Bridget Marquardt Is Engaged to Nick Carpenter: See Hugh Hefner’s Ex’s Spider Engagement Ring

Nicholas Carpenter and Bridget Marquardt
Hugh Hefner's ex Bridget Marquardt is engaged to director Nick Carpenter -- see the Girls Next Door star's spider engagement ring here Vivien Killilea/WireImage.com

Is that really her ring?! Hugh Hefner's ex and former Girls Next Door star Bridget Marquardt is engaged to her longtime director boyfriend, Nick Carpenter, she announced via Instagram on Thursday, Oct. 1.

"Happy Oct. 1st!!!" Marquardt, 42, wrote, alongside a snap of her hand holding his. "Oh…and… Did I mention @nicholascarpenter and I are engaged?"

While it remains unknown whether the ring on Marquardt's hand is really her engagement bling, the self-proclaimed "Queen of Halloween" received a diamond-encrusted piece of jewelry in the shape of a spider. In the background, she held up a glittered sign that read, "Till Death Do Us Part."

Marquardt and Carpenter first met at the famed Playboy Mansion, where she once lived with such fellow Playmates as Holly Madison and Kendra Wilkinson, and the two started dating back in 2008.

"I really haven't dated in so long," the former reality star told Us Weekly at the time. "I feel like I'm in high school again."

In a 2011 interview with YourTango, the blonde beauty expressed what she looks for in a future husband.

"I've heard that people want to marry their best friends. I think that should be partially true," she shared. "You want someone you can sit with in sweats, plus go out with. You want them to have a lot of best friend qualities, but you want to make sure that you have the spice and passion that you wouldn't have with your best friend. You want the relationship to be one step beyond that."

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