Sunday, December 31, 2006

Paris makes her peace

In an exclusive interview with The Courier-Mail, the blonde heiress said she would revisit the Gold Coast in the next few months and would meet with Paradise Kids to discuss how best to support the organisation.

Hilton spent last night in Sydney celebrating the New Year with her boyfriend, Greek shipping heir Stavros Niarchos, and about 30 friends.

Sources claimed yesterday she was to have seen in the New Year in Brisbane but those plans were scrapped after Sir Richard Branson contacted advertising guru John Singleton, the man responsible for bringing Paris to Australia, and asked that she change her schedule to attend his private party on Sydney Harbour.

Hilton, who is in Sydney to promote a new beer, said yesterday she was disappointed Paradise Kids had criticised her following her visit there in 2004, while she was based on the Gold Coast filming House of Wax.

But the 25-year-old hotel heiress said her representatives had contacted Paradise Kids as soon as she flew in to Australia last week to ask if she could again help the charity.

Paradise Kids had attacked Hilton after a misunderstanding surrounding a star-studded charity concert.

After she last visited Paradise Kids, Hilton said she would try to put together a benefit concert with The Backstreet Boys – the band that included her ex-boyfriend Nick Carter.

The pair broke-up soon after she returned to the US and the charity's organisers claimed Hilton had broken a promise by not organising the event.

"I just think that's not fair," she said. "I went there and visited the charity and I did raise awareness for them."

She said she felt it was important to support Paradise Kids.

"I'm planning to visit them again when I come back to the Gold Coast in the next couple of months."

Paradise Kids executive director Reverend Ian Mavor said yesterday he was sorry the relationship with Hilton had soured but all was forgiven.

"It's all forgiven," he said.

"We like the idea of her doing something for us. We'd love for her to come visit again. It's lovely and we appreciate her help."