The former Girls Next Door star, 43, told Australia’s The Morning Show that she was still in touch with the 91-year-old magazine founder for “a while” after she left the mansion in 2009. “I was still going back to some of the parties occasionally. My boyfriend [Nick Carpenter] and I would go back and I was still in touch with Hef,” she said.
Things changed after a few years, though. “We kind of lost contact, and I tried to go back to the mansion. He told me there was always an open door any time I wanted to go back, but I heard that’s not quite true lately,” she said. “So I actually called and tried to go to the mansion earlier this year, and I’m just sort of getting the runaround, so I haven’t heard back yet if I’m allowed up there.”
Marquardt also got personal about her fertility struggle with Carpenter, and how she froze her eggs while living with Hefner. “I started a long time ago back when I was at the mansion. I was 34 years old, and I knew that I wanted a possibility of having a family one day, but I wasn’t dating anyone obviously because I’m living at the mansion,” she said. “But I just wanted to make sure I had the possibility, so I froze my eggs back then and that was my insurance policy for later on in life.”
After a cycle of IVF failed, she and Carpenter decided to use her frozen eggs. “We decided to go ahead and thaw my eggs that I had retrieved at the mansion, and none of them survived the thaw,” she continued. “That was pretty devastating for me because all this time I though I had an amazing insurance policy, and it didn’t work out.”
The E! personality, who lived in the mansion with Kendra Wilkinson and Holly Madison, said she never saw a future with Hefner, but she wouldn’t change anything about the past. “I don’t regret my time there at all. I wasn’t the main girlfriend in the relationship,” she said. “Hef and Holly were the ones talking about possible marriage and having kids, and I knew I was never going to do that kind of thing with Hef.”
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