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Leighton Meester Covers Marie Claire April 2012

Posted Tuesday March 13, 2012 9:44 AM GMT

Bringing her "Gossip Girl" glamour to another publication's front page, Leighton Meester brightened up the cover of the April 2012 issue of Marie Claire.

The 25-year-old Blair Waldorf babe looked yummy in yellow for the magazine's latest installment while chatting with the writer about her "crazy" family history during a bowling alley outing at NYC's Port Authority.

Highlights from Miss Meester's interview are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to Marie Claire!

On growing up:
"My family has a crazy history. Probably the craziest I've heard of. I look back now and I see it in a nice light. It wasn't uncomplicated. But I played outside. I went to the beach. There were happy, fun times."

On having little use for self-pity:
"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."

On not having or wanting a true childhood:
"I worked a lot, even though I was just a kid. It seemed normal to me. I couldn't relate to kid stuff. 'Jimmy doesn't like me!' Who cares? I was worried we didn't have gas money or food. Those were my concerns."

On getting stronger through suffering:
"When you see how you react when you suffer, that's when you know what you are made of."

On her indifference towards relationships:
"I never had a boyfriend until I was 18. It's nice, I guess - when you like them. But it isn't the most important thing. I'm not sure I ever 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 some guy I just like."

Photo Credit: Tesh for Marie Claire