Heidi Montag found love with Spencer Pratt, but she had a secret crush that bordered on an obsession with the late doc who transformed her body with a jaw-dropping 10 plastic surgeries in a single day.
That's the stunning charge being made by one of Dr. Frank Ryan's closest pals, in the wake of The Hills' starlet's claim that he pressured her into the makeover.
"I believe she had a crush on him," the celebrity plastic surgeon's long-time friend Dawn DaLuise told RadarOnline.com in an exclusive interview.
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She added: "I believe she was romantically obsessed with him... she saw him as a night in shining armor."
But according to Heidi, Dr. Ryan - who died in a tragic car accident after his Jeep fell from a cliff in Malibu - wanted her "to be his Barbie doll".
DaLuise said it was Heidi who made the Barbie declaration, and the doc was forced to spurn her advances!
"He sent texts and emails to friends saying that she wanted to be a Barbie, she wanted to look exactly like a Barbie," DaLuise said.
The doctor even tried to talk Heidi out of her unending quest for perfection, which included having her breast implants increased to DDDs, a brow lift, a nose job revision, lipo on her stomach and thighs and a butt augmentation, among other things.
"He presented why he didn't think this was a good idea," DaLuise said.
DaLuise shot back at Montag after she trash talked the dead surgeon, suggesting she was a publicity seeking opportunist who used the death of Dr. Ryan in a desperate bid to stay famous.
And she said others friends and workers of Dr Ryan will come forward if she doesn't stop desecrating his memory.
"They knew she showed up at the office uninvited, they knew she phone and he wouldn't take her calls," DaLuise said.
"She began that pursuit only after he was rebuking her on a personal and social level."