Perez Hilton Becomes A New Dad!
Perez Hilton, famed blogger, children’s book author and all-around media maven (he has five media properties, a radio show and has starred on Broadway), announced he’s become a father. He took to his website to share the news:
I want you to hear this directly from me, right here.
I am ready to announce that earlier this month I was blessed with the birth of my first child, a beautiful and healthy baby boy—with lots of hair on his tiny head!
My family is overjoyed at this newest and most cherished addition.
Thank YOU for welcoming PerezHilton.com into your homes, offices, classrooms, cell phones and wherever else you may read my five websites.
And thank you for welcoming ME into your lives!
I am so humbled to welcome this little man into my life. And I am honored and ready for the challenge of guiding him through his.
A strong supporter of gay rights, and an openly gay man, Hilton, whose real name is Mario Armando Lavandeira, Jr., didn’t share details—or the name—of his newborn son. The Cuban-American blogger started his gossip site in 2005. And in a few short years he simultaneously became the most beloved—and loathed—blogger for what many viewed as vicious attacks against celebrities. He was notorious for “outing” gay actors like Neil Patrick Harris, and ‘Nsync band member Lance Bass, as well as spewing vicious attacks on celebs like Jennifer Aniston and Vanessa Hudgens. Six years and over 5 million unique monthly visitors later, he became a celebrity in his own right, and had a change of heart.
After numerous incidents surfaced in the news of bullying ending with teens and young adults taking their lives, including Tyler Clementi, who jumped off a bridge after his room mate filmed him having sex with a man, Hilton wanted to raise more awareness about gay teen bullying. His friends and family thought he was being hypocritical. He wanted to prove he was serious and posted an emotional video on his blog. Then Ellen Degeneres invited him on her show to explain. He told her:
“In doing so [speaking out against bullying], a lot of people have called me a hypocrite and a bully myself, and a big one…From now on I really want to be part of the solution and not part of the problem,” he told DeGeneres. ”I did not see myself as a bully,” he told Reuters after the appearance on the show. “I saw myself as an entertainer, as somebody who made fun of celebrities who don’t have it hard and who made a choice to live in the public eye. What I did (in the past) wasn’t right or wrong. It’s what I did, and it was probably more wrong than right.”
We’re proud of Hilton for seeing the light and deciding to walk down that road, no matter how difficult. And we can only imagine how much better of a parent he will be as a result.