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Paris Hilton says she is 'not a dumb blonde' but is 'good at pretending to be one'

The hotel heiress said she used to play a character

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Paris Hilton has insisted she is "not a dumb blonde" but said she is very good at pretending to be one.

The hotel heiress, known for The Simple Life and other reality shows, opened up about being more herself these days during an interview on This Morning.

She told hosts Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary: "For a long time people have misunderstood and underestimated me but I can understand, playing that character. Of course they were going to assume otherwise.

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"But I'm not a dumb blonde, I'm just very good at pretending to be one."

Alison Hammond, Paris Hilton, and Dermot O'Leary on This Morning. (Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock)
Alison Hammond, Paris Hilton, and Dermot O'Leary on This Morning. (Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock)

She went on: "After the Simple Life I got stuck [as that character] and everyone assumed that’s who I really was in real life and I’m a naturally shy person so it was also kind of a mask for me.”

When Hammond mentioned how Hilton sounds different now, the star said: “This is my real voice.

"That was just a character I was playing.”

The US star - who in recent months has talked about facing emotional and physical abuse as a teen - welcomed son Phoenix with her husband Carter Reum earlier this year.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 05: (FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Paris Hilton and Carter Reum attend the 65th GRAMMY Awards on February 05, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Paris Hilton has a son with her husband Carter Reum. (FilmMagic)

She said her baby was her "world".

"He is just such a little angel and I’m so obsessed with him and I can’t wait to get home to him," she said.

Hilton, 42, also revealed that while she used to love going out, her life is pretty different now.

Cast members Paris Hilton (L) and Nicole Richie pose during a news conference for the television show
Paris Hilton was in The Simple Life with her friend Nicole Richie. (Reuters)

"I loved to go out… but now that I'm grown up I don’t really enjoy it as much anymore," she said.

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"My ideal night now?

"I love to cook lasagne for my husband and just lay in bed with my baby and cuddle.”

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