Question: Is Gossip Girl’s Penn Badgley Homeless?

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Penn Badgley is on a filming break from Gossip Girl at the moment, and appears to be on a break from normal, sane life as well. He was photographed recently in New York City looking downright…homeless. I mean, just take a look. The scraggly, mountain man beard, the unkempt hair, the cheap sunglasses, a patterned tank top, rolled up pants, and scuffed up shoes with no laces. Not to mention the take-out bag from a successful lunchtime forage under buses and in McDonald's trash cans.

What are you doing, buddy? I understand wanting to take a break from real life, and I've spent more than my fair share of days in my pajamas, but you have a lot of money at your disposal. Not only that, you know that anytime you go outside, you're going to get photographed, and this is still what you decide to wear? He's honestly hardly recognizable, which I guess could be the point, but still. I can't really imagine his co-stars Ed Westwick, Chace Crawford, Blake Lively, or Leighton Meester wandering out into the sunlight looking like this, allowing other humans to see them.

In the other pictures from this same website, Penn is photographed roaming the city, supposedly in search of lunch, but whatever he finds looks kind of a lot like a plastic container of sewer water and sludge, so I think my homeless theory still stands. Regardless of what he was doing or what's going on in his head, this does not look like a guy who makes thousands of dollars per episode.

But I'm being hard on Penn. He just wants to be left alone so he can finish up his nap under the interstate in peace, and go back to yelling at pigeons and playing the bucket drums on the subway.

(Image: justjared.com)