Posted: 1:22 a.m. Tuesday, July 16, 2013
By Rachel McRady
He was introduced as the chin-tee-loving bad boy on Season 2 of Laguna Beach who toyed with Jessica’s heart and ultimately turned her into a crazed girlfriend whom Jason cheated on, dumped, and eventually hooked up with in front of his new girlfriend, Lauren Conrad.
But Jason’s story on reality TV was far from over. After Lauren banished him from her family’s home for humiliating her at a local fashion show, Jason (and his disturbing facial hair) disappeared into the sunset. Or did he.
The raspy-voiced stud came back into Lauren’s life in Season 2 of The Hills right around the time things in her life were going well. Sigh, ain’t that always the way?Together they embarked on a whirlwind romance featuring some overpriced golf clubs, a disastrous New Year’s Eve celebration, and a missed trip to Paris. That’s right: Lauren will always be the girl who didn’t go to Paris.
Eventually the couple broke up again, and Jason left for a stint in rehab. He later returned to The Hills... only to propose to his girlfriend in front of Lauren at a housewarming party! The nerve!
And that ended up being Jason’s last appearance on the show. Three years later, he joined the cast of Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew. He appeared on the program from 2010-2011 and today says he’s three years sober.
Jason now spends his days dedicating himself to helping others who struggle with addiction. He’s an Activities Coordinator and Client Advocate at Northbound Treatment Services in Newport Beach, Calif.
The former reality star recently admitted that he had tried to commit suicide multiple times while struggling with substance abuse but was thankfully never successful. In 2011 he publicly apologized to Lauren Conrad in People Magazine.
He’s currently engaged to model Ashley Slack, and LC has been with boyfriend William Tell for more than year, so don’t expect a romantic reunion between these two anytime soon.
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