"It was like being raped": Paris Hilton finally reveals what she went through after leaked 2004 sex tape
The documentary premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival on Friday, where Hilton spoke about how it was difficult to establish her own identity beyond the tabloid reports
Paris Hilton just opened up about her past like never before. The Hilton heiress, who is a subject of Bert Marcus' new documentary on social media celebs, The American Meme, has for the first time spoken about her leaked sex tape in the documentary.
The American Meme follows the lives of social media stars like Hilton, Josh "The Fat Jew" Ostrovsky and Brittany Furlan, among other people. In the documentary, Hilton talks about her rise to fame, her popular reality show, 'The Simple Life' with Nicole Richie, and most importantly, her sex tape with former boyfriend Rick Salomon which leaked in the year 2004.
“It was like being raped,” she says in the documentary. “It felt like I'd lost part of my soul and been talked about in such cruel and mean ways. I literally wanted to die at some points. I was like, ‘I just don't want to live,’ because I thought everything was taken away from me. I didn't want to be known as that.”
The documentary premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival on Friday, where Hilton was present for a small Q&A. She spoke about how it was difficult to establish her own identity beyond what was reported by the tabloids and how the documentary was her golden opportunity to give the public her own side of the story, according to USA Today.
"I felt like the world was introduced to me through The Simple Life," she shared. "There was no reality television back then, so it was very new. There was no social media, so I basically created this character that was basically what I thought the audience wanted, like, 'Oh, she's rich, so she needs to be a spoiled airhead' -- basically what the producers told me to do."
"When Bert [Marcus, the director] told me about this film, he basically said, ‘Paris, you're the OG of all this,’” she said. “I really trusted him and was very vulnerable about things I had never spoken about before, and basically just wanted to show the real me, because I don't think I ever have before.”
The 37-year-old, who is now engaged to her longtime lover Chris Zylka, took the opportunity to dish a little more about her beloved fiance and her upcoming wedding.
"I'm very excited for the next phase of my life and to start a family and find true happiness," Hilton said. "Because yes, this is so much fun — I love what I'm doing, it's great being in Ibiza every summer DJing until eight in the morning — but sometimes it gets a little tiring. I'm still going to continue being the girl boss I am, but I'm also going to be a mom, and I can't wait for that day."