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Paris Hilton used surrogate due to PTSD from 'sexual assault and abuse' as a teenager

Rhianna Benson

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Paris Hilton used surrogate due to PTSD from 'sexual assault and abuse' as a teenager

Featured Image Credit: MICHAEL TRAN/AFP via Getty Images / Instagram/@parishilton

Paris Hilton has opened up on her heartbreaking decision to use a surrogate for her two children.

Back in November, the US reality icon shocked her fans by announcing that she and entrepreneur hubby Carter Reum had welcomed a baby girl in a sweet Instagram post to fans.

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The duo had only welcomed their first little one, a son named Phoenix, via surrogate back in January.

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And she left fans further delighted when she revealed she'd picked out a truly 'iconic' name for her second child.

The 42-year-old mega star posted an adorable photo on Instagram of a pink baby outfit bearing the child’s name: London.

There was also a cute crocheted soft toy and a pair of pink heart-shaped sunglasses, showing little London will have just as much style as her mum.

"Thankful for my baby girl," she wrote in the caption.

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Paris and her son Phoenix. Credit: Instagram/@parishilton
Paris and her son Phoenix. Credit: Instagram/@parishilton

And this week, new mum-of-two Paris has left her devoted followers both shocked and saddened, by revealing the heartbreaking real reason she opted to welcome both of her beautiful children via surrogate.

Speaking to Romper, the high-profile hotel heiress admitted that she felt unable to carry her own child, due to still suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after being sexually assaulted as a teenager.

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Paris alleged that she'd been sexually, physically and mentally abused while forced to attend Utah's Provo Canyon boarding school for 11 months.

The TV star - who was 17 at the time - was subsequently left battling the stomach-wrenching trauma, telling the publication this week that she'd developed a fear of childbirth.

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Paris welcomed a baby girl via surrogate in fear of childbirth. Credit: Instagram/@parishilton
Paris welcomed a baby girl via surrogate in fear of childbirth. Credit: Instagram/@parishilton

Despite the fact that Paris had previously opened up publicly about her devastating teenage experience back in 2020, when asked directly about her choice to use a surrogate, she was courageously honest once again.

"I just have so much PTSD from what I went through as a teenager," she explained, going on to disclose that she'd developed a fear of medical settings.

"If I’m in a doctor’s office, I get a shot, anything, I will literally have a panic attack and I can’t breathe," Paris opened up.

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"I just knew that would not be healthy for me or the baby, growing inside of someone who has such high anxiety."

Paris has opened up about her PTSD. Credit: Paris In Love/Peacock/NBC
Paris has opened up about her PTSD. Credit: Paris In Love/Peacock/NBC

In the years following, Paris admitted that she became reliant on drugs and alcohol to escape the pain.

She also felt she couldn't open up to mental health professionals, who bore a resemblance to the boarding school counsellors that she says abused her.

"Going out at night would drown out my nightmares," she said. "I know it’s weird to say I felt safe in the nightlife, but I did."

Paris eventually opted to see a therapist while filming the second season of her reality series Paris In Love.

Speaking of her experience on the show, she told viewers: "Ever since I opened up and let that out, it no longer happens,' Hilton now says. 'It frees you."

If you have been affected by any of the issues in this article and wish to speak to someone in confidence, contact The Survivor’s Trust for free on 08088 010 818, or through their website thesurvivorstrust.org

If you've been affected by any of the issues in this story, you can speak in confidence about where to get help from Mind free on 0300 123 3393, 9am–6pm Monday to Friday

Topics: Paris Hilton, TV And Film, Parenting

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