Penn Badgley Clarifies His Comments About Being ‘Molested’ By ‘Gossip Girl’ Fans!

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Penn Badgley Clarifies His Comments About ‘Literally Being Molested’!

Penn Badgley wasn’t sharing his #MeToo story when he said he’d “literally been molested” by fans.

The Gossip Girl alum has clarified the comments he made in a recent interview with The Daily Beast, in which he talked about the downside of fame and being on the receiving end of fan obsession.

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In a statement to People on Monday, the 31-year-old said:

“The point of my comment was not to confess a personal trauma. I was speaking about the way emotional and physical boundaries are violated for someone in the public eye, who is seen as an object of desire.”

Badgley went on to say that in the many forms abuse comes in, his was nothing like what victims of “predatory men” have suffered — but, he argued, it all comes from the same place: society, dammit.

The statement continued:

“Depending on so many factors, it can range from conscious abuse to something very unconscious — and that is the point I was making, cautiously, in the context of a conversation about fanaticism and cultural norms which support manipulative or abusive behavior. These are the same norms which support predatory men, but not exclusively predatory men. They affect, and infect, us all.”

Basically, the actor brought it up to tie the conversation into his new Lifetime series You, where he plays a bookstore owner who becomes obsessed with a young woman.

Let’s just all keep our hands to ourselves from now on, mmkay?

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Penn Badgley Reveals He’s ‘Literally Been Molested’ By ‘Gossip Girl’ Fans!

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Penn Badgley Says He’s ‘Literally Been Molested’ By Fans!

If you ever run into Penn Badgley, please try to control yourself.

The actor revealed in a new interview that he’s “literally been molested” by thirsty fans after his starring role on Gossip Girl turned him into an object of “pretty full-on obsession.”

Speaking with The Daily Beast to promote his new Lifetime series You, the 31-year-old opened up about the downsides of fame and being desired by thousands.

Related: Blake Lively Leaves A Sweet Reply To A Fan!

Playing Dan Humphrey on the teen drama series for five years was more than enough time for viewers to get attached to Badgley — so much, fans would literally attach themselves to the actor when they ran into him on the street. He explained:

“I think as an actor you can become an object of desire, which is something women are already accustomed to more or less around the world—I’ve definitely been, I mean I don’t want to sound sensationalist, but I’ve literally been molested—just in the literal sense of the word—by many people in the moment. Because that’s what they do.”

Who said being a walking thirst trap was easy?

The Daily Beast reported that the actor was “thoughtful and cautious” while discussing the harassment and was “quick to acknowledge the privilege that being a man, not to mention a white man, affords him.”

He also brought up other male celebs who’ve spoken out on being touched inappropriately, such as Terry Crews, continuing:

“You’re led as a man, particularly, that when it happens you should feel great about it. Particularly when it comes from someone who’s feasibly an object of your desire as well. And I think that’s the interesting thing about this show, is that [my character] Joe looks like me, he acts and talks like me to a degree, so I think the audience is supposed to be like, ‘Aw that might be nice if someone was that infatuated with me.'”

We mean, it would be nice if Penn Badgley was infatuated with us… but that ain’t gonna happen.

So, we guess we have to watch him be infatuated with someone else in Lifetime’s You instead.

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Stalking, Murder, Cunnilingus! This New Lifetime Series Has Everything YOU Could Want!

Stalking, Murder, Cunnilingus! This New Lifetime Series Has Everything YOU Could Want!

Lifetime getting dark!

This promo for sexy new drama-thriller series You has enough murder, voyeurism, and dudes going down to make the kids from Riverdale blush!

You premieres September 9 and stars Penn Badgley, Shay Mitchell, and Elizabeth Lail (whom you may know as Frozen‘s Princess Anna from Once Upon A Time)!

Get your first look (above)!

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X-O-X-WHOA! Ed Westwick Says He’s ‘Still Not Sure’ Who Gossip Girl Was?!

X-O-X-WHOA! Ed Westwick Says He’s ‘Still Not Sure’ Who Gossip Girl Was?!

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Hey Ed Westwick… remember that one time you were on Gossip Girl?

In a lengthy feature for Vanity Fair celebrating the 10th anniversary of The CW cult classic, the Brit admitted he *SPOILER ALERT* didn’t know that Dan (played by Penn Badgley) was revealed to be the blogger spilling all the secrets of the Upper East Side elite.

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Blake Lively Would Send Leonardo DiCaprio The Weirdest Pictures When They Were Dating!

Blake Lively Would Send Leonardo DiCaprio The Weirdest Pictures When They Were Dating!

This is SO interesting!

Reminder: Blake Lively and Leonardo DiCaprio actually dated!

In a Vanity Fair piece celebrating Gossip Girl‘s 10th anniversary (published Wednesday), readers may have been surprised to know the two dated after the actress’ split from Penn Badgley.

Related: Blake Celebrates Her 30th Birthday With A Star-Studded Bash

Joshua Safran, the show’s executive producer, recalled Blake’s 2011 relationship with the A-lister when they were filming in Los Angeles. And he revealed one very interesting tidbit: (more…)

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Hey, Upper East Siders, Blake Lively Teases The Possibility Of A Gossip Girl Reboot!

Hey, Upper East Siders, Blake Lively Teases The Possibility Of A Gossip Girl Reboot!

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Hey, Upper East Siders. PerezHilton.com here. And we have the biggest news ever.

One of our many sources, Variety, sends us this: Blake Lively would totally be down for a Gossip Girl reunion!

That’s right — S would be down for a reunion with B, Lonely Boy, Little J, Nate, and even Chuck!

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When asked about the possibility of rebooting the popular six-season series that followed the lives of Manhattan’s elite, the 29-year-old said she’d be open to bringing back Serena van der Woodsen “if it was good” and “if it made sense.”

Spotted: us losing our shit!

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Gossip Girl Star Surprises Everyone With An Unexpected Wedding!

Gossip Girl Star Surprises Everyone With An Unexpected Wedding!

Penn Badgley and Domino Kirke get married.

Congrats to these lovebirds!

Penn Badgley and Domino Kirke have gotten married! Obligatory no more lonely boy comment!

Related: Penn Goes Blonde!

A source confirms to E! News that the pair were wed in a Brooklyn courthouse Monday afternoon with family and friends in attendance. How sweet!

A pal shared the photo (above) of the beaming Penn and Domino (who is also Jemima and Lola Kirke‘s sister) right after they said their vows.

Don’t they look ecstatic? Especially Domino! It’s obviously the happiest day of her life!

Jemima also shared this lovely photo of her with her newlywed sister: (more…)

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Penn Badgley Is No Longer Lonely Boy From Gossip Girl As He Has A New, Blond Rock Star Hairdo!

Penn Badgley Is No Longer Lonely Boy From Gossip Girl As He Has A New, Blond Rock Star Hairdo!

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Forget Lonely Boy, Penn Badgley is a total rocker these days!

It seems as though the Gossip Girl alum has ditched his adorkable brown ‘do for a more punk rock look as he flaunted his blond hair during a gig at the Brickell City Centre in Miami, FL earlier this week. Ummm, yum!

Related: Penn Reveals His Worst On-Screen Kiss!

Badgley, along with his band MOTHXR, performed the songs Touch, She Can’t Tell, and Victim at the Life of the Party event.

And while we’ll always have a soft spot for Penn’s GG character, his new look is definitely cementing the rock star vibes he oozed during the EXCLUSIVE performance he gave us back in 2014. Swoon!

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From Lindsay Lohan & Raven Symon├â┬⌐ To Ryan Gosling & Justin Timberlake — Find Out Which Celebs Used To Be Roommates!

From Lindsay Lohan & Raven Symon├â┬⌐ To Ryan Gosling & Justin Timberlake — Find Out Which Celebs Used To Be Roommates!

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Celebs are known to have lavish mansions and fancy homes all to themselves. But most A-listers weren’t always living the lifestyle of the rich and famous!

While stars usually have these posh pads all to themselves, plenty of celebrities used to have to share their space with a friend… and in some cases the friend got famous too!

For example, did you know that Lindsay Lohan and Raven Symoné used to be roommates?!

Not to mention, Ryan Gosling has lived with both Justin Timberlake AND Michelle Williams at points in his life! And, they aren’t the only ones, Perezcious readers!

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Still Surprised About Ansel Elgort’s Singing Career? He’s Not The Only Actor-Turned-Musician!

Still Surprised About Ansel Elgort’s Singing Career? He’s Not The Only Actor-Turned-Musician!

All these actors are musicians, too!

Were you surprised to learn that Ansel Elgort is a singer now?!

The movie star had been DJing under the stage name Ansolo for a couple years, but on Friday the 22-year-old released a single that actually features his voice, and we were pleasantly impressed.

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However, most people probably had no idea the actor dabbled in music, considering he rose to fame in movies like The Fault In Our Stars and the Divergent series.

But, Ansel isn’t the only actor who feels they belong on a movie screen AND a concert stage!

CLICK HERE to view “Actors Turned Musicians!”

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