If there’s anyone who learned to navigate the world of fame at a young age, it’s Paris Hilton. The hotel heiress and reality-star-turned-DJ was tabloid fodder for years before settling into adulthood and taking a step back from the spotlight. Now that Hilton—who turns 35 next week—is past her The Simple Life stage, she seems to be embracing just that: a seemingly simpler life in Switzerland, where she spends most of her time with boyfriend, Thomas Gross.
Looking back, it makes sense that Hilton has some words of wisdom for her younger self. Last night, we caught up with the socialite at amfAR’s New York Gala at Cipriani Wall Street, where we asked her what advice she would give her twenty-something self today. “A lot,” Hilton said, laughing. “One thing would be to not be so naive and trusting in people, because not everybody is good.”
She may regret some of her past relationships, but her current one is moving full speed ahead. Hilton has been dating Gross, an Austrian businessman, for over a year—and she revealed that the couple has a very special Valentine’s Day weekend in store. Her ideal way to spend the day of love? “With my boyfriend, somewhere romantic and tropical,” said Hilton. “And that’s probably what my Valentine’s Day will be this year. It’ll be the ultimate one.” No pressure, Thomas.