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Now that she's a mom, Kristin Cavallari is trying to undo some damage to her reputation. In an interview with Giuliana Rancic, the former Hills star claimed that her "drug problem" was invented by MTV producers -- and that her castmates were encouraged to make up stories about her hard-partying ways.
"I had two lives," Cavallari said during the E! special, which aired on Sunday night. "I had the public Kristin and then I had the real me."
According to Cavallari, whose son Camden with fiance Jay Cutler is now seven months old, the show's producers pressured the other young Hills stars to keep bringing up her drug use on camera. She even says that, at one point, some of her co-stars (who included Audrina Patridge, Heidi Montag, Brody Jenner, Lo Bosworth and Stephanie Pratt) were offered $10,000 Birkin bags if they'd agree to make up stories about Cavallari's "problem." (The TV personality denies that she ever struggled with substance abuse.)
"I felt so used," said Cavallari, who notes that her co-stars refused the handbag bribe. "And I realized at that moment that I didn't matter. None of us mattered. It was all about ratings."
Wait, does this mean The Hills wasn't 100 percent real? We are shocked -- shocked!
In truth, MTV's "scripted reality show" never claimed to be totally authentic. Part of the fun of watching the show (which aired from 2006-2010) was trying to figure out what was actually happening versus what was being invented. Here are 4 other Hills plot points that were later revealed to be totally fake.
Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt's wedding - After they fake-eloped to Mexico, reality TV's most obnoxious couple decided to do a legal courthouse wedding for the cameras. Only problem? The wedding was probably not legal, since no paperwork was filed. When the couple announced their (short-lived) separation in 2010, Pratt denied that the marriage was ever real in the first place.
Kristin's relationship with Justin Bobby. "I would say [I regretted dating] Justin, but I never really dated him," Cavallari said on Watch What Happens Live in December. "I think I made out with him once and that took a lot of convincing. Finally I was like, 'All right, I'll just do it!'"
Lauren Conrad's 'Teen Vogue' job. When Lauren interviewed for the prestigious internship, she said she was nervous that she wouldn't get it. Really, she had no need to worry; she was on the cover of the magazine the same month the episode came out.
Anything that happened in order. In 2007, photographers snapped some photos of Heidi and Spencer filming a goodbye scene at LAX ... followed immediately by a wardrobe change and a "hello" scene! "It was a pickup shot that in no way affected the storyline," an MTV spokesperson explained. But that wasn't the only time they faked continuity; according to Cavallari, the show only filmed three days a week, so cast members would frequently change clothes in the middle of the day to make it look like more time had passed.