Celebrity

Holly Madison Reveals "Restrictive" Rules While Living In Hugh Hefner's Playboy Mansion

Holly Madison Reveals "restrictive" Rules While Living In Hugh Hefner's Playboy Mansion
ADVERTISEMENT

Former Playboy Bunny, and Hugh Hefner's ex, Holly Madison, had revealed the rules of living in the Playboy mansion.

Madison was Hefner's number one girlfriend when she moved into the Mansion at the age of 21.

She spent seven years there, so now, many years later, she revealed what it was truly like living in the infamous villa.

Holly On The Strict Rules

Holly Madison Reveals "restrictive" Rules While Living In Hugh Hefner's Playboy Mansion

Speaking on the Power: Hugh Hefner podcast, the ex Bunny, spilled some tea, and let's just say that it was not all roses and unicorns.

Holly spoke against Hugh before his death in 2017, but now she went further into the restrictions.

The only rule she knew about was that all the girls had to be in the Mansion by 9 pm. The curfew was no joking matter, and Holly explained:

ADVERTISEMENT

"Everybody would talk about that, the staff at the Mansion, the guests, everybody knew about it. People would kind of joke about it because it sounded so silly."

Holly Madison Reveals "restrictive" Rules While Living In Hugh Hefner's Playboy Mansion

Holly did not mind the curfew, though it is silly to give grown-up women such a demand:

"I knew that was a rule before I moved in, but I didn't mind that rule for myself personally, because I was just at a phase in my life where I wasn't interested in going out partying on my own time or trying to meet celebrities or trying to meet guys."

"I was interested in working hard and getting my life together. And keep in mind, when I decided to move in, I thought I would be living there for a year max because that was the example I had seen come before me."

Of course, dating was out of option. As Holly explained:

ADVERTISEMENT

"You weren't allowed to date other guys, which I was fine with too, because I wasn't interested in dating at that point in my life."

"You weren't allowed to have an apartment of your own, which while I lived there, there were some women who did, they just kept that a secret from him."

Comparing Playboy Mansion To A Cult

Holly Madison Reveals "restrictive" Rules While Living In Hugh Hefner's Playboy Mansion

Holly, now 41, infamously compared the Mansion with a cult. Hefner had the final say in what the women wore, where they went, and how much weekly allowance each got.

Holly now said:

"You were expected to look a certain way obviously, you had to have the blonde hair."

ADVERTISEMENT

"You were given $1000 (roughly £750) a week that was supposed to be a clothing allowance."

Holly Madison Reveals "restrictive" Rules While Living In Hugh Hefner's Playboy Mansion

The allowance had to be spent on clothes. Otherwise, the following week you would get less.

"So there was always this back and forth where he would want not to give the girls as much money, and they would have to come back and ask for it. It was weird."

"So there was this weird balancing act of trying to make it look like I had so much to show for that money but save a little bit away so I could live if I decided to leave at a moment's notice."

Talking on the podcast, Holly spoke about photos Hefner allegedly took without permission of the other girls living at the Mansion.

Unsolicited Photos

ADVERTISEMENT
Holly Madison Reveals "restrictive" Rules While Living In Hugh Hefner's Playboy Mansion

Holly left Hefner in 2008 and later described their relationship as a Stockholm syndrome.

She accused him of taking photos without permission, comparing the act to "revenge porn."

He's constantly taking all these pictures, and he would make copies of all the photos and hand them out to everyone who had gone out that night."

"I don't know if he just assumed that was OK because all these women want to be in the magazine so bad - they must be OK with getting naked, so I'm going to take pictures while they're wasted and just hand those pictures out."

Needless to say, being a Playmate was not what we saw on TV, and Holly felt backed into a corner:

"That's the kind of thing that can make you feel kind of stuck in a situation or overinvested. It's one of those things that makes you feel a little more backed into a corner."

Do you think that becoming a Playmate or being featured in Playboy was worth all these restrictions?