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The Decade-Lengthy Ballad of Justin Bobby and Audrina Patridge: Actual Deal or The Hills Showmance?

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“Reality and time tells all.”

Over 10 years later, we’re nonetheless attempting to determine what fact and time are attempting to inform us with regards to Justin Bobby Brescia and Audrina Patridge as their rocky romance is as soon as once more taking part in out on MTV.

After viewers watched Audrina’s on-and-off romance with the dangerous boy with two first names play out on The Hills over the course of its six-season run, they tuned into The Hills: New Beginnings, the collection’ revival, to seek out the not-really-a-couple nonetheless doing the identical previous tune and dance. 

The issue? Within the years since The Hills’ authentic run got here to an finish in 2010, most of its stars, together with Audrina and JB (Cool if we name you that?), have given (many) interviews about how manufactured a whole lot of the drama and relationships had been on the present. Sure, together with Audrina and Justin’s, so it begs the query: Can we spend money on a potential reconciliation after they’ve spent a lot time dismantling the connection? 

Let’s consider whether or not or not Audrina and Justin’s will-they-or-won’t-they dynamic is the actual deal or a showmance cooked up for the aim of actuality TV drama, hoping to prey on folks’s nostalgia for the times of combating behind dumpsters at Les Deux…

Whereas New Beginnings‘ is documenting Justin Bobby’s profession as a musician, his starting on The Hills again in season three was as a movie star hairdresser. 

“After I met Audrina, I used to be engaged on a Madonna music video with a staff of hairdressers, and it occurred to be at Quixote Studios the place she was a receptionist,” he instructed InStyle for his or her oral historical past on the present. 

Audrina continued, “He saved strolling in entrance of my desk and asking if I might get him issues…magazines, waters. We had simply began filming the present, so I requested if he wished to chop my hair on digicam.”

He agreed (and likewise charged her for the lower). No less than within the present’s model of how issues went down, as Audrina revealed it wasn’t truly thh first time that they had filmed a scene with Justin reducing her hair. 

“I knew Justin earlier than I began the present. The producers requested if I might movie with the man I used to be relationship, and I requested him, ‘Why do not we simply do a scene at my condo the place you are doing my hair or one thing?'” she revealed to Us Weekly. “That was within the very starting, however it by no means made it to air.”

Justin recalled, “I went and did my first lower and so they filmed it, however it did not go within the story line. It was like, ‘Why is that this dude simply displaying up and reducing hair?’ However we had fun.”

Producers instantly discovered the dangerous boy intriguing and wished him to movie once more. By no means tremendous comfy on-camera, he was hesitant.

“On the time I used to be a hairdresser for Maroon 5. It got here right down to them going, ‘No matter you make, we’ll triple it,'” he instructed Us Weekly

Audrina would later admit to Rolling Stone that she began relationship Justin, who would infamously grow to be Justin Bobby due to his awkward first assembly with Lauren Conrad and Lo Bosworth, sooner than regular due to the present, explaining, “As a result of it is for TV, you push your self to do issues that you simply usually would not…like me and [Justin Bobby] being girlfriend and boyfriend immediately. I might have waited.”

Even Justin Bobby downplayed their relationship standing, telling Us Weekly, “Audrina and I had been mates. [The relationship] was extra for the present. The folks they had been making her go on dates with weren’t actually as much as her pace, and he or she hadn’t been feeling it.”

Ah, the start of each nice love story. 

Based on the present’s producers, filming with Justin Bobby was as unpredictable because the climate, his temper seemingly altering as quickly because the cameras started rolling. 

“He was so troublesome to wrangle, and he had form of like a superpower of not caring what folks would suppose if he was being a dick,” producer Josh Harnden instructed MTV Information

“He was so unwilling to shoot. It was very arduous. He would give us so little of his time, and I feel that there are no shoots we did with Justin Bobby that did not make it to air,” government producer Sean Travis added in a Refinery29 interview. “I feel each single scene we shot with him is on tv.”

It simply so occurred that each single scene they shot with him proved to be actuality TV gold, due to his eccentric conduct and philosophical (for MTV anyway) musings. 

His most memorable musing was dropping the now-infamous phrase “fact and time tells all” on Audrina in a season three episode. 

That line was about us being collectively. Justin was very philosophical,” Audrina defined. “He’d by no means actually give straight solutions, however he’d have these good one-liners, the place you would be like, ‘That sounds actually nice.’ However afterwards you’d give it some thought, and you are like, ‘What the heck does that imply?'”

A few of that conduct, after all, included being a s–tty boyfriend to Audrina. , leaving her at events with out a trip, making out with one other lady at a membership in entrance of Audrina, carrying fight boots to the seaside, and so forth. 

For Justin, he admitted the solid’s degree of fame began factoring into his conduct and emotions in the direction of Audrina, explaining to InStyle, “You spend a lot time with one another within the highlight and it could actually nearly play a trick on you. You nearly imagine what’s on the market within the air quite than your ideas and beliefs, and I feel that is the place lots of people get tripped up. I attempted to remain true to what was in my coronary heart. Individuals can imagine something they need now, however time and fact actually does inform. It was a blessing to have the ability to communicate freely like that and provides one thing inspirational to individuals who do not suppose that means.”

Of the couple’s extra dramatic moments on the present, JB mentioned, “We might do these scenes and a few of them could be intense and considerably passionate. After which we would cease filming and return to our personal lives.”

Because the seasons continued, the storylines grew to become extra deliberate out, based on the celebs, particularly when Kristin Cavallari joined the present in season 5, changing Lauren. 

“Producers had a bunch of various story traces for her. She was imagined to be the loopy, wild drama-starter,” Audrina mentioned of the Laguna Seashore alum coming in. “When she and Justin began fake-dating, the producers saved wanting me to struggle together with her over him, and I used to be like, ‘I am not even with him!'”

And she or he wasn’t, as Audrina was within the midst of her relationship with ex-husband Corey Bohan, who she additionally started relationship in 2008. The Australian BMX rider appeared in three episodes, with Audrina occurring thus far him on-and-off till the present’s finish and on her shortlived VH1 actuality present, Audrina

If Justin Bobby’s scenes with Audrina had been over-dramatized, his moments with Kristin had been fully scripted, with the Very Cavallari star admitting, “I by no means noticed Justin after we weren’t filming. He is a very nice man, however he is not essentially my sort.”

By collection’ finish, Justin Bobby was fully over The Hills, a minimum of that is what he instructed Us Weekly in 2015.

“It wasn’t for me,” he mentioned. “It was arduous to get me to shoot after some time as a result of it was repetition and there wasn’t something artistically occurring and I wasn’t rising. So I mentioned, ‘In the event you guys get some actual writers in on this, I might be all about it and we might construct characters,’ however it by no means went to that.”

Three years later although, Justin Bobby had a change of coronary heart, as he was on-hand for the reunion announcement, together with Audrina, Whitney Port, Spencer and Heidi Pratt and different solid members, on the pink carpet on the 2018 MTV VMAs. 

Whereas Lauren and Kristin opted to take a seat out of the revival, Stephanie Pratt was additionally introduced as a solid member. However what no fan of The Hills was seemingly anticipating after they tuned into New Beginnings was a love triangle between Audrina, Justin Bobby and Stephanie, as JB and Spencer’s sister barely interacted throughout the present’s authentic run. 

The solid members’ continued willingness to pop holes within the fourth wall for viewers, regardless of their producer’s seemingly protests, has already come into play, with Stephanie taking to Instagram on July 23 to 1. announce she wasn’t returning for season two. 2. name out lots of her solid members for appearing faux on the fact collection, particularly Audrina when it got here to Justin Bobby. 

After denying that she had each connected with JB (calling him her “rock” all through the primary season of filming), Stephanie mentioned Audrina was “loopy” and known as her out for not having actual emotions for her ex. 

“such as you dated this man ten years in the past… you married another person & have a toddler with him! And-As if you happen to preferred Justin!!” she wrote. “you had been relationship somebody off digicam!! (the man u went on a blind date with the evening after the competition)! Nobody performs a greater sufferer than you (OMG you truly ought to go into appearing)!!”

No matter whether or not or not their rekindled romance is all for present (and E! Information reported Audrina was relationship Matt Chase in February), it is clear Audrina and Justin Bobby share a deep bond, due to their expertise on one in every of actuality TV’s most iconic and generation-defining exhibits. 

“Justin and I had an understanding with one another earlier than the present,” Audrina mentioned of the pair when he joined The Hills in 2008. “He understood what I used to be going by way of, and we grew to become actually shut. Then one factor result in one other. At first, we had been mates who actually cared for one another.”

Justin felt the identical means, saying he all the time felt Audrina was sincere with him and regarded out for him whereas filming. 

“Doing what we do, you actually should peel again the layers and see into someone’s coronary heart and what their intentions are, and hers had been tremendous pure from day one,” he instructed InStyle. “I feel that is why it [the relationship] did what it did. You get up to now the place your castmates grow to be like household. Then you definately get into conditions the place you’ve romantic dinners. Being in your early 20s, that stuff’s going to come back to fruition. You are not going to be against sure issues that come your means.”

Whereas they misplaced contact for years previous to New Beginnings, Justin all the time spoke fondly of his time with Audrina in interviews, even whereas taking part in down their romantic previous.

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“I used to be all the time a buddy to her from the get-go and there for her as a buddy. We went by way of the issues collectively,” he mentioned. “I felt like a stronger accomplice on the facet who was like a teammate, who was like ‘Hey you bought this! You are able to do this. That is good.’ That was actual, that was superior.”

And within the premiere of New Beginnings, Audrina, now a single mom to daughter Kirra after her messy divorce from Corey Bohan, and Justin Bobby reconnected, talking for the primary time in years throughout a dinner date, which ended on a hopeful be aware for the previous couple. 

Alas, that hope was shortlived, as Justin Bobby quickly returned to his previous methods. (Take be aware, Bachelor in Paradise boys, as JB was the OG actuality TV “f–kboy”!)

“Whether or not we have connected or dated prior to now or not, how he is chatting with me and treating me regardless of all the pieces, that is the place he is actually, like, hurting me,” an emotional Audrina mentioned in a current episode

Actual or not, the drama will proceed to play out as MTV renewed The Hills: New Beginnings for a second season, a minimum of based on their co-star Spencer Pratt, who predicted to E! Information that Audrina will hook up with Brody Jenner, contemporary off of his break up from spouse/co-star Kaitlynn Carter, subsequent season.

From his lips to MTV’s ears…

The Hills: New Beginnings airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on MTV.

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