Bridget Marquardt doesn't have to worry about Hugh Hefner being a jealous ex-boyfriend. In fact, he wants the Girls Next Door star to find new love.
"He's so excited for me and happy for me. Hef says if I ever want to come back to the mansion and bring a date, that's no problem," says Marquardt, who moved out of the Playboy mansion last week after living there for seven years.
"He's just being really sweet about it," B-Marq said of her old lover. "We have gotten closer than ever. I will love him forever, there's no question."
Marquardt's departure from the house follows that of fellow Girls Next Door star and #1 Hef girlfriend Holly Madison, who is now dating illusionist Criss Angel, and Kendra Wilkinson, who is engaged to NFL player Hank Baskett.
Bridget Marquardt says it was a shock to her system to leave the Mansion.
"I packed the final stuff from my room," says the Playmate and host of the upcoming Travel Channel show Bridget's Sexiest Beaches (which debuts on March 12). "I was just standing in my room and it was empty. I was thinking, 'I can't believe this.'"
While she's saying goodbye to Hugh for now, Bridget Marquardt knows there will always be a place for her - along with The Shannon Twins, and Crystal Harris, and hopefully Amy Leigh Andrews - at the Playboy mansion if she needs it.
Says Bridget: "Hef's like, 'You can always come back here. Come back to eat all your meals. Come here to spend the night if you need to.'"
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