March 26, 2013 at 9:44 AM ET
Everyone comes with baggage from past relationships, but Hugh Hefner's romantic history is a little -- OK, a lot -- more crowded than others'. In a new interview with Esquire magazine, the 86-year-old Playboy founder confesses to sleeping with many, many women over the years. Too many to count, in fact.
"How could I possibly know? Over a thousand, I'm sure," the mogul says of the number of ladies he's taken to bed. "There were chunks of my life when I was married, and when I was married I never cheated. But I made up for it when I wasn't married. You have to keep your hand in."
Hefner's hand is out of the game now, thanks to the magazine publisher's relationship with wife Crystal Harris. Speaking about his 26-year-old bride, whom he wed in December, the multi-millionaire gushes that he's a happy, committed, one-woman man.
"All our friends think it's made in heaven," he tells Esquire of his third marriage. (Hef was wed twice before, to Mildred Williams from 1949 to 1959, and to Kimberley Conrad from 1989 to 2010.) "It's only people who don't know us, who simply see us as stereotypes in terms of age and beauty."
Later, musing about his plans for the future, he adds: "I want the rest of my life to be very much like it is now. I want it to be like this."
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