Last week, Holly Madison revealed that life in the Playboy mansion may not have been as idyllic as The House Bunny made it out to be. Madison’s memoir, which comes out June 23rd, alleges that life with Hef was less about ice cream parties and movie nights and more about lying, terror, and manipulation. Hefner’s response: She just wants attention.
According to People, Hefner has heard Madison’s complaints and doesn’t agree with them. In fact, he points out that Madison, who’s had a very productive career since leaving the mansion, may be “rewriting history” to gain herself more notoriety.
“Over the course of my life I’ve had more than my fair share of romantic relationships with wonderful women,” Hefner, 89, said in a statement to PEOPLE. “Many moved on to live happy, healthy and productive lives and I’m pleased to say remain dear friends today. Sadly, there are a few who have chosen to rewrite history in an attempt to stay in the spotlight.”
On one hand, Madison is trying to sell her book, and the controversial statements she’s made will certainly boost numbers—but on the other hand, it’s also believable that Hugh Hefner pitted the women that lived with him against each other and emotionally manipulated them to get what he wanted.
People reports that a source close to Madison refutes the idea that the former Playmate is exaggerating for attention. In fact, according to the source, Madison’s just trying to be honest about what it’s really like in the mansion while also ending that chapter of her life and “nailing that door shut.” According to People, Madison also has no regrets about living in the mansion.
Hefner’s response? “You can’t win ‘em all.”
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