Another day, another reality show. Paris Hilton is making the rounds promoting her new Oxygen show The World According to Paris, so of course that means it's time for her to talk about her most famous piece of work: The Paris Hilton sex tape.
Filmed in 2001 and released by ex-boyfriend Rick Salomon in 2004 under the name One Night in Paris, the tape cemented Hilton's public notoriety -- and just happened to come out right before the premiere of her first show The Simple Life, guaranteeing major ratings.
Why mess with a perfect formula? Paris and her mom Kathy Hilton, who also stars in the new show, chatted with Piers Morgan about how the tape either ruined her life or made her a fortune, it's hard to tell which.
"I just felt so betrayed, this was not just some random guy, this was someone I was with for a few years," Paris told Morgan.
Did she love Salomon? "I thought I did, and I can't believe that he would do something like that to me. It's something that changed my life forever."
"When I was a little girl I looked up to these people like Princess Diana and these women and I think he took that away from me. This is not what I planned, I didn't want to be known as that," she said emotionally.
"Now when people look at me they think I'm something I'm not just because of one incident, one night with someone I was in love with."
"People assume, 'Oh she's a slut,' just because of one thing that happened to me. It's hard because I'll never... I'll have to live with that for the rest of my life and explain it to my children, it's something that has changed my life forever and I'll never be able to erase it."
"It was the most embarrassing and humiliating thing that's ever happened in my life," she said. "I was so embarrassed to even call her [Kathy] and tell her about it."
Kathy explained that after the tape was released Paris didn't leave the house for three months. "We had therapy and I think that that really helped. I didn't know what to say so that's why I reached out for professional help. The whole family was affected," Kathy said.
"It's something that we don't talk about, I try not to think about it."
You and the rest of the world, Kathy.
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