When MTV’s The Hills was canceled in 2010 after six seasons, Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag’s life as they knew it was over. In an extensive interview with Vice’s Broadly — writer Mitchell Sunderland spent five months with the couple — villain Pratt compares the end of their era of the hit reality TV show to the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil.
"[The Hills getting canceled] was our 9/11," Pratt said. After the couple spent years on TV presenting themselves as villains and getting paid millions for photo ops, fan interest eventually moved to MTV’s The Jersey Shore, and the couple decided to move to Costa Rica.
According to Broadly, the pair — who married in 2009 — assumed they could afford a house there, but found after arriving that the market was too expensive. So they lived at the Ritz-Carlton for six months, where they spent the very last penny of their once sizable fortune.
The couple — known collectively as Speidi — now stay out of the spotlight and live in Pratt’s father’s vacation home outside of Santa Barbara, California. When they first moved in, Pratt explained they installed an intense security system.
"Nobody wants to break into our home anymore," Pratt laments. "They google our new worth and see we are worth $10.”
That said, the duo don’t have any regrets.
"The biggest misconception about us," Montag added, “is that we wouldn't do it all over again."
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