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Hugh Hefner's son explains what it was like to grow up in the Playboy Mansion

Hugh Hefner's son explains what it was like to grow up in the Playboy Mansion

Cooper Hefner said he was initially 'sheltered' from his fathers antics

Hugh Hefner's youngest son has opened up on what was like to grow up in the Playboy Mansion.

You'd think it would be a childhood like no other as Cooper Hefner, now 30, is the son of one of the most prominent party animals around.

In a 2015 interview with Business Insider, Cooper spoke about his childhood in the coveted home.

Cooper Hefner with model Amanda Cerny.
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He said: "This really acted as a pretty traditional home - even though it's not a traditional home - for me and my brother, especially when our parents were together.

"When my mom and dad separated and he bought the mansion next door, he broke down the wall and my brother and I went back and forth between both properties."

Hugh Hefner passed away in 2017.
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Talking about the legendary Playboy grotto, he said: "It's funny because it's such an iconic place and obviously the whole world probably sees it as one thing which is this mecca for orgies, but the reality is, is for me, it has always represented a sort of Indiana Jones adventure.

"Because when I was a kid, there was none of that going on and I was swimming around here and that's what it was to me."

Copper then admitted that as he got older, he would try and take a sneak peak at what the adults were getting up to.

The mansion's pool and grotto had a reputation as being a place for orgies.
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He added: "We were kept away from the parties when we were younger. 

"We weren't participating when we were 12 years old at the Midsummer's party at the Mansion.

"Like any other 13, 14, 15-year-old, if you're upstairs and your parents are having a Christmas party, you're gonna sneak downstairs and try and figure out what's going on and why you're not invited to the party. 

"Yeah, I had some of those nights with my friends... I'm not going to talk about them, though."

Most incredibly, he also revealed that, while he was growing up, his school would go on 'field trips' to his family's home.

He also claims that the parents who accompanied his classmates would tag along, just so they could get a look inside the property. 

"I did not realise that was bizarre at the time," Cooper said. "It was one of those things you don't realise is weird until you get older."

Social media were quick to comment on Cooper's remarks, with one person commenting: "This guy singlehandedly made the Playboy Mansion seem wholesome."

Another added: "Despite his style and wealthy background, dude actually seems like a pretty down to earth and nice guy."

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Topics: US News, Celebrity