The 'Girl Next Door' is on her own.
Kendra Wilkinson has come a long way since she was first introduced to us several years ago as Hugh Hefner’s brash, booze-lovin’ number three girlfriend on the hit E! reality series “Girls Next Door.”
She’s now the star of her own self-titled show, an author, and an entrepreneur. But most importantly, she’s mother to one-year-old Hank Baskett IV, happily married (despite what the tabloids might say), and she credits her husband, NFL wide receiver Hank Baskett, for bringing faith into her life at a time when she was seeking something more than just Playboy parties and mindless mayhem.
“Everything happened in the exact perfect timing I wanted. Living in the mansion was in my late teens and early 20’s and that was where my life was then and I thank Hef. He’s the one that opened the door for me and the life I have now,” Wilkinson told FOX411’s Pop Tarts. “But now I’m 25, I have a husband and child and I needed that. I was over the party thing, that just gets so old, and I needed that (faith.) This is my life now, this is what makes me happy. Waking up to my partner everyday is so amazing, and of course, our son. But Hank and I know how to be husband and wife, not just mommy and daddy.”
And while Wilkinson certainly has no desire to go raging, or shall we say “bunny hopping” about naked like she once did, she is beyond feeling like she has to be a saint at all times too.
“Of course our number one priority is to be parents, but we’ve got to that point where we are not going to be ashamed of stepping outside and having a couple of drinks and be wife and husband. That’s our thing now – we are not going to be ashamed anymore,” she continued.
Speaking of spouses, Wilkinson wasn’t surprised that her ex recently proposed to his current live-in girlfriend, 24-year-old Crystal Harris. However, the news obviously came as quite a blow for Holly Madison, who dated the Playboy founder for six years, but ended the romance in 2008 when it became evident he wasn’t prepared to produce the coveted diamond.
“I feel like he (Hef) is making a hasty decision. I'm not sure Crystal is the best thing for him,” a stunned Madison told Life & Style. “They could end up divorcing, and she could take half his money."
But Wilkinson said the magazine mogul didn’t marry Madison because, even though he is well into his 80’s, he simply wasn’t ready to settle down.
“It is just life and it goes to show when a guy is not ready, a guy is not ready,” she explained. “It doesn’t matter what age you are. Hef was too young!”
And although Wilkinson is only 25, it has still been a battle to bring back that pre-baby body – well, that was until she discovered a metabolism-boosting “magic potion.”
“When I got the six week clearance from the doctor (after giving birth) I worked and dieted but I didn’t pay attention to my metabolism,” she said. “But within the last couple of months I’ve been focusing on my metabolism with the health supplement Ab Cuts and it has been amazing, my magic potion! It’s the metabolism booster I needed.”
The “Playboy” cover girl said she’s now lost all her pregnancy pounds – all sixty of them.
“I put on sixty pounds, but it was sixty unhealthy pounds. I’ve learned my lesson from that. Yes, pregnancy of course you get cravings but next time when my body is telling me to eat a whole batch of brownies I am going to slap myself,” Wilkinson added. “I can’t wait to get pregnant again, but I want to embrace my bump, not fat.”
Hollie McKay has been a FoxNews.com staff reporter since 2007. She has reported extensively from the Middle East on the rise and fall of terrorist groups such as ISIS in Iraq. Follow her on twitter at @holliesmckay