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A ”Dancing with the Stars” alum opened up about a scandal that took place early in her career.

Audrina Patridge competed on the 11th season of DWTS, where she finished in seventh place with her pro partner Tony Dovolani. Patridge joined DWTS on the heels of her long run on MTV’s “The Hills”,  which she starred in for six seasons, from 2006 to 2010.

But two years before DWTS, Patridge found herself embroiled in a nude photo scandal — and it happened after a friend betrayed her.

Here’s what you need to know:

Audrina Patridge Explained How Nude Photos Surfaced Early in Her Career

GettyAudrina Patridge of The Hills.

On a June 2022 episode of the “Viall Fialls” podcast, Patridge opened up about how she was taken advantage of when she was a naive teenager pursuing a career in modeling.

“I was kind of guided and peer-pressured in certain situations that I wish I could say, ‘no,'” she told host Viall, adding that she wished she could have been “strong with my ‘no,’ and not fall into peer pressure with, you know, topless photos.”

“I was young and very trusting of others, and I didn’t know to protect myself,” she added.

After posing for what she thought would be “artistic” nude photos, Patridge was blindsided a few years later when they surfaced once she found fame on “The Hills.”

“It was devastating for me when those pictures came out, and I trusted a photographer,” she said of the photo leak, adding that the photographer was a female friend who sold the photos behind her back.

Patridge said she felt ashamed afterward, and that the experience made her more closed off.

“People spin it into a judgmental, negative way, and then it makes you feel shameful and bad about yourself,” she said of the experience. “I don’t trust a lot of people,” she added.

Patridge also told Viall that when it comes to her 6-year-old daughter, Kirra, whom she shares with ex-husband Corey Bohan, she will tell her, “There’s so much more you can do with yourself and who you are than making money off of photos or naked… She can learn from my mistakes.”

“It is a lesson learned, for myself, and hopefully for the young girls who look up to me,
the reality star added.

According to MTV News, as an aspiring teen model, Partridge posed topless wearing a plaid schoolgirl skirt, and she was also photographed nude in a bathtub and in a pool. At the time, Patridge explained the nude photos in a MySpace message to fans, telling her followers that they were “taken when I was just out of high school and beginning to model,” according to the Chicago Tribune.

Audrina Patridge Had Support From a ‘Hills’ Co-Star & Fellow DWTS Contestant

GettyKristin Cavallari and Audrina Patridge attend the Kristin Cavallari By Chinese Laundry presentation at Row NYC

During the “Viall Files” interview, Patridge credited then-boyfriend Justin Bobby Brescia for helping her get through the scandal. She said Brescia told her, “Who cares? They’re boobs. Everybody has boobs. Stop freaking out about it.”

In addition to Brescia, Patridge had support from her “Hills” co-star Kristin Cavallari, who also happens to be a DWTS alum. Cavallari felt that Patridge would be able to weather the scandal with no problem.

“She can move on from it,” Cavallari told Us Weekly in 2008, per TV Fanatic. She’s young, she did her thing, whatever. She looks good. Her body is bangin’!”

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Dear Amy: Several years ago, longtime friends ghosted us.

There was no argument that precipitated that occurrence.

I asked what was wrong and was told that they “have decided to travel alone because they are fuddie-duddies.” We had vacationed together for years and there was no change in how we did the arrangements.

They totally cut us off after this, and there has been no contact since.

A recent picture on social media showed one spouse looking quite frail, as if they were on chemo.

I don’t know whether to reach out, since I do not know for sure, or whether to let things stand as they are.

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What do you think?

Ghosted Friend

Dear Friend: If you are connected with this couple on social media, then you have a channel through which to communicate.

Yes, I think you should reach out. You do not need to refer to the frail appearance of this spouse, but you could message them to say, “I just saw a picture of ‘George’ on FB and it made me think of you and to remember some of our times together. I hope you are both doing OK, and encourage you to reach out if ever you would like to be in touch.”

Dear Amy: You often mention the need to exercise “compassionate detachment,” especially with adult children. I need advice on how to make that shift.

There is a saying that being a parent is like having your heart wander around the world without you, and it is so true. As a mom who is “only as happy as my most unhappy child,” I struggle with this all the time.

I have really improved in terms of not offering unsolicited advice and comments, but I constantly worry about choices they make and feel their pain possibly even more acutely than they do (and often long after).

This is made worse by the fact that one of my adult children has significant mental health issues.

It is to the point where I often wake up in the middle of the night worrying.

Do you have any techniques or books you would recommend that would help me to develop greater compassionate detachment?

Worried Mom

Dear Worried: Surely you remember the old Dunkin’ Donuts ad: “It’s time to make the donuts!”

Your adult children have a negative experience, and your mom-brain goes: “Ding! It’s time to make the donuts!” And you either fly into action or fall into worry-mode (or both).

Developing loving and compassionate detachment is a process that involves a certain amount of realistic self-assessment. Some people are temperamentally more inclined toward worry than others. And any time your child struggles with serious health issues, this will trigger a wave of worry.

It’s helpful to ask yourself realistically what purpose your worrying serves.

Does your fretting serve your children, ease their pain, or soothe their wounds? Does it make you (or them) stronger or more resilient? Does it make you a better person or parent, or better able to serve your own highest purpose?

No. Worrying diverts your mind and saps your strength.

Worrying expresses a parent’s clutching desire to control the outcome, even when they know they can’t.

If you truly understand and accept your powerlessness; if you accept that other adults have the right to make choices — even bad ones — you will see that oftentimes the most powerful thing you can do is to abide with others through their challenges.

I often picture this powerful witnessing process as holding hands and walking together, neither leading nor being led.

Letting go of your need to worry is liberating, even for the person you are worrying about.

And once you truly understand that you don’t have to make the donuts, you will experience your most tender relationships in a new way.

Cogent teachers who will help you to work through these feelings and impulses are: Pema Chodron, Brene Brown and Glennon Doyle. All have multiple books and video teachings available.

Dear Amy: Regarding the letter from “Proud Daughter of a Veteran,” the National Cemetery Administration (part of Veterans Affairs) has a new process to assist veterans, their families, caregivers, and survivors in planning for burials with military honors.

Here is the website:

Ted Wong, Branch Chief-CX Communications Sustainment, Veterans Experience Office

Dear Ted: Thank you! To clarify, this site helps families to determine eligibility. It is not necessary to register in advance of a veteran’s passing.

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