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Leighton Meester talks about being born in jail



Star may have broken the story about Gossip Girl's Leighton Meester being born in jail because her mom was serving time for drug smuggling, but it was Us who got the 22-year-old to open up about it. Since it's our business, you know.

Tbdleightonmeester092508 The mag says mom Connie was pregnant when she went to federal prison for helping smuggle 1,200-pound shipments of Mary Jane into the U.S. from Jamaica. Connie gave birth to Leighton when she was 29 and was released after serving 16 months.

"It makes me very nonjudgmental and open-minded," Leighton said of her, ahem, humble beginnings. "And I think it just makes me appreciate the things that I have now."

Like a good relationship with her mother, perhaps?

"She's always there for me no matter what," she says of Connie. "I swear, that woman knows everything."

Including the metric system and federal sentencing guidelines. How handy! But on a positive note, we're sure Leighton was positive her mom would be able to understand most any problem that may have arisen during her teen years.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:02am]


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