Who is the real Justin Bobby? For starters, that's not his name. The Hills star's real name is Justin Robert Brescia, and he recently came to the Bustle office to chat about all the things that he's been up to since The Hills series finale in 2010 — and he sets the record straight about the things we think we know about him.
Following the finale of The Hills, Brescia took what was supposed to be a short surfing trip to Nicaragua, only instead of returning to Los Angeles he, well, didn't. He tells me, "I grew up in Orange County and spent years in Los Angeles. I think as you get older, you realize that there's so much to learn. You can truly outgrow a place. If you want to gain more knowledge and perspective, I think traveling is essential." Don't say he doesn't practice what he preaches: He cancelled that flight L.A. after just a few days in Nicaragua and called it his home for a year and a half.
It might have to do with the whole "living in Nicaragua thing," but Brescia hasn't seen anyone from the reality show in years — with the exception of Patridge. "I've run into her once, maybe twice, since the finale." And no, he wasn't a fan of the show. Brescia didn't tune into MTV to catch the fictionalized version of his social life.
Now, it's all about the music. "Music's [always] been there," he says of his other passion. He started in the California-based band Ed Stanley when he was 19, but stopped playing with them to pursue traveling. When he moved to the east coast, he met future bandmate David Dariani, and the guys hit it off. Together they formed BobbyRock, a two-person alternative punk band. That's Brescia's main focus right now, and the band is working on finding their sound and recording new music. (You can follow them on Instagram @bobbyrockmusic.)
And I think you should know that Brescia retains his fashion sense. Homeboy may have worn combat boots to the beach, but there are a few places he won't wear them to — even though he happened to be wearing them at our interview. "I would say [you shouldn't wear combat boots] in bed..." Brescia struggles to find another location, then finally decides that "you can't wear them when you go through the security line in the airport... or in the tub."
All fair points, JB.