The E! series, Girls Next Door often depicted Hugh Hefner’s relationship with then number one girlfriend, Holly Madison as a loving one, however, it seems things were quite different in reality. Holly reveals what life was really like as Hugh Hefner’s girlfriend and what it was like living inside the Playboy mansion in her book, Down The Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny.
In the memoir, Holly writes about the alleged emotional and verbal abuse she faced at the hands of ex-boyfriend, Hefner. She writes about how alliances between the girls in the Mansion were constantly changing and she found out that there was one person controlling all of that. She writes,
“I learned Hef was the manipulator and that he pitted us against one another. I realized I wasn’t treated well. I’m done being afraid of people. I don’t have any loyalty to Hef. I haven’t talked to him in four years, so there’s no reason to reach out now. Besides, it’s the truth.”
She also recalls the night she met Hef in August 2001. She wrote,
“‘Would you like a Quaalude?’ Hef asked, leaning toward me with a bunch of large horse pills in his hands, held together by a crumpled tissue,”
After Holly declined the drugs,
“Hef did not miss a beat: ‘Okay, that’s good,’ he said, nonchalantly. ‘Usually, I don’t approve of drugs, but you know, in the ‘70s they used to call these pills thigh openers.’
“I want to scream ‘PAUSE!’ and freeze-frame that moment of my life. I want to grab that young girl, shake her back into reality and scream, ‘What the hell are you thinking?’”
She apparently ended up spending the night at the Mansion and moved in several weeks later. Holly also recounted the time she faced painful abuse when she decided to cut her hair and wear red lipstick.
“‘What did you do?’ he spat at me. Instantly, I was taken aback. ‘I got a little makeover,’ I said sheepishly, giving a slight pat to my new hair. Any shred of confidence I found over the last few hours was quickly evaporating. ‘I thought you would like it.’ ‘Well, I don’t,’ he hissed, taking a moment to analyze my new makeup and hair.”
About the red lipstick, Hef told her to never wear that shade again, calling her “old hard and cheap”.
When she finally had enough and was ready to leave Hef and the mansion behind, she writes about how Hef tried to buy her into staying by putting her in his will.
“It was there, in black and white. The will stated that $3,000,000 would be bestowed to Holly Madison at the time of his death (provided I still lived in the Mansion). At the time, it was more money than I’d ever know what to do with… But I didn’t want it. I actually pitied him for stooping to that level. I couldn’t help but be offended. Did he really think he could buy me? I put the folder back on the bed just as I had found it and never breathed a word of it.”
Yikes! What is your take on this?