Heidi Montag has been famous for more than a decade, and her appearance has drastically changed along the way.
In 2009, the star of “The Hills” infamously underwent 10 major plastic surgery procedures in just 24 hours. And while Montag, now 32, and her husband Spencer Pratt have been vocal about the permanent effects of the body transformation — she claims her heart stopped during recovery — the couple is now opening up about what led to the dramatic decision in the first place.
In a recap of the most recent episode of “The Hills: New Beginnings” for Cosmopolitan, Pratt, 35, talked about the toll tabloid gossip and internet trolls took on his wife’s self-esteem.
“Heidi thought people would stop criticizing her if she got surgery. Everything she did came from people criticizing her in the comments on Us Weekly and People magazine,” he said. “She brought printouts of what the trolls and haters said to the doctor and said, ‘Can we do something about this?’ Everyone’s insecure but it’s different when you’re young and on TV and everyone’s talking about you.”
Pratt also called out other celebrities (without naming names, but with a specific mention of lip kits) for getting plastic surgery but denying it to the public, unlike Montag, who chronicled every part of her radical transformation — including the fallout that came afterward with her family and backlash from viewers.
Montag also penned an emotional recount of her thoughts from 10 years ago.
“I was way too young to make such a life-changing decision and was under so much pressure because it was the beginning of comment sections and negativity and hate on the internet,” she said. “I was just really self-involved at the time — like so many young people — but I was also on TV where every perceived flaw is amplified.”
She also warned anyone thinking about going under the knife to “figure out why” they might feel insecure and treat the issue.
“Obviously, it’s your body and I’m not against plastic surgery, but everyone always shows you the before and after pics,” she added. “They don’t show you how devastating the recovery is. I don’t regret a lot of my enhancement, but plastic surgery isn’t something that should be glorified.”