Leighton Meester has found her “soulmate” in Adam Brody, and the pair have been happily married since 2014, but despite their feelings for each other, they have made the decision to keep their private lives out of the media. They have chosen not to flaunt their relationship on the red carpet or at prestigious events, and seldom give personal interviews. Keeping this in mind then, it's not unexpected that they have also taken this approach when it comes to their daughter, Arlo.
Fans would probably have noticed that very few photos of Arlo can be found online, and the couple has made it nearly impossible to get a glimpse of their daughter. Instead, they have kept her well-guarded from the public, which only increases the interest in this elusive family.
20 Leighton Meester And Adam Brody Have Always Guarded Their Relationship, Keeping It Out Of The Public Eye
Leighton Meester and Adam Brody are not one of those celebrity couples who flaunt their relationship, and despite being married since 2014 (the met on set of the 2011 film, The Oranges, Glamour reports), the couple is rarely photographed together. They also don’t use social media as a way to celebrate their relationship and are reluctant to speak about their personal lives in interviews.
19 They’ve Adopted This Same Philosophy When It Comes To Their Daughter, And It’s Almost Impossible To Get A Glimpse Of Her
It can be hard to keep up-to-date with Leighton Meester and Adam Brody because they have purposefully chosen to keep their private lives out of the media (and have gone to a lot of effort to ensure that it stays this way). For this reason, it is not only hard to find photos of them together as a couple, but also nearly impossible to get a glimpse of their daughter, Arlo.
Arlo Day Brody is their only child, and according to Harper’s Bazaar, she was born on Aug. 4, 2015.
18 Leighton Doesn’t Talk About Her Daughter Much, But She Is Very Proud To Be Her Mom
Some celebrities have made the decision to share photos of their children online, and parenthood is one of their favorite interview topics, but the same cannot be said for Leighton Meester. She loves her daughter, but she also doesn’t speak much about her.
“I don’t talk about Arlo very much,” she said, according to Refinery29. “I am very proud of that area of my life. But I’m also really proud of the show, and of the work I do.”
17 She Also Believes That There Is More To A Woman Than Her Relationship With Her Husband And Child
One of the reasons that Leighton Meester chooses to keep her daughter off the list of topics she is comfortable discussing, is because she feels there is more to a woman than her relationship with her husband and her child.
“I think the perception is: You’re an ingenue, or you’re an icon, or you’re a mom. There’s no in between,” she told Refinery29. She also spoke about how there is a lot of fascination concerning relationships, adding, “But in the meantime, there’s so much more to women…”
16 Leighton Has Referred To Adam Brody As Her ‘Soulmate’
Sure, Leighton Meester may prefer to discuss her work over her private life, but that doesn’t mean she has never said something sweet about the man who she shares her life with. In fact, Meester has referred to Brody as her "soulmate."
In an interview with Net-a-Porter, she briefly discussed her family, saying she was happy with her life, and “in a place that I want to be..." She also said that this was in part thanks to the roles she has had, but also “having a child and meeting your soulmate…”
15 She Had An Interview At A Hotel That Her Husband Once Worked At As A Valet Before He Became A Well-Known Actor
Leighton Meester is a fascinating individual, not just because of the roles she has chosen, but also because she is a bit mysterious. Unlike other celebrities, she provides very little information about her life, so every new bit of information she gives is usually of interest.
For example, her decision to have an interview with Net-a-Porter at The Beverly Hills Hotel, which she told the publication was the same hotel where her husband, Adam Brody, once worked as a valet. She added, “Yeah, before he really started working, when he came to [LA with] that ‘oh, I’ll try it out’ kind of mentality...”
14 Leighton And Her Own Mom Have Had A Complicated Relationship (Including A Legal Battle)
Leighton Meester is a mother to a daughter, and although little is known about their bond, what she has said has suggested that she is proud of becoming a parent. But Meester’s relationship with her own mother, Constance, is complicated. So complicated, in fact, that the actress made headlines when she decided to sue her mother.
Constance is reported to have used money that Meester had sent home for her brother’s medical expenses on frivolous things, including Botox and hair extensions, Daily Mail reports.
13 There Have Also Been Reports That Leighton Wanted To Gain Custody Of Her Brother
Leighton Meester’s younger brother, Alexander, is reported to have “serious medical problems,” and according to Daily Mail, she was sending her mother money so that her brother was adequately cared for. The publication also notes that Leighton did not want to recover money from Constance in her lawsuit against her, but rather wanted “ her mother out of her life.”
One person she did not want out of her life though, was her brother, and Daily Mail reported that at one time, Leighton wanted to gain full custody of Alexander so that he could live with her.
12 Leighton Has Hinted About Her Childhood Being ‘Crazy,’ And Her Family Has An Interesting History
The reports that have surfaced involving Leighton Meester’s relationship with her mother, suggest that their relationship is complicated, but she has also spoken about her childhood and hinted that it was not without its issues.
“My family has a crazy history. Probably the craziest I’ve ever heard of,” she told Marie Claire in 2012. “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.”
11 Leighton Understands The Importance Of Allowing Her Daughter To Have A Lot Of Play Time
We don’t know much about how Leighton Meester is a mother (but the photo above suggests she's a loving aunt), but we can tell you that one of her parenting philosophies centers around the importance of playtime.
“I think getting out of the house is very important,” she told Us Weekly. “I’ve realized more than ever that playing is how they learn and work. When they play, that’s their work. That’s their job.”
10 Being A Father Has Affected The Way Adam Approaches Roles And Changed His Acting
Adam Brody’s life has changed since his daughter’s birth, and it is not just his personal life that has been affected, but also his acting. He spoke to Entertainment Tonight about how fatherhood has made him think pragmatically with regards to the roles he considers, as he realizes they will take him away from home. He now has to ask himself a series of questions, such as “Are you going to be away for a year? Are you going to be home? Where are you filming? How long?”
9 Leighton Wants To Be A Working Mom — And She’s Found The Perfect Balance
Finding a balance between raising a family and a demanding work schedule is not easy, but Leighton Meester has no plans to give up her job. She spoke about being a working mom in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, and explained the pros of an actress' schedule, and how it works in her favor.
"I also think the nice thing about being an actor [is] you can work a lot, and when work is work, it's, like, super intense and long hours and you might not see your family for a long period,” she said. “But then I'll have, like, months off at a time, so I can really be home and spend time [with Arlo]. I prefer it that way."
8 Before Adam Brody, Leighton Meester Made It Clear That She Never Had Big Dreams To Marry Anyone
There are some people who dream about their wedding day from when they are young. In their minds, they have the perfect location, a loving partner who they will be with forever, and the most incredible white dress. But Leighton Meester was never really one of those people, and before she met, and later married, Adam Brody, she made it clear that marriage wasn’t high up on her list of priorities.
“I never had a boyfriend until I was 18. It’s nice, I guess — when you like them,” she Marie Claire (via HuffPost). “But it isn’t the most important thing. I’m not sure I ever want to get married…”
7 And When They Did Marry, Their Wedding Avoided Media Attention
A few celebrity weddings have attracted a ridiculous amount of media attention and cost millions of dollars, but Leighton Meester and Adam Brody’s wedding was not one of these celebrations. In fact, they managed to get married without media attention, and according to People, it was a small, “under-wraps wedding” that took place in 2014 — and only got everyone’s attention after they had already exchanged vows.
6 They Have Described Themselves As A ‘Pretty Modern Couple’
Leighton Meester and Adam Brody are a team, but their relationship really works for them because they understand each other. Meester spoke about this in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, saying, "I think we're a pretty modern couple. I think we sort of toggle back and forth... we both work, but also being actors, I think we understand each other, what we're both going through."
5 Their Daughter Arlo's Favorite TV Show Is A Little Unconventional For A Child
There are popular children’s shows like Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol, but Leighton Meester’s daughter will probably not be decorating her room with characters from either show because she seems to have a more unconventional taste when it comes to entertainment.
"She's really into Edward Scissorhands,” Meester told Entertainment Tonight, adding, “It's, like, very sweet and nice."
4 Adam Likes Spending Time Outdoors With His Daughter
Adam Brody likes to start off his day by spending some time outdoors, and he has found a way to combine his morning hike with spending time with his daughter.
“I do a nice morning hike with my daughter, that’s always a treat,” he told People (via TheCut) of how he spends time with Arlo. “It’s something to do in the wee hours of the morning when she’s up. It’s a good activity for both of us. We hike around our house...watching the sunrise with a kid is pretty fun…”
3 It Seems Family Is Very Important To Leighton
Before Leighton Meester found her soulmate, Adam Brody, she knew she wanted a family. And she spoke about the importance of family in a 2011 interview with Seventeen, telling the publication, "I want a family someday and I know that I have to let love in to create that and I think there is someone out there for me…”
2 She Is Also Incredibly Happy With Her Life As It Is Now, And Wouldn’t Change A Thing...
Leighton Meester is probably best known for her role as Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl, and the show was an incredible success. She has been asked about the show in many interviews since, and when she spoke to Net-a-Porter, she told the publication that she felt lucky with regards to the direction her work has taken her in. But she's also happy with her personal life.
“I wouldn’t change anything [in the past] because I’m happy where I am now,” she stated.
1 ...And Her Husband Adam Brody Feels The Same Way Because He’s Called Her ‘The Best’
Leighton Meester’s interviews certainly suggest that she is content in her life, and her husband, Adam Brody, appears to feel the same way. In a Ask Me Anything session he was asked what his favorite thing about his wife is, to which he replied, “Too many to count. She’s the BEST.”
Sources: Glamour, Harper's Bazaar, Refinery29, Net-a-Porter, Daily Mail, Marie Claire, Us Weekly, Entertainment Tonight, HuffPost, People, The Cut, Seventeen, Reddit.