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Kristin Cavallari Says Cutting Ties With Dad Is 'The Best Thing I've Ever Done'

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By Afouda Bamidele on December 20, 2023 at 5:15 AM EST

Kristin Cavallari has no regrets about severing ties with her "narcissist" dad, Dennis Cavallari.

The "Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County" star recently opened up about her estranged relationship with her father in the latest installment of her podcast. She reflected on what led to their dissolved union two years ago and how letting him go remains the best thing she has ever done.

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Kristin Cavallari Ended Relationship With Her Dad Following An Incident With Her Children

Kristin's newest episode of her "Let's Be Honest" podcast saw her diving into the world of narcissists with guest star Dr. Sherrie Campbell. The emotional session titled "Surviving Narcissist Abuse" captured the host reminiscing about her father's selfish behavior.

According to the TV personality, she never realized Dennis fell into the narcissist category until adulthood. But, the realization did not end the duo's father-daughter relationship until he crossed a line with his grandkids. Recalling the incident, Kristin said:

"I cut my dad out of my life about two years ago, which has honestly been the best thing I've ever done. I actually didn't even realize that my dad was a narcissist until I was an adult."

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Although she did not share what her dad did to warrant the dissolution of their bond, she stressed the decision was long overdue. As a child, Kristin claims she endured her father's emotional abuse, noting he always made her feel as if she "wasn't good enough."

Although Dennis's actions made his daughter loathe being in his presence, he easily swayed her emotions by praising her on certain occasions. "But then the flip side of that is, sometimes he would put me on this pedestal and talk me up," Kristin explained. "Now, as an adult looking back, I'm like, 'Oh, it was when it benefitted you and made you look good.'"

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The podcast host, who shares three children with ex-husband Jay Cutler, stressed that she could take her father's abuse; however, messing with her children was a different story. Still, on the incident that severed her ties to Dennis, she said:

"I was like, 'You know what? I'm f—ing done.' And he blamed me for it, like threw everything back in my face. You know, I can take the abuse. I have my whole life… But it's like when you now start messing with my kids. I'm not doing it."

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Cavallari's Comment On 'F——g' Men Sparked Backlash

Weeks before opening up about her "narcissist" dad, Kristin caused a stir on social media following her thoughts about sleeping with men. The backlash began when a "Let's Be Honest" podcast listener asked, "How many dates until you sleep with a guy?"

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In response, Kristin explained she previously made her dates "wait three or four dates" before having s--. However, she recently changed her mind and opted for a decision her more conservative fans did not support. In the podcast host's words:

"I don't think it f——g matters. It doesn't f——g matter if you sleep with him on the first or the tenth date. If there is chemistry and feelings there, it doesn't matter."

When the "Balancing in Heels" author shared a clip of her response on Instagram, her comment section blew up with criticisms. Many bashed her for advising women to sleep with men whenever they wished, with one social media user writing:

"No, girl, it most certainly DOES matter! If you're sleeping with every guy you date, you're essentially sleeping around. No guy of any value wants a meaningful, lasting relationship with the village bicycle."

Another echoed similar sentiments, adding, "I know I'm old fashioned (also a believer in Jesus), so I'm probably in the minority. But this generation's hook-up culture seems so icky." A third commenter supported this narrative and claimed: "Soul ties are a real thing. You're absolutely damaging yourself if you sleep around and give it up to anyone you have chemistry with."

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More criticisms followed with one fan bashing Kristin with the comment: "TRASH ADVICE from a totally unreliable source." A fellow critic chimed: "NO MA'AM! This is the worst advice from a non-expert that gets women hurt."

This individual listed several reasons why women should ignore the podcast host's advice, including the possibility of contracting STDs and understanding that "Playing Vajayjay Roulette isn't a dating strategy."

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