"I think one of my takeaways from looking back is I'm like, 'It's really sweet.' You guys were in love and you had a relationship," she told Cavallari, 35, and Colletti, 36, on their Dear Media podcast Back to the Beach with Kristin and Stephen.
"Working our way through our little adolescent love," Colletti replied, and Cavallari added, "Trying to figure it out. It was sweet."
Conrad — who was positioned at the center of a supposed high school love triangle with Colletti and Cavallari — now says she doesn't understand why fans wouldn't have seen how she didn't actually make sense as a love rival.
"Who wasn't cheering for that [relationship]?" she wondered.
But Cavallari countered, "I think most people were cheering for you [and Stephen] back in the day."
"It's completely tilted, because you're the narrator," Colletti told Conrad, "and we're wild and it's this hurricane. And, sweet Lauren, you guys need to root for her."
He added, "But there's gonna be plenty of people that are gonna root for Kristin."
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On an August episode of the podcast, Colletti discussed the narrative between the trio that was crafted by the show's producers.
"I had a huge problem with this because look, obviously they created this show around this love triangle and there's moments where you and I were broken up and they had learned about Lauren and I hooking up and being very good friends," he explained.
"And, you know, obviously, stuff happened at certain times," he acknowledged, "but at no point ever whenever we were together, you know, would I step out on you in that way. And they really paint [it like] that's what I'm doing throughout the show — which I have a huge problem with."
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Colletti did, however, give credit to "the genius of [the show's] editing. You have to hand it to them, they really crafted this storyline in a way that I think that's what made audiences really engaged."