How much do we hate Blake Lively? Kidding! But let's get real: that babe—since she's broken up with fellow Gossip Girl cutie Penn Badgley—has been out with Ryan Gosling, and now could she be getting all cozy with hunky Leonardo DiCaprio. Wow, since Blake has costarred with the still-good-looking Ben Affleck in The Town and the impossibly yum Ryan Reynolds (whose breakup with wife Scarlet Johansson Blake had nothing to do with), we have a question:
Who's next for this newly single hottie?
Often, Blake's reps never say one way or the other about the love stuff when we ask. They treat us like we're asking if Blake is considering shaving her head and becoming a Tibetan gossip correspondent at The Daily Monk, or something.
But not this time: "It's not at all true," Ms. Lively's publicist commented, immediately, when we asked about the Leo scuttlebutt. Our colleague Marc Malkin was also told a similar denial.
But that's OK, because daydreaming about this blondie's future love life is just too much damn fun! And what potential this woman possesses: She's angling some chummy time with the very beautiful Gosling and chatting up DiCaprio (for a very long time, apparently) at a party and starring with handsome dude after handsome dude. This babe was never this much of a hot success when she was with Penn. Was that the problem, we wonder?
"She's not a partier; she's a very quiet girl," we were told by a close pal during the Blake/Penn days.
But that was then.
Now? "She's not exactly lonely," 'fessed another friend.
And why should she be? Blake, all buxom and single, may be seeing Hollywood life through a very different set of rising-star glasses. Ones that she'll focus right back on Gosling, if she has any sense whatsoever.
Now, that's a man worth hanging onto.