updated 04/22/2011 AT 2:00 PM ET
•originally published 04/25/2011 AT 7:45 AM ET
“I’m actually single right now,” the VH1 reality star tells PEOPLE with a laugh. “Single life is fun.”
Patridge, 25, may enjoy her time without a serious boyfriend, but she admits dating in the spotlight certainly has its pitfalls.
“It’s hard because being in the industry I’m in, if I talk to another guy or if I’m seen with someone, all of a sudden that’s my boyfriend,” she says. “So I don’t really get a chance to date, because then it’ll be all over the tabloids.”