LOS ANGELES – Crystal Hefner is thankful for her marriage to the late Hugh Hefner.
Speaking to Fox News about her time with the founder of Playboy magazine, whom she was married to for five years before he died last September at age 91, the former Playmate says Hefner showed her more than just love.
“When I first met Hef I was this kind of insecure college girl,” Crystal, 32, admits.
“He taught me love. He taught me kindness. He gave me life. He really did,” she gushed.
“He opened my mind, my world, to all of these opportunities and experiences I would have never in my lifetime been able to have.”
A then-26-year-old Crystal married Hefner, then 86, in an intimate ceremony at the Playboy Mansion on New Year’s Eve in 2012. She infamously called off their wedding just five days before they had initially planned to walk down the aisle, but the two later tied the knot.