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Getting defensive

entertainment Updated: Dec 05, 2010 02:13 IST
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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

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.