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Jenny McCarthy on Growing Up Poor, Deeply Religious: 'Jesus Was My Bieber'

JB Lacroix/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Jenny McCarthy grew up very fast in the public eye as a sexy pin-up girl for Playboy magazine, but as a young girl growing up in Chicago's South Side, she was deeply religious.

"[My sisters and I] used to lay with rosaries and statues all over our bodies because we thought that would protect us from Satan," she said. "I used to have a Jesus poster, the pope was over there, flaming heart of Jesus was over there. And then I had some 'I heart Jesus' T-shirts and bags hanging up."

In other words: "Jesus was my Bieber," McCarthy said.

McCarthy became a household name co-hosting MTV's dating game show, Singled Out, in the mid-'90s, but has kept her claim to fame these days as a six-time New York Times bestselling author.

McCarthy's latest book, Bad Habits: Confessions of a Recovering Catholic, chronicles her devout Catholic childhood and growing up poor, both of which left a deep mark on her.

"We really were hungry a lot of nights," McCarthy said.

In college, McCarthy said she worked as a bartender, but still struggled to make ends meet.

"I really tried to figure out ways to survive," she said. "One of them was to flirt with boys in bars, and go back to their place and tell them I'll meet them in their bedroom in a second, and they'd go in the bedroom. I would go in the refrigerator, I would steal their pizzas and I'd run home."

In Bad Habits, McCarthy gives a raw and honest portrayal of her young life and, in one part, she even confesses to wetting the bed until she was 10 years old.

"It's so much better that I realized to tell the truth and be very honest," she said. "Because that's the only way that people can relate to you."

She has always been driven, but especially these days as a single mom raising her 10-year-old son, Evan, who has autism. She is also the host of the reality TV show, Love in the Wild.

"I wouldn't be nearly as driven for money if I wasn't a single mother," she said. "If I had someone to depend on financially and help me out, I might slow it down a bit. But no, I am a workhorse."

Despite her religious youth, McCarthy said she was a rebel. She worked as a cashier for a Polish grocery store for five years, where she realized that a way out was to pose for Playboy.

"Guys would come in to buy them, they would ask for them and I would pick it up and throw it at them," she said. "But I was like, 'If these chicks can do it, I'm sitting here in this store, why couldn't I do it?'"

And she did. In 1993, Playboy hired the then-21-year-old to pose in the magazine and McCarthy was named Miss October. The following year, she was crowned Playmate of the Year.

"Hef said, 'You're Playmate of the Year,'" McCarthy said. "I went, 'Oh my God, yes,' and, 'Oh my God, no.' I literally went to my car and cried. I cried for about an hour that I was Playmate of the Year."

Her parents, extremely devout Christians who juggled multiple jobs to send their four daughters to Catholic school, were distraught.

"My mom was the one that was like ... 'I only have three daughters now,'" McCarthy said. "I begged her. I was like, 'Listen, you raised me to be a good person. This was my only option to get out there. I will be a Playmate that does something great, mom. Trust me and stand by me.'"

They did, and when McCarthy got a $100,000 check for being Playmate of the Year, she gave the money to her parents to pay off their bills and moved them to the Chicago suburbs.

"They were happy and sad all at the same time," McCarthy said. "They didn't envision the daughter having to do that to help them out."

She eventually moved to Hollywood and grew disillusioned with her faith, but McCarthy admitted using it to her advantage when touring for Playmate of the Year.

"Literally, guys would be like, 'So, you know, what are you doing after this? You're so beautiful. I think that, you know, we have this connection, that we should maybe walk on the beach later.' And I would go, 'Well, as long as we can also bring Jesus, my savior,'" she said.

Still, McCarthy added that she was prone to using men to get through difficult periods in her life. After her divorce from actor/director John Mallory Asher, she famously dated actor and comedian Jim Carrey for more than five years.

"I would use [men] as distractions for my own life," McCarthy said. "For instance, when Evan was diagnosed with autism, I quickly got into a relationship just to distract from the pain that I was going through. So I got in a relationship with Jim Carrey at the time and really allowed my mind to get caught up in the romance to numb from, really, what I was going through."

After long-term relationships with Carrey and NFL player Brian Urlacher, a linebacker for the Chicago Bears, McCarthy is single again. About to turn 40 next month, she said she still believes in God, but that doesn't mean she is giving up her wild side. She recently posed for Playboy again.

"Stereotyping is the biggest mistake that you can ever do on anybody," McCarthy said. "I am an amazing mother. I am an amazing, I think, author and workhorse. And I'm also an amazing, fun, wannabe-sexy kinda girl."

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Jenny McCarthy, Chicago Bears Linebacker Brian Urlacher Split 

JB Lacroix/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- TV personality and former Playboy Playmate of the Year Jenny McCarthy had been dating Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher for a while, but McCarthy tells People magazine in a statement on Thursday, "Brian and I have decided to turn our romance into an amazing friendship."

She adds, "I will continue to be the biggest cheerleader for him. Go, Bears!"

McCarthy was first spotted on a dinner date with Urlacher back in early April, but had spoken very little about her relationship with him.

The 39-year-old is this year’s July/August Playboy cover girl.

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Jenny McCarthy Doesn't Care If Son Sees Her "Playboy" Pics Someday

JB Lacroix/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Jenny McCarthy isn't the least bit ashamed about her new Playboy pictorial, with the 39-year-old mother cheekily calling the spread "a salute to the MILFs."

The new issue, which hits store shelves Friday, shows nude pics of the 1993 Playboy Playmate of the Year nearly 20 years after she first graced the magazine's pages.

People magazine asked her what she'd think if her now 10-year-old son caught the pics of her seventh nude pictorial in the magazine.

"I think he can find a lot worse available on the Internet these days," she says.  "I think people make such a big deal sometimes about it, when I feel like it just comes down to how you raise your child and how you explain things to your kid."

So how will she explain her work in front of the camera for the men's mag?

"Evan and I will have that conversation someday.  For now, it's not like he'll see it around the house," she jokes.

"I don't have one cover up, period," she says, calling it "hilarious" people would assume she'd have her Playboy pics displayed at her home. 

"I mean, I don't even have my Rolling Stone cover up," she laughs.  "It's like, who wants to look at themselves?  I don't.  Seriously, the only picture I have up of myself is one of a shark eating Evan and me."

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Jenny McCarthy to Pose Again for "Playboy"

JB Lacroix/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Jenny McCarthy has agreed to pose for Playboy for one final time, following up on a 2009 comment that she’d love to show off her figure in the magazine before she turns 40.

A rep for Playboy has confirmed to Us that the model and actress will appear on the cover of its July/August edition double issue, which hits newsstands Friday, June 29.  McCarthy, who will hit the big 4-0 on Nov. 1, was Playmate of the Year in 1993.

Last month, McCarthy told Us that her 9-year-old son, Evan made his first visit to the Playboy Mansion for an Easter Bunny Hunt.  She admitted that Evan was lost for “probably 45 minutes” and eventually found him hanging out in the estate’s legendary Grotto.

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Jenny McCarthy Logs On for Love

JB Lacroix/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- is not the first place you’d expect to find a former Playboy Playmate but some lucky guys trolling the Web for love will find just that, thanks to Jenny McCarthy.

There’s only one catch.  You might not recognize her.

The 39-year-old actress, autism activist and Playboy’s Miss October 1993 revealed in an appearance earlier this month on The Rosie O’Donnell Show that she uses the online dating site to find dates, but her profile photo is actually that of her pregnant sister.

She also said she is careful not to disclose any personal details or her real name to ward off potential suitors who might be lured more by her Playboy claim-to-fame than McCarthy herself.

The single mother of an 8-year-old son is not shy, however, about turning to the Internet for love. She has a simple reason for doing so.

“It’s so hard out here [in L.A.]. The guys are like chicks out here,” she told while on the red carpet at Sunday’s American Music Awards in Los Angeles. “There’s no real guy guys, so maybe importing from somewhere will be smart.”

She elaborated to Access Hollywood that she’s from Chicago, “where guys eat meat and potatoes. They don’t know what a vegetarian means. Out here, they want to borrow my makeup and concealer.”

The Two and a Half Men recurring star ended a five-year relationship with actor Jim Carrey in April 2010. She was most recently linked to 35-year-old former fitness model Jason Toohey.

Male users of in McCarthy’s preferred 35-to-48 age range without the fitness model resume, and body, of Toohey’s need not be deterred, however. McCarthy is after simpler pursuits.

“I don’t care if they have a big nose. I don’t care if they’re bald. Just really sweet and [someone] who’s a perfect reflection of who I am now,” she told Access Hollywood. “They have to have a job. I’d like them to at least be able to buy dinners and stuff like that. That is important.”

But a high-paying job might not hurt your chances with the blonde actress, either.

In addition to her exploits, McCarthy also recently appeared on an episode of Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker, with matchmaker friend Patti Stanger.

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