CWMM – Perez Hilton
In this episode, Extra host Maria Menounos sits down with infamous gossip columnist Mario Lavandeira Jr, aka Perez Hilton. They discuss Hilton’s childhood in Miami, growing up with Cuban immigrant parents and when he began to realize he was different. Hilton opens up about his parents attempt to send him to a psychologist, possibly to be “cured” of his homosexuality at a young age, and the resilience that got him a free ride to the famed Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. They discuss his first jobs, his battle with severe depression- a time where he had daily thoughts of suicide- and the beginning of his now world famous blog. Hilton explains the rise of perezhilton.com and how his “bitchy” alter-ego “Perez Hilton” eventually became his whole identity, making him a “monster.” They discuss his transformation in 2010, infamous feuds and fights with stars and his opinions of some of today’s biggest names, from Beyonce, Rihanna and Jennifer Lawrence to Amanda Bynes and the Kardashians. From a “bully” to a baby boy, Hilton takes about the challenges of fatherhood, the search for love and the alter-ego he created for son Mario III aka Perez Jr.
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