Brace yourselves, Hills fans: There's a chance that the Speidi wedding no one bought (unless you count whatever Us Weekly paid for that cover) may end up being legally binding after all.
That is, if Spencer Pratt can be trusted. And that's a mighty big if.
Despite mounting evidence the fun couple's alleged courthouse ceremony, endlessly teased on MTV's latest Hills promos, is shaping up to be as legit as their Mexican marital maneuvers, Pratt himself is trying to set the record straight.
But that's not necessarily the case...
Aside from trying to believe that Pratt and his maybe-missus, Heidi Montag, would ever try to keep anything on the down-low, per California law, every marriage is public record. Pratt's vaunted confidentiality box merely keeps the wedding date private, not the record of the actual blessed event.
And so far there is none.
"We can confirm a confidential marriage if it's one that exists," a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder tells E! News. "We don't have anything for them in the system."
While the preview for next Monday's Hills season finale shows the duo standing before a judge and Montag spouting what appear to be traditional vows, the clip appears to be like much of the show: staged "reality."
Los Angeles Superior Court spokesman Allan Parachini confirmed to E! News that MTV was granted permission to film in the Beverly Hills courthouse. But the session took place after regular business hours and, per Parachini, the ceremony that played out in the Hills preview clip is not typical—or, like their Mexican vows—legally binding.
"We can confirm that the wedding, or whatever it was, that occurred in the Beverly Hills Courthouse was Mr. Pratt and Ms. Montag," Parachini told E! News. "What the outcome was or what happened during the ceremony is none of the court's business. It was a private matter. I don't know what transpired.
"All I know is what MTV said...a news-related shoot."
Parachini also noted that the judge seemingly presiding over the affair was not associated with the L.A. court system. He did not know what association the man might have.
We're guessing SAG.
—Additional reporting by Claudia Rosenbaum
(Originally published Dec. 17, 2008 at 3:10 p.m. PT)