Perez Hilton will appear on Ellen DeGeneres’s talk show Wednesday to announce that he’s turning over a new leaf and backing away from bullying celebrities.
The blogger has stepped up to the plate and become a driving force behind Dan Savage’s “It Gets Better” campaign. But Hilton tells Out magazine that because of his effort to bring attention to bullying in schools and the suicide rate of LGBT teens, fans of his website were calling him a hypocrite.
“In trying to raise awareness and do everything I possibly could to help the issue of bullying and teen suicides, I saw that so many people were calling me a hypocrite and calling me a big bully myself,” Hilton says. “And sure, it’s to be expected and OK that will be what some people think, but it felt like that was what the majority of people were thinking. And if that’s the case, I want to change that because that’s not who I am or it’s not who I want to be.”
But Hilton assumes that just because he’s making a change, he’s not completely going soft. Though he says he will no longer out celebrities, he stands by his decision to post nude photos of Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black online last year.
“It’s a different thing,” he tells Out, adding that he has no regrets about it. “I got so much flak from the gay community for that and I found that very hypocritical,” he says. “I’m not perfect and I might make mistakes and I’ll probably say or do things that will upset gay people in the future. And that’s OK, because I’m making a concerted effort to do things differently and be sincere about it and just be mindful of what I do and how I do it.”
Hilton will appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday.