Heidi Montag on Lauren Conrad: "I Spent Years Pretending to Like Her for a Living, and It Wasn't Pleasant"

Heidi Montag and Lauren Conrad were friends and roommates on The Hills before their longtime feud. Credit: Chris Polk/FilmMagic

Drama, drama, drama! The Hills may have ended five years ago, but people still consider Heidi Montag and her husband, Spencer Pratt, to be two of the biggest villains in reality TV. A title that — though they own it — they don’t necessarily appreciate, especially when it comes to their relationship with Lauren Conrad

“I spent years pretending to like her for a living,” Montag, 29, tells Us Weekly of her former roommate and friend. “It was literally my job to deal with her, and it wasn’t pleasant… I had nothing to do with her problems. I even tried to help her. The fact is, she lied about me and tried to destroy my life, yet I was the one painted as the villain so the show could have her as the good guy.”  

Various cast members from the hit MTV reality series have talked about the show being scripted countless times before, but Montag says that hasn’t changed the public’s perception of her or her husband. 

“It’s not that I care about [LC] anymore, but it is upsetting to me that everyone knows by now that The Hills was a scripted show, yet people still think the negative stuff about me that the show set up to make me the villain to her hero was real. It’s bizarre,” she adds. “It’s like if people were still mad at James Earl Jones for being the voice of Darth Vader!”

These comments come after Montag’s husband of almost seven years, Pratt, 32, spoke to Complex magazine about the fashion designer and author. 

“Lauren is a cold-hearted killer,” Pratt told the mag. "That’s what people don’t get. She will cut you in your sleep. She tried to destroy us. If you want to throw missiles, I’m throwing a nuke. This is how I operate."

Montag insists to Us that she means no harm to Conrad, 29, but she also no longer has any obligation to be nice to her former costar. 

“I don’t wish her any ill will, but I also don’t have to lie for her or play along with her story line as part of my job anymore,” Montag tells Us. “I was pretending to be someone I wasn’t for those years I was on the show and I think people got an image of me that just wasn’t me.  So I’ve just decided that I’m never going to be anything other than honest about her or my time on the show.”

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