We couldn't be happier for new daddy Perez Hilton, who announced the birth of his first biological child (a baby boy!) on his blog Feb. 27. While we wish we could've gotten a name out of him (come on Perez, you know the drill), we were super excited for the 34-year-old Cuban American king of gossip who dished to us in 2011 about how bad he wanted kids. Here are 10 reasons why he'll be a kick-ass dad.
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He’s not a bully anymore. After several copyright infringement and defamation lawsuits, outing celebs he thought were gay, his infamous cocaine scribbles, and being called out by Khloé Kardashian as her "personal bully," when he got involved with the It Gets Better Project in 2010, Hilton changed his ways. “I never thought of myself as a bully,” Hilton told Oprah Winfrey in 2012. “It really forced me to look in the mirror. I said then and there that I had to do things differently.” While he still talks about celebs, he’s not as hurtful.
He wrote a children's book. In 2011, Perez Hilton released the Boy With Pink Hair, a beautifully illustrated and heartfelt book about a boy who isn’t afraid to be who he is despite being born with bright pink hair. Celebrating diversity and compassion, Hilton’s baby will no doubt be read this before bed.
He’s in the shape of his life. Perez Hilton has lost nearly 80 pounds since starting his health regimen in 2008, which gives him plenty of energy to take on kids. His secret? He told HuffPost Gay Voices that he did it the old-fashioned way: portion control and some serious gym time. He also did an alcohol cleanse for five months, began seeing a therapist, and took up yoga. In 2010, he launched a fitness-focused website called FitPerez with recipes, celebrity workout tips, and fit celeb inspiration photos.
He's a human rights activist. Hilton, who is openly gay, is an avid supporter of anti-bullying campaigns, same-sex marriage, and LGBT rights. As a Miss USA judge in 2009, Hilton asked Miss California contender, Carrie Prejean, what she thought of same-sex marriage. When she responded that she believed marriage should be between a man and a woman due to her religious upbringing, Hilton told ABC, “She lost it because of that question. She was definitely the front-runner before that." As for his thoughts on Mexico’s version of Gossip Girl, the always outspoken Hilton ridiculed its lack of diversity. "I find it odd and sad that it seems like all of the main characters are white Mexicans." Perez told Latina.
He works from home. What better job for a parent than one that doesn’t require you to leave the house? Despite all his TV appearances, radio shows, and public events, Hilton has it made with a job that allows him to work remotely.
He has a dog, which is great baby practice. Perez Hilton hardly leaves home without his dog Teddy, an adorably fluffy thing he often takes on hikes. We wonder if his pooch is jealous of the new addition yet.
He's not afraid to take style risks. Whether it’s rocking every color of the rainbow hair or wearing bow ties, Hilton can go from grunge to GQ in a second. This uninhibited self-expression will no doubt be an asset on his son.
He’s spiritually grounded. “I’ve been going through this very deep spiritual awakening,” Hilton said in 2012. “I feel like I’m seeing the world with new eyes. When I was being mean and nasty Perez, I was not only polluting the universe and putting toxic energy out there, but I was polluting my own space. The energy you put out, is the energy you get back.” Couldn’t have said it any better.
He’s waiting for Mr. Right. Named one of the most eligible bachelors by Out magazine last year, Hilton was up there with actor Zachary Quinto and designer Marc Jacobs. “I am going to manifest a husband next year,” he told the NY Times in 2012. His son will be proud he didn’t settle for less.
He's educated and hard working! Born Mario Armando Lavandeira Jr. in Miami to Cuban parents, Hilton attended Belen Jesuit Preparatory School before getting a BFA in drama from New York University. In 2002, he moved to Los Angeles and two years later started in blogging. He’s since built an empire with several blog offsprings, radio shows, talk show appearances, TV cameos, and musical collaborations. His son has some big shoes to fill!