"I ended up staying [in New York], Meester said to . That was that." But Meester and her mom had trouble making ends meet.
Looking back on her decision, we doubt she regrets skipping that formal.
She has since been invited to glamorous industry events that most of us can only dream of attending, such as the 2016 Met Gala, where she was photographed rubbing elbows with industry elite, such as famed designer Peter Dundas.
Earlier this week, the acting pair were photographed on a sightseeing tour of Rio de Janeiro's iconic Christ the Redeemer hilltop statue, climbed atop the Corcovado Mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park.
Leighton Meester appears to have it all, including a successful acting and music career, a solid marriage with actor Adam Brody, and an adorable daughter named Arlo.
Instead of using the money on her brother, Meester accused her mom of blowing the monthly payment on "plastic surgery, Botox, and hair extensions," according to .
Her mom also reportedly threatened to file a lawsuit against her daughter unless Meester continued to make the monthly payments.Likewise, Aaron dressed in a white undershirt and orange shorts.Before heading out to the beach, Aaron sat and watched as Leighton applied sunscreen on their hotel balcony in Rio.Meester's relationship with her mom took a dramatic turn in 2011.The actress and singer had reportedly been sending her unemployed mother ,500 every month to help provide adequate care for her little brother, Lex.The money was to be used for Lex's medical bills, which is why Meester was "disgusted" when she found out her mom was using the payments for other purposes, according to an insider who spoke to , "She wants Lex to leave their mom's California home and come to live with her in New York…