|Hugh and Crystal in happier days|
and the moment true love died forever
The 85-year-old Playboy magnate has been jilted by his 25-year-old fiancee. Why would she turn her back on 'every girl's dream'?
Thursday 16 June 2011 20.00 BST
nd so the last hope that true romance may still be abroad somewhere on this blighted planet has been snuffed out before it even reached its zenith: 85-year-old Hugh Hefner's marriage to 25-year-old Playmate Crystal Harris has been called off, at the bride's insistence, five days before the ceremony, a move that seems to have baffled her fellow Playmates. "Living in the Playboy mansion should be every girl's dream," commented one.
Equally baffled, Lost in Showbiz has to concede her point. What modern young girl doesn't dream of sexually gratifying an octogenarian in exchange for bed, board and pocket money, the latter handed out, according to former Playmate Izabella St James's book Bunny Tales, in a charming, soft-focus ritual: "Every Friday morning we had to go to Hef's room and wait while he picked up all the dog poo off the carpet, and then ask for our allowance."
It suggests Crystal Harris linger a while on this romantic image – a very old man holding some dog faeces – and ponder what she's left behind.