Paris Hilton shocked her fans and followers on Tuesday night when she revealed that she had conceived her first child through a surrogate mother.
The latest twist in the 41-year-old heiress’s life came after she reinvented herself several times.
After being born into the Hilton Hotels fortune and becoming a headline-stealing socialite, Paris shot into the public consciousness in late 2003 with the leaking of her sex tape, 1 Night In Paris.
The sex tape leak happened just as she was being introduced to audiences across the country through her reality series, The Simple Life, and Paris continued to hone her image and focus on her business ventures in the years that followed, while in younger grew up to become an activist. .
What a development! As Paris Hilton announced on Tuesday that she welcomed her first child, DailyMail.com looks back at her rise to fame, from her early sex tape leak and fame on The Simple Life to her rediscovery as a successful businesswoman and activist; seen with Nicole Richie in 2003
Sweat: She made the announcement via Instagram, with a photo of the new mum holding her baby’s hand
Born on February 17, 1981 in New York, Paris spent much of her early life moving back and forth between coastlines with her parents and four siblings.
The family spent time in Beverly Hills, along with East Coast spots in the Hamptons on Long Island and Manhattan, although they spent most of their time on the West Coast.
But in 1996, when she was about 15, the family moved back east, coinciding with her more rebellious teenage years.
Out of desperation, her parents Kathy and Richard eventually sent her to Provo Canyon School in Utah, where they cared for problem children.
But in her 2020 documentary This Is Paris, the socialite claimed she was physically and mentally abused at the school, and several other people who attended the school said they were abused there.
Paris claimed she was stopped when she was sent to school and she claimed she was drugged there.
The future reality star also said she was the subject of comic strip searches and was at one point forced to stay in an isolation room for 24 hours.
Bicoastal Heiress: Born in 1981, Paris initially split her time between New York and Los Angeles; seen in 2001
Bad days: After problematic behavior when her family returned to NYC in 1996, she was sent to a boarding school in Utah, where she claimed she was abused; seen in New York in 2003
Paris had to stay at the school for 11 months until she turned 18 in 1999.
Upon returning home, she began to establish herself as a model, although she made a name for herself by partying hard.
In 2001, she was featured in a sex tape directed by her then-boyfriend Rick Salomon that broke the Internet in 2003.
The tape, which was made private, has just come out as she prepares for the release of her reality series The Simple Life, which paired her with friend Nicole Richie after her sister Nicky Hilton passed on it.
On the show, the two privileged stars lived with families in the countryside and were exposed to blue-collar work far from the toy shore slaves Hilton and Richie were used to.
Paris was also a natural performer and became a pop culture icon thanks to her deadpan face and sharp wit.
Controversy: A 2001 sex tape with her ex-boyfriend was leaked online in 2003 before it was officially released in 2004
Change of scenery: The controversy coincided with the December 2003 premiere of her hit reality series The Simple Life, in which she and Nicole Richie went to rural communities and worked as laborers; seen in 2004
In 2004, Salomon self-promoted the sex tape, raising his profile while trying to monetize it.
Salomon sued his ex after she claimed she did not fully consent to the release and could not approve it, claiming she defamed him by claiming he was exploiting her.
She also sued him for invasion of privacy and eventually settled with Salomon, which paid her $400,000 and a share of the profits.
Meanwhile, The Simple Life ran for three seasons on Fox before problems with her relationship with Richie led to its cancellation and subsequent revival for two more seasons on E! led, although the two later rekindled their friendship.
But Paris’s reputation was temporarily tarnished by a series of run-ins with the law over her dangerous public behavior.
She received a DUI in 2006 and several consecutive offenses resulted in her being sentenced to 45 days behind bars in 2007.
Troubled: Starting in 2006, Parys’ reputation was tarnished by her hard parties, a DUI and several legal battles for her dangerous driving, which eventually landed her 45 days in jail; seen in 2007
Reinvention: Later in the 2000s, she revived herself and her career by focusing on modeling, her fragrance lines and some acting roles
But after her wild years, Paris revived her image by focusing on her businesses and taking on small acting roles.
She also returned to reality TV with Paris Hilton’s My New BFF, which ran for two seasons and launched spin-offs in the UK and Dubai.
The reality star changed her image by focusing on her fragrance lines while showcasing her musical skills as a DJ, after a brief foray into pop stardom years earlier.
She also changed her relationship with fashion, opting for more elegant and sophisticated ensembles compared to the outfits she wore during her hard partying years.
In 2020, she gave her fans the deepest insight into her life to date with her documentary This Is Paris, which chronicled her abuse at boarding school in Utah and gave fans a glimpse of her true voice as before in her reality shows and very high-pitched, idiot-sounding tone in public interviews.
Throughout her career, Paris has had a varied dating life, dating Leonardo DiCaprio, Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter, reality stars and business tycoon.
In 2005, she and Greek shipping heir Paris Latsis became engaged before calling it quits later that year.
Actor Chrisy Zylka proposed to her in early 2018, after which they ended the engagement in November of that year.
Finally: Her most enduring romance, however, was with entrepreneur Carter Reum, whom she began dating in 2019; seen in 2021
In love: The two became engaged on February 13, 2021 and tied the knot in a lavish multi-day ceremony in November 2021; seen in 2022
However, her most enduring romance was with entrepreneur Carter Reum, whom she began dating in 2019.
The two became engaged on February 13, 2021 and were married in November 2021 in a luxurious multi-day ceremony.
Paris announced on Tuesday that she and Carter welcomed their first child together.
She confirmed to People that she conceived a baby boy through a surrogate.
“Becoming a mother has always been my dream and I’m so glad Carter and I found each other,” she told the publication. “We are so excited to start our family together and our hearts are bursting with love for our little boy.”
First-time mum: Paris announced on Tuesday that she and Carter welcomed their first child together. She confirmed to People that she conceived a baby boy through a surrogate