How hard is it to be an L.A. socialite with a net worth of $45 million who gets a lot of media attention? A lot harder than ordinary people may think, according to Paris Hilton.
In a Tuesday appearance with mother Kathy Hilton on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” to promote her upcoming Oxygen network TV show, “The World According to Paris,” Hilton explained there’s more to the celebutante life than meets the eye.
“Well, I’ve been doing this for 15 years now, so half of my life and there’s its up and downs,” Hilton said. “It’s hard sometimes. There are so many amazing things that go with it, but just like anything, there’s the bad and the hard that goes with it, too.”
Hilton complained that sometimes people try to take advantage of her celebrity status.
“One of the things is in the media, there’s all these people who I’ve never met before, or maybe people from my past who want to sell stories and make money, so they’ll make up these crazy stories and people believe them,” Hilton said.
That prompted host Piers Morgan to ask if she felt she was entitled to any privacy “given the amount of your private life that you put out there for commercial gain?”
PARIS HILTON: Well, when you’re in this business, this is what you sign up for. So there’s going to be no privacy.
PIERS MORGAN: Is that a price worth paying, in the end?
P. HILTON: Sometimes. Sometimes not.
KATHY HILTON: Unless you have really thick skin.
PARIS HILTON: I’ve really grown a thick skin over the years. And I’ve had so many things said about me. And it’s hard, but I feel like what else could happen at this point? Everything bad that can happen to a person has happened to me.