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Holly Madison Reveals How Difficult It Was To Date After Hugh Hefner

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Dating is hard for anybody, but it's especially difficult when your ex is none other than Hugh Hefner!

In a conversation with People Magazine, Holly Madison got REAL about her struggles to date following her escape from the Playboy mansion in 2008. Unsurprisingly, her foray into the dating scene was anything but easy!

Related: Are Holly & Kendra Faking Their Feud?

Luckily for us, H.M. documented all of her trials and tribulations in her recently released second memoir, The Vegas Diaries. The book is a companion to her first best-seller, Down The Rabbit Hole.

Speaking on what it was like to live as Hugh's "ex-girlfriend", the beauty dished:

"It was kind of tricky, and I share a lot of dating stories. Names have been changed to protect the innocentI share a lot of stories because it was my first time out there as a single woman dating and I was really trying hard – even though I was doing a reality show at the time and I was in the public eye – to keep my dating life private. I was tired of being associated with one other person and that has its own set of challenges, so there was some crazy adventures and mishaps along the way."

Dayum, sounds rough! We imagine Holly's story was a bit too complicated for a Match.com profile!

Despite all the bad luck, Ms. Madison managed to snag her husband and baby daddy Pasquale Rotella when she FINALLY let go of her baggage:

"I had just spent so many years living in fear of judgment and what other people think, and it was finally just letting go of that. It kind of set me free, so that was a big lesson."

Well, it's like they say — you can't love another person until you love yourself! We suspect this positive mantra is why the blonde is able to ignore (sorta), the haterade from ex costar Kendra Wilkinson.

Congrats on finding love and happiness, Holly! It's so nice to see you doing well!

[Image via Instagram.]

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