She was the former ‘main girlfriend’ of Hugh Hefner and seven years after leaving the Playboy Mansion, Holly Madison is finally lifting the lid on what really happens there.
While her former boyfriend, the Playboy publisher has hit back at her memoirs as an “attempt to stay in the spotlight”, excerpts from her book,Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny show a very different side to that shown to the public.
Here are nine things we’ve learned so far:
1. On the Bedroom Activity: "Two huge television screens projecting graphic porn lit up the otherwise dark bed. In the middle, a very pale man was tending to his own business…and puffing on a joint before passing it around to the nearest blonde. The girlfriends, in various stages of undress, were sitting in a semicircle at the edge of the bed, some kneeling, some standing, some lying down."
2. On having sex with Hef: "I have never had a more disconnected experience. There was zero intimacy involved. No kissing, nothing. It was so brief that I can't even recall what it felt like beyond having a heavy body on top of mine."
3. On former Playmate and fellow girlfriend Kendra Wilkinson: "Kendra and I haven’t spoken since, and I have to say, I don’t miss her."
4. On the cattiness from the other girls: "According to their ruthless taunting, I was the ‘hick girl’ from Nowheresville, USA. They found my optimistic attitude corny and my confidence threatening, so they did whatever they could to tear me down."
5. On drug use: She writes that Hugh Hefner offered her drugs early on - "Would you like a Quaalude…in the ‘70s they used to call these pills thigh openers."
6. On Hef’s obsession with youth: “He wasn’t interested in women over 28. None of us were from a big city or affluent backgrounds. None of us had ever seen the darker side of the entertainment industry.”
7. On keeping up with appearances: Girlfriends were expected to adopt a certain look and avail of his open account at the José Eber Salon in Beverly Hills, where they could avail of any beauty treatment available. They were given a clothing allowance of $1,000 per week and plastic surgery was encouraged.
8. On standard décor in the Playboy Mansion: Every room in the mansion was equipped with a jar of Vaseline, baby oil and Kleenex, she says.
9. On speaking out now: "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."