Perez Hilton Says He Regrets The Way He Covered Britney Spears

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Gossip columnist Perez Hilton expressed remorse over the way he covered Britney Spears in the past.

Hilton revealed he regrets “a lot or most of what” he said about Spears in the past during an appearance Monday on “Good Morning Britain.”

“I regret a lot or most of what I said about Britney as I’m sure Piers [Morgan] would if he were here about things he’s said in the past,” Hilton said on the show, according to the Daily Mail.

“Thankfully, hopefully, many of us get older and wiser,” Hilton added.

Hilton has previously called Spears an “unfit mother” after the infamous umbrella incident back in 2007 when Spears attacked a paparazzo’s vehicle with a green umbrella. When Heath Ledger died, Hilton sold t-shirts with the phrase “Why couldn’t it be Britney?” on his website, the New York Post reported.

Hilton also defended journalist Diane Sawyer during his interview. Sawyer recently received backlash over an interview she did with Spears in 2003. (RELATED: Diane Sawyer’s Interview With Britney Spears About The Governor Of Maryland’s Wife Wanting To Shoot Her Resurfaces)

“Someone who was talked about in this documentary briefly, Diane Sawyer — a respected journalist, a good woman — but many people are painting her out to be a villain,” Hilton said in the interview, according to the Daily Mail.

“I think a lot of fans and folks just want to blame this person and that person, but it’s not as simple as that,” he continued. “There are real, mental health issues at play with Britney Spears.”

Spears has been thrust back into the spotlight after The New York Times released its documentary “Framing Britney Spears.” Since its release, Perez and musician Justin Timberlake have commented.

Timberlake apologized to Spears and Janet Jackson in a social media post Friday. “I specifically want to apologize to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson both individually, because I care for and respect these women and I know I failed,” Timberlake wrote.

“I also feel compelled to respond, in part, because everyone involved deserves better and most importantly, because this is a larger conversation that I wholeheartedly want to be part of and grow from,” he concluded.