Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Lauren Conrad and Dancing with the Stars pro Derek Hough have gone public with their romance! An insider tells the new Us Weekly -- on stands Friday -- that the reality stars have seen each other "a few times" since their first date in September.
Conrad, 25, and Hough, 26, headed to L.A.'s Sayers Club on Sept. 29. "They were very flirty," an eyewitness tells Us. "They were dancing and holding hands!"
A friend of Conrad's tells Us that the designer -- who split from Howard, 33, in June -- might be ready for a new long-term love. "It hasn't been easy moving on, but Derek has been sweet," says a friend. "They are having fun and seeing where it goes."
Photos: Kristin at the "Just Dance 3" video game launch party & leaving Trousdale Lounge on Oc 4. Kristin is pictured with fellow DWTS contestant J. R. Martinez & his partner Karina Smirnoff.
KCav was as shocked and bummed as everyone else to be shown the door on Tuesday night's elimination episode of Dancing with the Stars.
"I'm really sad," Kristin told Us Weekly after the elimination at Ubisoft 's launch of Just Dance 3 at The Beverly in West Hollywood.
"But," mused the Hills star, "I'd rather go out on top and have people be shocked than have people be like, 'Thank god she's leaving, it's about time.' It was the best experience I've ever had. I could not be happier that I did the show."
She mused that, perhaps, viewer votes had little do with her actual dancing skills. "It is what it is," she told Us. "That's the thing with Dancing with the Stars, you never know," she said, laughing. "It's clearly not a dance competition!"
Sentimental fave Chaz Bono -- whose mom Cher vowed to attend next week's performance if her son made it through -- survived the week despite nabbing the lowest score of 18.
But Cavallari is huge fan of Bono, 42, the show's first-ever transgendered contestant. "Chaz is so cute! I think he's great and he tries so hard, and I loved watching him dance every week. It's inspiring, and it's sweet, and I hope he does really well!"
How has her already-slamming body transformed as a result of her time in the rehearsal studio? "My legs and my butt just got a little bit tighter. That's about it."
One thing she's not opening up about: What appears to be a reconciliation with ex-fiance Jay Cutler, who cheered her on during Monday's show, and with whom she was holding hands Tuesday.
"I'm just not talking about it."
credit - zimbio, tlfan, Us Weekly
~Kelli at Hills Freak
~Kelli at Hills Freak
Kristin Cavallari & Mark Ballas outside the "Jimmy Kimmel Live" studios after appearing on the show to chat about their exit from "DWTS".
Cavallari told Kimmel she was "a little bit" surprised with the voting results.
"That is a great thing about this show," added Mark Ballas. "At the end of the day, it's viewers choice. We had a good score. Personally, I thought that Kristin was underscored. At the end of the day, I'm really proud. I'm super bummed."
"I know, I'm sad too," added Cavallari. "Maybe I didn't have a good enough story. It's hard to compete with memorable years. Mine was I graduated from high school and moved to L.A."
On Monday's show, contestants had to chose a dance that reflected their most challenging year. Noted Kimmel, "J.R. picked 2003, a year he was severely injured by a landmine in Iraq. Chyna Phillips picked the year she stopped abusing drugs. David Arquette did 2010, when his marriage fell apart and he started drinking heavily. Nancy Grace chose the year she had twins and they spent time in the ICU. Ricki Lake chose the year she got divorced and her house burned down. Your year was 2005, and it was most memorable because you had to choose between going to college and a reality show!"
"It wasn't a sob story," admitted Cavallari.
"You had to have a sob story. You have to make something up! Was this reality show harder than The Hills, where you shopped and ate lunch?" quipped Kimmel.
"It's much more physically demanding," laughed Cavallari, who said they rehearsed five to six hours a day.
When asked if she'd continue dancing, Cavallari said, "It was a lot of fun, and a great workout. It was nice to not have to go to the gym, so maybe."