Hugh and Crystal Hefner were not a usual couple, especially because he was 60 years older than her. Still, they tied the knot and stayed together until death did them part.
Crystal Harris was born in Arizona in 1986 to English parents who moved to West Bromwich, UK, shortly after her birth. When she was five years old, her parents took her back to America, settling down in California.
Eventually, Crystal started studying psychology at San Diego State University. During this time, she began modeling. Then, in 2008, she went to a Halloween party at the Playboy mansion and met Hugh Hefner.
Crystal Hefner and Hugh Hefner on May 9, 2013 in Holmby Hills, California | Photo: Getty Images
HUGH HEFNER’S THIRD WIFE CRYSTAL
The founder of Playboy and the young model began a romantic relationship one year later even though he was 60 years her senior. They got engaged in December 2010 and had planned to get married on June 19, 2011.
However, Crystal broke off the engagement only five days before the ceremony. Hugh famously made the announcement on Twitter saying that Crystal had “a change of heart.”
Crystal pointed out, though, that she did it because it was not the right thing for her to do. She added that it was a mutual decision as there was no fight, just two adults talking.
Things got more complicated after she appeared on Howard Stern’s radio show and said that she didn’t consider Hugh was attractive and had never seen him naked.
Crystal Harris and Hugh Hefner reconciled after she apologized for her comments. On New Year’s Eve 2012, the couple finally got married at a ceremony held at the Playboy mansion.
They were together for five years as Hugh contracted sepsis and passed away on September 27, 2017, at 91. Crystal became a widow at just 31, and she shared some details of her and Hugh’s relationship following his death.
[Crystal Hefner] started dealing with a mysterious illness before Hugh’s passing.
CRYSTAL’S LIFE AFTER HUGH’S DEATH
The model labeled Hugh as an “American hero” and “pioneer,” adding that she felt how much he loved her. She confessed that he gave her life and direction and even taught her kindness. Hugh Hefner’s widow said:
“I will feel eternally grateful to have been by his side, holding his hand, and telling him how much I love him. He changed my life. He saved my life.”
Some people believed that Crystal Harris Hefner would not receive any inheritance from the Playboy founder as they had an “ironclad” prenuptial agreement. Most of his money indeed went to his children, charities, and the University of Southern California film school.
However, it’s been reported that Hugh left Crystal a house in the Hollywood Hills and $5 million, which were supposedly part of their prenuptial agreement.
About a year after Hugh’s passing, Crystal said that he opened her mind and world to many opportunities and experiences that she would have never had if it wasn’t for him.
As per their 60-year age gap, the model said that it didn’t matter as he was almost like a young boy whose dreams had come true and that their relationship was “very loving” and “childlike.”
CRYSTAL HEFNER’S HEALTH ISSUES
After Hugh’s death, she got involved in real estate as she owned five properties across Los Angeles and wanted to sell all of them. Now, Crystal Hefner is a travel blogger and found love again in spaceship engineer Nathan Levi.
However, things were not easy for her as she started dealing with a mysterious illness before Hugh’s passing. For years, she suffered everything from intolerance to food and back pain to cognitive dysfunction and fatigue.
Initially, doctors diagnosed her with Lyme disease and toxic mold poisoning. Eventually, she discovered that everything was caused by her breast implants, actually.
In 2016, Crystal Hefner underwent surgery to get the implants removed and got better. She’s about to turn 35 now and has amassed a large social media following.
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