Playboy‘s Hugh Hefner, role model for millions of heterosexual men who aspired to his Casanova lifestyle, loved a man more than any of his Playmate girlfriends. An ex-girlfriend and the daughter of his gay lover both confirmed the relationship in a new A&E documentary series.
Hugh Hefner founded Playboy Magazine in 1953. He became a wealthy man from the magazine and associated businesses, living what he described as a bon vivante lifestyle. He lived at the Playboy Mansion, surrounded by buxom, blonde Playmates.
In old age, he notoriously dated as many as seven young women at a time.
However, Hefner also enjoyed a long-term gay love affair. The daughter of Dr Mark Saginor said the relationship lasted more than four decades.
“All the girls would sort of come and go over the years, but they remained constants.”
An opportunity to experience open sexuality
“They had a physical relationship. In the context of these different orgies, the orgies sort of started as something that was an opportunity for people to sort of experience their open sexuality.
“Over the years my father really gave up his family life, his practice… I don’t know many men who would just basically give up their own life and then move into some other man’s house.
“It’s my personal belief that the love of Hef’s life was my father.”
Jennifer Saginor lived at the Playboy Mansion as a child, and witnessed the relationship herself.
Another first-hand witness, Sondra Theodore, Hefner’s girlfriend from 1976 to 1981, confirmed the relationship.
“They took things really far. They became more than best friends.”
When asked if the pair became lovers, she agreed.
“Yeah. Yeah, they became that.”
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