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Ariel Winter: ‘My older boyfriend has a lot of life experience’

Ariel Winter can’t resist reading gossip about herself in “trashy magazines”.

Ariel Winter likes dating an older man as he has a lot of “life experience”.

The 19-year-old actress is currently in a relationship with actor Levi Meaden, 29, and she often posts loved up snaps of them on social media. While many may raise their eyebrows about the age gap the Modern Family star feels she’s got herself the perfect boyfriend in her beau, as he’s a lot more mature than the younger generation.

“I grew up a lot earlier than I should have, and I’m only 19 but it feels like I’m a lot older,” Ariel, whose alleged abusive relationship with her mother led her to become fully emancipated in 2015, told Maxim magazine. “I needed somebody who had a lot of life experience and who was at a point in their lives that they could take care of another person, but where I didn’t have to take care of them. Being with an older guy isn’t always amazing, but I got lucky - I have an amazing guy who’s super supportive and loving and is just an all-around wonderful human being.”

While she’s in a committed relationship Ariel was happy to discuss what she generally looks for in a guy, insisting showing their caring and vulnerable side is important.

With the star becoming more and more popular, with her role in movie Dog Days opposite Kurt Russell boosting her profile, Ariel finds it hard to ignore rumours swirling around about her.

“It’s awful, but sometimes I buy those trashy magazines at the store before flights,” she admitted. “There was one that said I was pregnant, and I was like, ‘Alright, I’m not... But OK, whatever.’ There’s one that said I have a feud with this person, or I’m copying that person. I was like, I have no feuds with anybody! This is weird.”

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