Los Angeles, May 15 (IANS) Socialite Paris Hilton is off fame ever since a stalker named Nathan Lee Parada tried to break into her house here with a knife.
The incident took place in August 2010 and the former “Simple Life” star now wants to shed her party girl image and focus on being a “tough business woman”.
“It was terrifying. I had never experienced anything like that before and it really shook the foundations of my world. I was certain he would kill me if he could get inside,” contactmusic.com quoted Hilton as saying.
“Seeing someone with such hate in their eyes, someone who wants to kill you, makes you question things, and it made me wonder about the price of fame. There was so much chaos in my life at the time. After the attack I decided it was time to withdraw from the public eye before anything worse happened,” she said.
Hilton’s ex boyfriend Cy Waits came to her rescue during the incident and her stalker was sentenced to two years for the burglary in April 2011 but she was then pursued by another obsessed fan, James Rainford.
“It got to the point where I was not able to do everyday things. I put the most advanced security system in my house and hired a full-time security team. I stopped going to clubs and parties and I started focusing on my business interests instead,” added the 32-year old, currently dating model River Viiperi, 21.
Hilton, who has an empire worth an estimated $1 billion, is now desperate to shake off her partying girl image.
She said: “It would have been easy to sit back and live off my family, but I wanted to be independent and make my family proud. Now I’m moving into the hotel business and it feels the natural next step. I’ve always been inspired by my grandfather and how he grew this huge empire from nothing. It’s something I look up to.”