Heidi Montag is taking self-defense training because she can no longer afford personal security.
“I can’t afford security, so I practice self-defense and chain punching,” the New York Daily News quoted Montag as telling RadarOnline.com.
Montag and husband Spencer Pratt have spent enormously on security in the past but after reportedly blowing $10 million on fancy cars, private jets, and Montag’s music career, the Hills star explained she has had to start watching her wallet.
“I have had to change my life. I can’t afford to go out to the clubs anymore because the protection I need can cost anywhere from 5 to 10 thousand dollars a night... That is actually where all my money went because safety is number one,” she noted.
Montag, 24, added that practicing martial arts has given her strength — both inside and out. “It gives me confidence and inner strength I didn’t have before. And I feel safe in my home,” she said.
Even after six months of intensive training to eventually become a black belt with the help of trainer Michael Casey, she said she’s “not ready to go out alone yet.”
“I’m only 5 feet 2 inches tall and have a small frame so I understand I can’t completely do it alone yet. It is scary to be out there without protection, people do follow me and you can never be too careful,” she concluded.