80-year-old Hugh Hefner wants to be a new poppa again

01/22/2007 at 08:00 AM ET

At the ripe age of 80, Playboy Magazine founder Hugh Hefner is considering fathering another child.

"I wouldn’t say that there’s a plan, but there has certainly been a conversation," he told The New York Daily News."I don’t know if at this age it is physically possible but we’ve certainly talked about it and it’s certainly a possibility.

I think ‘probability’ is probably an overstatement but ‘possibility’ is very real. It began as a wish, and now it’s becoming, I mean, on Holly’s part, it’s a more serious conversation."

Holly is 27-year-old Playboy Playmate Holly Madison, one of Hugh’s three live-in girlfriends, and the star of his E! reality show "The Girls Next Door." Holly is considered his #1 girl, among his other two, Kendra Wilkinson and Bridget Marquardt. On the show, she has repeatedly expressed her desire to have a baby with Hugh.

"This is the one," he said of Holly. "It’s fascinating — I mean, with all the years and the romantic adventures and the marriages, etc. — to find something as special as this at this stage in my life is a miracle."

Hugh already has four children from his previous two marriages, including his daughter, 54-year-old Christie Hefner, who is the chairman and CEO of his brainchild, Playboy Enterprises.

Source: NY Daily News

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Angel on

All I can say is selfish, selfish, selfish…. He really needs to rethink bringing a child into the world at his age. Heck, forget missing the milestones in a child’s life like like seeing him/her graduate from high school, he may not even be around for the birth. I would hope he would be but I believe he’s already exceeded the average life expectancy for an American male, ya know?

fynn on

oh no…I really hope it doesn’t work!!!! I’m sorry but that poor kid probably wouldn’t even have a chance to consciously remember his/her dad. I think it would be a very selfish act of Hugh if he did it. And it also somehow grosses me out.

Beccalovesbabies on

Gosh, if I were a little kid, and could choose any set of parents to be born to, you just KNOW I’d pick Hugh Heffner and one of his bunny flavors-of-the-month!

sheesh

Tan on

I think Holly is the one he wants to spend the rest of his life on earth with.Shes crazy about him who wouldn’t be.Back when he was younger he was very handsome.I think she would be a great mom if it happened.Shes the homey type and the one that knows how to seperate partying hard from home life.Didn’t the Igelisia’s granddad have two babys at Hef’s age?

Marilyn B. on

wow unbelievable..i,m just speechless about that. he’s 80 years old for god sake!

Kiley on

AWWWWW!!! I hope that Holly and Hef can have a baby together. I know how much she want to be a mommy!!!!

Rye on

i think it’s pretty sick actually. I dont care if you are 80 and date a 30 year old girl-because that happens…but dont bring a child into the situation, who is most likely not going to know his/her father while growing up. Does he think he is going to live to be 100? How many people do? Doesn’t he think it would be unfair to a child to have to possibly grow up without a father in it’s life? It’s really creepy and selfish and I hope, for this possible nonexistant future childs sake, that they cant have children. i hope that doesnt sound mean. i just would feel horrible for a child to be in that situation.

MommyX1 on

Riggggght. If she’s the one, then how come he has 2 other girlfriends? That’s some strange logic.

Grace on

I have a friend whose older brother is 24 years older, she always said it was a big age difference – Imagine becoming a big sister again at 54 ha ha ha!!

joy on

yeah cause what the world needs is for him to procreate at his age?! What a stable environment this child will have *rolls eyes*

jess on

I really hope this is not true. This man is so immoral, with all of the deserving people out there just waiting to become parents, I surely hope God does not give this man another child.

Erin on

I love Holly =) I hope she and Hef do have a baby together – I love them as a couple and can see how much they deeply love and care for one another. Don’t care about their age difference at all! Loving one another as much as they do is all that matters to me! =)

sandy on

this family is no less stable then say a military family, where the parent is gone for much of the kids life, moving them around the country like they are luggage, and should the worse happen the parent is killed.

I wish them all the best, the child will be more then financially secure for the rest of its life. I hope that they get the child the want.

Doreen on

He better commit to ONLY her and not have those two other ‘tag-a-longs’!! I mean this is just so bizarre–to have 3 gf’s. Come on now! Just disgusts me and this child will most likely not get to know his Dad too well. I DO think he should just keep Holly! I really like her and I think she’s the prettiest BY FAR outta the 3 of his girls.

Erin on

Why does Hef have two girlfriends? Well, because Hef can have 2 girlfriends! LOL Actually, I really don’t know if Bridget and Kendra are actually “with” him. I honestly think it’s for show and to keep his rep as a ladies man. I really do think he and Holly (♥) are together and the other two are just there for appearances. *shurg* That’s just me though.

But as far as them having a baby… well, that’s their choice. If you know anything about them at all then you’d know how in love their are.

And as someone said, it’s really no different than a military family (for example). Take our world right now: Daddy and/or Mommy goes off to war for months at a time… maybe one or both die and then what? The kid is left with one or no parents at all. Where is the outcry over them? If that’s the way that people are gonna be then let’s all ridicule them for having kids while we’re at it. ;)

Just my opinion =)

Erin on

Oops – it was supposed to say “Why does Hef have 3 girlfriends? Well, because Hef can have 3 girlfriends!” LOL

Brain farts – gotta love ‘em!

Punk_of_a_Tomboy on

I agree with Erin and Sandy. I don’t know who you people think you are by saying they shouldn’t have children. Especially by giving the reason they won’t know their dad. Are you also opposed to a rape victim or a teenage girl whose boyfriend runs off keeping her baby just because those babies would never know their fathers?

Lorus on

I remember reading an article that was from a former Playboy Bunny (from Canada) who lived in the mansion for a couple years. She didn’t paint a very nice picture of Hugh or Holly.

I think it’s really selfish of them to consider having a baby together. But after reading about Holly’s mentality I can understand why she wants a part of him for forever.

Christina on

It’s interesting to see the difference when so many people weigh in with opinions on which celebrity moms are too old to be having babies (in their 40′s and 50′s). Yet, the Hef is in his 80′s and folks think that’s grand… hmmmm…

Erin on

Lorus: That book is complete tabloid trash… the woman who wrote it (can’t recall her name) was one of Hef’s former girlfriends (she was in his group of 7 girls, with Holly, if I recall) so she has a few bones to pick. Must tick her off to see Holly still there!

Brandy on

I think its great! I wish them the best of luck!!!

Jes on

In response to Christina, women and men have different issues at the same age in regards to pregnancy and birth. If women regenerated eggs, people wouldn’t have the same issues. But when you get women in the 40+ range wanting to have children, they are running a health risk for both themselves and the baby. Men aren’t doing the same thing when they are at that age.

As for them having a kid together, everyone has their own choices. There are kids born into much worse situations that grow up to be wonderful people.

Erin on

Christina: I’ve never been against older women becoming mothers. It’s their choice, just as it’s an older man’s choice if he wants to become a dad. =) If they want it, go ahead. Their lives, their choice to make. Not me, not mine! =)

Heavenly_hibiscus on

Does viagara affect the quality/viability of sperm?

Nikki on

I love them and whatever makes them happy, makes me happy!! That child will still be loved ALOT….no matter what. Holly wants a baby and wont have a baby with anyone BUT Hugh…I think it is adorable…the love that they have for each other

Dazzlar on

Good luck to them!

I think the other two are just for show too!
He atleast is honest about his lifestyle, unlike, some parents that hide their boozing, infidelity etc!

Autumn on

I really think it’s their choice whether or not to have a baby, and most likely it’d be Holly raising the child for most of it’s life.

IMHO I think it’s better if Holly had a baby with Hugh rather than some anonymous sperm donor, because at least there’s the potential of taking pictures of the baby with his or her daddy at some time in their lives. Even if the child doesn’t have a father for as many years as most kids their age, at least they’ll know who their father was. (This is the case with Tony Randall’s kids as well as Julio Iglesias Sr.’s little ones.)

(Personally though I don’t care for Hef’s polygomy reputation with his multiple girlfriends, although maybe it is like some of you said, in that Bridgett & Kendra are more his “girlfriends” for the show than anything else?)

Also how many kids does Hef have already? I know he has a son and daughter from his first marriage (or at least a daughter) in their 50s, and two sons from his second marriage who’d now be teenagers at least.* (I wonder if his teen sons like to visit “dear ol’ dad” now? I’d imagine so, but not on the ‘Girls Next Door’ show.)

I wonder if Hef would actually marry for a 3rd time, before he’d actually have a baby with Holly, or just forgo that part because of his age?

(*Once Hef does pass, he’ll have one interesting will to contest with, considering his kids, exes, and past history in general.)

Sabina on

I dislike saying this kind of thing about anyone, but frankly I think it’s disgusting. Not only in the obvious way, but also in the sense of being an utterly selfish act. If this was any other 80-year-old man, it would be global tabloid news for all the wrong reasons, but because it’s Hef, it’s somehow acceptable? Not to me. If it were an 80-year-old woman (let alone being scientifically impossible), the woman in question would probably be held up as a pinnacle of idiocy and have her house firebombed by protestors!

Sammy. on

I guess no one knows that it is the age of the father that is connected with genetic birth defects, cancers, autism, diabetes risk, mental retardation, schizophrenia etc.

Paternal Age Effect and Disorders Known in 1999

Table II. Long-term effects of paternal ageing on offspring from table on page 2373 of Long –term effects of delayed parenthood by J.J. Tarin, J. Brines, and A. Cano

Dominant disorders
Wilms tumour, thanatophoric dysplasia, retinitis pigmentosa, osteogenisis imperfecta type IIA, acrodysostosis, achondroplasia, Apert’s disease, fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva, aniridia, bilateral retinoblastoma, multiple exostoses, Marfan’s, Lesch-Nyan’s, Pfeiffer’s, Wardenburg’s, Treacher-Collins, Soto’s, and Crouzon’s syndromes, basel cell nevus, cleidocranial dysostosis, polyposis coli, oculodentodigital syndrome, Costello syndrome , progeria, Recklinghausen’s neurofibromatosis, tuberous sclerosis and renal polycystic kidney disease.

X-linked recessive diseases
Haemophilia A and Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy

Non-cytogenetic congential defects
Congential cataracts, reduction defects of the upper limb, nasal aplasia, pulmonic and urethtal stenosis, perauricular cyst, cleft palate,1 neural tube defects

Athetoid /dystonic cerebral palsy and congenital hemiplegia

Psychotic disorders

“But the risk of having a child who later develops schizophrenia, Malaspina
notes, is about 1 in 110 when the father is age 40-similar to a 40-year-old
woman’s risk of having a child with Down syndrome.

Malaspina says she believes her findings met resistance because of a
reluctance by men to accept that fathering children later in life poses
increased health risks to their children.”

http://press.psprings.co.uk/jech/october/851_ch45179.pdf

Victor Marrero on

Imagine that the world economy collasped. Money wasn’t worth anything, and Hugh Hefner’s empire in a minute is reduced to zero.
How long do you think that the prospective 27 year old mother of his child, and just maybe old enough herself to be his grandaughter, or his great granddaughter would still be hanging on to him????
Or imagine this Hugh Hefner didn’t dedicate his life on creating his playboy empire. He became an accountant. Would his bunny 27 year old bunny be then interested in a 27 year old accountant?
Isn’t anything real anymore? I’m glad I’m not a celebrity if this is what it involves. Everybody’s fake, and people are after you for your money, especially if you’re over 30, and if you’re under 30 you’d best have some money set aside for some fake boobs.
Nothing is real.

Victor Marrero on

Imagine that the world economy collasped. Money wasn’t worth anything, and Hugh Hefner’s empire in a minute is reduced to zero.
How long do you think that the prospective 27 year old mother of his child, and just maybe old enough herself to be his grandaughter, or his great granddaughter would still be hanging on to him????
Or imagine this Hugh Hefner didn’t dedicate his life on creating his playboy empire. He became an accountant. Would his bunny 27 year be then interested in an 80 year old most likely retired accountant?
Isn’t anything real anymore? I’m glad I’m not a celebrity if this is what it involves. Everybody’s fake, and people are after you for your money, especially if you’re over 30, and if you’re under 30 you’d best have some money set aside for some fake boobs.
Nothing is real.

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