Spencer and Heidi come clean about their fake lives

Repulsive reality TV famewhores Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag have confessed the details and consequences of their fame-seeking fake lives, and especially if you don’t care about them any more, it’s very interesting, because it feels more honest than they usually are, or maybe ever have been.

The Daily Beast story is full of fascinating details, like that they used to get $3,000 per photo up until last year, when they’d only get $300 per photo; that Heidi’s failed music career cost them $2 million; and that Spencer spent millions on clothes and what he calls “props” for his fake life. They also discuss their fake divorce and talk about why Spencer was forced out of The Hills.

They were interviewed by Kate Aurthur, my editor at The Daily Beast, who notes in her piece that information “in this article that could be fact-checked through multiple independent sources, has been.” Because of that, I believe what’s in the story.

But I have become so calloused to Heidi and Spencer’s bullshit over the years that I can’t help think that these confessions are just the latest arrow they’ve loaded into their fame quiver, and that another one will soon replace it. If they now disappear for five or 10 years, instead of appearing on crap VH1 series, I’d be more sympathetic. But Heidi says that whenever something like that comes up, “I’m there.” Viewers are not, thankfully.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.