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Heidi Montag: I'll Only Marry Spencer If...

Heidi Montag: I'll Only Marry Spencer If...

The Hills‘ couple Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt are featured on this week’s cover of Life & Style. Here’s their cover story:

Now that the wedding’s on hold, Spencer has to prove he’s really husband material

It was a typical Heidi–Spencer moment as the duo spent Jan. 9 in Los Cabos, Mexico, holding hands and frolicking in front of the cameras. But this wasn’t a trip to scout out wedding spots — or even a sign that their wedding is back on.

In fact, the Hills couple’s engagement and nuptials are still on hold, and their Mexican sojourn didn’t exactly end well. “I’ve been throwing up all night,” Heidi said once she was back in LA. “I just got back from Mexico. I don’t know what I have; I don’t know if it’s food poisoning. I’m just so sick.”

But insiders wonder if it was a stomach bug — or if Heidi’s sickness was really caused by stress over ongoing relationship drama with Spencer. “The wedding planning really broke up the engagement,” an insider says. “Heidi isn’t convinced Spencer understands the meaning of a lifelong commitment.”

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Calling off her big day

And while the two are still committed to each other, another insider says, “If Spencer wants to get things back on the marriage track, he’s definitely going to have to work on his issues.” Perhaps he’s already gotten the memo: “I’m being a good boyfriend,” Spencer insists.

Planning to be a team

But is he really being good enough to win back Heidi’s hand in marriage? “I need to learn to compromise more and listen to what she wants,” Spencer, 24, says. Easier said than done. “He’s got huge issues with control,” says the second insider. “He always needs to be the one calling the shots.”

Those controlling tendencies came out when Spencer refused to understand Heidi’s desire for a big, traditional fairy-tale wedding. Now “Heidi just can’t see herself walking down the aisle with him until he gets it together,” says the first insider.

Taking responsibility

Heidi also wants Spencer to take her future seriously. She hopes to become a music star, but she knows it won’t be easy. “Both she and Spencer are going to have to put everything they have into her career if it’s going to work,” says the second insider.

But that’s tough when Heidi is forced to be both the breadwinner and the homemaker. “Spencer never had to clean up after himself before, so Heidi’s the one left with all the domestic duties,” the first insider says, adding, “Heidi says, ‘The only way I’ll marry Spencer is if he starts acting like a man instead of a little boy. I feel like I’m dating a preschooler sometimes — it’s always playtime with him.’”

Overhauling his image

But Spencer doesn’t want (and need) to become more sensitive in only Heidi’s eyes. “He’s fed up with being known as the bad guy,” says the second insider. “He’s trying to turn his reputation around.” In fact, Spencer says when filming of The Hills wraps, he and Heidi “will be going to Africa with the United Nations.”

As for his attitude about things closer to home? “Spencer wants to make peace with former pals Lauren Conrad and Brody Jenner,” says the insider. Sounds nice — but will it work? “I’m really making an effort to change,” Spencer says. And despite his reputation as a smooth talker, this time he actually sounds sincere.

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