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Kristin Cavallari Says Drug Abuse Claims Were Just For Ratings

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Jul. 13 2010, Published 8:13 a.m. ET

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The Hills is wrapping up its sixth and final season Tuesday night and headlines were made early on when the show promoted drug abuse allegations surrounding cast member Kristin Cavallari. But the drama and drug abuse were just for show and to boost ratings, according to Kristin.

“I understand that they need drama for the show and I’m absolutely down to do whatever they need,” Kristin told The Block radio show with Tim and Cassie. “But that sort of thing is not something to be taken lightly or joke around about.

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“It really started to affect my personal life.”

Rumors began to swirl that Kristin had a drug problem when she began repeatedly wearing her sunglasses inside and had a few wild nights of partying in Miami over Super Bowl weekend.

When asked by the radio hosts if she was prompted to risk her reputation and go along with the drug abuse plotline Kristin said, “Yes, but it was without me agreeing to do any of that.

“MTV relies so heavily on the tabloids that if I’m on the cover of Us Weekly for my alleged drug problem, helps with ratings!”

Kristin, 23, says she has learned from her years as a reality TV star and instead of taking it so personally she just treats it like her job. She plans to stay in the industry and even has a few of her own shows in the works.

“I want to take everything that I’ve learned and I’m going to start producing reality shows. I have three different ones that I’m working on right now,” says Kristin.

“I just think it’s time to mess with someone else’s lives for a little bit.”

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