Thursday, April 30, 2009 | 9:47 a.m.
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Just hours before Playboy king Hugh Hefner jets into town for the first ever unveiling here of the new Playboy Playmate of the Year, he’s admitted that he’s still in love with Holly Madison -- and says he’d welcome his 29-year-old former flame back to The Playboy Mansion in an instant.
The surprise -- and shocking -- revelation will be found tomorrow in our sister Niche Magazine glossy Los Angeles Confidential. In an exclusive interview with my longtime friend Jason Binn, 83-year-old Hef admits, “Holly is still the love of his life.” When I interviewed Hef recently for Vegas DeLuxe on camera, he admitted that her loss was a major emotional speed bump for him. Click HERE for that coverage!
That was despite the fact he was celebrating his birthday at Palms Place here with new gal pal Crystal Harris and the two Shannon twin sisters Karissa and Kristina. “How serious and intimate and important that works out to be, well, we’ll have to wait and see,” says Hef in tomorrow’s new issue. “It is only a couple of months old.”
However, Holly doesn’t look to be moving back in with Hef. She told me at his recent birthday celebration: “I think the world of Hef, and I had a wonderful time at the Mansion, but it was time for us to go on our own way and lead our own lives.” Bridget Marquardt and Kendra Wilkinson, the other two blonde Girls Next Door, also have moved out of the Mansion.
Meantime, Holly’s already busy developing her own reality TV show to start filming -- hopefully here in Vegas -- after her run on The Girls Next Door ends this season. Holly, who dated magician Criss Angel after the breakup with Hef, had her Playboy tattoo removed yesterday, reports our colleague Melissa Arseniuk -- click HERE for that story!
Hef confesses to Los Angeles Confidential he regrets that his two marriages failed. The first was to Mildred Williams in 1949 and the second to Playmate Kimberly Conrad in 1989. They are actually still legally married, having never divorced.
The weekend celebrations here at the Palms mark the first time that Hef has left the Mansion for the annual PMOY luncheon, which will be held as a star-studded dinner party at Palms Place. I was invited to the unveiling, but because of major wedding anniversary commitments, I wont be able to attend.
However, I’ve been promised an interview with the new PMOY early Sunday morning, and I know we’ll have full photo coverage and reports by our colleagues here at Greenspun Interactive!
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground. Read more of Robin's stories at VegasDeLuxe.com.