Opposite points of view. Crystal Hefner got real about the differences between Holly Madison and Kendra Wilkinson that may have reignited their feud.
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“I understand that Holly is probably finding healing by speaking about her experience, for sure,” Hefner, 34, exclusively told Us Weekly on Friday, April 23. “I noticed because I’m trying to find my own healing as I reflect back. I know Holly went through some very hard things at the mansion. I think some of the things I went through are harder. … I can understand the contention between Holly and Kendra, especially because Kendra was kind of more checked out. And so, she had to deal with less, like, psychologically at the mansion. And I think that might be a source of bitterness with Holly.”
The model, who was married to Hugh Hefner from 2012 until his death in 2017, sympathizes with Madison, 41. “I can completely understand Holly there because I was in the position that Holly was in,” she explained. “I became Hef’s wife. I was with him all the time. I became just so invested in his life almost to the point of losing myself, so I can understand her perspective.”
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The Down the Rabbit Hole author made headlines earlier this month when she refuted Wilkinson’s claims that the women did not have to have sex with Hugh before moving into the Playboy Mansion. The Kendra on Top star subsequently fired back.
“OK if you believe this will help women then I will try to understand,” Wilkinson, 35, responded to a social media user. “I wish I had more time with Holly to understand this side … I wish her the best in life and this helps heal her.”
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Crystal later defended Wilkinson. “I was at the mansion for a DECADE almost four years ago now and these ladies and their drama were there years before that. I side with Kendra here,” she posted on social media app MeWe. “Not sure why these women who shared an incredibly uncommon and rare experience (that will never be repeated in our lifetimes) can’t get along? Maybe for the same reasons Holly and Bridget [Marquardt] despise me for absolutely NO reason. I hope one day we can all get along and compare experiences.”
Crystal, who is launching her own podcast in June, elaborated on the divide between Madison and Wilkinson. “We are all so different. It is so interesting how different we are. All of us are so unique,” she told Us on Friday. “I have not had a conversation with Holly at all. There’s just been things in the media, like subtle digs at me. I try and understand her reasoning, but it’s probably the things I mentioned. Maybe there’s some more things, but she said things in the past that have been hurtful in the media, and I’ve always tried to not do that back to her. I think Kendra is more happy-go-lucky, she’s more healed. She’s more go with the flow. I think that’s the big difference between them.”
Looking for love! Hannah Brown has been announced as one of the participants on ABC’s The Celebrity Dating Game.
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Brown, 26, will be joined by other celebrity guests including Iggy Azalea and Taye Diggs. They will each get to pick one lucky person from a panel of three bachelors and/or bachelorettes based on their answers to a range of questions.
Michael Bolton and Zooey Deschanel will cohost the series, which includes a big twist. The identities of the celebrities will remain a secret and the suitors will have to guess who they are based on clues from Bolton, 68, who will be delivering them through song.
Hannah Brown is one of the guests. I ended up, at one point, singing, ‘I found someone. She’s from Tuscaloosa. She was on The Bachelorette,’” Bolton told Entertainment Tonight on Tuesday, April 20.
The Blackjack frontman also teased whether fans would get to see the former Bachelorette meet her current boyfriend, Adam Woolard, during the dating game.
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“That is a very good question, because there was definitely chemistry going on between these two people,” he revealed.
Brown first sparked romance rumors with Woolard, 33, when they were spotted holding hands in January.
An insider told Us Weekly at the time how Brown and Woolard make a “great match” for each other. “They’re both from the South. He’s into working out, staying fit and enjoys doing a lot of sports: kickboxing, soccer, baseball, tennis — you name it,” the source revealed.
The Alabama native made the relationship Instagram official on Valentine’s Day.
“Happy Valentine’s Day @admandew,” the Bachelor alum captioned a photo via Instagram of the couple kissing while horseback riding.
Brown shared more details about her relationship in a recent video via her YouTube channel. The television personality called her new beau “the nicest person ever,” and answered several questions with Woolard’s written answers.
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“He asked me out and it was a Mexican restaurant called Chulita,” she shared. “We had margaritas.”
Reading off Woolard’s answer to the question, he wrote that he “asked her out but it’s complicated.” She responded, “Wait, I don’t know why it’s complicated. [It is probably] because I’m the one who first, kind of, threw the line out there.”
As for Woolard’s first impression of her? Brown teased: “Effortlessly beautiful and vibrant and a little frantic, but so beautiful. Instant spark.”
Before finding love with Woolard, Brown was initially eliminated from Colton Underwood‘s season 23 of The Bachelor in 2019. The former pageant queen went on to become the season 15 Bachelorette later that year and was briefly engaged to contestant Jed Wyatt.
She then went on a date with runner-up Tyler Cameron. The pair spent time together in quarantine with their “quarantine crew” but have remained just close friends.
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