Hugh Hefner delayed his divorce from his estranged wife for more than ten years for the sake of their children.
The Playboy boss filed legal papers to finally end his marriage to former Playmate of the Year Kimberly Conrad Hefner earlier this month (Sep09) - 11 years after the couple split.
Now the mogul has explained he waited to legally dissolve the union "because of the children" - his youngest son Cooper turned 18 on 4 September (09).
He explains, "Now is the time. I stayed married not because it was a marriage - the marriage ended in 1998. I stayed because she wanted me to."
The 83 year old is seeking to pay $20,000 (£13,000) to his ex in monthly spousal support as part of their divorce settlement.
The former pin-up filed a lawsuit against Hefner in August (09), seeking $4 million (£2.6 million) she maintains she is owed in accordance with their prenuptial agreement before they wed in 1989.