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How Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland and Ariel Winter Supported Each Other Against Bodyshaming Trolls

Ariel Winter was only 11-years old when she filmed the pilot and had to grow up on camera and remembered, “I especially hated the year I had braces. I do have to say it was a really awkward year for me, because I also went through puberty that summer so it was braces and then over the summer once we wrapped, I had other things.”

“I definitely think it’s really difficult to grow up in front of people who have an opinion on everything you do and are allowed to say it at any point, or keyboard troll,” she added, referring to the internet commentary Winter received after developing breasts. The actress eventually got a breast reduction surgery in 2015. “It’s definitely difficult but yeah, we have great support in each other.”

Part of Winter’s support system on the show was co-star Sarah Hyland, who was at 18 years old at the start of Modern Family but had her own difficulties dealing with body changes while in front of the camera.

“I have cringeworthy season, not because of puberty, but because of health things, so I cannot stand I think it’s like Season 4 or 5, because I had very bad stretches on face and I gained like 30 pounds,” Hyland revealed, referring to the ime period she was battling kidney dysplasia. “That, for me, was something that Ariel and I were going through around the same time … People really love to show the love to attack women, especially, and I think Ariel is such an amazing woman … I think between the two of us, we really have gone and tackled them with all of our fighting with our might and wit.”

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Ariel Winter & Luke Benward’s Romance Has Heated Up ‘Dramatically’: What She Loves About Him

Ariel Winter, 21, and Luke Benward, 24, are growing so much closer since rumors of their potential relationship started swirling in October 2019. The duo “have been close friends and running in the same squad since at least late 2016/early 2017,” a source shared EXCLUSIVELY with HollywoodLife. But since Ariel’s quiet split from Levi Meaden, 32, at the end of August 2019, Luke and Ariel’s relationship has been taken to a whole new level. Although they were first spotted out in October, “things were not serious,” as the source continued, but noted “that has changed dramatically over the past two months.”

While the pair have definitely grown closer, they still have yet to have “‘the talk’ about being official,” the source went on. However, “it’s pretty much assumed because neither one is dating anybody else and they spend almost all their free time together.” Ariel even brought Luke to the InStyle/Warner Bros. Golden Globe Awards after-party on Jan. 5. Though they didn’t walk the red carpet together, Ariel, decked out in a stunning neon dress, met him inside where they were practically inseparable. “They definitely have a connection and feel very comfortable with each other since they were friends for so long before things heated up,” the source added.

More than anything, Luke is really all about letting Ariel live her best life and is just so happy to be a part of it. “Ariel loves how Luke has such a positive vibe all the time, he’s always up for a good time, he knows how to have fun, and he lets her be herself,” the source shared. Along with their strong connection, Luke “makes her feel sexy,” but more importantly, Ariel feel so “safe with him because he’s always there for her.” The pair seem to be such a good fit for each other. And beyond their strong relationship, they really do have a fun time when they’re out and about together!

Ever the doting companion, “Luke treats Ariel like a princess and he doesn’t take himself too seriously so they’re always having a blast,” the source concluded. While Ariel may have gone through a difficult transition following her split from Levi, Luke has seemingly picked up the pieces and made her feel great. The pair have been seen out together so often, and we cannot wait to see more of them as they continue to explore their potential relationship in the new year!

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Ariel Winter & Luke Benward Pack On The PDA At Golden Globes After-Party

Ariel Winter attended the event in a neon green gown with her rumored new boyfriend, Luke Benward. She was spotted introducing him to three of her female friends. Luke seemed a bit shy, but according to the eyewitness, Winter “seems really happy” in this new relationship.

“Ariel was in great spirits and looked amazing,” an eyewitness told us EXCLUSIVELY. “Luke and Ariel danced to “Bonnie and Clyde” by JAY-Z and Beyonce and other songs, and she cuddled up on him. They were kissing affectionately and softly while dancing. They were really cute and not overly-heavy on the PDA. She checked in with him often and danced with him. She seemed to be enjoying herself and they seem quite happy.” This was the first high-profile event that Ariel and Luke attended together, and it seems like he fit right in!

“Ariel is really happy with Luke and thinks he is a great match for her,” a source tells Us. “She loves his energy and charisma and feels very comfortable around him. Ariel is trying to keep her relationship with Luke somewhat private and isn’t telling a ton of people that they’re dating, but they are.”

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Ariel Winter & Luke Benward ‘Having Fun’: She’s ‘Happier Than Ever’ 4 Months After Levi Meaden Breakup

Ariel Winter, 21, may not be ready to put a label on her relationship with Luke Benward, 24 — but she is definitely enjoying herself! “She’s definitely having fun with Luke right now,” a source close to the actress reveals to HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY. “Despite being seen with Luke, Ariel is considering herself finally single and happier than she has been in a long time. She takes her relationships very seriously and when she falls in love she throws every bit of herself into into it.” Ariel and Luke were close friends for years before things took a romantic turn, and have plenty of common given their early starts in the entertainment industry.

It was confirmed that Ariel ended her longterm relationship with Breaking Bad star Levi Meaden, 32, on Oct. 11 — but the split reportedly occurred in August. The Modern Family star and the Canadian actor dated for three years, and also lived together at her Los Angeles area home. Though the pair seemed like a solid couple, age difference ultimately played a role: 21-year-old Ariel didn’t want to be a homebody, and felt like she was losing touch with her friends through the relationship. “Ariel absolutely loves going out and is enjoying single life and partying up a storm,” the source adds. “Finally now she is back to her old self and her friends are over the moon. Everyone sees how happy she is right now.”

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Ariel Winter & Levi Meaden: Why Their Relationship Didn’t Work After 3 Years Of Dating

Ariel Winter, 21, has seemingly moved on after her three year relationship with Levi Meaden, 32, and it turns out the split came down to differences in lifestyle. “There was quite a big age difference between Ariel and her boyfriend Levi and she found herself being a homebody,” an insider close to the couple spills to HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY. “She really missed her friends and her old life which is why she’s been hanging out with Luke so much.” Luke Benward, 24, is best known from Dumplin‘ and has been a longtime friend of Ariel’s — but they were certainly looking cozy as they snuggled outside of LA’s Delilah on Dec. 11. With only a three year age gap, the couple are closer in age than she and Levi, who had 11 years between them.

“As time passed she realized that she and her boyfriend had less and less in common,” the insider continued, referencing her October break-up with Levi. “She felt like she didn’t have a chance to see a lot of her old friends for awhile while with Levi and she’s loving getting that time back with them. Her entire life was Levi.” Ariel was fairly open about her relationship with Levi, even defending her choice to live with the Canadian actor at just 19. “There are tons of people of all ages that live with their boyfriend,” she said in an interview with Refinery29 in 2017. “There are tons of people that live with their girlfriends, [and] tons of people that don’t live together and are super happy. But I’m super happy in the arrangement that we have. We love living together. It’s just great,” she said at the time. Ariel also opened up about living with Levi to Jimmy Kimmel in May 2017. “I do have my own house…My boyfriend and I live together, and he cooks,” she spilled about the Breaking Bad star. “I can’t cook at all, so he takes care of all that handy stuff. He does all that. I can bake a pie, occasionally.”

Ariel was spotted dining with her rumored new boyfriend Luke just days after news of the split broke in October. The sighting which was at Studio City’s Kiwami, wasn’t necessarily a surprise as the pair have been close friends for years. Romance rumors began swirling, however, after the pair appeared to be kissing after a dinner date on Dec. 8! Ariel stunned for the evening in a champagne colored dress, and although the photo doesn’t show a straight on lip-lock, the two were definitely looking very close. The smooch came just ours after Levi was seen moving boxes outside of Ariel’s home via a U-Haul truck.

The pair were spotted yet again on another date at Delilah on Dec. 11 after she watched Luke’s workship reading of the play “Really Really” at the West Hollywood acting school Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. In the photos, Luke sweetly placed his arm on her lower back and her hips. They looked absolutely smitten with each other as giggled and gazed at each other outside. As we previously reported, Luke “was really there” for Ariel after her split and the relationship became romantic “organically.”

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Ariel Winter Dating Luke Benwald After Levi Meaden Split

Ariel Winter is ending the year with a new man!

A source tells E! News that the Modern Family star is dating fellow Hollywood actor Luke Benward. While the couple hasn’t commented on their relationship status—or made things Instagram official—the pair was spotted looking cozy Wednesday evening. In photos obtained by E! News, the duo stopped by Delilah in West Hollywood after Ariel attended Luke’s reading “Really Really” at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute.

“It was very clear they are a couple and they were affectionate all night long. They had their arms wrapped around each other and he put his hand on her waist,” an eyewitness shared with E! News. “They took pictures together with his phone and posed with their faces together.”

Our source added, “They came out [of Delilah] around 1:45 a.m. and stood rubbing each other’s backs as they waited for their car. They never took their hands off of each other.”

We’re told the pair was also spotted at the Hero Dog Awards and the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic this past fall. While fans know Ariel for her role as Alex Dunphy in Modern Family, Luke has also had his fair share of roles on the small screen. The 24-year-old has appeared on Disney Channel in projects like Good Luck Charlie, Cloud Nine and Minutemen. He also played Bo in the 2018 Netflix movie Dumplin’.

Ariel was previously linked to Levi Meaden but reportedly called it quits several months ago.

Romances aside, the Hollywood actress is savoring her final months working on Modern Family’s final season. In a recent interview, Ariel expressed just how much she’ll miss working with her co-stars who have become like family.

“It’s not something that we want,” she shared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. “You know, we love each other, and we love our show. Obviously, we would love to make more…It’s going to be really sad that we won’t see each other every week.”

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Luke Benward: 5 Things To Know About The Mystery Man Spotted Out With Ariel Winter

The mystery man who accompanied Ariel Winter for an outing on Dec. 8 isn’t actually that mysterious. He got his start as a recognizable child star, and most recently starred in a Netflix movie alongside Jennifer Aniston!

Luke Benward, 24, is all grown up now, explaining why you may have not instantly recognized the actor when he stepped out with Ariel Winter, 21, on Dec. 8. Although they acted cozy with one another — and even appeared to be kissing at one point, due to the angle of the camera — both small screen stars are longtime friends. They share one big thing in common: both were introduced to acting early as famous child stars. Here’s a refresher course on Luke, which may just have you going, “Oh wait, I know him!”

01. He made his acting breakthrough in How To Eat Fried Worms. Remember that 2006 film in which a bunch of kids challenged the new kid at school, Billy, to eat worms everyday? Well, the worm eater was none other than Luke! His role in the classic children’s movie earned him a Young Artist Award for “Best Young Ensemble in a Feature Film.”

02. Luke had a long run with Disney Channel. His other most memorable movie of the aughts was the 2008 Disney Channel movie Minutemen, in which Luke’s character uses a time machine alongside fellow stars Jason Dolley and Nicholas Braun. He also starred in the network’s 2014 movie Cloud Nine as the love interest of Dove Cameron’s character, and assumed the role of heartthrob once again in several episodes of Good Luck Charlie.

03. Now, Luke’s most recognizable role is the love interest in the Netflix film Dumplin’. Luke plays Bo in the 2018 Netflix film Dumplin’, the movie adaptation for the book of the same name, who has feelings for the daughter of Jennifer Aniston’s character. He’s a hunk now!

04. Luke has long been friends with Ariel. They vacationed with other stars like Nolan Gould, Jack Griffo and Jessie Bergg in Bora Bora in 2017, and more recently had dinner together at the Japanese restaurant Kiwami in Studio City, CA on Oct. 7.

05. Luke dated his former Disney Channel co-star, Olivia Holt. They both starred on the network’s 2012 movie Girl vs. Monster, and were even each other’s prom dates!

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Ariel Winter ‘Doing Really Well’ AfterBreak-Up From Levi Meaden

Ariel Winter had been with boyfriend Levi Meaden, 32, since 2016, but the relationship ran it’s course and the pair reportedly split up two months ago. Fortunately, the breakup was fairly drama free and the Modern Family star is loving the single life. “Ariel is doing really, really well and very much acting like a single lady right now. She is living her life and doing fine despite the split from Levi. It was her decision, so she’s good,” a source close to the 21-year-old actress tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY

“She’s spending a lot of time with her girlfriends and in a great place. She’ll always care about Levi and appreciate what they had, but there are no signs of a broken heart on her end,” the insider adds. Even though they’ve split, Ariel and Levi were spotted leaving a studio in North Hollywood, CA on Oct. 20 and embraced in a friendly hug, so there’s no bad blood following the breakup.

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Ariel Winter Says She Has 2 Abs And She’s ‘Looking To Get More’ After Her Recent Weight Loss

Ariel Winter is on a mission for, in her own words, a “big butt” and “Michelle Obama arms.” A few more core muscles would be nice, too. “I have two abs currently and I’m looking to get more,” she says.

The ability to transform her body at the gym is a new experience for Ariel. “Years ago, it was hard because I’d go to the gym with my trainer and because of my antidepressant medications I never saw results,” she says.

Eventually, she decided to switch medications—but not for aesthetic reasons. “I didn’t change my antidepressants because I wanted to lose weight, I’d just accepted it and it was fine,” she says. “I got inspired to actually find a medication that helped me as a person and did all the things I wanted it to do.”

When she found a combination that worked for her, the Modern Family actress says it felt like it “turned back on my metabolism.” She admits the weight loss she experienced wasn’t something she even worked for, saying “it came with medications and happened really quickly.”

Yet, it made an undeniable difference in Ariel’s outlook. “When I changed meds, and started feeling better about myself mentally, losing weight was helpful because it made me feel like I wasn’t just stuck. I hate being stuck anywhere in life.”

The upside wasn’t even necessarily her slimmer new frame—”I’ve always had curves and I like having curves,” she says—but her ability to finally see more visible results in the gym. Seeing her body changed helped her unearth her workout motivation again, and now she works out three times a week.

Her sweat sessions consist primarily of strength training. “I’ll do cardio occasionally but I’m not looking to lose any more weight, I’m looking to gain muscle,” she says. “I don’t weigh myself, I don’t care about that.”

Ariel’s not a dieter, either—in fact, she loves pizza, carbs, and a good cheese plate—but she’s trying to make a concerted effort to eat healthier. “I know eating a ton of cheese, bread, greasy food isn’t great for my heart or my insides so I’m working on that,” she says. These days she’s focused on making small changes (think: turkey burgers instead of ground beef) and upping her meal prep game. “I’m trying to make more foods that will last me throughout the week,” she says. Continue reading “Ariel Winter Says She Has 2 Abs And She’s ‘Looking To Get More’ After Her Recent Weight Loss”

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Ariel Winter And Levi Meaden ‘Quietly Split’ Almost 2 Months Ago: ‘They Grew Apart’

Ariel Winter, 21, and Levi Meaden, 32, have called it quits after being in a serious relationship since 2016, and now we’re learning the cause of it all. The Modern Family actress lived with the hunky Canadian and they were often seen looking more in love than ever during romantic outings, but it turns out their close bond unraveled sometime in the summer.

“Ariel Winter and Levi Meaden quietly split at the end of August and she hadn’t really been telling many people,” a source close to the former couple EXCLUSIVELY told HollywoodLife. “Ariel seems to want to try to live a much quieter personal life, especially as of recent. She ended the relationship because she felt it had run its course and she wasn’t feeling it the same way anymore. She’s telling friends she’s very much single and it looks like she really doesn’t see them getting back together again. Nothing bad happened between them at all, it just seems they grew apart.”

It’s clear that nothing bad happened between Ariel and Levi because they were seen leaving a studio in North Hollywood, CA on Oct. 20 and embracing in a friendly hug. Although they have yet to make a public comment about their split, we wouldn’t be surprised if they decided to keep things silent since our source told us Ariel wants privacy.

Since the split, Ariel was spotted out and about with friend Luke Benward, 24, in Los Angeles on Oct. 7. The newly single beauty is now welcome to date anyone she wants but sources previously EXCLUSIVELY told us that there’s “no intimacy” between her and Luke and they have simply just been friends for years.