Drugs. Feuds. Violent outbursts. Unnecessary plastic surgery.
This week's Us Weekly features an expose on how three lives - Kristin Cavallari, Audrina Patridge and Heidi Montag - have been ruined by MTV's The Hills.
The report coincides with The Hills season premiere this week, and amid reports that Heidi is forging a dangerous addiction to painkillers post-surgeries.
"She's a shell of her former self," a show insider said of Montag, whose rep responded to the claims, saying of the story: "This is completely ridiculous."
But is it, though? With allegations of Kristin's drug problem and Audrina wasting away to nothing before our eyes, are these girls all totally lost causes?
And is the reality (term used loosely) show to blame?
Grouping Kristin and Audrina in with Heidi may be a stretch.
"They are addicted to the fame," the source says. "As The Hills winds down and people start to care less, they are desperate to get back that high."
Indeed, Heidi Montag and her husband, Spencer Pratt, have developed increasingly weird behavior. While their 2008 elopement to Mexico was done with their knowing winks, they're recently "crossed over to this bizarre place."
Case in point: The 10 plastic surgery procedures she had in one day last November "because she knew it would be a huge story," an insider says.
Laments pal Jason Wahler, "I knew her when she was normal."
THG NOTE: When Jason Wahler is commenting on how he knew you back when you were normal, you know you have serious, serious problems.
Pals say they've always had a thirst for fame - especially Spencer, who reportedly went after Audrina before pursuing Heidi to get on the show.
Now Montag will never be the same. Says a source who knew Heidi, "She was spellbound. If it weren't for him, she'd be a mom in the suburbs."