Holly Madison on Criss Angel: Controlling! Scary! Unintelligent!

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Turns out Playboy kingpin Hugh Hefner isn't the only ex-lover Holly Madison is speaking out against in her new memoir Down the Rabbit Hole.

Criss Angel, you're on blast as well!

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Yes, after her exit from the Playboy Mansion, Holly turned to - and now has an also-troubled history with - Las Vegas magician Criss Angel.

In the book, Holly says they met while she was still with Hef, but only flirted, and never got together in earnest until after she peaced out:

"When I announced to him that I was leaving the Playboy mansion, Criss opened up his world to me without even a moment's hesitation."

"He pleaded with me to move in with him," she adds, noting that her "need to feel loved would win out over my need for independence."

Holly alleges that Angel would constantly tip off tabloids on stories, set up "candid" paparazzi shoots and used her to boost his career.

Worse, he isolated her from her friends, encouraged her to quit her job, became jealous of her own fame and had an "explosive temper."

"For all his fame, fortune, and success, Criss, to me, seemed cripplingly insecure. This was starting to feel all too familiar," Madison says.

Whereas "Hef was a master of manipulation and knew how to cripple a girl's self-esteem, Criss, on the other hand, just scared me."

Holly says that the magician never hit her, but she was "scared that something of that nature might be lurking around the corner."

Once the facade faded, Madison says she "found him to be unintelligent" and "virtually illiterate" and had nothing in common with her.

Sounds like a real winner who checks all the boxes. At least it can't possibly get worse in bed than sex with Hugh Hefner ... probably?

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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 »
Born
Birthplace
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