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When did Holly Madison date Criss Angel?

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FORMER Playboy bunny Holly Madison and tv magician Criss Angel were locked into an explosive relationship for just three months.

It was announced that a tv adaptation of Holly’s 2015 memoir Down the Rabbit Hole is now in the works, with Samara Weaving signed on to play Holly.

Holly Madison

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Holly MadisonCredit: Getty

When did Holly Madison date Criss Angel?

Holly Madison and Criss Angel dated from November 2008 to February 2009.

She detailed their relationship in her memoir Down the Rabbit Hole, where she described the affair as a whirlwind romance.

“Seduced by this good-looking man who was seemingly frantic in his affections for me, I allowed myself to be lured in,” she wrote.

Criss Angel and Holly Madison

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Criss Angel and Holly MadisonCredit: Getty

She went on to write that she felt their relationship was a media distraction from his failing Las Vegas residency show at the time, titled beLIEve.

“And, like a magician does when wanting to guide the audience’s attention away from a trick, he needed to provide a distraction, or in magician’s terms, ‘a misdirection,’ for the media the night of the show’s opening. That night, unbeknownst to me, I was the misdirection.”

Why did Holly Madison and Criss Angel break up?

Criss and Holly’s relationship began to unravel after Criss became “posessive.”

Holly said he insisted on one of his bodyguards travelling with her as she travelled coast to coast “in order to keep [her] safe,” but that it was “awkward and embarrassing to have to explain to my friends why a security guard joined us for every meal.”

She described how Criss’ behavior became too much to handle, writing: “Criss’ explosive temper was becoming increasingly more alarming. I didn’t want to go back to the mansion, Criss knew that, but it was as if he couldn’t help his jealousy.

“For all his fame, fortune, and success, Criss, to me, seemed cripplingly insecure. This was starting to feel all too familiar.”

Criss Angel and Holly Madison dated from Nov 2008-Feb 2009

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Criss Angel and Holly Madison dated from Nov 2008-Feb 2009Credit: Getty

She continued, “Hef was a master of manipulation and knew how to cripple a girl’s self-esteem. Criss, on the other hand, just scared me.”

She added that during their fights, he’d “accuse me of being a slut” and say they should break up but then “freak out if I didn’t try to convince him otherwise.”

Holly put her foot down after one bad fight and returned home to Portland after calling it quits with Criss. She shortly returned to Las Vegas, however, to star in Peep Show.

“I felt like Hef was trying to sabotage me in Los Angeles by bad-mouthing me and leaving me out of Girls Next Door-related press, and now Criss was trying to banish me from Las Vegas,” she wrote.

“Sorry, boys, it’s not going to be that easy.”

Holly Madison said Criss Angel was 'insecure' and 'possessive'

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Holly Madison said Criss Angel was ‘insecure’ and ‘possessive’Credit: Getty

When will Holly Madison’s autobiographical show air?

The show is said to be titled after Holly’s book, and is envisioned as a limited series.

A network is not yet attached to the project but it’s expected to draw interest from premium cable and streaming outlets. No air date has been announced yet because of this.

The series will dramatize what Madison saw going on behind the gates of the Playboy Mansion – where young women were given drugs and encouraged to take part in twice-weekly orgies with Hefner.

Holly Madison and Hugh Hefner

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Holly Madison and Hugh HefnerCredit: Rex Features

“They knew it was kind of a quote-unquote requirement for living there, and expected,” Madison told Buzzfeed News.

“And it had kind of a chore vibe, I felt.”

Madison said the orgies happened like clockwork after the Club Nights, every Wednesday and Friday.

She had to abide by a strict 9pm curfew and she was made to give up her waitressing job, cutting her off from the outside world.

Hefner would also make cruel comments about her appearance and he refused to let her see a therapist when she became depressed.

Holly Madison was one of Hugh Hefner's six girlfriends from 2001-2008

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Holly Madison was one of Hugh Hefner’s six girlfriends from 2001-2008Credit: Reuters

Madison says the situation became so desperate she considered ending her life.

“Drowning myself seemed like a logical way to escape the ridiculous life I was leading,” she wrote.

“I just couldn’t take my misery anymore.”

After Madison left him, Hefner married a model 60 years his junior, Crystal Harris, in 2012.

He died five years later aged 91.



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