Heidi Montag is an American reality television personality and recording artist. Montag is known for appearing on the MTV reality series The Hills, which began airing in 2006. The series followed the life of Lauren Conrad, with whom Montag shared an apartment. During the series, Montag began dating fellow cast member Spencer Pratt, whom she eventually married in November 2008.
Born in Crested Butte, Colorado, Montag moved to California after graduating from high school where she enrolled at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. During freshman orientation, she met Lauren Conrad, who was then a featured cast member on the MTV reality series Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County. After Montag and Conrad transferred to Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles, Conrad received her own spin-off series The Hills, which premiered on May 31, 2006. Montag was featured in the series sharing an apartment with Conrad while studying at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She eventually left the Fashion Institute in fall of 2005 when she was hired at Bolthouse Productions. According to Montag, she dropped out because she "did not find the school challenging." Within two years, she was promoted to event planner at Bolthouse, before being fired and then re-hired.
Montag appeared in every episode of seasons one and two of The Hills, and appeared in season three, which aired on MTV on August 13, 2007. In the summer of 2006, Montag began dating fellow Hills cast member Spencer Pratt, a former manager of Brody Jenner. Season 2 of The Hills (which aired from January through April 2007) focused on Montag's relationship with Pratt and its effect on her friendships with Conrad and fellow Hills cast member Audrina Patridge. On the Season 2 finale, Montag moved out of her apartment with Conrad to live with Pratt. Although Conrad maintained the two were still friends after Montag moved out, the friendship soon ended when Conrad blamed Montag and Pratt for spreading rumors about a sex tape featuring her and ex-boyfriend Jason Wahler. In October 2008, the pair reportedly ended their feud.
In August 2008, Conrad said that The Hills is "definitely reaching its end", citing the privacy pitfalls. Montag and Pratt have expressed an interest in adopting Conrad's lead role and narrator. In a recent radio interview with Ryan Seacrest, Montag said "I think that maybe Lauren is tired of [being on the show], but we’re just beginning," and that "We’re not even remotely sick of it." Whereas Pratt stated that, "sometimes the narrator has to throw their hate up on the wall and pass the mic", and expressed an interest in taking The Hills to a tenth season. In April 2009, Montag signed on to appear on the reality series I'm a Celebrity... Get Me out of Here!. Her appearance on the show, alongside husband Spencer, was criticized after the couple claimed they were subject to torture and left the show's set multiple times before returning and ultimately withdrawing.
In November 2008 Montag and Pratt shot scenes for an episode of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother. The two appeared as themselves in an episode aired in January 2009. In 2010 Montag was casted in a cameo role in her first feature film, the Adam Sandler comedy Just Go with It.
In February 2007, Montag started work on an album with producer David Foster. It was also reported that she is on a one-song contract with Warner Bros., not a full studio contract as both Montag and her then-fiance Pratt had claimed. On August 16, 2007, Ryan Seacrest premiered Montag's song, "Body Language", featuring Pratt rapping, on his KIIS-FM radio show. Both Montag and Pratt denied the song was her intended first single, with Pratt telling Us Weekly the tune "was a song Heidi and I were doing for fun. Never would I rap on her first single!" In December 2007, another track by Montag and produced by David Foster entitled "Touch Me" was leaked online.
On February 5, 2008, Montag's first song, "Higher" received an online-only release on iTunes. The song and the video received a negative response from websites and readers across the internet, to which Montag responded, "I appreciate people taking the time to write any comment." The following month, Montag released her second song, "No More", through iTunes. In June 2008, Montag released two songs, "Fashion" and "One More Drink". Montag also revealed interest in releasing a Christian music album. On August 18, 2008 Montag released a song titled "Overdosin'" and on April 1, 2009, she debuted her new song "Look How I'm Doing" on Ryan Seacrest's KIIS-FM show. In March 2009 Montag hired songwriter Cathy Dennis to work on her upcoming album.
Montag released "More Is More" in April 2009, and it is Montag's only song that managed to chart. On August 23, 2009 Montag performed "Body Language" during the Miss Universe 2009 pageant in the Bahamas in front of an expected worldwide audience of one billion. The song "Body Language" samples music from the hit "Situation" by Yazoo and it was performed by Montag during the presentation of all delegates in their swimming costumes. Montag's single, "Superficial" was released on November 22, 2009, and also failed to chart.
Montag's debut album, Superficial was digitally released on January 11, 2010. The album sold less than 1,000 copies in its first day, and just over 1,000 copies its first week.
On February 15, 2010, Montag released songs "Sex Ed" and "Trash Me".
Montag debuted her fashion line, Heidiwood, at a fashion show at the Hollywood and Highland shopping center in Hollywood on April 11, 2008. Shortly after, she promoted her line in New York City, at MTV's TRL, among other places.