Television personality and former Hugh Hefner beloved Holly Madison never revealed the couple’s IVF attempts on the reality show Girls Next Door, and she said she’s glad she didn’t.
“I didn’t really think about including it just because, even when I did go on to have kids, I’m always the one who doesn’t want to tell anyone I’m pregnant until after the three-month mark,” Madison told Entertainment Tonight. “I just want to be safe.”
Madison, 42, moved to the Playboy Mansion in 2001 almost as a last gasp for fame. At the time, she was facing credit card debt and homelessness. She eventually became one of Hefner’s girlfriends — though Hefner reportedly made sure to keep her under his watchful eye by imposing a curfew and forbidding her to earn income outside the mansion.
Hence, her starring role on Girls Next Door from 2005-09. And she reiterated that not only is she glad that the IVF attempts with Hefner were never revealed on the show, but that attempts to have children with him were unsuccessful.
Holly Madison on Instagram
“I didn’t want all that scrutiny on something that may or may not work,” she told ET. “I mean, obviously, looking back I’m so glad it didn’t work ’cause I went on to have the kids of my dreams.”
Madison shares two children, Rainbow, 9, and Forest, 6, with ex-husband Pasquale Rotella.
While she is glad she didn’t have kids with Hefner, she indicated she’ll always be grateful for being one of the key players on Girls Next Door.
Holly Madison and Bridget Marquardt
“I always say the show saved my life because it gave us so many opportunities and it gave us value in Hef’s eyes ’cause now we were assets,” Madison says. “I felt like he treated me a lot better after the show was established, and after he saw that we had a following, and after he saw that the audience was really invested in his and my relationship.
“Fans would be like, ‘We want you guys to get married,’ and then he was super into me. He feeds off of that, so the show was amazing for me in so many ways.”