In a new episode of her podcast “This is Paris,” Paris Hilton revealed that she was so determined to keep the arrival of her son Phoenix a secret that she was willing to fib about his birth.
“I was so scared of the paparazzi finding out,” she said. “I knew if they did, they would be all over Cedar’s-Sinai [Medical Center] and I didn’t want that for my baby.”
Hilton said that she even considered telling people that Phoenix was her nephew. “I was like, ‘Maybe we can just say he’s my nephew,'” she recalled. “But then I knew that would be too hard to keep up.”
The 42-year-old socialite and her husband Carter Reum welcomed Phoenix via surrogate in January 2023. They kept the news of their son’s birth a secret for nearly two months before sharing it with the world.
In the podcast episode, Hilton said that she was so protective of Phoenix because she has “had to go through life having to protect herself.” She explained that she has always been in the spotlight and that she has learned to be careful about who she trusts.
“I’ve had people try to take advantage of me my whole life,” she said. “I’ve had people try to sell stories about me. I’ve had people try to hurt me.”
Hilton said that she wanted to do everything she could to protect Phoenix from the same kind of experiences. “I just wanted him to have a normal childhood,” she said. “I didn’t want him to have to grow up in the spotlight.”
Hilton’s decision to keep Phoenix’s birth a secret was met with some criticism, with some people accusing her of being selfish. However, Hilton defended her decision, saying that she did what she thought was best for her son.
“I know some people thought I was being selfish,” she said. “But I don’t think that’s true. I just wanted to protect my baby.”
Hilton said that she is now happy that she shared the news of Phoenix’s birth with the world. She said that she is enjoying motherhood and that she is grateful for her son.
“He’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me,” she said. “I’m so lucky to be his mom.”
Hilton’s story is a reminder that every parent has the right to decide how and when to share their child’s life with the world. There is no right or wrong answer, and what matters most is that parents do what they think is best for their children.