It was a marriage based on looks.
Hugh Hefner’s widow, Crystal Hefner, claimed he only wanted her “to be seen and not speak,” during a preview for her upcoming Monday appearance on “Tamron Hall” obtained by E! News.
The model, who was married to the Playboy founder from 2012 until he died in 2017, continued, “[He wanted me to] be helpless, be small, have bleach blonde hair and stay skinny and have big fake boobs.”
She also claimed Hugh would “tap” her head whenever her natural brunette roots would show through and once hit her thigh and suggested she “tone up” after she gained some weight.
“That was hard,” Crystal reflected. “This charming man all of the sudden is changing.”
She said she was so worried about keeping him happy that she lost her sense of self and “became whatever he wanted.”
She reclaimed some of her identity when, in 2022, the “Beneath the Surface” host announced she had “everything fake” removed from her body.
She released a memoir, “Only Say Good Things: Surviving Playboy and Finding Myself,” in January, in which she reflected on her time in the iconic Playboy Mansion.
“It’s called ‘Only Say Good Things’ because I [had] a conversation with Hef and he let me know: ‘Once I go, when I’m gone, please only say good things about me,’” she told The Post in July 2023.
“I kept that promise for the last five years. After going through a lot of therapy and healing, I realized that I needed to be honest about my time there.”
“The book is about healing from a toxic environment.”
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“Only Say Good Things” has touched on the grim reality of living in the Playboy Mansion, a Gothic Tudor home situated in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles.
In her writing, she detailed the strict rules to which she abided as one of Hugh’s lovers and claimed the birds that lived there were neglected and dying of thirst and that the infamous party house was not maintained properly.
“Over time, I saw that this place doesn’t really get cleaned that well and there’s mold. It just felt rundown and gross after a while,” she told People in a recent interview.
While Crystal — who is now using her maiden name of Harris — claimed she wrote the book so she could honestly speak about her life, not everyone is buying it.
The media mogul’s former wife, Kimberly Conrad, who was married to him from 1989 to 2010, slammed Crystal for opening her mouth.
“As a few people speak their version of their idea of events in hopes of riding a wave of headline relevance, and making a quick buck, we should all ask ourselves whether we want to live in an environment where people refuse to take accountability and use words loosely like ‘force’ and ‘survive’ to describe choices they made willingly at a certain point in their own lives,” she told TMZ in January.
“We should be wary of those who try to destroy things because they are no longer benefiting from them,” she added.