Jill Layton
Updated Aug 30, 2017 @ 2:13 pm

Remember when Gossip Girl stars Blake Lively and Penn Badgley dated for three years while filming the show? Of course you do. You also probably remember when they broke up. Well, as it turns out, Lively and Badgley hid their breakup from everyone on set for months, and that must have awkward.

In celebration of Gossip Girl getting ready to turn 10 on September 19th, Vanity Fair interviewed the cast about their time on the show. And we found out that when Lively and Badgley (aka Serena and Dan) broke up, they were so private about it, they were able to keep it hidden from literally everyone.

As you probably know, the real-life couple was also an on-screen couple.

Lively and Badgley dated off and on during the first three seasons of Gossip Girl (2007 to 2010), and their characters Serena and Dan also dated during those same years. So naturally, their relationship was much talked about amongst fans.

Their reasoning for keeping their breakup under wraps makes total sense. And they’ve since both moved on, are married, and can easily reflect on how weird that whole Gossip Girl/real lifedating situation really was. Thanks for keeping it real, guys.