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Hugh Hefner’s 31-Year-Old Widow Finally Breaks Her Silence And Says Her Husband Saved Her Life

by Gwendolyn Plummer
Gwen is a writer, reader, hockey fan, concert goer, and lunchtime enthusiast.

On September 27, 2017, Hugh Hefner died at the age of 91. Hugh had a long career in Hollywood, and many celebrities spoke about him following his death.

But until now, no one had heard from Hugh’s wife, Crystal Hefner.

Crystal, 31, married Hugh in 2012. She was his third wife. Before Crystal, Hugh had been married to his college sweetheart, Millie Williams, from 1949 to 59, and then to Playboy model Kimberley Conrad.

Crystal is a model, DJ, and outspoken about her battle with Lyme disease.

Despite their strong marriage, rumors swirled after Hugh’s death that Crystal had been left out of the will and would not inherit any of his multimillion dollar estate.

Now, nearly a week after her husband’s death, Crystal is finally breaking her silence.

In an interview with People, Crystal opens up about how she’s handling her husband’s sudden death — and TMZ reports what she’ll actually inherit. Keep scrolling to learn what Crystal had to say.

[H/T: Cosmopolitan]

Thumbnail Photo: Facebook / Crystal Hefner 

Hugh Hefner

When Hugh Hefner died on September 27, 2017, celebrities around the world mourned his loss. Many of his friends and former girlfriends expressed their sadness at his passing.

Crystal and Hugh Hefner

But one person was noticeably silent in the days immediately following Hugh’s death: his widow.

Crystal and Hugh Hefner

Thirty-one-year-old Crystal Harris remained silent until October 2, 2017, when People published the first interview with her after Hugh’s death. The model and DJ says she is “heartbroken” and “in disbelief.”

Crystal Hefner

Understandably, Crystal told People that she hasn’t “been able to bring myself to write most people back to thank them for their condolences” because her grief is so overwhelming.

Crystal and Hugh Hefner

Despite their 60-year age difference, Crystal assured readers at People that the couple’s love was real — and strong.

At the time of their engagement, Hugh told People“Despite the age disparity, the truth of the matter is we have a great deal in common. We really complement one another. We have a wonderful time together, and I love her.”

Hugh and Crystal Hefner

Crystal echoes Hugh’s sentiment. In this week’s interview with People she said:

“I felt how much he loved me. I loved him so much. I am so grateful. He gave me life. He gave me direction. He taught me kindness. 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. He made me feel loved every single day. He was a beacon to the world, a force unlike anything else. There never has and never will be another Hugh M. Hefner.”

Hugh and Crystal Hefner

Crystal has Lyme disease, and has been outspoken about her battle. She says doctors told her it was all in her head until she finally saw someone who could help.

She has used her social media to raise awareness for the disease.

crystal and hugh hefner

Despite her battle with the illness, Crystal led an active, happy life with Hugh. The two enjoyed many movie nights together in the Mansion.

The two were engaged on Christmas Eve in 2010. Hugh wrote, “after the movie tonight, Crystal & I exchanged gifts. I gave Crystal a ring. A truly memorable Christmas Eve. When I gave Crystal the ring, she burst into tears. This is the happiest Christmas weekend in memory.”

Crystal and Hugh Hefner's wedding

They were married on New Years’ Eve 2012.

Crystal and Hugh Hefner

Crystal and Hugh’s nearly five year marriage was filled with love and light. In a 2014 interview with E!, he called her his “true love” and said he was “blessed” to be with her.

Hugh and Crystal Hefner

Anonymous sources told TMZ that Crystal will not be left without anything in the wake of Hugh’s death, like many believed. Due to their prenuptial agreement, she will inherit $5 million and a house in the Hollywood Hills.

Crystal and Hugh Hefner

Hopefully, Crystal is now surrounded by loved ones and taking time to herself to heal after this incredibly hard week. As of the time this article was written, Crystal has deleted her Instagram account and set her Twitter to private.

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