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Holly Madison Looks Back at Her Relationship with Hugh Hefner, Explains Why They Broke Up

Holly Madison is looking back on her time in the Playboy Mansion.

In a new interview on the Call Her Daddy Podcast, the 41-year-old author and former reality star opened up about her time as the late Hugh Hefner‘s girlfriend.

When asked about moving into the Playboy Mansion, Holly said that she – and the rest of the Playboy Bunnies – “had to sleep” with the Playboy founder first.

“I’m not trying to slut-shame anybody or anything, but nobody ever got asked to move in unless they had slept with him,” Holly said.

Holly dated Hugh from 2001 to 2008 before their breakup and she moved out of the Mansion. Hugh died in September 2017 at the age of 91.

While they were together, Holly said she had “boring basic sex” with Hugh, adding that she was grateful they never got pregnant.

“I knew it was because of him. I was healthy. He was just too old,” Holly shared. “When I had first gotten into that situation and something happened in my mind that first night I had sex, where I felt like, ‘Ok I did that. I like breached my own boundaries and I wasn’t comfortable with it. Now I have to make this situation into something.’ I almost locked myself into this box.”

Holly then explained why she decided it was time to break up with Hugh and leave the Mansion, but she had “a lot of guilt” about it.

“When I realized I wasn’t going to be able to have kids with him, that was a big thing … and my depression was coming back,” Holly recalled. “As everybody was leaving, I started to realize it’s just me and Hef, he started lashing out at me more. I don’t know if he was just stressed … I know things weren’t so great financially for him. He started lashing out for really stupid things and I just realized I can’t be here. This guy is an asshole, I can’t stay here.”

After breaking up with Hugh, Holly went on to marry Pasquale Rotella in 2013, before splitting in 2019. They share two kids – daughter Rainbow, 8, and son Forest, 4.

If you missed it, this actress will be playing Holly Madison in an upcoming limited series!

Samara Weaving to Play Former Playboy Bunny Holly Madison in New Limited Series

Samara Weaving will be playing the role of former Playboy bunny Holly Madison in an upcoming limited series, Down the Rabbit Hole!

A network is not yet attached to the series and Sony Television will be shopping the project to both streaming services and premium cable networks.

The series will be based on Holly‘s book “Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny” and the script will be written by Australian writer Marieke Hardy.

Holly is best known for being one of Hugh Hefner‘s former girlfriends and starring on the E! reality series The Girls Next Door, as well as the spinoff series Holly’s World.

THR reports that the “series looks beyond the polished facade of the Playboy brand to depict the visceral, often deeply damaging stories of the women who entered following a dream and found themselves manipulated, controlled, and abused by the machine.”

Samara is best known for her roles in the movies Ready or Not, The Babysitter, and Bill & Ted Face of the Music, as well as the shows Hollywood and SMILF.

Holly Madison is Dating 'Ghost Adventures' Host Zak Bagans After Finalizing Divorce - Report

It looks like Holly Madison has a new man in her life!

The 39-year-old former Girls Next Door star is dating Ghost Adventures host Zak Bagans, sources tell People.

Holly and the 42-year-old host of the paranormal investigation show have known each other for some time, but reconnected when she visited his Haunted Museum in Las Vegas back in May.

News of Holly‘s new romance comes four months after she finalized her divorce with Electric Daisy Carnival founder Pasquale Rotella back in February.

Holly and Pasquale – who share daughter Rainbow, 6, and son Forest, 2 – split last summer after five years of marriage.

Holly Madison & Pasquale Rotella Reveal Their Baby Boy's Name

Holly Madison and Pasquale Rotella welcomed a baby boy earlier this week and they’re finally revealing his unique name!

The 36-year-old former Girls Next Door star took to her Instagram to share that they’ve named their new addition Forest Leonardo Antonio Rotella.

“I’m so happy to be at home with a healthy baby boy, Forest Leonardo Antonio Rotella. Thank you for all the kind comments over the past few days ’,” Holly wrote, along with a cute photo holding a big blue bear.

Holly and Pasquale are already parents to another tot with a unique name – three-year-old Rainbow Aurora!

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Holly Madison & Pasquale Rotella Welcome Baby Number Two!

Holly Madison and her husband Pasquale Rotella have welcomed their second baby – a healthy little boy!

The couple took to social media to announce that their bundle of joy arrived on Sunday (August 7) and that they couldn’t be more overjoyed!

“What an incredible week. A crazy, stressful start, which transformed into this magical moment. First, a five-year-long indictment against me was finally dismissed; then yesterday Holly, Rainbow & I welcomed a healthy 8-pound, 14-ounce baby boy to the family. Now I’m holding my beautiful son at the hospital reading amazing birthday wishes from all of you. Definitely one of the most memorable weeks of my life! Lots of love to everyone who took the time to post, tag or send me a message online. I’m grateful & touched! We’ll be heading home from the hospital later & I’ll be posting photos of the new baby soon. Thanks ‘n love you ALL!” Pasquale wrote on his Instagram.

The couple hasn’t announced their new addition’s name just yet but we bet it’s going to be unique and creative like their three-year-old daughter Rainbow!

Congratulations Holly and Pasquale!

Holly Madison Reveals the Gender of Baby Number Two!

Holly Madison and her husband Pasquale Rotella announced they were expecting baby number two earlier this year and they let fans know the baby’s gender in the coolest way!

While at Pasquale‘s Beyond Wonderland EDM festival over the weekend, a stage lit up with the words “It’s a Boy!”

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Holly took to her Instagram to joke about it being “a low-key gender reveal” even though it was totally the opposite!

Holly and Pasquale are already parents to three-year-old Rainbow Aurora.

Holly Madison Is Pregnant With Baby Number Two!

Holly Madison and her husband Pasquale Rotella just announced that they’re expecting baby number two!

The 36-year-old author and former Playmate revealed to People that she’s three months pregnant and due in August.

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Although she doesn’t know the gender of the baby yet, she says she’s “kind of feeling the boy vibe” and has a unique name planned.

Holly and Pasquale are already parents to two-year-old Rainbow Aurora, who they think is “going to be a good big sister!”

Congrats Holly and Pasquale!