Picture: Hugh Hefner The 6th Annual Kandyland Party at the Playboy Mansion Beverly Hills Los Angeles, California - 25.06.11
Hugh Hefner fears his ex-fiancee Crystal Harris was using him for his fame and fortune - but insists their relationship was "a pretty nice ride" while it lasted.
The Playboy publisher was left brokenhearted after the 25-year-old model called off their wedding plans at the last minute in June (11).
In a candid TV interview with CNN's Piers Morgan, which aired on Thursday (14Jul11), the ageing mogul conceded that Harris may have had ulterior motives by embarking on a romance with a man 60 years her senior.
But Hefner refuses to hold a grudge against the pretty blonde - because he enjoyed their romance.
He says, "I think an argument could be made that she took me for a ride but I must say, quite frankly, it was a pretty nice ride. It was two and a half very good years and if she was faking it she did it very well... If she was fooling, and a case can be made that she was, she did a very good job."
When asked if he feels "conned" by Harris, Hefner admitted, "Obviously, sure, of course. (But) no, it's not humiliating. I'm happier now. I missed a bullet."