Reality TV couple Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt said third time’s a charm after renewing their vows over the weekend and for Heidi, it feels like the first time.
“We had just gone through so much crazy stuff personally and through our jobs and everything, so for me this feels like our first real marriage,” Montag told Entertainment Tonight. “Like our first re-start. We deserve a second chance at our marriage and really having this moment and not being robbed of this.”
The Hills alums renewed their vows Sunday in a beachfront ceremony in Carpenteria, California- the third time they’ve exchanged “I do’s” since marrying in Mexico in November 2008, followed by a second ceremony in Pasadena in April 2009. Montag said the other weddings were for show, as their booze-fueled bash in Mexico was not even legal and the Pasadena ceremony was for the cameras.
Asked if the public should continue to take them seriously after an endless path of lies, swerves and hoaxes, Heidi said, “Is it too late? I don’t know, I hope not.”
The duo, asked if they’re trying to “be famous for being famous,” said they are tired of the fast Hollywood lifestyle and are hoping to wrap themselves up in something much more meaningful: each other.
“I hate fame. I love money,” Pratt told ET on Monday. “Being honest, I love money more than most people, so fame was the easiest way to get a lot of money fast.”
Pratt added that this time around, it was “just me and my bride on a little secret beach with nobody else, and it’s just about her. Last time it was about everything else, it was about drama, it was about ratings.”
Pratt said that after years of playing fake characters on TV, it’s a challenge to be real. Their recently-reported bankruptcy was also discussed, as the pair said they never had amassed as much as $10 million at one time, but might have made it cumulatively over the past five years.
They estimated to have spent at least $4 million, noting that much of the money went to agents, publicists and lawyers — not living lavishly. Funds for the wedding were donated to the couple, according to ET.
Montag said that now, for the first time, the couple can be themselves without having to play for the cameras.
ET will continue to run clips of the Speidi wedding all this week.