Though she remained tight-lipped on her political views throughout much of the presidential election, Paris Hilton has now revealed that she voted for Donald Trump.
During a televised interview with an Australian news program on Thursday, Hilton, 35, laughed nervously when asked about whether she voted for President-elect Trump before eventually confirming that she did. “I’ve known him since I was a little girl, so, yes,” she told the hosts of Network 10’s The Project.
Indeed, businessman–turned–politician Trump, 70, as well as his daughter Ivanka, 35, are both longtime friends of the Hilton family. Hilton’s name was recently brought up during the controversy that flared up in the final stretch of election season surrounding the remarks Trump has made about women over the years. Notably, in a 2003 interview with Howard Stern, Trump mentioned Hilton during a discussion about women he found attractive.
“Somebody who a lot of people don’t give credit to, but in actuality is really beautiful is Paris Hilton,” he said in the video, which was republished by the Huffington Post on Oct. 1. “I’ve known Paris from the time she was 12.”
After Stern remarked that Hilton was “hot,” Trump brought up the moment he first met her. “The first time I saw her she walked into the room, I said, ‘Who the hell is that?’” he said.
Stern then asked Trump if he wanted to “bang her,” to which Trump responded: “Well, at 12, I wasn’t interested. I’ve never been into that… but she was beautiful.”
And while Trump called former Miss Universe Alicia Machado “disgusting” after accusing her of having a sex tape in September, at the time of his 2003 interview with Stern, he didn’t feel the same way about Hilton’s own leaked sex tape. “I have seen it,” he said. “Melania showed it to me… I think it’s probably unfortunate and it made Paris hotter in terms of the world. Because the world is so screwed up… but I think it probably made Paris even better.”
Hilton, for her part, did not formally endorse Trump during the election, though she did speak highly of him during an interview on CNBC’s Closing Bell on Sept. 14. “I’ve known him since I’m a little girl. He’s a very nice man,” she said. “You know, I think on TV people like to say things about certain people, but he’s actually a very sweet person. I like him a lot.”