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Gossip Girl cast and their real-life children

The popular show is now available to watch on Netflix

gossip girl and real life children
Francesca Shillcock
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Gossip Girl fans have been bingeing the entire box set thanks to its arrival on Netflix. The iconic series, which stars Blake Lively, Leighton Meester and more, first aired back in 2007 and told the stories of young, glamorous socialites in New York.

But what about their lives away from the screen? Many of the show's stars have grown up a fair bit and even started families of their own. Click through the gallery to find out more…

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Blake Lively

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds – also known as one of the best looking couples in Hollywood – began dating in 2011 and just one year later tied the knot.

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Two years later, the couple welcomed their first daughter James, and in 2016 welcomed their second daughter Inez. Blake and Lively then welcomed their third, Betty, in late 2019. Cute!

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Leighton Meester

Leighton Meester, who played Blair Waldorf in the show, has been married to her actor husband Adam Brody since 2014 after meeting in 2010.

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The couple have also started their own family and in 2015, welcomed their first child, a daughter Arlo Day Brody. More recently, Leighton and Adam welcomed their second child, a son, in September 2020.

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Penn Badgley

Taking on the role of Dan Humphrey was, of course, Penn Badgley. As well as securing success in other recent hit show, You, Penn has also recently welcomed a child.

After dating Blake Lively and Zoe Kravitz in the past, Penn met his now wife, Domino Kirke, in 2014. In September 2020, the couple announced they had welcomed their first child, a son.

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Kelly Rutherford

Another star of the show that has gone on to start their own family is Kelly Rutherford, who played Blake Lively's on-screen mum Lily van der Woodsen. Kelly married her first husband in June 2001 but divorced six months later.

In 2006, she married German businessman Daniel Giersch and gave birth to their first child, Hermes Gustaf Daniel Giersch, later that year. Two years later, while she was pregnant with their second child, the pair called it quits and fought a custody battle. In June 2009, their second child, a daughter Helena, was born.

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Chace Crawford

Gossip Girl heartthrob Chace Crawford is yet to become a dad, but has been romantically linked to other actors and celebrities in the past including Carrie Underwood, Ashley Greene and Rachelle Goulding.

More recently, the Boys actor was in a relationship with Rebecca Rittenhouse, but called it quits last year.

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Jessica Szohr

Jessica played the role of Vanessa Adams, the childhood best friend of Dan (Penn Badgley). It seems as if congratulations are in order as the actress revealed in September 2020 that she expecting her first child! The actress is married to Canadian professional ice hockey player Brad Richardson.

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Matthew Settle

Matthew plays Rufus Humphrey, the father of Dan and Jenny. In real life, the actor has one daughter, Aven, born in 2009, with his wife Naama Nativ. However, the couple called it quits in 2011.

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Kaylee DeFer

Kaylee played Ivy Dickens, a distant relative of the Van der Woodsens. The actress married musician Michael Fitzpatrick in July 2015, two years after they welcomed their first child, a son named Theodore.

In 2017, the husband and wife then had a second son, Sebastian, and in 2019 welcomed their third child, Remy.

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