KEY POINTS

  • Britney Spears said she didn't believe Paris Hilton's abuse claims at boarding schools
  • Hilton revealed her experience in her documentary "This is Paris"
  • Hilton said she was proud of Spears for speaking up about her conservatorship

Nearly two weeks after receiving a mention by Britney Spears in her conservatorship hearing, Paris Hilton finally spoke out, siding with her friend.

In her court testimony on June 23, Spears referenced Hilton’s claims of being verbally and physically abused at various behavioral boarding schools as a teenager. Hilton had made these revelations in her documentary “This is Paris,” which was released in September 2020, giving an account of “the worst abuse” experienced while attending Provo Canyon School in Utah.

“The Paris Hilton story on what they did to her at that school, I didn’t believe any of it,” Britney said in court. “I’m sorry, I’m an outsider and I’ll just be honest, I didn’t believe it. Maybe I’m wrong, and that’s why I didn’t want to say any of this to anybody, to the public, because people would make fun of me, or laugh at me and say, ‘She’s lying. She’s got everything, she’s Britney Spears.’ I’m not lying,” she continued.

After initially keeping mum about the mentions by Spears, Hilton revealed during the latest episode of the “This is Paris” podcast this week that she completely understood where her friend was coming from. The 40-year-old entrepreneur said she knew the pop singer did not mean it that way, adding it was only a “misunderstanding on the media’s part.”

“I know that she didn’t mean it that way,” said Hilton. “She meant when she saw it, she couldn’t even believe it. What she said was, people hear that, ‘It’s Britney Spears’ or ‘It’s Paris Hilton. They have these perfect lives. Who is gonna believe it? I didn’t even believe Paris, who’s gonna believe me?’ That’s when she first watched it,” Hilton explained.

She further defended Spears, saying she might have only intended to use Hilton's situation as an example to emphasize her point. She also revealed how Britney’s testimony broke her heart.

“It’s so not fair but I’m so proud of her for speaking up and using her voice,” she said during the podcast.

Paris Hilton Paris Hilton is pictured arriving at the Fashion For Relief Cannes event on May 13, 2018, at Cannes Mandelieu Aeroport, southern France. Photo: Yann Coatsaliou/AFP/Getty Images