Perez Hilton is feeling some regret.
The most famous gossip columnist of our age has recently said he feels bad about previous comments he made about Britney Spears. “I regret a lot or most of what I said about Britney as I’m sure Piers [Morgan] would if he were her about things he’s said in the past,” the out blogger said on Good Morning Britain yesterday.
“Thankfully, hopefully, many of us get older and wiser,” he added.
Perez was commenting on the singer because of the recent documentary Framing Britney Spears, which chronicled the mistreatment the pop star has faced from fans, media, fellow celebrities, and, especially from family. Her father has controlled her life via a court-mandated conservatorship for 13 years after the singer had a mental health crisis.
He also defended journalist Diane Sawyer, who has come under fire after the documentary included clips of an uncomfortable interview she did with Spears. “Somebody who was talked about in this documentary very briefly was Diane Sawyer, respected journalist, a good woman,” he said. “But many people are painting her out to be a villain.”
While he regrets his actions, Hilton doesn’t think it’s that simple. “I think a lot of people just want to blame this person and that person, and it’s not as simple as that,” he said. “There are real mental health issues at play with Britney Spears.”
During the heyday of Spears’s career, Hilton mocked her addiction issues, called her an unfit mother, spread rumors about a sex tape, and in 2008 after actor Heath Ledger died, sold a t-shirt with an image from Brokeback Mountain and the phrase “Why couldn't it have been Britney?”
Hilton’s apology follows a statement issued by Justin Timberlake, who dated Spears, wrote “Cry Me a River” about her, and commented publicly about their sex life and personal issues. “I am deeply sorry for the times in my life where my actions contributed to the problem, where I spoke out of turn, or did not speak up for what was right,” his statement read.
Last week, a Los Angeles Superior Court justice, Judge Brenda Penny, ruled that Spears’s father, Jamie Spears, would no longer have sole conservatorship over the singer, and would instead have a co-conservatorship with Bessemer Trust. Bessemer Trust was originally named a co-conservator last year after Spears’s attorney argued that the singer was afraid of her father, but Jamie Spears challenged that ruling. Penny upheld the decision this week.
Another hearing on the conservatorship is scheduled for next month.