Playboy model and reality mom Kendra Wilkinson opens up in her new book about struggling with drugs since the age of 13.
During a “Today” show interview to push her new book, “Sliding into Home,” the former “Girl Next Door,” star said she started doing drugs when she was 13 including – eventually including methamphetamine.
“I always knew that was wrong. It was one of those things where I kind of lost myself for a little bit,” she said. “The drugs and everything, that’s what found me and accepted me, but it wasn’t me. I am that tomboy, I am that kid, that girl that loves sports. That wasn’t me so I grew out of that real fast.”
Kendra said her drug use started shortly after her father left the family and continued until she was 16. She also admitted to secretly becoming an underage stripper, but said she “wasn’t a druggie stripper.”
At 18, she appeared in Playboy and became a girlfriend of sorts to Hugh Hefner – an experience she speaks candidly about in the book. Earlier this year, Vivid Video released a sex tape of Kendra’s early days. She reportedly cashed in on it.
But Kendra has also sought to publicly transform herself.
Her new reality show on E! chronicles her marriage with pro football player Hank Baskett and the birth of their child. On the show she battles very regular problems, like trying to lose weight after pregnancy.
“I have been through a lot and have gotten through it,” said on Today. “I’m safe. I’m home. I am where I always wanted to be.”
PICS: Kendra Wilkinson promotes herÃÂ new book ‘Sliding Into Home’ at Borders Books & Music, Columbus Circle in New York City.