Paris Hilton believes her jail sentence was a message from
God to change her party-loving lifestyle and become a positive role model for
women who look up to her.
In her first interview since she was dramatically sent back to prison last
Friday for probation violation in a drink-driving case, Hilton said her
imprisonment has served as a life-changing wake-up call.
Her comments were made to veteran television journalist Barbara Walters in a
phone-call from the hospital facility of the Los Angeles jail where the heiress
to the Hilton hotel empire is being held.
"I'm not the same person I was," Walters quoted Hilton as saying on her ABC
television program 'The View' on Monday.
"I used to act dumb. It was an act. I am 26 years old, and that act is no
longer cute. It is not who I am, nor do I want to be that person for the young
girls who looked up to me."
Walters said Hilton -- who was reported to be under heavy medication amid
concerns for her mental health -- sounded "tired but totally aware of what she
Hilton has said she will not appeal the decision to send her back to prison
to serve her 45-day term.
She was controversially released after spending only three days behind bars
last week, sparking a public outcry and prompting Los Angeles judge Michael
Sauer to order her back to jail.
Hilton, who was dragged sobbing and wailing from court on Friday, suggested
she intends to give up her lifestyle of endless VIP parties, red carpets and
pursuing the limelight upon her release.
"I know now that I can make a difference, that I have the power to do that. I
have been thinking that I want to do different things when I am out of here,"
she said. "I have become much more spiritual. God has given me this new chance."
Hilton said her new-found spirituality had led her to believe that her jail
stint was meant to be.
"I feel that the purpose of my life is to be where I am," Hilton told
Walters. "My spirit or soul did not like the way I was being seen and that is
why I was sent to jail. God has released me."
Hilton said she was considering pursuing work to raise awareness about breast
cancer or multiple sclerosis.
Walters also said Hilton had mentioned trying to persuade toy companies to
manufacture a Paris Hilton playhouse which could be donated to sick children.
Hilton meanwhile described her first days behind bars as a "horrible
experience," revealing that she had not eaten or slept at all. "I was severely
depressed and felt as if I was in a cage," she said.
The primped and pampered celebutante also revealed that her beauty regimen
had suffered since her incarceration, saying her skin was dehydrated because of
a ban on moisturizer.
"It doesn't matter," Hilton said, "I'm not that superficial girl. I haven't
looked in the mirror since I got here."
Meanwhile, Los Angeles sheriff Lee Baca, who has been under fire since his
decision to transfer Hilton to home detention last week, met civil rights
activist Al Sharpton on Monday amid allegations of preferential treatment.
Sharpton said Hilton was given the star treatment because she is white and
rich, and questioned whether a rapper would have been allowed to go home early.
"If anything can come out of this Paris Hilton story, it should be to put
some light on the fact that there are many people based on their income that
just cannot get relief," Sharpton told reporters after the meeting.