Conflicting rumors have been circulating about the real life relationship between ‘Gossip Girl’s Matthew Settle (Rufus Humphrey) and Kelly Rutherford (Lily van der Woodsen). In an interview with Fancast on Wednesday, Settle did little to dispel – or confirm – the rumors, saying: “I would like to set the record straight that we are dating and not dating.”
Confused? So are we!
First OK Magazine suggested that Lily and Rufus’s on-screen romance had moved off screen, with the provocative headline, “Are Kelly Rutherford and Matthew Settle Off- Set Lovers?” Good question! Both are recently divorced parents of infants. ‘Gossip Girl’ has spawned several real life pairings, including Ed Westwick (Chuck Bass) and Jessica Szohr (Vanessa Abrams). So why not let life imitate art?
Unfortunately, Settle’s quote on the subject was hardly a confession of true love: “She’s a wonderful support,” he confessed. “She’s going through something similar, and she’s a good person to call when I have questions.”
On the other hand, in an earlier OK article, Kelly Rutherford joked, ““Oh yeah, we’re going to hook up tomorrow, No, I don’t know. I don’t think so.” That is not exactly a denial.
Blog Gossip Cop posted an article headlined, “Gossip Girl Stars Kelly Rutherford & Matthew Settle Are Not Getting Romantic,” claiming that the duo are just friends and Settle is dating an, “attractive brunette from Europe.” In other words, the opposite of blonde, American Rutherford.
Fancast wanted the truth, so we asked Matthew Settle about the rumors:
Fancast: ‘Gossip Girl’ is one of the paparazzi’s favorite shows. How do you handle all the media attention?
Settle: Kelly and I just laugh it off and have fun with it. It’s not a big deal. If you get caught in the headlights, you just smile.
Hmm…. you and Kelly laugh it off… together? Like, on a date? Let’s find out.
Fancast: There have been articles suggesting that you and Kelly are dating, and other articles saying that you and Kelly are not dating. Is there any truth to that?
Settle: No, I don’t want to comment on it. We’re good friends. That’s about it. That’s all I want to say.
So, there you have it. Settle and Rutherford are good friends. Who will not categorically deny that they are involved.