The man who made Playboy, and who is known for having up to seven girlfriends at a time, may be ready to settle down.
Hefner, 84, confirms that he is in a serious relationship with Crystal Harris, 23. Crystal became one of his girlfriends while he was dating twins Karissa and Kristina Shannon, whom he dated after his “Girls Next Door” trio, which included Holly Madison and Kendra Wilkinson.
While the split with former top girlfriend Madison was tough for both in 2008, Heffner says he realizes now it was a blessing.
“(With Crystal Harris) I have found the relationship that I thought I had found with Holly. In retrospect I do believe in the most recent years, I was without being aware of it, starting to look for a more serious one-on-one relationship,” Hef told Pop Tarts. “And when it did not work out with Holly, I was blessed beyond words to so quickly find someone who really just was waiting. Crystal is very romantic, very sweet.”
“I’m in a serious relationship that I think is going to last—with luck—the rest of my life. Yes, Crystal Harris: a keeper, a very special lady,” Hef continued. “I think she’s the real deal and we have many common interests despite the age disparity. We just fit very naturally.
He recently celebrated his 84th birthday with his traditional Casablanca movie night. Then he partied in Vegas with Harris, who surprised him with a special rendition of “Happy Birthday.” Holly Madison even joined in for some of the celebration.
Kendra Wilkinson said that “Hef will always be Hef. You can never change him. Hef will keep going on. He’ll keep loving women, keep loving the big boobs and blondes.”
Hefner says his mother lived to be 101, and thinks that a healthy mind and body as well as optimism will be the ticket to nearly an equal lifespan.