In a rare moment of quasi-introspection, notorious gossip blogger Perez Hilton says he doesn’t expect to ever be forgiven for his past behavior.
“I am irredeemable in the eyes of most,” the 43-year-old tells The Sunday Times in a new interview. “No matter how much I change, grow, evolve, apologise, they refuse to see me for who I am today.”
Hilton frequently targeted women and closeted gay men in his attacks as he was making a name for himself in the mid-2000s.
In addition to ridiculing Jennifer Aniston every time she had a break up and mocking Lindsey Lohan’s struggles with sobriety, he taunted then-closeted celebrities like Neil Patrick Harris, Clay Aiken, and Lance Bass so much that they were forced to come out publicly before they were ready to do so.
One of his biggest targets, of course, was Britney Spears, who he wished dead and called an “unfit mother” during her mental health crisis in 2008.
Looking back, the blogger says he viewed at the whole thing sort of like an “online soap opera” where “you have your heroes and you have your villains.” He saw himself as a part of the soap opera, too.
“In some naive way, I viewed what I was doing through that lens,” he explains. “Like, I’m just calling out the celebrities that need to be called out. I would say things like, well, Perez is not who I really am, it’s just a character. So if people don’t like me, it doesn’t bother me.”
Here’s how people on Twitter are responding to Hilton’s latest mea culpa…
"No matter how much I change, grow, evolve, apologise, they refuse to see me for who I am today"
— Romeo Saints (@romeoxsaints) September 19, 2021
I feel like Perez Hilton should just never publicly address anything ever again
— ?archdruid jordan (aurrorra)? (@AurrorraGaming) September 19, 2021
everything I know about perez hilton has been against my own will
— jessica ? (@whorroricon) September 19, 2021
Perez Hilton doesn’t expect to be forgiven and I have to say, good call, because fuck that guy. https://t.co/KupPzxmLed
— Gail Simone (@GailSimone) September 19, 2021
I also remember him posting stolen XXX photos of screenwriter Dustin Lance Black having sex and shaming him for it while LGBTQ activists—including Black—were trying to advance our rights. There’s a lot more than what he did to Britney to forgive.
— ArtistLike (@Artistlike) September 19, 2021
we need financial compensation for being forced to know who perez hilton is
— webkinzgurl2007 (@bettycrockerfan) September 19, 2021
he built his career on misogyny.
even his name 'perez hilton' is testament too that. https://t.co/IZZ4yKPbfl
— Sloane (@SloaneFragment) September 19, 2021
Britney Spears is engaged. Perez Hilton is in the news. Did I wake up to 2007?
— Keith Edwards (@keithedwards) September 19, 2021
Idk who needs to hear this but PLEASE stop giving Perez Hilton the time of day. Stop giving him interviews, stop giving him attention. Let him be a shitty part of the early 2000s. Let's move on and evolve, without that type of person latching on.
— Raian Foran (@ForanRaian) September 19, 2021
Perez Hilton was literally harassing kids and young teens on tiktok a year ago I don’t wanna hear it. Get over yourself.
— Riley Hope (@RileyHope12) September 19, 2021
Who the fuck is going to forgive you. You misogynist lying piece of shit that you are Perez Hilton. Stop trying to gaslight us. You’re a horrible being. You pretty much built a career Off of Britney’s most tragic downfall & give her hell for it. #FREEBRITNEY pic.twitter.com/qEdg9DAjsw
— ????? (@phevelous) September 19, 2021
Speaking as someone who lived through that era – the world’s karma on Perez is that nobody under 30 knows who he is or cares.
— 🔁 Replay 🎼 (@CaliCoastReplay) September 19, 2021
Graham Gremore is the Features Editor and a Staff Writer at Queerty. Follow him on Twitter @grahamgremore.