Former 'The Hills' star Lauren Conrad and lawyer William Tell married in September 2014 and have two children together
Lauren Conrad and her husband have a long history together.
Born in Orange County, California, in 1980, Tell grew up in the same area of SoCal as Conrad, though they didn’t start dating until 2012 when they were set up on a blind date.
Early in their relationship, Tell left his career as a musician to attend law school and is now a practicing attorney specializing in entertainment law.
“She’s extremely supportive of me being in law school,” Tell said of Conrad in a 2014 interview with Above the Law. “Which is funny because I mostly come home and want to forget about it or to talk about what I’m doing at work. She’s definitely interested in what I’m doing at school though.”
Here’s everything to know about Lauren Conrad’s husband William Tell.
He was a guitarist in the pop-rock band Something Corporate
Before he was a lawyer, Tell was a member of Something Corporate, pop-rock band formed in Orange County, California, in 1998. Tell joined the group in 2001 as a guitarist and backup vocalist. In 2002, Something Corporate released their first album with their label MCA Records, Leaving Through the Window, which reached number one on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart and number 101 on the Billboard 200.
In 2004, Tell left the band to pursue a solo career, but ultimately decided to quit the music industry all together.
“I signed a solo deal a year or two after I left the band, went out and toured and did the whole thing,” he told Above the Law in 2014.
“It got to the point where I was approaching 30, rapidly, and I hadn’t struck it big on my own. I’d had some success, but music is a young man’s business. You really need to be between 17 and 25 to break in, although there are exceptions.”
He left music to pursue a law career
After leaving music, Tell decided he wanted to go to law school, so he completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Southern California (USC), majoring in music business.
“I didn’t really want to go back to undergrad, but I had to get a college degree in order to go to law school,” he told Above the Law. “I wanted to go to law school because I’d always been fascinated by government, politics, history.”
Tell entered USC Gould School of Law in 2011 and graduated in 2014. Throughout his schooling, he interned at Warner Bros Records and entertainment law firm Ziffren Brittenham.
He and Conrad met when she was in high school
Though they wouldn’t date for another decade, Conrad first met Tell during her Laguna Beach days.
“I met my husband when I was 16 and sitting on stage at one of his concerts,” she told Us Weekly in 2016. “Ten years later, we were set up on a blind date.”
The couple met in a more official way in 2012, when a friend set them up on a blind date for Valentine’s Day.
He and Conrad started dating in 2012
Soon after being set up for Valentine’s Day, Conrad and Tell made their relationship official and were seen stepping out together in public. Tell also began appearing on Conrad’s social media.
“Just looked at the calendar and realized it was a year and half ago today that I met this guy ... And I sure am glad I did ❤,” Conrad captioned an Instagram selfie from 2013.
The Little Market co-founder announced she was engaged to Tell in October 2013.
“I am very excited to share with you guys that William and I got engaged over the weekend,” the then-27-year-old wrote in a blog post. “I am beyond thrilled!”
He married Conrad in 2014
Conrad and Tell got married a year later on Sept. 13, 2014, at a boutique winery in Santa Ynez, California.
Conrad’s nine bridesmaids, including her Laguna Beach and The Hills costar Lo Bosworth, wore a selection of dresses from her Paper Crown clothing line.
Guests included Conrad’s former costars Stephen Colletti and Frankie Delgado, who celebrated under a tent amid Mediterranean-style buildings, oak trees and acres of vineyards.
He and Conrad share two children
Three years after marrying, Conrad and Tell welcomed their first child, son Liam, on July 5, 2017. Conrad gave birth to their second son Charlie on Oct. 8, 2019.
In March 2020, the lifestyle guru opened up to PEOPLE about how she and Tell raise their sons.
"One of the things is just being a good role model. My husband [William Tell] and I work together and the amount of time spent at work and with the children is pretty equal between us,” she said. "You can tell children anything you want, but they're always watching you. It's really about what you do that makes the biggest impact. It's about setting a good example."
He’s not active on social media
While Tell has an Instagram account, he rarely posts and prefers to keep his personal life private. He did, however, share a screenshot of Conrad’s podcast, Asking for a Friend, reaching the number one slot in May 2019.
“My wife!” he captioned the post.
In February 2021, Conrad offered an explanation for Tell’s lack of social media presence, saying he “hates photos."
“Happy Valentine’s Day!” she captioned a candid photo of Tell and her son during bathtime. “William hates photos, but I love him.”
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