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If you thought Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt's separation, be it real or contrived, couldn't get any weirder, you clearly misunderestimated Speidi.

They're now each accusing each other of having affairs, and that's not all - Heidi has gone so far as to hire a private investigator to spy on Spencer.

As we reported last week, Heidi is allegedly staying at the home of the hilariously named Cougar Zank, a Marine turned bodyguard and pal of Pratt.

Earlier this year, Zank moved into the home Spencer and Heidi were renting at his request, with Pratt claiming that the two were writing a script.

But when Heidi Montag split with Spencer in May, Zank invited her to stay with him at a home he rents in Malibu, which totally set Spencer off.

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AT WAR: Is Speidi's split actually legit? [Photo: PacificCoastNewsOnline.com]

He considered Cougar Zank his friend, and is sure the only reason Cougar would have sided with Heidi in the split is that "he wants her for himself."

A source also says that Heidi just returned from New York City and that none other than Cougar Zank accompanied the plastic princess on the trip.

"They are definitely friends. I don't know if there is anything more to it than that, but Spencer believes there is," the source said. "He's certain."

It's reciprocal, too. One of Heidi's major concerns, close sources reveal, is that Spencer has been seeing another woman since their split in May.

"She is anxious to find out if her suspicions and the rumors are true. It is really important to Heidi to find out if Spencer has been cheating on her."

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She says she's legally separating from her husband, but is Heidi Montag really just putting us on and crashing with Cougar Zank, Spencer Pratt's good friend?

More importantly, is Cougar Zank his real name? If so, that's hilarious!

According to Radar Online, Heidi is currently staying at the Malibu home of this strangely-named individual, a former Marine-turned-bodyguard and bit actor.

He befriended Pratt earlier this year, lived in the house rented by Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt in Pacific Palisades, Calif., and was even seen on The Hills.

“He is helping me write a script,” Spencer told Life & Style recently.

So what's Heidi (allegedly) doing staying with this dude right now?

This is Cougar Zank. We think. We're not sure. It just came up on an image search. If it's not, sorry ... but either way, we're jealous of the dude's dashing good looks.

Heidi Montag and Jen Bunney, another former Hills regular, have announced plans for a new project. “It's going to be the best summer of my life!” Heidi Tweeted.

When contacted by the celebrity gossip site at the new pad Heidi and the Bunney moved into, and asked what he was doing there, Cougar Zank responded:

“This is MY house.”

So are all these events - Heidi leaving Spencer, moving in with Bunney, signing a lease (possibly the smoking gun) and filing for legal separation - a sham?

For what it's worth, the most recent photos of Spencer Pratt was of him jogging on a trail not far from this very same Malibu house. Makes you wonder.

Heidi and Spencer's separation is ...

 

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Noticeably absent from last night's episode of The Hills? Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag. Noticeably absent from his bank account? Her future earnings.

According to reports, Heidi Montag filed for legal separation from her husband just after he received his last paycheck from MTV - a $675,000 check.

Because they're married, she (potentially) stands entitled to half of that. But with the legal separation filing, their wages are separate from now on.

Nice timing on her part, wouldn't you say? Dude got played!

Heidi is getting her own reality show with Jen Bunney, and given Tuesday’s separation, it appears she doesn’t want Spencer to be part of that deal.

Either that or this sham is their most elaborate to date.

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Is Heidi Montag trying to block Spencer Pratt from her future earnings? Maybe this explains the Mountain Man look? [Photos: PacificCoastNewsOnline.com]

“I wouldn’t be surprised if Spencer goes postal now,” a source said. “I mean he just got his last check and the way that kid blows through cash ..."

"I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s broke by the end of July.”

The source revealed that since Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt split and he departed their Pacific Palisades home, he has been "living in Malibu."

According to court documents, it appears he and Heidi had a prenuptial agreement, but regardless, whatever Heidi makes now, he can't touch.

Unless they get back together. Will they? Are they even apart for real, or is this a giant hoax? What do you think? Are we just being conned?

The Heidi Montag-Spencer Pratt split is ...

 

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The plot thickens again. Heidi Montag showed up at the Santa Monica Courthouse this morning and officially filed for legal separation from Spencer Pratt. 

Well, if the breakup is a hoax, as many suspect they're sure going all in on it, we give them credit. Montag cited irreconcilable differences as the reason.

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Heidi did not file divorce papers, however. The legal significance of legal separation is that her earnings will become her separate property from that date.

She lists the date of separation as today, June 8.

Bodyguards and media flank Heidi as she leaves a Santa Monica courthouse with legal papers. Is she really leaving Spencer? [Photo: PacificCoastNewsOnlline.com]

Interestingly, under the section, "community assets and debts," Heidi Montag wrote, "No such assets or debts." This implies that Heidi and Spencer Pratt have some kind of prenuptial agreement in place which keeps their assets separate.

Or they're just broke ... nothing would shock us, honestly.

In typical Speidi fashion, even the filing was a $h!tshow. Heidi tried filing the papers in Malibu, only to learn that the Malibu courts don't handle divorces.

Any lawyer would have told Heidi that, but filed the documents in her own handwriting, without any evidence of a lawyer involved, which is highly unusual.

A Heidi source says while she's not ready to file for divorce, Speidi's split is legit: "Heidi would never take legal action unless it was ... It is not a stunt.”

Whatever that's worth. Your thoughts?

 

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The Hills fans have always loved to hate Speidi, a.k.a. Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt. But more people now gradually find themselves just plain hating them.

Once close to or at least tolerant of the dastardly duo, family, friends and pretty much anyone associated with the plastic pair are now keeping their distance.

"Everybody associated with Heidi and Spencer is re-evaluating their relationship with them as they're likely to bring them down with them," a source advises.

Over the years, Heidi and Spencer have alienated many people in their lives, starting with Montag's former BFF Lauren Conrad and most recently her family.

Spencer even called the cops on her mom, Darlene Egelhoff, when she dared show up unannounced. But hey, anything that maintains the couple's visibility.

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Shameless Speidi knows no boundaries. [Photo: PacificCoastNewsOnline.com]

They've been entertaining in their manipulation of the gossip game for years, but for many, their behavior over the past few months has crossed the line.

From Pratt's tirades and obsessions to Montag's plastic surgery and sexual harassment claims against Adam DiVello, no one wants anything to do with them.

The two broke up last month, supposedly, in what many assume is yet another publicity stunt. But does anyone even care anymore, one way or the other?

"They'll do anything to stay in the news, which includes increasing their wacky behavior," a source adds. "They're doing anything they can to stay relevant."

"Even if that means Tweeting about other celebrities and scheming, they will go after absolutely anyone or anything that will make them more relevant."

Like faking a separation and planning a reconciliation? Don't put it past them ... not that you would, but still. The evidence of a breakup hoax is mounting.

Heidi and Spencer's split is ...

 

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Before the "shocking" breakup of Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt, was there a plan in the works to stage the split as an elaborate, long-con bid for attention?

People have suspected the split is a giant sham from the start, but a new piece of the puzzle has emerged that may reveal it's all part of a new reality show.

That piece is a $5.5 million Malibu pad where Heidi and Jen Bunney say they moved in to for a summer of girl time and so Heidi could get away from Spencer.

It seemed believable enough, given the recent erratic behavior that led to Heidi and Spencer's breakup, and that it was never announced by the plastic pair.

However, the lease for the place was signed days before Heidi's rep confirmed the split, with neither Heidi Montag, Jen Bunney or Spencer Pratt's name on it.

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PULLING A FAST ONE: Is Spencer and Heidi's breakup as fake as whatever you'd call those things spilling out of Heidi's clothes? [Photo: PacificCoastNewsOnline.com]

The lease is only three months long with an option to re-new for six months or a year ... just long enough for the summer! Funny how that worked out, right?

It's all a little too convenient if you ask us.

A cynical mind might even say the thing reeks of a setup, with the couple in cahoots with Jen Bunney as well as enterprising reality show producers throughout.

All of this begs the question: Did someone know a split was coming, and who? If it was sudden, why would someone else sign a lease for them ahead of time?

Makes you wonder if the whole breakup is ...

 

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Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag's split is all a big lie, according to some friends (yes, they have some) and family member close to the plastic pairing.

So who's telling the truth?

According to sources cited by Us, Heidi and Spencer fabricated their split in a desperate attempt to stay famous as The Hills wraps up its final season.

Adds an insider, "Heidi and Spencer are laughing over it and having a blast." Even Heidi's sister, Holly Montag, Twittered that the couple are "liars."

That wouldn't surprise THG one bit if it were a complete sham, but TMZ broke the story, "blindsiding" Heidi, whose rep confirmed the separation.

What gives?

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HOAX PERPETRATORS? Speidi checks THG to see if we're buying it.

Heidi's new/old BFF Jen Bunney says she and Heidi are doing a single-girls reality show and Heidi only waited to leave Spencer because of The Hills.

"She waited for The Hills to be over to split. Now she doesn't have to pretend," Bunney says, adding that Speidi rejected a fake divorce Hills plot.

But others say the two are simply in publicity-seeking panic mode. Speidi's breakup "is the latest part of Spencer's master plan," an insider says.

Even Bunney says there are no divorce papers filed, and hints at a reunion on their show: "That will be a big aspect ... how Spencer handles it."

This whole Speidi split is ...

 

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Take this with a grain of salt ... but then again, you likely took the original story with a boulder of salt: Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag's split may be fake.

According to one report, Spencer dropped into Malibu to visit his "estranged" wife earlier this week, perhaps outing their sham separation in the process.

Sources say Spencer Pratt showed up Wednesday at Heidi’s million-dollar beachside hideaway with Jen Bunney, just days after the couple's big breakup.

What he received was far from an icy reception, as well.

“Heidi and Spencer are obviously on speaking terms,” dished a source, claiming the split's not legit. “I'd be surprised if he isn’t even living at the house."

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BLOWING SMOKE: Is Speidi just effing with us? [Photo: PacificCoastNewsOnline.com]

It was reported by TMZ last week that the fame-hungry Speidi was splitting up, and perhaps because it came from that site and not the plastic pair, it appeared real.

“There are so many lies out there about me and I just needed space – even away from my husband,” Heidi said, confirming the so-called split a few days after the fact.

This being Speidi, however, suspicions were aroused immediately. Heidi’s swift new living arrangements seemed awfully well planned, as did this hilarious photo shoot.

Minutes after the supposed break-up, Heidi confirmed she was moving in with her pal Jennifer Bunney to film an upcoming reality show about their "girl time." Really.

Yesterday, Spencer surfaced for the first time and was either blindsided by the whole charade or does a much better job of playing along than we gave him credit for.

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Spencer Pratt issued his first comments on his separation from Heidi Montag yesterday, but that's almost less noteworthy than his mountain man militia garb.

No word on whether Spencer is training for or why he wore heavy gear, a walkie talkie and a water bottle in the middle of the L.A. metro area, but no matter.

Speaking to TMZ for the first time since his split with Heidi Montag, the man seemed rather out of his element, like he'd finally met a story he couldn't control.

At one point, Spencer Pratt even uttered two foreign words - no comment - when asked about the separation. He says Heidi moved out and he's in the dark.

When and if he's served divorce papers, Spencer says he'll have an opinion on the subject. For now, he learns about Heidi from the media, just like we do.

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MALIBU MILITIA: Spencer Pratt looks to be training for some form of combat as he sprints down a trail. Lose the hat, man. [Photo: PacificCoastNewsOnline.com]

The bearded, ring-clad 26-year-old did say that Heidi is still his ideal mate, and hopes for a reconciliation after time apart. But will her new show change his mind?

Spencer insinuated that Jennifer Bunney is using Montag to get famous, and that if their new "girl time" show involves them going to clubs trolling for guys? Well ...

A man's gotta move on at some point. You can tell from his video interview that for once in his life, he doesn't know what to say. Makes one think the split is real.

Flanked by an unnamed friend, Spencer also claims he's running out of cash, but at least his credit cards still work. Hang in there, man. We're all pulling for you.

Whose side are you on?

 

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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!

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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:

 

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