Holly Madison: Why is She Opening Up Now?

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Holly Madison's memoir, Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny, has gotten a ton of attention.

Why is she coming out with it now, though?

Her former co-star Kendra Wilkinson says Holly is all about revenge after being shunned by Hugh Hefner. Madison tells another story, however ...

"I’ve gotten offers for book deals before, especially right after I left the Playboy mansion," Madison told Us at her Hollywood home last month.

"But I didn’t want to do it because I didn’t want to do just a tell-all. I wanted this to be my life story, what I’ve learned and where I’ve gone."

"I've finally gotten to a place where I felt that I could tell that story. Over the years I met so many people who had so many misconceptions."

"I really wanted to set the record straight."

"As time goes by you see hindsight really is 20/20, and I saw that I wasn’t treated very well and I wasn’t treated very well after I left either."

As for why the book is so damning against her famous ex-boyfriend Hugh Hefner - who Holly says tried to buy her and was miserable in bed?

"I approached the project wanting to be as open and honest as possible, but there were parts that were harder to write than others," she says.

"There were parts I’d say, 'Let’s skip over this and I’ll come back to that, do that later' because quite a few instances were painful memories."

"And sometimes I was worried about how people would judge me for coming out with my story and I couldn’t let it bother me at the end of the day."

"I had to let it out ... everybody’s going to read it and judge it. It can seem like too much information, but there’s a good message at the heart of it."

As for Hef's reaction specifically?

"I haven’t talked to him in four years so there’s no reason I’m going to reach out to him now just to be like, 'Ha ha sucker!'" Madison joked.

"Because it's all the truth. I mean, I’m sure he’ll have his own way to react, but it’s all the truth - it’s all stuff that he was there for and did!"

"So it’s not going to be a surprise."

Holly claims that she did not sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement during her time at the Mansion, which allowed her to be as explicit as possible.

However, it has also been rumored that she did sign an NDA, and could be in breach of contract for talking about sex with Hugh Hefner etc.

"I never had to sign anything regarding my personal life," Holly said, insisting once again that her memories are correct and her tales legit.

"I do have a pretty extensive scrapbook collection so I went back to that any time I had a question about something [that] happened," she said.

"Mostly, my memory is decent and I had friends I could check back with too who would corroborate things for me and let me know I wasn’t crazy."

Do you believe her? Discuss ...

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Holly Madison Biography

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Holly Madison is a Playboy model and the ex-girlfriend of Hugh Hefner. As for Madison, she is best known for getting naked a lot and... More »
Astoria, Oregon
Full Name
Holly Cullen

Holly Madison Quotes

We are no closer to getting married than we were years ago. It's like a car stalled at the side of the road.

Holly Madison [on Hugh Hefner]

I have no pull anymore. Hef and I aren't together.

Holly Madison