It has been over 14 years when Paris Hilton’s sex tape got leaked, and in the latest documentary, Hilton spoke out about how it affected her emotionally.
The heiress and socialite was only 19-year-old when the home video of her getting intimate with her then-beau Rick Salomon back in 2001 was first surfaced on the internet in late 2003. The infamous sex tape was leaked weeks before Hilton remarked her debut in what would become the successful reality show named The Simple Life.
According to USA Today, the 37-year-old Hilton says in the documentary titled The American Meme, “It was like being raped.” She continues, “It felt like I’d lost part of my soul and been talked about in such cruel and mean ways. I literally wanted to die at some points. I was like, ‘I just don’t want to live,’ because I thought everything was taken away from me. I didn’t want to be known as that.”
The film — The American Meme premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival this weekend. At post-screening Q&A Hilton made her remarks, which are making headlines.
During an interview with CNN back in 2011, Hilton told the outlet that she felt “so betrayed” when her sex tape first surfaced on the internet.
“When I was a little girl, I looked up to people like Princess Diana and these women and I feel like he took that away from me,” Hilton said. “This is not what I planned. I didn’t want to be known as that. Now when people look at me, they think that I’m something I’m not, just because of one incident one night, with someone who I was in love with, people assume, ‘Oh, she’s a slut,’ just because of one thing that happened to me.”
“It’s hard because I’ll have to live with that for the rest of my life and explain it to my children,” she added. “It’s something that just changed my life forever and I’ll never be able to erase it.”