Sign of the recession: While surgically-altered reality starlet Heidi Montag is dropping C-Notes on hair extensions and fine-tuning her funbags under the umbrella of the California sun, a world away in Colorado, her mother struggles to make ends meet as a housekeeper.
Montag’s estranged Darlene Egelhoff, a former restauranter, has been forced to accept work as a maid after the economic recession forced her to shutter her business earlier this year. Egelhoff told TV newsmagazine Inside Edition Thursday that when the restaurant she and her husband owned for 21 years closed suddenly last spring, the couple found themselves unable to pay their bills. The only employment Darlene could find was cleaning homes in nearby Crested Butte, Colorado.
“That’s been very humbling for me and I very much appreciate that experience because I don’t ever want to get full of myself and think I’m too good to do anything,” Egelhoff told correspondent Jim Monet.
Darlene admits that she becomes a bit embarrassed when she runs into former clients on her new gig.
Heidi has been on the outs with her mom ever since Egelhoff appeared on an episode of The Hills and voiced her disapproval in Montag’s decision to undergo 10 plastic surgery procedures in one day. Darlene, however, is desperate to mend fences with her 23-year-old daughter and has started a blog called “Metamorphosis of a Mother” — filled with childhood pictures and stories about Heidi — hoping Montag will read it.