Kendra Wilkinson, the former Girls Next Door star, has paid tribute to her ex-boyfriend Hugh Hefner, who died on Wednesday evening at the age of 91 years. She told People, “Hef changed my life. He made me the person I am today. I couldn’t be more thankful for our friendship and our time together. I will miss him so much but he will be in my heart forever”.
Wilkinson was only 18-years old when she moved into the Playboy Mansion, the old home of the Hugh Hefner. The reality star spoke highly of him in her book ‘Sliding into Home’. She said, “Staring into his eyes, I didn’t see a man four times my age with ten times more girlfriends than most,”.
Wilkinson added, “Even though I hardly knew him yet, I saw a sweet man who made me feel really good about myself – a true gentleman. It was weird, but in my heart, I felt like he was someone I could possibly trust.” Though the last season of the E! reality show Girls Next Door was ended in the year 2009, yet Wilkinson remained close to the ‘Playboy Magazine’ founder.
The reality star also admitted in October 2016 about how much she worried about the thought of losing Hugh. Wilkinson told E! News, “I mean, I worry every day. He’s at that age and I’m not going to lie, every day I open up my social media and I pray that I don’t see what we think might happen”.
She also mentioned, “He honestly is my family. I don’t even know how to say it. He’s an angel to me in my life. The day that comes will be devastating for me and my family”.