Spencer Pratt says his 12-hour detainment at a Costa Rica airport for arms possession has given him a chance at reconciliation with wife Heidi Montag.
Heidi stood by him during what he called the "wildest day ever of either of our lives" and sparked hope that she might drop her divorce filing, Spencer said.
Police in San Jose, Costa Rica, said the couple were briefly detained at the airport for illegal arms possession after security officers found two unloaded handguns in their luggage.
Spencer, 27, said he'd gone on a jungle retreat in Costa Rica for self-improvement and to convince Heidi he could give up his fixation with fame. Heidi stayed at a nearby villa while he roughed it for a month, taking an occasional break from nature, Spencer said.
He brought the 9MM and 45MM handguns and ammunition with him as protection, travelling by private jet to and from Costa Rica with the guns locked in his luggage, he added.
"I wouldn't have gone on a commercial flight" with weapons, he said. "I wouldn't be that reckless."
The couple, who met on MTV's The Hills and whose April 2009 wedding was featured on the show, have a pending divorce case, in which Heidi, 23, cites irreconcilable differences.
But she indicated she might have a change of heart, saying: "As far as I'm concerned the last thing in the world after everything we have just been through is to go through with this divorce. But we are just taking life second by second."