Lauren Conrad, the former star of reality show THE HILLS, has broken up with her beau of 3 years, actor Kyle Howard, People Magazine have reported. Despite her previous relationships being played out in front of the camera on THE HILLS, Lauren Conrad, 24, had largely kept her relationship with Howard, 33, out of the public eye. All had seemed well on Valentine's Day this year, when she claimed that Howard was 'very sweet', and said: "I don't think you need a specific day to celebrate your love for someone," she said. "I think it can be a Tuesday. It's an everyday thing."

They had started dating in 2008, mid-way through series six of The Hills, which Conrad left in 2009 to pursue a career as a fashion designer. A source told E! Online that the split was mutual, with no third parties involved. In her new blog for Forbes, Conrad claims that she wants to move away from the stereotype of being a reality star, and prove herself in the fashion industry: "I've made a career out of allowing cameras to capture my personal life but that doesn't make me "just another reality star" looking to start a clothing line. People often forget that I am a person who was documented for more than six years while pursuing a dream to make it in the fashion industry." Howard runs two websites, two clothing lines and a book franchise.