Word spreads that Conrad made a sex tape with ex-boyfriend, Jason Wahler, but they both adamantly deny the rumors. And Conrad soon predicts that ex-BFF Heidi Montag, whom she started feuding with after Montag began dating instigating bad boy Spencer Pratt (right, with Montag) during the second season of The Hills, started the sex tape rumor with Pratt. Pratt posts vulgar comments about Conrad on his Web site: "It's sad that she destroyed the sex tape...[It] would have made her real famous."
"You know what you did!" Conrad repeatedly screams at Montag during a confrontation at L.A. hotspot Les Deux in the third season premiere of The Hills. Conrad calls Montag "sad," while Conrad's new roommate Audrina Patridge calls Montag "brainwashed" by her manager-fiancé Pratt, who has been bad-mouthing Conrad in the press. Although many question the show's authenticity, the Conrad-Montag-Pratt feud helps drive ratings, drawing in 3.7 million viewers and making the premiere the highest rated show for MTV this year.
After Conrad's clothing line makes its online debut in 2007, she makes her big runway debut at L.A. Fashion Week. "Fashion is something I've always wanted to do, ever since the sixth grade," Conrad, who left her post as an intern at Teen Vogue in January, tells the Orange County Register.
Conrad, 22, and Montag, 21, appear together – with Audrina Patridge, 22, and Whitney Port, 23 – on the cover of Rolling Stone. The shoot is the first time the two frenemies have been photographed together since their ratings-boosting feud. The magazine calls The Hills "a maddeningly addictive TV show in which nothing ever really happens." Show villain Spencer Pratt says, "If Lauren and Heidi were friends, people wouldn't tune in."
Conrad appears on the cover of Entertainment Weekly, where she talks about living her life on camera. "Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and think I'm being filmed," Conrad says of allowing MTV cameras into her life for The Hills – which premieres its fourth season on August 18. "Every season, I think it's the last. Right now, I think this is the last season."
Conrad bids adieu to The Hills after five seasons, and expresses her frustration with the show's producers in the July issue of Cosmopolitan. "What they didn't get is that I didn't want to fight with her anymore," she says of the staged reconciliation between her and Montag. "I'm trying to move on, but they won't let me." In 2010, she makes nice with the show's producers, returning to MTV to celebrate the series finale of The Hills.
After conquering reality TV and making waves in fashion, Conrad takes on the world of teen lit, topping the bestsellers list, with her debut novel, L.A. Candy. "I am so honored that it is now a reality," says Conrad – who hits the bestsellers list again with her 2010 sequels Sweet Little Lies and Sugar and Spice.
While promoting her new book, Lauren Conrad Style, Conrad announces her return to reality TV with a forthcoming MTV series focusing on her growing fashion empire rather than her personal life. But MTV passes on the proposed series in February. "MTV felt the subject matter was too highbrow for their audience," Conrad reveals, adding, "We delivered the show that we sold and are sorry MTV didn't feel their viewers were savvy enough to appreciate it."
Following her 2011 split from beau Howard, Conrad begins dating musician William Tell, with whom she goes public during an October red carpet appearance. "You don't want a slob, but you don't want a guy who is constantly borrowing your tweezers," she dishes to Allure about looking for love in Los Angeles. "The last year and a half, I was dating a lot, and it's slim pickings."
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