Childhood & Early Life
Heidi Montag was born on September 15, 1986, in Crested Butte, Colorado, to parents Darlene and Bill Montag. After divorcing her father, her mother married Tim Egelhoff, who owned The Timberline restaurant. Her father later married Terri O'Hara. She has an older sister Holly, also is a reality television personality, and a younger brother Sky. Her stepbrother Eric O'Hara died in 2008 after an accidental fall from an icy roof.
After graduating from high school, she shifted to California and studied in the Academy of Art University in San Francisco for one semester. During freshman orientation, she befriended Lauren Conrad, who was then a primary member of the MTV reality television series ‘Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County’. Conrad later became a popular American television personality, fashion designer, and author.
Both went to study at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles, California. But Montag did not find the school challenging and dropped out.
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Heidi Montag started her career as an assistant at Bolthouse Productions and within two years, was promoted as an event planner.
In 2006, she shifted to Los Angeles, and was featured in the Laguna Beach spin-off series ‘The Hills’which was developed to highlight the lives of Conrad and Montag and their friends Audrina Patridge, an American television personality and model, and Whitney Port, also an American television personality and author.
While doing ‘The Hills’, Montag started dating fellow cast member Spencer Pratt, which led to a dispute between her and Conrad and affected their friendship. By the second season, their friendship had deteriorated further. During the third season, Conrad ended her friendship with Montag as she suspected that Pratt was responsible for rumors of a sex tape that involved her and her former boyfriend Jason Wahler. However, their feud became the central focus of the ‘The Hills’ series, and was carried through each subsequent season.
In August 2006, Montag entered the music industry and started recording her debut studio album. That same month, a song from the album titled ‘Body Language’ was leaked on the internet, which featured a rap verse from Pratt.
In February 2008, her first promotional single, ‘Higher,’ accompanied by the music video were released. In April 2008, she collaborated with Anchor Blue, an Ontario, California-based clothing retailer and launched her first clothing line ‘Heidiwood’.
In 2009, she released her first two EPs ‘Wherever I Am’ and ‘Here She Is’. ‘Wherever I Am’ included a song title ‘More Is More’, which debuted at number 50 on the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart. It was her first and only song to chart in the country.
In 2009, Montag and Pratt made controversial appearances on the second season of the American version of ‘I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!’ to support of the ‘Feed the Children’ foundation.They quit the show when Montag was hospitalized with a gastric ulcer. The couple alleged that they were subjected to torture during production.
In August 2009, she performed her first single, ‘Body Language’, at the Miss Universe 2009. However, her appearance was criticized. In November, Montag and Pratt released their book ‘How to Be Famous: Our Guide to Looking the Part, Playing the Press, and Becoming a Tabloid Fixture’.
In 2010, her debut studio album ‘Superficial’ was digitally released; it was highly criticized by the critics. The album sold only 1,000 copies in first-week downloads, and failed to earn back the money spent making it which amounted to nearly $2 million.
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In May 2010, she and her husband made their final appearance on ‘The Hills’, through the sixth and final season.
Although she auditioned for the replacement of Megan Fox in the third installment of the ‘Transformers’ series, she was not selected for the film. In June 2010, she started work on her second studio album along with producer Steve Morales.
In January 2013, Montag and Pratt competed (as a single entity) as housemates on the 11th series of the British version of ‘Celebrity Big Brother’. They were named the runners-up.
In February 2013, Channel 5 aired a television special discussing Montag and Pratt's rise to prominence. The show was called ‘Speidi: Scandal, Secrets & Surgery!’ In December, she and Pratt appeared in an E! television special ‘After Shock: Heidi & Spencer’, where they claimed that many of the situations in the so-called reality shows they had starred on were actually made up by the show’s producers.
In June 2014, the couple appeared on an episode of ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’, for which they swapped with Olympic athlete Amanda Beard and her husband Sacha Brown.
In 2017, Montag and Pratt re-entered the ‘Celebrity Big Brother’. However, they were evicted on day 25.
In 2006, Heidi Montag underwent a breast augmentation and rhinoplasty (nose job). In 2009, she underwent ten cosmetic surgeries in a single day, which included brow-lifts, ear-pinnings, chin reduction, and a second rhinoplasty and a second breast augmentation. She later admitted that she had almost died from too much Demerol, a pain killer, reducing her heart rate to five beats per minute.
In 2013, her breast implants resulted in severe health issues, and she had to undergo a breast reduction surgery to get rid of the problems.
In 2006, Heidi Montag had a short-lived relationship with Jordan Eubanks, an actor and producer, known for ‘The Hills.’ She started dating Spencer William Pratt, an American television personality, in 2007. The couple is nicknamed "Speidi".
During the fourth season of ‘The Hills’, Montag and Pratt eloped to Mexico and got married on November 20, 2008.The wedding ceremony was held on April 25, 2009 in Pasadena, California. Their son Gunner Stone was born on October 1, 2017.
In 2010, it was reported that Montag had filed for divorce from Pratt, but later the couple admitted that the action was intended to boost Montag's deteriorating career. In November the same year, they renewed their vows in Carpinteria, California.