Next Playboy has "runaway bride" sticker on cover

LOS ANGELES Thu Jun 16, 2011 10:33am EDT

Crystal Harris on the cover of the upcoming July Playboy issue. REUTERS/Playboy

Crystal Harris on the cover of the upcoming July Playboy issue.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, dumped by his fiancee days before their wedding, said Wednesday he is affixing "Runaway Bride" stickers over her picture on the cover of the magazine's upcoming issue.

Hefner, 85, announced a day earlier that 25-year-old Crystal Harris had "a change of heart," and that Saturday's wedding ceremony for 300 people at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles had been canceled.

In an unfortunate coincidence, Harris appears on the cover of the July Playboy issue, hitting newsstands Friday, described as "America's Princess ... Introducing Mrs. Crystal Hefner."

In the interests of journalistic accuracy, Hefner has moved quickly to remedy the situation.

"Recent events call for a special sticker on the July cover. Look for it on newsstands," Hefner said on Twitter.

A big red sticker announcing "Runaway Bride In This Issue!" covers most of Harris' bottom half.

Still visible is Hefner's beloved cocker spaniel, which Harris took with her after the split. She is wearing his trademark sailor's cap and smoking jacket, and holding a pipe.

A spokeswoman said the sticker would appear only on newsstand copies since issues have already been mailed to subscribers.

It was not clear why the couple split, although Hefner said there were no arguments. TMZ reported that Harris wanted a bigger weekly allowance and a career in the music business. Coincidentally she released a song, "Club Queen," through iTunes Tuesday.

A two-hour TV special featuring wedding highlights was due to air July 13 on the women's cable channel Lifetime. That has now been canceled.

The marriage would have been Hefner's third. He said his second wife, former Playmate Kimberley Conrad, and her mother were among the friends who consoled him in recent days.

Hefner, known around the world by his nickname Hef, has championed sexual freedom and civil rights, published stories challenging McCarthyism and the Vietnam War, and backed gay causes and the legalization of marijuana.

Raised in San Diego by British parents, Harris met Hefner at his annual Halloween party in 2008. She moved into the mansion after a few weeks and became Playboy's Playmate of the Month in December 2009.

(Reporting by Dean Goodman)

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Comments (3)
spolly123 wrote:
Claire Sinclair, the Playboy bunny who is dating Hef’s son, was on Howard Stern this morning. She said that Hef found out his fiance was just a gold digger who was planning to get all the way to the altar and then refuse to marry him as a publicity stunt. This Crystal Harris doesn’t deserve to marry Hef or be in Playboy, she seems more like Hustler material.

Jun 16, 2011 1:18am EDT  --  Report as abuse
DrDoug wrote:
I’ve read PLayboy since I was a teen and am a subscriber now. I’ll also note that I’m 65. Having said that I want to sayt that I never really took the “3 girlfriends” that seriously. Although even then I thought physical contact with Hugh was kind if “icky”. I thought the engagement to 25 year old Crystal was even more “icky”. I mean, how could he possibly relate to her and how could she possibly, at 25, have a satisfying life with a guy who was 85? Thats simply ridiculous!Hef may be Hef but he’s also about 5 years away from Depends.

So, maybe Hef will finally get the message that it’s time to sit back, smile at his sons and kind of retire. I mean, he’s 85.

Jun 16, 2011 2:14am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Marla wrote:
Is it just me or do all his “girlfriends,” look the same? Oh no, it’s the R-rated version of Stepford Wives. I wonder if he builds them in the mansion’s garage.

Jun 16, 2011 11:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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