Tuesday 22 January 2019

Jilted Hefner sticks it to his 'runaway bride' in Playboy

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, dumped by his fiancee days before their wedding, is to stick 'Runaway Bride' stickers over her picture on the cover of the magazine's next issue.

Mr Hefner (85) announced a day earlier that 25-year-old Crystal Harris had "a change of heart," and that Saturday's wedding ceremony for 300 people at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles had been cancelled.

In an unfortunate coincidence, Harris appears on the cover of the July Playboy issue, hitting newsstands tomorrow, described as "America's Princess ... Introducing Mrs Crystal Hefner."

In the interests of journalistic accuracy, Mr Hefner has moved quickly to remedy the situation.

"Recent events call for a special sticker on the July cover. Look for it on newsstands," Mr Hefner said on Twitter.

A big red sticker announcing 'Runaway Bride In This Issue!' covers most of Harris's bottom half.

Still visible is Mr Hefner's beloved cocker spaniel, which Harris took with her after the split. She is wearing his trademark sailor's cap and smoking jacket, and holding a pipe.

A spokeswoman said the sticker would appear only on newsstand copies only since issues have already been mailed to subscribers.

It was not clear why the couple split, although Hefner said there were no arguments. It was reported that Ms Harris wanted a bigger weekly allowance and a career in the music business. Coincidentally she released a song, Club Queen, this week.

A two-hour TV special featuring wedding highlights was due to air July 13 on the women's cable channel Lifetime. That has now been cancelled. The marriage would have been Hefner's third.

He said his second wife, former Playmate Kimberley Conrad, and her mother were among the friends who consoled him in recent days.


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