Crystal Hefner, the widow of Hugh Hefner, is reevaluating her time spent in the Playboy Mansion and her marriage to Hugh. She admits to losing her identity during their relationship and becoming the person Hugh wanted her to be, rather than staying true to herself.
In a recent interview on “TMZ Live”, Crystal expressed her desire to revert to her maiden name, despite gaining fame as a Hefner. She believes this change is a crucial step in rediscovering her true self.
Crystal, who was Hugh’s third and last wife, was married to him until his death in 2017. She confesses that it took her several years to realize that her life in the Playboy Mansion was not as glamorous as it seemed. This realization dawned on her a few years ago when she began writing her memoir.
Her new book, “Only Say Good Things: Surviving Playboy and Finding Myself,” offers a candid look at her life with Hugh and inside the Playboy Mansion. Crystal maintains that she is merely expressing her personal experiences and truths.
Reflecting on her past, Crystal claims she was enamored by Hugh’s Playboy persona and lifestyle, not anticipating his alleged misogynistic behavior. She initially believed Playboy represented freedom, but eventually felt confined within the Mansion’s walls. Now, six years after Hugh’s death, Crystal is eager to reconnect with her roots and reclaim her identity as Crystal Harris.
Crystal reveals that her name was changed to Hefner by Hugh’s secretary shortly after their 2012 wedding. She now feels that the famous surname is more of a hindrance than a help in her current life, and she is ready for a new beginning.
Crystal provides a unique perspective on Hugh and the Playboy Mansion, admitting she was not physically attracted to Hugh and sharing her realization that he was not deeply in love with her.
She encourages everyone to hear her story, as she seeks to clarify certain aspects in her own words.