Earlier today we got to see the new EDITED version of this month’s issue of Playboy magazine that labels Crystal Harris as the “Runaway Bride” … right now we get to hear from Crystal herself about why she decided to call off the wedding. Crystal sat down with Entertainment Tonight to explain in pretty good detail exactly why she decided to call off her marriage to Hugh Hefner just days away from her wedding day this weekend. To be honest, I can actually sympathize with Crystal’s reasoning in this interview. Check it out in full below and see what you think.
Saturday, June 18 was to be the happiest day of Crystal Harris’ life. That was the date set for the Playboy bunny’s wedding to Hugh Hefner until Harris broke off the engagement. ET’s Chris Jacobs sat down with Hef’s 25-yr-old former fiancee for details of the split straight from the source. Through tears, a newly single Harris confides that although she is “relieved,” she feels her biggest regret in breaking the engagement was that she “disappointed everybody.” “It happened so fast,” she says of her decision to marry Hefner, admitting that the glamorous whirlwind of fame played a large part to what (in retrospect) may have been a hasty decision. “Hef asked me to marry him in front of three cameras and a photographer,” Harris explains. “I thought it was something I wanted.” Although Crystal tells Chris she “wouldn’t trade [her time with Hefner] for the world,” she “needed to be true to [her]self.” Hefner announced the cancellation via Twitter on Tuesday, writing, “The wedding is off. Crystal has had a change of heart.” Likewise, Crystal took to her Twitter page, leaving this comment: “After much deep reflection and thought I have decided to end my engagement with Hef. I have the utmost respect for Hef and wish him the best going forward. I hope the media will give each of us the privacy we deserve during this time.” The break-up comes as Harris covers the July issue of Playboy captioned, “Introducing: Mrs. Crystal Hefner.” However, in light of recent events, Hugh tweeted a photo of the following revised cover which now has a warning sticker that reads, “Runaway Bride in This Issue.” The issue hits newsstands Friday.
To be honest … it’s really difficult to find any fault with Crystal’s decision to call off the wedding. She is 24 years old and 85-year old Hef is always surrounded by women … is this really the kind of marriage that anyone would want to get into? I can imagine how exciting it was to be proposed to by Hugh Hefner but, IMHO, it always felt to me like he only proposed to her because she was the girlfriend du jour. After things ended with Holly Madison, who loved Hefner for many years and seemingly truly comitted herself to him, I got the impression that Hugh was looking to rush into a new realtionship … and get engaged? That always felt so weird to me. In the end, both Hugh and Crystal dodged a huge bullet. Things would’ve been much worse if they had gotten married and then broken up. I can’t hate Crystal for calling off the wedding. It sounds like she was the only one smart enough to make the right decision.