Holly Madison Talks Hugh Hefner's Engagement: "I'm Very Surprised!"

Playboy boss man's former girlfriend opens up about his and current lady love Crystal Harris' big announcement. Also, get the scoop on her new boyfriend!

By Marc Malkin Jan 06, 2011 2:18 PMTags
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When Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris announced they were engaged to be married (he popped the question on Christmas), everyone wanted to know what the Playboy poobah's former girlfriend Holly Madison had to say about that.

So with that, heeeere's Holly...

"I'm very surprised," Holly exclusively told me last night of the engagement at our Comcast Entertainment Group's Television Critics Association reception.

She said, "I have a lot of different feelings on it. I don't just feel one way. I kind of didn't want to put a generic statement out there like 'Congratulations!' because I felt everyone would see through that."

As fans of the Girls Next Door know, Madison called it quits with Hef in October 2008 after he wouldn't commit to marrying her and found out he was unable to have more kids because of a low sperm count. "I expected to spend the rest of my life with her," Hefner told me at the time of the breakup.

Holly met with Hefner and Crystal yesterday at the Playboy Mansion. "I wanted to see him and Crystal and tell everybody face-to-face how I felt," she said.

Cameras from her E! reality show, Holly's World, happened to be rolling for the heart-to-heart.

"It went very well," she said. "I had a good day." She's keeping tightlipped on details because she wants to save the big reveal for—duh!—the show.

As for Holly's love life, she said she's been dating a guitarist since September. They met through a mutual friend.

"We're just keeping it very chill," she said. "He makes me very happy. He has a very good head on his shoulders. He'll be on my show, too."

Of course.

The new season of Holly's World premieres on E! Jan. 23.