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Dear Poll: Are You Ashamed of Your Family Secrets?

Leighton Meester is on the current cover of Us Magazine, opening up about the untold story of her family and her upbringing. Although she didn't keep it a secret per se, the fact that she was born in prison wasn't necessarily public knowledge until now. While both of her parents spent time in jail for a drug ring that smuggled marijuana into the United States from Jamaica, Meester seems to look at her experience on the bright side: "It makes me very nonjudgmental and open-minded. And I think it just makes me appreciate the things that I have now."

Since we all have our own family secrets, let me ask you this: Are there any secrets that you would be ashamed of if they were made public? Or would you do as Leighton and appreciate the secret for shaping the person you are today?


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Silverlining10 Silverlining10 8 years
My family has no secrets. The worst thing that has happened is adultery from a few people. Eh, I wouldn't be too ashamed--it happens to almost everyone's family.
michelle-c42934 michelle-c42934 8 years
YES, I like to keep secrets
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
secrets can sort of hold you hostage. in this case i don't think the secrets are hers, it was her parents that were in prison so i don't think that reflects on her. she's obviously made some good choices. it does bother me that a tabloid would print this story. no one would care about her parents being in prison if it weren't for this girl being famous. just to try and stir the muck they research her parents; really low. i don't think there's anything in my background that anyone would be interested in. and if there was i guess i'd find comfort in the fact that in 15 minutes it would be someone else's turn.
Mesayme Mesayme 8 years
Isn't her mother now a screenwriter or something? not sure.
corcar86 corcar86 8 years
p.s. I never really knew anything about Leighton Meester but I think it makes her awesome in my eyes for the way she responded and such and that she was able to become a famous actress despite humble beginnings! (And not needing mommy or daddy's money or influence to break into acting or singing or whatever like so many others have had!)
corcar86 corcar86 8 years
My family has always been really open about things, I have a sister who was a drug addict and another sister who got pregnant at 15 (gave birth at 16) and there were people in our town who would snub their noses at us but we never tried to bury any secrets or act like things didn't happen. And while I'm not openly volunteering of certain things that transpired in our house while I was growing up if someone asked me directly or found out on their own I wouldn't lie or be ashamed. I think personally that it's that kind of stuff that proves that A) we are only human and B) we are really strong as a family for always standing by each other no matter what, not ostracizing ourselves or others because of it. I even have other more distant relatives who talked crap about us to other family members about it and then went through the same issues with their kids when they were older and rather then rub it in their faces when it happened to them my parents were supportive and offered words of advice as having personally experienced it (although they insisted with THEIR daughter it was "different" but whatevs people will be ignorant)
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
we don't really have any family secrets that are so taboo that i would be upset about people finding out. (at least none that even i know about). i think that it's a shame that leighton's are now all over the tabloids, but i guess what doesn't kill you makes you stronger right? it shows that she's made it on her own with a lot of adversity in her way...and i guess that's the case for a lot of people.
Melo-D Melo-D 8 years
Yeah, I could care less. It happened. We're still a happy family. We moved on. So can you. Thanks.
LikeThoseShoes LikeThoseShoes 8 years
no. everyone has problems... why should i feel ashamed or apologetic for it... its my life and i love it!
HeidiMD HeidiMD 8 years
Our "family secrets" aren't bad, they're just embarrassing and not exactly flattering. It took me a long time to get over the circumstances of my mom just up and leaving us one day because she got "bored," but now I could care less. It just made HER look bad, and I could care less if anyone figured that out.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
"I prefer to keep our secrets private, but no, I wouldn't be ashamed if they came out." My vote.
jessie jessie 8 years
my family is downright wacky.....i'm sure they all got a few skeletons in the closet....and if they decided to bring em' out..well...grab a beer, sit back...get ready for some fine entertainment...
Mesayme Mesayme 8 years
Not at all, but none of them are my secrets. They belong to others and it's not my right to tell them. I like Leighton could be embarrassed by my mother and father's histories but why? they made mistakes I am not their mistake. I took great effort not to repeat them. But to tell my story is to tell theirs and I wouldn't do that.
psterling psterling 8 years
Its great that she's so open about it. I'm sure it's very freeing for her. Personally, I would just die if some of my family's secrets came out.
princess_eab princess_eab 8 years
Considering my family "secrets" involve a secret adoption, a suicide that was supposedly a heart attack, and a closeted gay family member who died of AIDS (but the story was "leukemia"), I think it would be much better if all these issues were put on the table and discussed. It's not up to me, but my family is very repressed and old-fashioned. I'm not ashamed of talking about them, but my mother would be horrified.
desidesi desidesi 8 years
i don't care about her family secrets, but i LOVE her dress. oh my, so pretty
geebers geebers 8 years
I did not know that about her!! I love her.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 8 years
Oh I forgot to answer the question. No I would NOT want them aired out in public.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 8 years
Yes we have some. (On my mom's side) :oops:
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