Spencer Pratt to Heidi Montag: ‘I Failed Spectacularly’

09/08/2010 AT 8:25 PM ET

He quickly earned the title of the guy you love to hate on The Hills, but has this reality TV villain turned over a new leaf?

Spencer Pratt on Wednesday issued a long apology to the woman he’s divorcing, Heidi Montag, saying he’s planning “intense soul-searching” and pursuing “appropriate avenues for my issues.”

“Divorce can be a trying, draining, and emotionally devastating experience for all involved,” Pratt, 27, tells PEOPLE. “Despite these hardships, most individuals manage to conduct themselves with dignity and maturity. I did not – I failed spectacularly.”

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