updated 05/12/2011 AT 8:55 AM ET
•originally published 05/12/2011 AT 12:30 PM ET
Heidi Montag is no stranger to the spotlight. From opening up about plastic surgery to sharing her friend and relationship woes on The Hills, the reality starlet has been anything but shy when it comes to airing her drama.
Now, almost a year after the series finale of the show that made her a household name, Montag, 24, wants to take a different route to reality TV.
“From now on, I’m going to keep my life a little more private,” Montag told PEOPLE at the grand opening of Lemon Basket restaurant in West Hollywood, where she promoted her latest project, VH1’s Famous Food. “I think I was just doing The Hills for so long and I just needed a break [from Hollywood]. Plus, I enjoy my privacy.”