Paris Hilton says she used to model herself on Princess Diana and could have lived a similar life to the beloved royal if it wasn’t for the release of her sex tape.
The royal tragically died in a car crash in Paris in 1997 at the age of 36, and will always be remembered as the People’s Princess.
Socialite Paris shot to fame in reality TV series The Single Life, but says she modelled herself on Diana – who was famous for her charitable pursuits across the globe – growing up and says her hopes of being seen in the same light as Prince William and Prince Harry’s mum were dashed when the tape got out.
The infamous tape was filmed when she was 18 and her then-boyfriend Rick Salomon was 33, and the heiress says she is still hurt by the fact the tape go out without her consent.
She said: ‘It’s really hurtful, because my whole life I really looked up to Princess Diana, all these elegant, amazing women, and I feel like [Rick] just took that all away from me. I could have been like that, but because of that tape, I will always be judged and thought of as whatever they say about me because of a private moment between my boyfriend and me.’
The star now wishes she’d ‘never met’ the poker player, now 48, and says starting up a relationship with him has been the ‘one regret’ in her life.
A sure sign that Pairs was depressed was the fact she didn’t want to be seen in public after her tape aired.
She added: ‘I wish I had never met him. That is actually the one regret in my life. I wish that I had never met that guy. I could not leave my house for months. I was so depressed, humiliated. I didn’t want to be seen in public.’
And despite still being judged for the contents of the tape, 36-year-old Paris – who is now in a relationship with actor Chris Zylka – says she enjoys being able to change people’s perspective of her once they meet her.
Speaking to Marie Claire magazine, she said: ‘People love to talk s**t. I’m used to it, over the years. I love how, anyone I meet, I always change their mind right away. I’m not what people think. It’s fun to kind of laugh with it and say I’m in on the joke.’