The queen of reality TV, Lauren Conrad, is opening up about her decision to leave The Hills (the fifth and likely final season debuts March 30 on MTV).
Combined with two years of Laguna Beach before that, she's had a heck of a run. But having turned 23 last month, LC is anxious to move on.
"You see us on the show and we appear to have seminormal lives, but if you read any celebrity news, the cast is being swarmed by paparazzi," she says. "I'm excited to go back to having just one life. There were times that I got them confused."
But the decision to leave is still bittersweet.
"I've spent the last five years making every decision be about the show. The people I date have to be able to film, the places I work have to let us film and the places I live have to have set lighting," said the beautiful star.
"I loved doing it and had so much fun for the past couple of years, but it came to a point where I had done it long enough."
Lauren Conrad has kept her growing relationship with My Boys' Kyle Howard (above) off The Hills, which was a tall order. She says the balancing act is "very difficult, because when you're with someone, they become a very big part of your life."
She also admits it's stressful being followed 24-7-365.
"There have been some scenes - extra scenes that may never come out - of me getting upset, taking my mic off and locking myself in my room," she says. "There was a time I was really stressed, and would get sick a lot. I think all of Season Three!"
Producer Liz Gateley said they're still figuring out how to give Lauren Conrad a big send-off - and how to potentially continue the show without her.
Without her? Is that nuts? Would you watch The Hills without Lauren?