Ever since it was reported over the weekend, The Hills fans and celebrity gossip readers across the world began pondering the obvious question:
Is Heidi and Spencer Pratt's shocking breakup for real?
Yes, says Heidi's rep, who confirms the separation, effective early last week, to Us Weekly, but explains that nothing legal has been filed ... yet.
"Heidi is going through a difficult time and hopes people respect her privacy," the rep hilariously says, as if Heidi ever sought privacy in her life.
A friend says the Heidi Montag-Spencer Pratt split was her idea, though "there are no plans for divorce. They are going through issues. It's a hiccup."
The source claims Speidi was blindsided by TMZ's Friday report, which divulged that the 'Tag was moving out. Controlling the press no more!
DONE FOR ... now. Will Speidi reconcile? [Photo: PacificCoastNewsOnline.com]
"She was bummed that it came out," the pal says. Heidi, who's said to be moving in with Jen Bunney, "wanted things to be more settled first."
The Bunney, an aspiring doctor who's in a long-distance relationship, will also be filming the world's worst reality show with Heidi ... supposedly.
Together, their lives' "huge turning points" will be featured, Jen says. "Is [Heidi] going to be a single, independent woman or stay with Spencer?"
"We know fame is fleeting, and that fame is not going to support us for the rest of our lives. We need to make smart decisions right now."
Wait ... Jennifer Bunney is supported by fame now?
The recently-resurfaced, one-time minor Hills player also says Heidi felt an obligation to the MTV show to stick it out until the show wrapped.
Otherwise, she might have left Spencer earlier. According to Bunney, Heidi has not made up her mind on whether she'll divorce her hubby.
Stay tuned. And pick your side: