He said: “I had literally saved myself for my wife, but after we had sex she told me that she’d had an affair. But the betrayal cast a shadow over the marriage and, wracked with guilt, Millie gave her husband permission to sleep with other women during their marriage.Millie was also instrumental in the setting up of Playboy which launched in 1953 with Marilyn Monroe as its first centrefold.His most famous girlfriends were the stars of The Girls Of The Playboy Mansion – Holly Madison, Kendra Wilkinson and Bridget Marquardt.

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But while he remained married to Crystal, 31, up until his death, his romantic life was more colourful than the love lives of the entire Geordie Shore house.

In 1949, at the age of 23, Hugh married Mildred William, aka Millie, who he met at Northwestern University.

HUGH Hefner built his life and career around beautiful women and boasted of bedding a thousand of them throughout his life.

But his Playboy lifestyle was sparked by the “devastating” betrayal of his first wife, who admitted to an affair days before their wedding – after he had waited TWO years to lose his virginity with her.

Mildred ‘Millie’ Williams was Hugh’s childhood sweetheart and Hugh was determined to “save himself” for her through his stint in the army, while she attended the University of Illinois.

But, after “two years of foreplay”, Hugh – who died yesterday at the age of 91 – was heartbroken to discover she had slept with someone else. After that, I always felt in a sense that the other guy was in bed with us, too.” Despite the revelation, the pair tied the knot in 1949, and had two children – daughter Christie Hefner, born in 1952, and son David, born three years later.However, when Hugh refused to marry and have a baby with Holly, she ended their relationship and left the mansion.When the ladies broke up with Hugh, Crystal Harris became Hef’s ‘number one’, while he also dated twins Kristina and Karissa Shannon.Sometimes his love life came back to bite him – as it did in 1988 when Carrie Leigh, his lover of six years, filed a £4 million palimony suit against him.Carrie, who had moved into the famous Playboy mansion when she was 19 and Hugh was 57, said: “He promised to marry me, he promised to have a child with me, promised to support me.” But Hugh batted off the charge, claiming: “I’m the silliest possible target for a palimony suit, because I’m the most confirmed bachelor of the 20th century.” But he didn’t stay single for long.They only officially divorced in 2010, with Hugh remaining married for the sake of his kids.