BEVERLY HILLS (LALATE) – Playboy’s Crystal Harris (photos below) and Hugh Hefner are getting married. Crystal Harris, the Playboy founder’s girlfriend, is planning a wedding with the magazine mogul after Hef proposed to her over Christmas. For Harris it was a shock.
LALATE first profiled Harris shortly after the exit of Holly Madison, Bridget Marquardt and Kendra Wilkinson. Even at that time, insiders said Harris was often at Hef’s side, delegated important duties. Following the departure of Hef’s “Girls Next Door”, the Playboy founder was reported to have three girlfriends, twins Karissa and Kristina Shannon and Harris.
By January 2009, insiders saw Harris’ role becoming closer to Hef. She wrote at the time on her MySpace page that she was a good girl “for the most part”. But the notable remark from Harris came regarding a holiday update.
For the 2009 Christmas holiday, Hef delegated Harris to be the “voice of the Playboy Mansion”, not the Shannon Twins. From there, the founder and the then 22 year old got closer.
Hef had only finalized his divorced from wife Playmate Kimberley Conrad last year. He was previously married to wife Mildred Williams and divorced in 1959.
Today, Hef is 84 and Harris is 23. He is the father of four kids: Christie, 58, and David, 55, with Mildred; Marston, 10, and Cooper, 9, with Kimberley. Hef tweeted the news Sunday.
“When I gave Crystal the ring, she burst into tears. This is the happiest Christmas weekend in memory…I got what I was hoping for Christmas…Crystal’s love. Yes, the ring I gave Crystal is an engagement ring. I didn’t mean to make a mystery out of it. A very merry Christmas to all.”