Kim shared the offer as part of a tribute to Hugh Hefner
While the internet at large has gone back and forth on the idea of Hugh Hefner and his legacy in the wake of his death, Lil Kim falls clearly on the side that Hef was a good man. This was undoubtedly colored by the fact that Kim knew Hef personally, but her tribute to the late icon is touching nonetheless.
In a heartfelt Instagram post, Kim admitted that she regretted turning down Hef’s offer to appear in Playboy and added that the magazine head saw something in her that she was unable to see at the time in herself.
“This is one man that I thought would live forever,” she began. “Ugh I’m so broken-hearted that I didn’t get to spend more time with him. Hugh believed in my beauty more than myself, he always put me on a pedestal,” she continued. “If you got to know him it was a pleasure and honor. He was such a great wonderful spirit and so much fun!”
Kim said that Hef made her a massive offer to appear in the pages of the magazine, but she turned him down. She claims now that she regrets the choice… but not for the reasons that you think. Kim said that her regrets stem not from the money she would have made, but because she missed her chance to be a part of Hefner’s legacy.
“I remember turning down a non-disclosed 7 figure offer from Hugh and till [sic] this day I regret it, not because of the money, but because it would have been an honor to be a part of this beautiful mans archive and historic catalog,” she said underneath a photo of the two of them together. “You never changed up and you were always the same kind loving person. Every time I saw you, even after the fact that we didn’t get to make history 2gether, our love for each other always remained the same. I Love You to the heavens Hugh and I will miss you dearly.”
Tributes All Around
Kim wasn’t the only hip-hop star to mourn the loss of the Playboy legend on social media.
“RIP Hugh Hefner,” wrote Juicy J on Twitter. “I went to so many of his parties at the Playboy mansion it was legendary you will never be forgotten.”
“There’s only 2 players left me and Larry Flynt,” wrote Uncle Luke. “R.I.P Hugh Hefner.”
“To the Playboy of all Playboys. What a way to live life and not let life live you,” wrote Pitbull under a picture of himself with Hefner. “Enjoy the ride! Dale!”
The Roots’ drummer Questlove shared a photo of a neon-colored version of Playboy’s iconic bunny rabbit logo with the words “Goodnight, Playboy” in the caption.
Outside of hip-hop, tons of classic rockers, R&B singers, and others who had spent time at Hef’s famous mansion (or with his famous product) took a moment to reflect on the late legend’s life. Photos of a Hefner young and old, though always in his smoking jacket, were ubiquitous across social media.
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Check out Kim’s full post up top. What do you think? Should Kim have taken Hef’s offer? Should Hefner be celebrated? Sound off in the comments and be sure to SHARE this article.