Heidi Montag Earned Over $1 Million While Her Mom Worked As A Maid

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Oct. 28 2010, Updated 7:05 a.m. ET

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While reality star Heidi Montag lived in the lap of luxury on The Hills, her mom was scraping by to make ends meet.

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Heidi’s estranged mom, Darlene Egelhoff, revealed to Inside Edition Thursday that as a result of tough economic times she has had to earn an income working as a maid since being forced to close the doors of her family-owned restaurant in Crested Butte, CO.

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It has been reported that even as far back as 2008, Heidi was earning $65,000 an episode, which adds up to a whopping $1.25 million a year.

Egelhoff and Heidi have had an estranged relationship since Egelhoff expressed her disapproval of her daughter’s now infamous and multiple plastic surgeries on the MTV show. The mother and daughter have since not been in touch for nearly a year, and according to Egelhoff, Heidi doesn’t know about her money problems.

Heidi’s mom has tried to reach out to her starlet daughter, even expressing her grief over their distance with her other daughter Holly during an episode. Now she has started her own personal blog, Metamorphosis of a Mother, openly writing about her family struggles and even posting photos of happier times, including Heidi and her sister Holly smiling when they were younger, her children dressed up for Halloween, and other joyful family photos.

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“Money seems to be getting tighter every year and now that we’ve lost our business and have no jobs, it’s tougher than ever,” Egelhoff wrote.

But Egelhoff is keeping her head high, even flattered by the recognition from her new clients.

"That's very humbling for me and I very much appreciate that experience because I don’t ever want to get full of myself and think I’m too good to do anything," she told Inside Edition.

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