Who Is Pasquale Rotella? New Details About Holly Madison's Ex-Husband

Former “Girls Next Door” star Holly Madison and her husband are officially divorced.

Who is Pasquale Rotella? New Details About Holly Madison's Ex-Husband Instagram

Former Girls Next Door star Holly Madison and her husband Pasquale Rotella are officially divorced.

Madison and Pasquale Rotella were granted a decree of divorce on Feb. 25, 2019, which effectively finalized the divorce.

Back on Aug. 31, 2018, Rotella filed for divorce from Madison in a Las Vegas court. According to records, Madison was served with papers on Sept. 19, 2018. Following the document exchange, both parties were ordered not to transfer any property or money around during the divorce proceedings. According to court records, Madison finally filed her answer on Feb. 2, 2019 to the divorce petition filed by Rotella. 


The same day, the former Playboy bunny filed her court docs, and Rotella filed an affidavit in support of a request for summary disposition — which means he asked the judge to finalize the divorce without a hearing or trial. The coordinated filings would signify that Madison and Rotella were able to make their own arrangements and finalize agreements regarding custody, support, and assets.

Madison, 38, and Rotella, 44, were married at Disneyland in September 2013 after dating for two years. The couple has two children together, Rainbow Aurora, 5, and Forest Leonardo, 2. Sources familiar with the situation told ET Online that the couple had been going through a difficult time in the recent months. But there wasn’t a single incident that triggered their desire to end their marriage. 


Madison famously dated Hugh Hefner from 2002 until 2008 and was his main girlfriend for several years. Since then, the model has gone on to publish various books including Down the Rabbit Hole and The Vegas Diaries.

So who is Pasquale Rotella? Here's everything you need to know about Holly Madison’s ex-husband.

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1. He has a podcast. 

Rotella has a weekly podcast which he runs directly from the Insomniac HQ in Los Angeles, called Night Owl Radio. He features special guest mixes, exclusive info on Insomnia events and competitions.



A post shared by Pasquale Rotella (@pasqualerotella) on May 21, 2017 at 7:46pm PDT

2. He’s a leader in electronic music events. 

Rotella is an American businessman who currently serves as the chief executive officer of Insomniac Events, which is considered as one of the most successful electronic music events and promotions in the world. Rotella is also the creator of the popular Electric Daisy Carnival. The carnival holds overwhelming concerts in Puerto Rico, Texas, Nevada, Florida and New Jersey. A festival that usually lasts for several days, it normally attracts over 250,000 people. Some of the most famous performers and disc jockeys who have participated in the event include Tiesto, Diplo, Afrojack, Avici, and David Guetta.

Rotella is internationally recognized as a leader in his field and a champion of electronic music culture, informed by its rich history and determined to pen the narrative to its bright future.



A post shared by Pasquale Rotella (@pasqualerotella) on Oct 29, 2017 at 2:32pm PDT

3. He’s been on Billboard’s Power 100 list.

Rotella earned spots on the prestigious Billboard Power 100 list in 2013, 2014, and 2015, and has been labeled by the magazine as a top “EDM Power Player” and the second most important person in EDM by Rolling Stone. He was voted the #1 Most Powerful Person in EDM by inthemix, and awarded a spot on Vegas Inc.’s “Top 40 Under 40.

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A post shared by Pasquale Rotella (@pasqualerotella) on Jun 26, 2018 at 10:00am PDT

4. Rotella gives back to the community.

Rotella gives back to the communities that help support his business. His company Insomniac has donated over $1 million in the last 3 years to group like the Boys and Girls Club of America, Pablove, Rock the Vote, the Robert Shapiro Foundation, and the Emergency Medicine Resident Research Foundation at the University of Nevada School of Medicine.



Family is Everything 

A post shared by Pasquale Rotella (@pasqualerotella) on Sep 2, 2017 at 7:00pm PDT

5. Rotella said Holly was his forever partner. 

Rotella announced his split from Madison in a heartfelt post on Instagram back in September 2018. 


“It is with love in our hearts and a deep respect for one another that Holly and I have amicably made the decision to separate,” he wrote on Instagram along with a photo of him, the former Playboy bunny and their two kids.

“First and foremost, we are forever partners and parents to two beautiful children, and are fully committed to raising them in an environment filled with love and positivity. Holly is a talented woman and a beautiful soul. We remain the best of friends while co-parenting and continuing to support one another in our respective passions in life. Though it was not a decision we made hastily or take lightly, Holly and I welcome this next chapter in our relationship, and have every confidence that the future will bring only the best for us and our kids. We will always be family. Thank you all for your continued love and support.”

6. His parents are from Italy.

Rotella was born August 8, 1974, in Glendale, California. He grew up in the Pacific Palisades with his parents Irene and Vincent Rotella, who emigrated from Italy. Growing up, his family was relatively poor compared to others in the area, and at one point lived in a youth hostel. The family owned a deli shop in Venice, California where Rotella worked as a busboy.


Without a high school degree or a dollar to his name, he started throwing little parties in off-the-beaten-track venues before making it big.



A post shared by Pasquale Rotella (@pasqualerotella) on Jul 2, 2018 at 12:16pm PDT

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