Karen Belz
Updated Jul 30, 2016 @ 10:22 am
Credit: MTV

The Hills has been in the news a lot recently — not only is this year the 10-year anniversary of the famous MTV reality show, but Lauren Conrad is going to host a pretty intriguing tell-all that’ll be airing on MTV in early August, called The Hills: That Was Then, This Is Now.

Since LC (can we still call her that?) has done so much since the show wrapped, it’ll be great to have some answers to questions we’ve been pondering over for a decade — and the fact that she’s open to revisiting some of the drama says a lot. Obviously, the show was an important part of her early resume.

One thing we’ve been wondering about has, indeed, been solved, FINALLY — Conrad’s single, black teardrop that fell after a conversation she had with buddy Audrina Patridge. The drop that, since, has been featured in many online comment sections in GIF form.

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Paired with the lip quiver, this was a moment of true emotion. But, uh — that teardrop. Even with our most non-waterproof mascaras, we’ve never had that happen to us before.

In a 2013 interview with Cosmopolitan, Conrad admitted that she knew the tear GIF was out there, but didn’t know how popular it actually was.

“You know that they slowed it down in the show right?,” she said in the interview. “I asked my producer and he told me they put it in slow motion to give it a more dramatic effect. That day it was filmed I was really sad — and I wasn’t wearing waterproof mascara. Whoops.”

But, obviously Conrad had some time to think about it over the years, and gave a new answer to MTV News just days ago. Turns out, mascara wasn’t the one to blame!

“I don’t think it was the mascara — I think it was the eyeliner that was running,” she said. “I still wear the same mascara, and it doesn’t run like that.” She also added a disclaimer — “I rarely cry these days.”

It’s okay if you do, LC. We all do sometimes. We’re wondering if Conrad put her eyeliner theory to the test, or maybe tried really, really hard to recreate the mascara moment. Maybe she got really scientific with it. We’d love to know more about how and why this answer changed, but hey, we’ll take what we can get.