Hefner to officially divorce playmate wife

After more than a decade of separation, Hugh Hefner is seeking an official return to his bachelor status.

The Playboy founder filed for divorce from his wife and former Playmate, Kimberly.

Hefner is asking a judge to order him to pay Kimberly Conrad Hefner $20,000 (€13,740) a month in spousal support.

That would be half of the $40,000 (€27,480) a month that the Playboy founder has been paying her since they separated in 1998, the records state.

He wants the monthly payments to end in two years, or after a trial on the couple’s divorce is held, whichever comes first.

Hefner, the 83-year-old founder of Playboy magazine and its public ambassador, has been living with three girlfriends at the infamous Playboy Mansion.

Their relationship has been the subject of the E! show 'The Girls Next Door' since 2005.

Hefner and Kimberly Conrad Hefner were married in 1989, the same year she was named Playmate of the Year. They separated in 1998.

Hefner continued to live at the mansion, and Kimberly Hefner moved into a home next door with the couple’s two young sons.

Records show she filed for divorce around that time, but the petition was eventually withdrawn.

She sued Hefner last month, claiming he owes her $4m (€2.74m) under their prenuptial agreement and for proceeds from the sale of the home she is living in.

Her lawsuit stated Hefner agreed to pay her $250,000 (€171,751) per year for every year they were married after their fourth anniversary.

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