Here's a hopeful story for those seeking divorce advice in Pasadena, as well as those hoping to find love late in life: Hugh Hefner, the 84-year-old two-time divorcee is engaged again! Yup, the spry whippersnapper will be trading in the smoking jacket for a tuxedo when he marries 24-year-old former Playmate Crystal Harris next year.
The octogenarian Playboy founder took to his Twitter page over the holidays to tell the world of his engagement. "After the movie tonight, Crystal & I exchanged gifts. I gave Crystal a ring. A truly memorable Christmas Eve." Hef later added, "When I gave Crystal the ring, she burst into tears. This is the happiest Christmas weekend in memory."
Hef confirmed that he and Harris were engaged on Christmas Day. "Yes, the ring I gave Crystal is an engagement ring. I didn't mean to make a mystery out of it. A very merry Christmas to all."
Harris and Hefner met at the Playboy Mansion during the magazine's 2008 Halloween party. Harris, who is also a model and singer, has spoken openly about the vast age difference between her and Hefner.
"A lot of people talk about the age difference between Hef and I, but I don't see the age difference at all. If anything, I feel like I'm the adult and Hef's the kid," she told News of the World last year. She also shot down claims that she is a gold digger. "I would say that I'm not after Hef for his money. I have my own career going."
This will be the third marriage for Hefner. The magazine icon divorced his first wife, Mildred Williams, in 1959. He married again in 1989 to Playmate Kimberly Conrad, whom he was separated from in 1998. Conrad and Hefner didn't finalize their divorce, however, until 2009.