The new A&E docu-series, “Secrets Of The Playboy,” has exposed all manner of grim secrets about the Playboy founder, Hugh Hefner. However, a woman with more secrets has promised to spill even more secrets.
Hefner’s widow, Crystal Hefner, took to her Instagram on Friday to reveal her intentions of writing a memoir about her years in the Playboy mansion.
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“I was part of Hugh Hefner’s world for over a decade. By the time I left, it had been a third of my life. I was with him through wild times, calm times, and all the times in between up until the day he passed away in September 2017. That day was very hard. I have lost a lot of people in my life and death is a difficult topic for me.” she wrote.
“I chose to be more private over the years because I’m an introvert at heart and while the mansion in some ways was a sanctuary in other ways I was exploited like never before.”
She’s Ready To Tell Her Story
Although the 35-year-old admitted to being on the fence about telling her story, she added that the right time was now. “I think the best way to say it is to be 100% honest and transparent so my lessons can hopefully help you too. I will tell you about my life and how my upbringing and years leading up to the Halloween party where I met Hef was the perfect storm that whisked me through those gates.”
“I’m ready to tell my story. I’m ready to tell you what it was really like. How my personal path led me to Hef’s ‘Shangri la’ and what I wish every woman would know. I will share how power, greed, narcissism, and a girl’s quest to feel loved, powerful, important and have a sense of belonging led her down a dangerous path.”
Although she admits to “trying to heal from what I went through,” she’s now “ready to share the journey” in a memoir. According to her, she has teamed up with a literary agency named Idea Architect. They have collaborated with the likes of “Desmond Tutu, Jane Goodall, Bryan Stevenson, the Dalai Lama, you name it.”
“The story of my life, being part of Playboy and Hef’s world, and the last piece of the puzzle yet to be placed,” she concluded.
As many fans know, Crystal was the publisher’s number one girlfriend who later became his wife when he called it quits with Holly Madison, and Kendra Wilkinson. However, since his death, Crystal has become increasingly vocal about her stint with him.
She often defended Playboy when his former girlfriends spoke about their negative experiences with him. At one point, she even implied that they were doing it for attention.
In a shocking turn of events, Crystal confirmed a claim from the Docuseries, where Holly Madison said Hefner took nude pictures of her and other women while intoxicated.
Following that episode, the television personality tweeted that she found revenge porn and “ripped them up and destroyed every single one of them for you and the countless other women in them.”
Other Girlfriends’ Allegations
Madison, one of Hefner’s girlfriends, starred in E! ‘s “Girls Next Door” with Bridget Marquardt and Kendra Wilkinson. She lived in the Playboy Mansion for seven years and depicted it as a very stressful time where the man of the house harangued her.
“I remember there were times, probably within the first couple of years that I lived there, where I felt like I was in this cycle of gross things and I didn’t know what to do,” Madison says in a promo video.
“There was pressure to look like everyone else and the one time she cut off her long hair, Hefner lost it. He flipped out on me and he was screaming at me and said it made me look old, hard and cheap,” she said.
Marquardt, another Playboy’s girlfriend, remembered that period and shared other intricate details.
“It was very frustrating to live with every day, all of the drama that was going on and the tensions,” she said in the promo. “I could definitely see that she was getting depressed and sad and her demeanor was starting to change.”
Hundreds Of Playboy’s Employees Come Out To Defend Hefner
Hundreds of people who were previously associated with Hefner are coming out to defend him, calling the women’s experiences unfounded allegations.
Recently, People received an open letter signed by employees and playmates of Playboy, debunking the recent allegations made against Hefner.
“We sign our names to support Hugh M. Hefner. From all we know of Hef, he was a person of upstanding character, exceptional kindness, and dedication to free thought,” the letter began. “He demonstrated a commitment to living an honest life beyond everything else. Our time within Hugh Hefner’s Playboy and the organization’s subsidiaries remains a period all of us are fond of. I proudly sign this letter in recognition of Hugh Hefner’s character amid unfounded allegations in the A&E show.”