I’m paraphrasing in that title, but you get the gist. As you’ve already heard, “24″ year-old Crystal Harris called off the wedding to 84 year-old Hugh Hefner just a few days before it was set to happen this weekend. She’d already scored the cover of Playboy as “Mrs. Hefner” and that issue was about to go to press, and as Hef recently re-tweeted, Harris’ new single dropped on iTunes the same day she dumped him. We’ve heard that Crystal has been seeing one of Dr. Phil’s sons on the side, and that story first came out three months ago, but apparently Hef had no clue as it took place after his bedtime. As Kaiser mentioned, there was news that Crystal was plotting to ditch Hef at the altar in exchange for a 1/2 million payment for an exclusive. That deal fell through and Hef was spared the additional humiliation.
Harris recently went on the Ryan Seacrest show to explain why she called the wedding off, but she just gave some vague excuses, denied that she was cheating, and put in a plug for her music.
Hugh Hefner’s runaway bride says the decision to call off Saturday’s nuptials was a big relief.
“For a while, I’d been having second thoughts about everything, so I haven’t really been at peace with myself lately,” Harris, 25, told Ryan Seacrest Wednesday morning on his KIIS-FM radio show. “It was all just happening too fast for me.”
“I just sat back and thought about it all,” she continued. “Is this what I wanted? And it wasn’t.”
Harris says the Playboy chief – although heartbroken – took the news with tact.
“There was no fight,” explains July’s Playboy cover girl, prematurely identified as “Mrs. Crystal Hefner.” “He understood, and we both agreed that it wasn’t the best idea to get married. He was doing it for me because he thought it was what I wanted.”
Harris, who says she “wanted to be true to myself,” admits, “This isn’t the lifestyle for me.”
But don’t expect Hefner, 85, to find a replacement for his ex-fiancée.
“No, no,” Harris tells Seacrest when he asks if the mogul will ever tie the knot again. “He said he was just doing this wedding for me.”
As for now, Harris says she is “not seeing someone else,” but she is staying busy.
“[I'm] working on a whole album,” she says. “I sing and I write. I’ve been writing songs and I’ve been having so much fun with it all.”
Here’s a link to Crystal’s new song, Club Queen. (You may have to be in the US to listen, but you can also hear an excerpt on her site.) It’s not as bad as I was expecting, like it’s not Heidi Montag bad, and sounds like a lot of the other autotuned repetitive crap on the radio.
Hef has been responding to this on Twitter, and he said he heard this interview and still has no idea why Crystal dumped him. He sounds very classy about it all, and just kind of baffled. He writes “Crystal did an interview with Ryan Seacrest this morning to explain everything, but I still don’t have a clue… I didn’t see any of this coming, but I’m glad things went wrong before the marriage instead of after. Live & learn.”
Hef also Tweeted that “Recent events call for a special sticker on the July cover. Look for it on newsstands.” Then he linked to this version with a “Runaway Bride” sticker across Crystal’s privates. I hope that this sticker really exists and that they’re slapping it on all the issues. Hef also retweeted a request to put Holly Madison on the cover and mentioned that she’d been over to “wish me well” post split. Holly wouldn’t have dumped him the week before the wedding, that’s for sure.
Photos are from 6/4/11. Credit: WENN.com