Whitney Port says son ‘won’t necessarily be on’ ‘The Hills: New Beginnings’ (Exclusive)

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Motherhood will not be a central focus on the upcoming “The Hills” reboot.

Original cast member Whitney Port told AOL’s Gibson Johns exclusively during an interview to promote her partnership with Betadine that her son, Sonny, 22 months, likely won’t be featured on “The Hills: New Beginnings,” premiering on MTV on June 24.

“It’s not,” Port responded when we asked if motherhood will be a central focus on the show. “There are a couple of us that were used to working already and leaving our babies, so our babies aren’t necessarily on it, but I think you see a little bit of the struggle of people separating from their babies. But, for me, being a mom isn’t necessarily highlighted on the show. It’s more about how the group dynamics work.”

Port is just one of the cast members who has become a mom since “The Hills” ended its original run in 2010: Audrina Patridge, Heidi Montag, Spencer Pratt and Jason Wahler have welcomed children. Even so, the reality star insisted that her show’s creators wanted to maintain the focus on the group’s social dynamics, not their lives as parents.

“MTV already has ’16 and Pregnant’ and [viewers] see mom life there, so I think people want to see us in a social atmosphere,” she went on. “They can see us do our mom life on social media, and you don’t need to watch that on TV.”

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BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 12: Whitney Port attends Galentine’s Day Glow with Biossance hosted by Katherine Schwarzenegger at Alo Yoga Beverly Hills on February 12, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Biossance)

LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 16: Whitney Port attends the Biossance’s Miracle on Melrose at the Melrose Farmer’s Market on December 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Biossance)

LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 24: Whitney Port attends the Create & Cultivate And Chevrolet Launch Event For The Create & Cultivate 100 List on January 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Presley Ann/Getty Images for Create & Cultivate)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 12: Whitney Port attends the PREY SWIM ‘Summer in December’ Fashion Show hosted by Audrina Patridge at the residence of Jonas Tahlin, CEO Of Absolut Elyx on December 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for Absolut Elyx )

TORRANCE, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 17: (L-R) Whitney Port, Lauren Gores, Geri Hirsch and Tim Rosenman speak during the Whitney Port & Bundle Organics #MomAsYouAre buybuyBABY product launch on November 17, 2018 in Torrance, California. on November 17, 2018 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for Bundle Organics )

TORRANCE, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 17: Whitney Port (L) and Tim Rosenman attend the Whitney Port & Bundle Organics #MomAsYouAre buybuyBABY product launch on November 17, 2018 in Torrance, California. on November 17, 2018 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for Bundle Organics )

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 08: Whitney Port attends the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in New York at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria’s Secret)

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 08: Whitney Port attends the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Victoria’s Secret)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – OCTOBER 18: Whitney Port attends a Leon Bridges performance exclusivly for Hilton Honors Members at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills on October 18, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Hilton Honors)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 11: Whitney Port poses backstage for Naeem Khan during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on September 11, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 07: Whitney Port attends The Worldwide Editors Of Harper’s Bazaar Celebrate ICONS by Carine Roitfeld presented by Infor, Stella Artois, FUJIFILM, Estee Lauder, Saks Fifth Avenue and Genesis at The Plaza Hotel on September 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 07: Whitney Port attends the Kate Spade New York Fashion Show during New York Fashion Week at New York Public Library on September 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 06: Fashion designer and TV personality Whitney Port attends the Daily Front Row’s 2018 Fashion Media Awards at Park Hyatt New York on September 6, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 06: Whitney Port and Brand President at Shopbop Shira Suveyke visit the Shopbop Diner on September 6, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Lars Niki/Getty Images for Shopbop)

Whitney Port at the Lactaid x Flywheel event in New York City

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Whitney Port attended WaterWipes’ #ParentIsBorn panel in New York City.

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – JANUARY 06: Whitney Port attends Vanity Fair x Instagram Celebrate the New Class of Entertainers at Mel’s Diner on Golden Globes Weekend at Mel’s Diner on January 6, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for Vanity Fair/Instagram)

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA – NOVEMBER 28: TV personality Whitney Port visits Hallmark’s ‘Home & Family’ at Universal Studios Hollywood on November 28, 2017 in Universal City, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 12: Whitney Port is seen on November 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Hollywood To You/Star Max/GC Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – NOVEMBER 02: Whitney Port arrives at #REVOLVEawards at DREAM Hollywood on November 2, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)

WESTWOOD, CA – OCTOBER 30: Actress Whitney Port arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of ‘A Bad Moms Christmas’ at Regency Village Theatre on October 30, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 24: Actress Whitney Port is seen on October 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by SMXRF/Star Max/GC Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 25: Whitney Port attends The Fashion Awards 2017 nominees cocktail reception at LECLAIREUR on October 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/BFC/Getty Images for The British Fashion Council )

HOLLYWOOD, CA – OCTOBER 09: Fashion designer Whitney Port arrives at the premiere of National Geographic Documentary Films’ ‘Jane’ at the Hollywood Bowl on October 9, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)

LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 04: Whitney Port (L) and Amber Lewis attend the Fossil x The Amber Interiors Launch Dinner at Lombardi House on October 4, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Fossil)

LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 04: Whitney Port attends the Fossil x The Amber Interiors Launch Dinner at Lombardi House on October 4, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Fossil)

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 09: TV personality Whitney Port poses for photos with Dawn dish soap on May 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA – APRIL 18: Whitney Port visits ‘Extra’ at Universal Studios Hollywood on April 18, 2017 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 12: (L-R) Phoebe Dahl, Whitney Port, Jessica Sula, Annalise Basso and Guest attend the Jenny Packham show during New York Fashion Week at Skylight Clarkson on February 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Owen Hoffmann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 12: Whitney Port attends the Jenny Packham fashion show during February 2017 New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 3, Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)

LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 27: TV Personality Whitney Port attends the 4th annual UNICEF Masquerade Ball at Clifton’s Cafeteria on October 27, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)

SANTA MONICA, CA – SEPTEMBER 27: Whitney Port attends the Tacori In Wonderland At The Viceroy Santa Monica at the Viceroy Hotel on September 27, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Tacori)

LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 06: TV Personality Whitney Port attends ROE Caviar’s 2016 Harvest at the private residence of Jonas Tahlin, CEO of Absolut Elyx on October 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Absolut Elyx)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 13: Designer Whitney Port attends the Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet Spring/Summer 2017 Presentation during New York Fashion Week September 2016 at Skylight at Clarkson Sq on September 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 13: Whitney Port attends the Lanyu fashion show during the September 2016 New York Fashion Week: The Shows at The Dock, Skylight at Moynihan Station on September 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Lanyu )

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 09: Olivia Culpo, Whitney Port and Kaya Stewart attend the Misha Collection – Backstage/Front Row – September 2016 – New York Fashion Week: The Shows at The Gallery, Skylight at Clarkson Sq on September 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 09: Whitney Port attends the Misha Collection – Backstage/Front Row – September 2016 – New York Fashion Week: The Shows at The Gallery, Skylight at Clarkson Sq on September 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)




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MTV’s announcement last summer that it was bringing back “The Hills” — sans Lauren Conrad, Kristin Cavallari and Lo Bosworth — fueled overwhelming excitement among fans and, while Port told AOL that she’s “really excited” to be bringing the show back, it’s also resulted in a bit of mommy guilt for her.

“When I have to go film or go on work trips, it’s a tug at my heart. Sometimes I’m like, ‘Is this worthwhile?’ Because it’s a choice that I made to do the show,” Port explained. “I had a career besides that that was keeping me busy, but doing the show was a choice, so I still do question it sometimes. It’s like, ‘Did I choose to film a reality show instead of being a present mom?’ I looked at it as more of an opportunity to do more of things, and I knew how much power the past show had to allow me to fulfill so many dreams and goals that I hoped this would do the same.”

Port’s candidness around the push-and-pull that she’s experienced in regards to spending enough time with her son, who she shares with husband Tim Rosenman, is just another example of her willingness to be open about her struggles and anxieties as a mother around issues that many other mothers deal with. The star started a YouTube series around such issues after she found herself encountering unexpected obstacles while embarking on her journey as a mother.

“I didn’t really know what to expect, so I didn’t have any expectations. I’m not the type of person to read a million books in preparation or Google things, and we didn’t even find out if he was going to be a boy or a girl. We just really let things happen,” Port explained. “Things happened that I didn’t know were going to: I didn’t know breastfeeding was going to be so hard, I didn’t know how much of a lack of sleep I was going to have. It doesn’t hit you just how much more drained you are all the time.”

She also had to come to terms with the fact that she couldn’t worry every single second about her son, and her husband was instrumental in helping her keep her cool if her son is too rowdy or doesn’t listen.

“I just kind of keep telling myself that [Sonny’s] going to pick up on my nervous energy and that’s going to make him a nervous wreck, and picturing that makes me not want him to be like that,” she laughed. “I want him to be curious and independent, but when it comes to his safety or life or death, I won’t stop at anything. I’ll be stern if I have to be, but my husband also keeps me in check. My mom, sisters and I grew up always freaking out about things, so Timmy has made me aware of that, and he tells me I can’t do that with Sonny all the time. I’m training myself to calm down more, even when he takes little stumbles.”

Having a baby means that there will scratches and bumps and cuts are going to pop up every now and again — even if she has no idea where they came from. In an effort to make sure that moms are treating such “battle wounds” with enough care, Port partnered with Betadine antiseptic for its #FirstAidMyths campaign.

“The inevitable cuts and scrapes and little burns are happening and, as a first-time mom, I didn’t really know what the best thing to put on those things was,” she told AOL. “I partnered with Betadine to teach people that now there’s this amazing antiseptic cream that moms can use and can keep in their mom bag. It has something in it that can actually help prevent infection before it has a chance to start.”

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Kristin Cavallari in 2006.

Kristin Cavallari in 2018.

Audrina Patridge in 2006.

Audrina Patridge in 2017.




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