Now the biggest shocker of 2023 so far: Paris Hilton had a baby!
The new mom is known as a business and style icon, as well as a pop star and the heiress to the Hilton dynasty. And now that she’s a new mom, Paris has truly done it all.
From reality television to real-life mom, Paris’s life is anything but simple. But what is her baby’s name?
Often when a celebrity reveals that they’ve just had a baby, the internet speculates about who the baby is, their sex, and their name. Sometimes celebrity couples announce the baby’s name off the bat, and some like to keep the name close to their chest. In this case, Paris had the baby via a surrogate, so there are even more questions about her newborn.
Paris Hilton revealed her baby boy's name while promoting her upcoming memoir.
When Paris announced the birth of her newborn child — whom she shares with husband Carter Reum — on Jan. 24, all she said was “You are already loved beyond words,” on a photo of the baby’s hand holding Paris’s finger.
However, one month later, she took to Instagram to share that her son's full name was Phoenix Barron Hilton Reum.
Reading an excerpt from her new memoir, coming out on March 14, Paris shared the inspiration behind her son's name.
"We planned to name him Phoenix, a name I had decided on years ago when I was searching cities, countries, and states on a map," she said. "Looking for something to go with Paris and London. Phoenix has a few good pop culture reference points, but more important, it's the bird that flames out and then rises from the ashes to fly again..."
Paris also named her son after her late grandfather William Barron Hilton.
In January 2022, just about a year ago, Paris went on the Ellen DeGeneres Show to talk about baby names, specifically if she had a daughter.
“The girl is going to be named London Marilyn Hilton Reum,” she revealed. “Marilyn, after my grandmother. And London because it’s my favorite city and I think that Paris and London sound cute together.”
However, Paris didn’t reveal what she would call a baby boy. “I’m not going to say yet because I'm scared someone is going to steal the name,” she said.
Paris Hilton’s newborn baby was born via surrogate.
Paris, 42, who tied the knot with Carter in 2021, began IVF treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. In fact, it was Kim Kardashian, who we remember was at one point Paris’s assistant, who introduced Paris to IVF.
On the podcast, Trend Reporter with Mara, Paris explained, “[Kim] was the one who told me about that. I didn't even know anything about it. I'm happy that she told me that advice and introduced me to her doctor.” In the same interview in September 2021, Paris teased, “I'm trying to figure out a name for the boy, so if you have any suggestions, I'm asking my friends. I don't want a theme of cities, but I don't know — it's hard to decide.”
As far as her IVF treatment went, Paris told People, "We started going and doing it like a few months in because the world was shut down. We knew we wanted to start a family, and I was like, 'This is perfect timing. Usually, I'm on a plane 250 days out of the year, and let's just get all of the eggs stocked and ready,' and we have tons of them just waiting."
After welcoming her baby, Paris revealed to Glamour UK in February 2023 that using a surrogate had nothing to do with her age, but rather that she has a fear of childbirth. She also referred to the trauma she says she experienced at boarding school in Provo, Utah.
“I’m just so scared, I think, again, leading back to Provo of even being in a doctor’s office, just all of that. The shots, the IVs that they put in. When I was in The Simple Life, I had to be in a room when a woman was giving birth and that traumatised me as well. But I want a family so bad, it’s just the physical part of doing it. I’m just so scared… childbirth and death are the two things that scare me more than anything in the world.”