Kaitlynn Carter is taking ownership of her narrative.
The 31-year-old The Hills: New Beginnings star may be known for her famous exes, Brody Jenner and Miley Cyrus, but now she wants to control what people say and know about her. Carter had a candid conversation with pal and co-star Whitney Port on Instagram Live on Thursday, where she shared how her life changed after splitting from the singer.
"What happened to me, basically just after Miley and I went our separate ways, I thought, OK, my life's just kinda going back to the way it normally was for me when I'm on my own," Carter explained. "I had no expectations that anyone would give a sh*t about me by myself. I had no plan in place. I didn't think about anything. For example, I was dealing with a lot emotionally at that time, obviously, and I really wasn't going out anywhere. I was just staying home."
But after a friend suggested she go out and visit a friend's bar, she was shocked that paparazzi was taking photos and video of her.
"I just didn't anticipate anything like this happening," she said. "I'm used to it when I'm, like, with Brody or when I was with her, but never when I'm on my own. My mind is just swirling."
She tried to be nice and recalled saying something "that was kinda stupid," only to see headlines the next day about how she was "out on the town, partying with a mystery man just two weeks after her breakup."
"I was just so mortified…The narrative was so not what the actual situation was and that was such a wake up call for me," she said, adding that's when she knew she had to change the perception of herself online.
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I am so thankful I get to share my experience on The Hills with @kaitlynn. She has been such a sense of light while we film stressful situations, and I have felt comfortable opening up to her since the minute we met. That’s rare. Since we obviously aren’t able to film or get together right now, we thought it would be fun to catch up together in a LIVE so you could join us! We quizzed each other on some silly things and talked about some stuff we needed to get off our chest. Thank you to those who watched and sent us questions. We had so much fun and will definitely be doing another one soon, so stay tuned!