From 2004 to 2010, Lauren Conrad put her life—and her friendships—on TV for the world to see, starring in two reality series, Laguna Beach and The Hills. She may be the girl who didn’t go to Paris, but many touted Conrad’s lines about love and relationships (“Homeboy wore combat boots to the beach. I know you don’t want to call that your boyfriend!”) as sage advice long after the show went off the air.
So on Thursday, July 24 when Conrad, 28, posted a blog on her website LaurenConrad.com about advice for dealing with feuding friends, it induced a rush of reality TV nostalgia.
The post deals with being caught in the middle of two pals in a fight (think more Audrina Patridge and Lo Bosworth than Lauren vs. Heidi Montag), and the fashion designer details ways to handle the feisty friends.
“This is a place I have definitely found myself in before,” Conrad writes. “The hard thing about this situation is that you want to support each friend, but there are obviously feelings of betrayal from one friend if you take sides with the other.”
She outlines a plan for those looking to get through a nuclear battle unscathed:
1. Try to stay neutral
She stresses that we should avoid picking a friend “even if I do secretly have a side.”
2. Speak up
While trying to stay neutral, William Tell’s fiancee urges you to speak up if you feel strongly that one friend is in the wrong.
3. Gathering your thoughts
Conrad writes that taking a moment to gather your thoughts in order to speak calmly can be effective when confronting your friend. She didn’t seem so calm when the slow-motion mascara tear was falling down her cheek while talking to Audrina circa season 3.
4. Treat both friends equally
If the issue is minor, the California native recommends staying out if it completely and not favoring either friend—“easier said than done, I know.”
5. Come to peace with the potential end of a friendship
“Sometimes friendships fall apart and that’s unfortunate,” Heidi Montag’s former roommate and bestie wrote. “Things change, and that’s a part of life.” RIP Heidi and Lauren!
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