday. Things seem to be going along well for the pair:

Leighton Meester and Aaron Himelstein

"He's been around for a while. She's been with him since at least November," a source tells Us Weekly. "He dotes on her. She definitely likes that in guys."

Meester split with beau of two years Sebastian Stan in 2010, and hasn't always been so lucky in love. She says she takes relationships very seriously.

"I never had a boyfriend until I was 18. It's nice, I guess - when you like them," she told Marie Claire in April. "But it isn't the most important thing."

"I'm not sure I want to get married. The only time a relationship is good is when you really love them. I don't want to hang out with a guy I just like."

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Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester made plenty of news with her TV character's nuptials this winter, but she says she may never walk down the aisle in real life.

"I'm not sure I ever want to get married," the 25-year-old tells Marie Claire in its new cover story. "The only time a relationship is good is if you really love them."

"I don't want to hang out with some guy I just like."

Leighton in Marie Claire

It's been five years since Meester first set foot on the Gossip Girl set, and in that time, she says she's become much less naive about love and life.

"I'm a totally different person than when I started. I'm growing into an adult," she says.

"I feel more mature than most people my age. I’m having this weird growth spurt. I'm starting to see my future differently. I'm getting ready for it."

Meester refused to let her parents' mistakes - both her mom and dad served time in federal prison for drug trafficking offenses - define her life.

"My family has a crazy history," the actress says. "Probably the craziest I've heard of."

I look back now and see it in a nice light," she says of growing up in Marco Island, Fla. "It wasn’t uncomplicated. But I played outside. I went to the beach."

"There were happy, fun times. You can take what is handed to you and use it as an excuse to mess up. But I've always handled what was given to me by life."

"I consider myself lucky. I was never lied to. And I was loved."

Check out Marie Claire's Leighton Meester pictures below:

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Leighton Meester can breathe a little easier this holiday season, now that mom Constance Meester has jettisoned a gargantuan $3 million lawsuit against her daughter.

Connie stated that she "sacrificed her happiness" to help Leighton pursue acting and the Gossip Girl star is legally bound to support her, E! News has confirmed.

She's now backing off, but is Leighton ready to do the same?

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The actress' attorney says that she is still seeking a judgment against Constance that will state, in no uncertain terms, that she does not owe her mom any support.

"Leighton is seeking declaratory relief from the court, which we hope to have wrapped up in the near future," says lawyer James Spertus. Her rep had no comment.

In a previous court filing, Leighton stated that Constance took money she sent for her sick brother's care and spent it on plastic surgery and other frivolous things.

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Kate Middleton was dubbed the "People's Princess" earlier this year when she became the first commoner to marry an heir to the British throne in centuries.

On Gossip Girl, Blair Waldorf (played by Leighton Meester) is getting ready to do the same on January 30, as she is engaged to Louis, the Prince of Monaco.

Meester was seen on the street filming in her wedding dress ... a runaway bride perhaps? Or filming a dream sequence? Impossible to say for another two months.

What you can say now is whether Gossip Girl fashion compares to the real deal! Whose wedding dress do you like better, Kate's or Blair's? Vote below!

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Kate Middleton, real-life royal princess, tied the knot in April. Gossip Girl's Blair Waldorf is set to in January. Whose wedding dress do you like best? View Poll »

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One hundred episodes of drama, scandal, snark and Gossip Girl fashion.

January 30 marks the 100th installment of the CW hit we know and love, and on Saturday night, the cast celebrated the completion of its filming with a red carpet event at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. It was, as expected, a stylish affair.

In addition to their male co-stars, Blake Lively and Leighton Meester were on hand, albeit a few hours late, leaving the cameras breathlessly awaiting their arrival. Both stars were a bit under-dressed for the cold weather ... but looked fabulous.

Who looked the most fabulous, though? Vote in our Fashion Face-Off!

Fashion Face-Off!

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Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester has had it with her mom.

The actress has filed a petition with Los Angeles Superior Court asking a judge to throw out Constance Meester's lawsuit - for $3 million, citing breach of contract - as a "matter of law" on the grounds that the allegations are frivolous.

This is one ugly mother-daughter relationship. Why?

Miss Leighton

Leighton's lawyers say her mom is suing over "a non-existent ‘management agreement;" "an alleged ‘support agreement" and "an alleged settlement agreement."

The very notion that the star had an oral contract to pay her mother $10,000 a month for life is ridiculous, they say, and the fact that Leighton has been giving her money up until now - $7,500 a month in fact - means nothing.

"None of these agreements are valid or enforceable as a matter of law," the filing states.

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We know Leighton Meester is suing her mom. And getting sued by her mom. Now, new reports say she wants custody of her younger brother Lex as well.

Leighton regularly sent money to her mother, Constance Meester, who served as her daughter's manager before Leighton fired her earlier this year.

The actress, 25, says this money for her brother's health needs, and that her mother used the money to get cosmetic surgeries for herself instead.

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It is not known how old Lex is, or what condition(s) he suffers from. But Constance just countersued Leighton, claiming she owes her even more ... and that the 25-year-old actress came at her wielding a bottle.

Now The Roommate star just wants to make sure Lex is alright.

"Leighton is disgusted by her mother and is determined to get her brother Lex out of that situation," an insider reveals. "She wants Lex to leave their mother's California home and come to live with her in New York."

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There aren't a lot of XOXOs being exchanged between Leighton and Connie Meester. The Gossip Girl star and her mom are engaged in a war of words.

Words and dueling lawsuits.

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Connie is firing back after Leighton sued her last week, claiming in a new countersuit that the actress threw her to the ground back in December.

Leighton is accused of "repeatedly hitting her with a bottle" in a blinding rage, allegedly so crazed she had to be pulled off her mom by her brother.

Connie Meester concedes that Leighton sends her $7,500 a month, but not, as Leighton says, out of the goodness of the Gossip Girl star's heart.

Leighton says she sends that amount every month to pay for her brother's serious medical expenses, and that her mom pilfers the cash for herself.

The elder Meester claims this is all part of a settlement for the money she helped make for her daughter, and she may use it however she desires.

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Gossip Girl's Leighton Meester and her mother are at odds, to say the least, and the reason the star is suing her mom is not just some petty gripe.

Leighton alleges that Constance Meester has been using considerable sums money meant for her son's medical care on plastic surgery for herself.

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According to the suit, Leighton sends $7,500 a month to her mother to care for her younger brother, Lex, who suffers from severe medical issues.

Constance, in turn, uses it for plastic surgery, Botox and hair extensions.

The suit also accuses Constance of threatening Leighton with a $3 million lawsuit unless she started sending $10,000 a month instead of $7,500.

The Roommate star wants a judge to declare that there was never an oral contract in place suggesting she agreed to do so (as her mom alleges).

Constance Meester famously gave birth to her famous daughter while in federal prison for her part in a ring that smuggled drugs from Jamaica.

Earlier this year, the 54-year-old had a restraining order filed against her by Laurel Wigg, whose son attended school with Meester's son.

According to Wigg's request, Meester allegedly promised to "hunt down and kill" Wigg and her son. Leighton then fired her as her manager.

Leighton Meester Biography

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Born
Birthplace
Marco Island, Florida
Full Name
Leighton Marissa Claire Meester

Leighton Meester Quotes

I think guys who are rebels and make their own rules are appealing.

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Guys who are unavailable are actually a dream come true for me because I'm unavailable all the time. It's great they're not down your throat.

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