Via Today FM
WARNING: This article contains a discussion about suicide that may affect some readers.
Love him or hate him, since launching his website 18 years ago, Perez Hilton has become one of the biggest names in Hollywood.
He has broken some of the biggest stories in the biz and attracted an enormous following but he’s also outed celebrities as gay before they were ready to come out, been accused of bullying young, female celebrities like Britney Spears and Khloé Kardashian, and has faced innumerable lawsuits.
Perez Hilton told Tova O'Brien he acknowledges his past mistakes and understands the scrutiny around some of his early content.
"I take full accountability for everything that I used to do," Hilton said.
"I was an adult who knew better and chose not to because I was very selfish and I didn't care about who I hurt on the way."
Check out the Talking Out The Trash Podcast to keep up to date with all the messiest celebrity gossip:
While Hilton explained he is deeply sorry for his past behaviour and the hurt he has caused, he believes he's a changed person.
A drastic increase in young, queer people taking their own lives struck a chord with Hilton and inspired a change in his attitude towards some parts of his job and the way he approached it.
"The very first day that started, I made a 'this get's better' video and I thought you know in this time of darkness with all of these young people taking their own lives, I'm doing something to spread positivity."
However, the response to this video was 'a big wakeup call' for Hilton as viewers were heavily critical of him as a person making a video of this nature.
"Almost every comment was, how dare you make an 'it gets better video', you are a hypocrite, you are a bully, you are the problem.
"I said okay, I need to change things because that's not who I am in my heart, but it is who I had become."