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Reality TV star Kristin Cavallari arrives in Las Vegas tomorrow with a brand new sparkling 5.2-carat diamond engagement ring on her hand after yesterday’s news that she’s marrying Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. It’s their second engagement -- the first one ended in July -- but the 24-year-old beauty says this time, it’s official and definite!
Ahead of her appearance for Chinese Laundry at Dillard’s on Saturday and later that evening at the red carpet for “Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour” at Mandalay Bay, she talked in our exclusive interview of the perils of living life in a public fish bowl.
“That’s the part that’s a little rough. The tabloid world of it all is the most difficult part. It’s one of the things you have to try to ignore, but that’s very difficult sometimes. I have to learn to laugh it off, I guess,” she told me. “There wasn’t that kind of pressure when I was filming ‘Laguna Beach’ because I was so young, and I didn’t really know what that was going to become. I don’t think any of us thought it was going to be as successful as it was. So we really just went about our business as kids in high school.
“It was only after it became a success and I moved up to Los Angeles that I started to become aware of how people looked at you and how you dressed. Before when I was in high school, I didn’t even think twice about that sort of thing. It becomes part of the process and although overall it’s a lot of fun and I know not to take it too seriously, there are rough moments having every aspect of your life in the open.”
Kristin, who danced the jive with pro partner Mark Ballas for one last time on last week’s “Dancing With the Stars” finale, said of the ABC hit show: “I’m lucky I wasn’t booted off first. I’m lucky there were no aches or pains. I was sad when I got voted off, but it was the best experience of my life, the best time.” Fiance Jay cheered her on from the audience.
Kristin is the ambassador for the children’s charity One Kid One World helping underprivileged youths and at Fashion Show the web ambassador for Chinese Laundry. Kristin is hoping it leads to her own line: “It’s a hot-selling, hip shoe company with affordable prices and always right on trend. I haven’t been drawing my own shoes yet but have been building a book of incredible shoes from all over that will become the inspiration for my own eventually.”
The TV personality who went on to become a star of “The Hills” teased me a little about her love match: “The world of romance is going well. It’s a solid relationship, and things are great. I’m getting into football now as a real fan. I’ve never been to the Super Bowl. The Bears were very close last year. They have been playing great, and they could possibly get the wildcard, so I’d be right there if it happened.” (Never mind that Jay’s broken wrist has sidelined him for possibly the rest of season!)
She continued, “But I definitely want to get married and have a family. I don’t want to raise a family in L.A., so wherever I live, I’m hopeful I will be able to go on working. I’m fine with that.”
Kristin, who celebrated her 21st birthday at LAX in the Luxor, said: “It’s always a good time when I hit Vegas. The 21st was a pretty big one, even my mom came for that. It was a really great night, but no crazy stories to tell you. Vegas is always fun!”
The vivacious beauty revealed a little about her next TV project: “I have to wait until the big announcement, but it’s definite. I probably won’t be on it, but I’m producing it for Fremantle, who have some of the biggest shows on television.
“I love being on the other side of the camera. I love coming up with ideas and then seeing them come to life. I love it -- it’s so much fun. And no added pressure of being on camera! I really want this one to be a success, and then I know where my new life is leading.”
Kristin will be at Dillard’s at 2 p.m. Saturday. The first 200 fans receive a photograph with her that she’ll autograph as models rock out in the Chinese Laundry collection.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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