Seven years ago, reality stars Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt were living the dream.
Their drama-stirring roles on the MTV reality show The Hills were bringing in six-figure pay cheques each, plus staged paparazzi shoots and appearances were bringing in more than $2 million dollars a year.
But then, as quickly as all that money started to come in, it was all gone.
“We were keeping up with the Joneses, but we were going against Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes,” Pratt, 32 tells People.
“We should have stayed in our reality TV lane.”
Montag and Pratt explained that after they married in 2009, they got caught up in the lifestyle they thought they should have.
“I was kind of playing house,” says Montag, 29, of her spending habit.
“I felt like I was someone I wasn’t. We had business managers who told us to stop spending but we acted like we knew what we were doing.”