Paris Hilton made some deeply personal revelations in her new book, Paris: The Memoir. But one confession is bringing up memories of something she didn’t want to talk about.
This trip isn’t going back too far down memory lane — just to the simpler time of 2016. Yeah. It’s about Donald Trump.
In what became maybe the most contentious presidential election of all time, plenty of families and fanbases were divided over support from Trump. After all, he was courting white supremacist groups, his reputation was that of an untrustworthy grifter, there were multiple sexual misconduct accusations against him… And yet people thought, well, he seems like a standup Washington outsider. They really believed a guy who lived in a skyscraper in NYC and had a golden toilet was going to fight for Middle America against the coastal elites. It’s not hard to see how their friends and family were flabbergasted and offended.
And here was Paris Hilton, a celeb with a huge fan base, shouting her support for the hotel magnate. Well, she’s walking back that support now. In fact, she says she lied about voting for him! When asked that November by Aussie show The Project, she said:
“I’ve known him since I was a little girl, so yes. I’ve known him my entire life, and he’s always been incredibly supportive of me.”
Now she says that wasn’t even true. She wrote in her memoir, in an excerpt published by People:
“When I was put on the spot in an interview, I pretended I voted for Donald Trump because he was an old family friend and owned the first modeling agency I signed with…”
That would be T Management, which Paris joined when she was just 19 years old. But as she continues, the lie sounds less like a favor for a family friend and more like coercion! She recalled how scared she became of him personally:
“…when I left to go to another agency, he was furious and intimidated the s**t out of me on the phone.”
Yeesh! Yeah, that’s definitely a guy you want to have his finger on the button. Someone who calls and scares teenage children of friends. Paris is now holding herself accountable for the lie, and for the truth. She admits:
“The truth is even worse: I didn’t vote at all.”
We love that she’s accepting vilification for being complacent. The large number of Americans who didn’t vote in 2016 were definitely a big factor in Trump’s surprise corner case victory, in which he won the Electoral College numbers but not the popular vote.