...Never mind that 60 YEAR age difference
Aw, yes. The holiday season is upon us and it wouldn’t be complete without one more ridiculous celebrity proposal. The winner this year? Crystal Harris, the 24 year old star of Girls Next Door, who was Playboy’s Miss January. She has been dating Hef for about two years and sources say she was truly surprised by the proposal.
“After the movie tonight, Crystal & I exchanged gifts. I gave Crystal a ring. A truly memorable Christmas Eve. When I gave Crystal the ring, she burst into tears. This is the happiest Christmas weekend in memory,” stated the 84-year-old Playboy mogul and father of four via twitter.
And, just to clarify that he really is engaged, “Yes, the ring I gave Crystal is an engagement ring. A very merry Christmas to all.”
Perhaps the third time is the charm? Hef was married to Mildred Williams, but they divorced in 1959. (I know, you forget how long he has been around!) Then, he married his second wife, former playmate Kimberly Conrad, but they separated in 1998. He finally filed for divorce in 2009. This will be his third trip down the aisle. No wedding date has been set, yet.
I find this to be a truly unique situation that can only occur (it seems) between a much much older man and a much much younger woman. Not that old women can’t have young lovers, but this seems to be the true cliche between rich old men and young pretty women. The women seek stability and comfort, the men seek a recharge to their vitality and a feeling of immortality. It is the perfect mix. Plus, it will keep the late-night comedians busy for weeks.
Why is it that after all this time he wants to get married again, anyway? He has done it twice before, clearly with not great success, and so, at the age of 84, he believes this to be a good decision? But, then again, why the hell not. He probably only has a handful of good years remaining, and why not lock them down with someone young, vibrant and fun?
As for the notion that many people will believe that she is a “gold-digger” and he is a “pervert” for wanting to be with someone young enough to be his granddaughter, they have every reason to believe that. Sure, why else is she really with him? He is powerful, he is famous, he is wealthy. But, he is probably fun, intelligent and has a lot of stories to share. Maybe she gets a kick out of him.
It isn’t like this relationship will last forever (sorry, Hef, but you aren’t getting any younger) so why not have an experience unlike any other? As for him, it is no surprise that a man in his position wants to celebrate his last years of life with someone young and beautiful. She is an adult, even if she is young enough to be his granddaughter. Sure, it is a little creepy to think about the two of them together, but I doubt most of their relationship is based in the bedroom. At this point in life, he probably wants someone to make him laugh, travel with him, and be his companion.
There are so many ways to live, so many types of relationships to enjoy, so many phases of life to experience. Why limit yourself with social restraints and fears of being seen as “odd”? They aren’t doing anything illegal or harmful. He is clearly soaking life up and she is along for the ride. And, let’s be real. This man is no fool. I’m sure he has an iron-clad pre-nup in place that she happily signed.
Long live love! (Or whatever these two share! Ha!)