Who Is Perez Hilton?
Whats Inside ?
Perez Hilton is the screen name of Mario Armando Lavandeira Jr., a Cuban-American columnist, TV personality, and blogger. He is famous – Or infamous, rather – For being the owner of perezhilton.com. Even after he started his blog, it already gained plenty of infamy thanks to Hilton’s blunt comments about celebrities, often giving them unreasonable criticism. Hilton has stated that the reason why his website is so different from other celebrity gossip blogs like TMZ and InTouch is because he likes to tell entertaining stories about celebrities. At one point, his blog has been labelled as one of ‘the most hated websites on the Internet’. He posted his first entry on March 2005. The blog gave Hilton a bad reputation not just with the public, but with celebrities as well. Hilton claims that his site is visited by over 8.82 million people on an average day. He also enjoys promoting his favorite musicians on his site.
Career Focus: Gossip blogger, Author, Columnist, TV personality
Popular Work: Currently working as a publishing manager for LGBTQ rights organization, GLAAD. Apart from running his blog, Hilton is also the managing editor of Instinct, a gay men’s magazine. Recently, Forbes magazine called him the number one “Web celeb”. Hilton managed to land this award for three years straight, from 2007 to 2009. He was also a recipient of the Hispanic of the Year award by Hispanic Magazine.
Date of Birth: 23-03-1978
Current State & Country: Los Angeles, California, USA
Home State & Country: Miami, Florida, USA
Weight: 206 lbs.
Net Worth Income: $30,000,000
Educational Credentials: Belen Jesuit Preparatory School, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts
Hilton’s real name is Mario Armando Lavandeira. His parents are Teresita Lavandeira and Mario Lavandeira Sr. both Mario Sr. and Teresita are immigrants from Cuba. He has a sister named Barbara Lavandeira. Hilton grew up in Westchester and Little Havana. Mario Sr. died of a brain aneurysm when Hilton was just fifteen years old. During that time, he was still trying to recover from his grandfather’s death a week earlier. Hilton was raised in a Catholic household and studied in an all-boys preparatory Catholic school. Hilton is the father of three kids, born through a surrogate mother. When asked about who the mystery woman was, Hilton replied that she is an anonymous donor whom he met through an agency. Hilton chose her to be the mother because according to him, she was good-looking and had a pleasant personality. After Hilton graduated from high school, he decided to earn a scholarship to New York University, where he took up a major in acting. He graduated in 2000.
Career History of Perez Hilton
Hilton started out as a freelance writer for LGBTQ-themed magazines and periodicals before opening his now infamous blog. The reason why he started blogging was because he thought it was easy to update one and keep it well-maintained. His celebrity friends include musician Lady Gaga and One Tree Hill star, Sophia Bush. His blog has been criticized by a few celebrities as well, including High School Musical’s Vanessa Hudgens and singer/actress Miley Cyrus. His first TV appearance was on an episode of The Sopranos. He has acted in several short films such as Help Wanted and Campfire Stories. Hilton was also a contestant on a VH1 reality program, Flab to Fab, which dealt with weight loss. During the start of the show, he weighed a hefty 206 lbs. with 30% worth of body fat. Since then, he has lost at least 45 lbs. in three months. Hilton has gained notoriety for creating blog and social media posts about controversial issues with celebrities. This includes Miss California Carrie Prejean’s stance on gay marriage, singers Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, and Lady Gaga, who just so happened to be a good friend of his. Hilton and the ‘Shallow’ singer ended their friendship in 2011 for unknown reasons.
Personal Life of Perez Hilton
Hilton is openly gay. He is very frank about his orientation, and is an influential member of the LGBTQ community. He officially came out as gay to family and friends during his university years.
Hilton is a father to three children, all born through the help of surrogates. His eldest child is Mario Armando Lavandiera III, born in 2013. In 2015, he welcomed a daughter, Mia Alma Lavandiera. His second daughter, Mayte Amor, was born in 2017. Hilton keeps his relationships private, to the point where nobody knows what his boyfriend’s name is, or if he has ever been married or divorced. There are rumors that Hilton was in a relationship with Youtube star Stevie Ryan, who died in 2017 from an apparent suicide.
Net Worth of Perez Hilton
Hilton earns over $3,500 a day. But there are rumors that his total net worth amounts to at least $30M. He gets his sources of income from the blogs and websites that he runs. Hilton also gets cash from being a famous TV personality. He gained fame from posting tabloid and paparazzi photos of celebrities with his own captions and drawings on them. His site welcomes at least 7.2 million visitors each month. It is often considered to be one of the top 500 most-visited sites on the Internet. He is also active on social media, with over 1.77M followers on Twitter.
Hilton gets paid at least $100,000 thanks to his blog. As mentioned, it attracts at least eight million visitors each day. His appearances on TV have also earned him plenty of cash. Hilton’s official site has been listed down as one of the 500 most visited websites on the Internet, according to Forbes. His blog is one of the most popular gossip sites out there, and is very influential to how people see celebs.
Controversial News On The Life & Career Of Perez Hilton
During a stint on the reality show Celebrity Big Brother, Hilton was evicted from the house during the seventh round. It is said that the housemates had many complaints about his behavior. One of them dealt with a secret in which he revealed that he lost his virginity at age 12 to another male classmate, with the two of them having sex inside a chapel. Hilton has also made derogatory comments against 2009 Miss California USA winner, Carrie Prejean. During the contest, Prejean revealed that she is not a supporter of gay marriage. Her comments received backlash from the LGBTQ community, as well as certain politicians.
Hilton also once provoked rapper and Black Eyed Peas member Will.i.am during an afterparty at the 2009 MuchMusic Video Awards in Canada. This incident gained controversy, and GLAAD asked Hilton to apologize.
Rumors And Frequently Asked Questions About Perez Hilton
Despite the fact that he rose to fame after posting gossip and rumors about famous personalities, there are no popular rumors and speculations about Hilton himself.