Kristin Cavallari Reveals Sad Truth Behind 'Laguna Beach'

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I admit it, I was totally invested in the love triangle that was Lauren Conrad, Stephen Colletti, and Kristin Cavallari on the reality show phenomenon Laguna Beach. The crazy thing is the show premiered over 10 years ago because the gang just celebrated their 10-year high school reunion! Time sure does fly, and Kristin, true to form, is not holding back on an episode of Oprah: Where Are They Now? airing on Sunday night about what being a high school reality star was really like.


As you can imagine, being a junior in high school and getting approached by MTV to film those key "coming of age" moments of your life can be overwhelming to say the least. "We had no idea what we were doing," Kristin reveals. "We were just going along with whatever MTV was telling us to do."

In fact, that love triangle between Lauren, Stephen, and Kristin may not ever have even existed at all (seriously!) if the MTV cameras hadn't invaded their lives. "My boyfriend at the time [Coletti] would take Lauren Conrad to dinner and buy her flowers, which never would have happened if it weren't for the show and MTV," Kristin says. "I felt very used and manipulated."

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And so while the rest of the world perceived Kristin as the "bad girl" with a "tough exterior" -- Kristin says she had to act that way in order to protect herself.

Being 16, 17 in high school, not knowing really how to handle your emotions or even realizing what's going on, I put up a wall. I put up a really tough exterior because I felt like they were really trying to take advantage of me. When I saw it air and saw the way that they represented me, I was really, really upset. I cried for hours and hours after I saw the first episode.

Kristin obviously overcame all this and is now happily married with two kids to Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. But she does think that you need to be older than 18 if you sign on to do a reality show. And you know what? I agree!

I think I loved Laguna Beach (and of course the spin-off The Hills) because I'm a good 10 years older than the cast. I could watch and feel nostalgic for my high school clique and be happy I didn't have to deal with the same drama anymore. But I do not think I could have handled cameras following me as I navigated first love, first heartache, and the ups and downs I went through with my girlfriends while in high school. I felt judged enough back then -- I can't imagine what it would be like with cameras and then the heavy hand of the editing room to portray that time for the world to see and weigh in on. Like Kristin, I know I would have built up a bit of a wall too.

In a way, I'm glad she's coming forward to explain what it was really like to be a high school reality star. It's easy to have her labeled as a spoiled brat for the rest of time, but it's obvious to see now that she was just an overwhelmed 17-year-old.

What do you think of Kristin's confessions about her time on Laguna Beach?


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