“The Hills” alum Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt went broke after wasting $10 million buying frivolous things while trying to keep up a lifestyle of the rich and the famous.
Heidi and Spencer, who married in 2009, now live a quiet life, rent-free in his parents’ vacation home in Santa Barbara, California.
It’s a far cry from five or 10 years ago, when they earned $2 million a year from lucrative personal appearances and from starring on the hit reality TV show, The Hills.
“We were keeping up with the Joneses, but we were going against Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes,” Spencer, 32, told People. “We should have stayed in our reality TV lane.”
Looking back, Heidi admits she and Spencer should not have wasted vast amounts of money on lavish mansions, expensive cars, overpriced dinners at pretentious restaurants, and millions in designer clothing.
“We had business managers who told us to stop spending, but we acted like we knew what we were doing,” said Montag, 29.
Like most people who suddenly come into money very quickly, Spencer and Heidi thought their money train would never end.
By 2010, Pratt and Montag were broke, thanks to their over-the-top lifestyle. They feel saddened when they realize how far they’ve fallen, both financially and professionally.
“I was feeling so alone and defeated,” said Heidi. “Everyone else on our cast had houses and we had nothing to show for what we’d done. I was like, ‘The haters were right!’ It was sad.”
Now, Heidi and Spencer live a simple life, where they live frugally and try to eke out a living by appearing on reality TV shows.
“We make most of our income from reality shows,” said Heidi, who appeared on U.K.’s Celebrity Big Brother and Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars.
“We’re doing fine. Each show is like an audition for the next.”
Heidi also regrets her numerous plastic surgeries (see video). In 2009, Montag made headlines after getting 10 plastic surgeries in one day, including:
1. mini brow lift
2. botox in forehead and frown area
3. nose job revision
4. fat injections in cheeks, nasolabial folds and lips
5. chin reduction
6. neck liposuction
7. ears pinned back
8. breast augmentation revision
9. liposuction on waist, hips and inner & outer thighs
10. buttock augmentation.
Looking back, Heidi says she took her plastic surgery obsession too far, as TheImproper has reported.
“Sometimes I wish I could go back to the original Heidi,” she said.
Ultimately though, Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag have learned valuable lessons from past mistakes.
“Life is so short,”said Montag. “What matters is being happy with family and marriage and with personal progress. We’re in a really good place.”
Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt will reunite with their former co-stars on “The Hills: That Was Then, This Is Now,” which airs on MTV Aug. 2.