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Ariel Winter defers her university place

Ariel Winter defers her university place

Ariel Winter has deferred her university entry for one year.

The 'Modern Family' actress has been accepted into University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she intends to study political science, but has decided to delay her education because of her hectic work schedule.

She told E! News: "Unfortunately this year, due to production schedule, I have to start next year.

"So I will be starting as a [UCLA] Bruin next year."

In April, Ariel proudly shared a photograph of her acceptance letter from the prestigious academic institution.

At the time, she wrote on social media: "It's an AMAZING DAY! I'm going to UCLA- thank you to everyone who has been there for me on this journey! #bruinsbaby (sic)"

Meanwhile, Ariel - who split from her long-term boyfriend Laurent Claude Gaudette earlier this year - has also denied recent rumours claiming she is dating actor Sterling Beaumon.

She explained: "It's funny, you know? Everyone thinks when a girl walks out with a guy, and they're friends, immediately it has to be that they're dating if they spend a lot of time together.

"When really it's just that people have friends, they see each other."

The 18-year-old actress admitted she finds the constant speculation about her dating life frustrating.

She said: "I have girl best friends, I have guy best friends.

"I spend all the time with my friends so it's a stigma that I find kind of irritating that we're always having to be linked to somebody.

"I say if we're linked to somebody and we want to talk about it, we'll talk about it."