Now she knows.
After her husband told NBC Bay Area last week that he dropped $30,000 on Super Bowl tickets and asked a reporter on television not to tell his wife, Heidi Carrigan sat down with NBC affiliate 9News KUSA in Denver to say the price tag is a secret no more.
"I was a little frustrated at first. But, you know, at the end of the day, we're in it together, long haul," she said. "There's no dog house."
Sitting by her side, husband Justin Carrigan grinned.
"Take that," he said, pointing at the camera.
Heidi Carrigan, an accountant who now stays home with the couple's two children, ages 4 and 10 months, told KUSA she knew her Broncos-loving hubby was spending about $4,000 on tickets, and that there was a $3,500 processing fee. What she didn’t know was that he had spotted his three other buddies for the tailgate package.
The Carrigans said those friends have since paid them back. And in the end, Justin Carrigan said he spent just about $8,000 on himself during the Super Bowl weekend in the Bay Area. He owns a roofing company and the family lives a "frugal life," Heidi Carrigan said, and so this was a dream splurge.
Telling a news crew about the exorbitant fees is no way to keep a secret from a spouse. In fact, NBC Bay Area, which interviewed Carrigan exclusively Friday as he landed at the airport in San Jose, posted a video clip of the interview on Facebook, which went viral and picked up by countless blogs and news outlets. Even Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon picked up the bit, at the end of his Super Bowl wrapup Monday night.
But this is what Justin Carrigan said about that: He didn’t think he was speaking to a real news crew, which included reporter Bob Redell and photographer Henry Jerkins.
"It was one dude, and this guy with this little camera on his shoulder - it looked like something you would buy at Best Buy," he said. "I figured it would be the local station that aired at 3 a.m. and nobody would see."
Then he quickly added the comment was made in jest, which was good news for Redell, who tweeted out a picture of the station's high-tech fancy camera equipment in response.
"Obviously if I'm talking to the news, I figure she's going to see,” he said.
EDITOR'S NOTE: NBC Bay Area misspelled the name of Justin Carrigan in earlier reports.