Hugh Hefner and Holly Madison of officially broke up in October, but things were rocky for quite some time. Holly shares that, as we all suspected, reality television break ups are timed for maximum media impact. Which is just the way we like ‘em. Holly Madison, Kendra Wilkinson and Bridget Marquardt are featured in a special edition of Playboy, to say farewell to the former girlfriends.
“I directed and produced the shoot,” Madison told Las Vegas Weekly of her own Girls Next Door cover shoot. “I’m really proud of that… I’m just excited to have shot and produced the shoot myself.”
Madison, who is now dating illusionist Criss Angel, said the photos were taken before she split from Hugh Hefner.
“We actually shot it in July,” she said of her photo session. “It was back before I got conservative.”
Bridget Marquardt is also a little pissed at Hef too, for his bad manners. Not about these nude photographs, although selling your ex-girlfriends nude photos would be considered at least bad taste in most situations, but rather replacing the pictures of her around the mansion while she was still living there.
The 35-year-old beauty – who, along with Hugh’s ex-girlfriends Holly Madison and Kendra Wilkinson, recently moved out of the lavish house after splitting from the magazine mogul – claims Hefner, 82, cleared images of her away and put up ones of his new lovers, twins Karissa and Kristina Shannon, with frightening speed.
When asked if she was finding the break-up hard to deal with, the Girls Next Door star replied: “The only thing I have remotely hard feelings about is that we weren’t even gone yet and all the pictures throughout the house were changed to the new girlfriends, and I thought, ‘That’s kind of rude’.
“But Hef is so supportive of the show and of me dating, we are closer than ever.”
Despite hinting that she is ready to embark on a new relationship, Marquardt insisted she is still single and is just looking for fun.
She added to Life and Style magazine: “I would say I’m single. I like some people, but I’m fresh out of the Mansion, and we haven’t been allowed to date this whole time, or not legally anyway. I’m not home much, and there are some people I think are cute and nice – no one famous or anything.
I think one little phrase sums up this whole thing, “we haven’t been allowed to date this whole time, or not legally anyway.” Obviously the whole relationship with Hugh Hefner, and the career opportunities that spring from it, is a contract. All of the girls have at some point spoken about life with Hugh, and it wasn’t always flattering.
A few years ago law graduate Izabella St James wrote a book, Bunny Tales, about her time as Hef’s girlfriend. She wrote about catfights between the girlfriends, Hugh Hefner’s strict rules around the house, and that yes, they did have orgies once a week. Hef has Viagra on tap, and doesn’t do much except lie there. The girls aren’t forced to participate, but they are expected to go watch. Don’t pretend you weren’t curious.
Hugh Hefner, Holly Madison, Bridget Marquardt and Kendra Wilkinson are shown at the Reality Awards on 9/24/08. Credit: WENN