Reality TV star and mom Kristin Cavallari recently penned a memoir called Balancing in Heels. In it, she takes readers back to her "Laguna Beach" days during her rocky relationship with Stephen Colletti.
"Normal high school relationships are dramatic enough, but ours now had the added pressure of being seen by MTV viewers across the country as well as being manipulated by the show's producers, a set of adults were very suddenly involved in the intricacies of our lives," she writes in an excerpt from E! News.
Cavallari, who was often portrayed as the antagonist on the show, recounts one particular episode when the teens are in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. She and Colletti got in an argument, during which he called her a derogatory name.
The fact that I didn't take life too seriously and was a bit of a party animal didn't often put me in a good light. On a trip to Cabo San Lucas, when Stephen and I were actually broken up, I jumped up on the bar to dance with my girlfriends. Then I kissed a guy I was seeing at the time, completely unaware of how my actions were affecting Stephen (only teenagers are able to be so self-involved!). Not one of my better moments! Then Stephen started shouting 'slut!' at me from across the bar. It was a scene. There are certainly some clips I wish I could erase from everyone's memory.
Despite the heated arguments, the two had a solid relationship.
"What Stephen and I had together was real, and that's what made me get through the producers' attempt at manipulating us," she writes. "We talked about everything the entire time. When we saw each episode, it was clear to us what was real and what was fake ... but that still didn't make it easy."
The mother of three, who is now married to NFL star Jay Cutler, shared a throwback photo of her and her high school love last month.
Balancing in Heels is available Tuesday.