Jessica Szohr and Ed Westwick on the Rocks!

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As so often is the case with prime-time dramas in which the young stars of a show also end up dating in reality, for Gossip Girl, life is beginning to imitate art. For too long on the show, the dominant couples have puttered along happily, frustrating viewers with a lack of compelling plotlines and a disappointing number of sex scenes. (Seriously, did Chuck and Blair stop having sex the minute they got out of that limo? We know they've been together a while, but surely every now and then they at least get drunk and hook up by accident.) So it is with real-life pairs Blake Lively and Penn Badgley, and Ed Westwick and Jessica Szohr. They've been boringly coupled for so long we've basically forgotten they were celebrities. Blake and Penn are pretty much a pair of old ladies, and even Ed and Jessica (what did we used to call them when they were interesting? Vanesswick?) have grown sort of tame. Long gone are the days where they would inappropriately make out at sporting events or get their nipples licked at a wedding.

So it is almost with relief that we read that their lives have become interesting again. According to "Page Six," Jessica and Ed are on the rocks because she's been flirting with very attractive rich boy Marco Minuto, a friend of Ed's. "He immediately ended their relationship on the phone, and Jessica, who denied anything happened with Marco, was so distraught that she flew to London last Friday with just the clothes on her back," a source told the Post. "She's been begging Ed to take her back, but he is deeply hurt. He can't believe that she carried on this way with one of his friends." Oh yes no! This really does seem like one of those plots out of Gossip Girl, where everyone gets all hot and bothered over nothing. We can only hope Blake and Penn will ill-advisedly stick their noses in to "help," causing reconciliation and hilarity to ensue. Or Dorota! Because she is a real person, in real life.

Gossip breaks up Ed Westwick & Jessica Szohr [Page Six/NYP]