Being Paris Hilton meant never having to say you’re sorry — until now. The heiress/actress has issued an apology to her famous friends via Us Weekly, after their private phone numbers and e-mail addresses were released on the Internet this weekend when Hilton’s T-Mobile Sidekick II was hacked.
“I want to apologize to all my friends and family,” Hilton told the magazine. “I don’t know why this stuff always happens to me, but I wish it wouldn’t anymore. It’s too upsetting for me — I can’t believe it. I feel horrible that, once again, someone has invaded my privacy.”
Hilton’s friends have since received a massive amount of crank calls from their adoring and not-so-adoring public, much to their dismay (see “Paris Hilton’s Private Stuff All Over The Internet” ). One such friend, Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas, was shooting her band’s new video for “Don’t Funk With My Heart” when she started getting the calls at 6:30 a.m. She told MTV Europe that at first, she thought the calls were from the set, admonishing her for running a little bit late.
“I don’t get calls at that time, unless it is one of my friends who has had an all-night bender,” she said. “So I answer the phone, ’Oh, I’m going to be there, I’m going to be there.’ And it’s these people calling, and I’m going, ’Wrong number, wrong number.’ Finally, someone tells me, ’I think your phone number is on the Internet.’ ”
Finding out the cause of the problem didn’t make dealing with it any easier. “I’m getting all these perverted phone messages, thank you very much,” she said. “I’m getting all these types of e-mails, positive and negative. Those who don’t like me, thank you very much as well.”
Calling it a “quite a nightmare,” Fergie — like many of Hilton’s friends in this situation — is planning on changing all of her phone numbers. After that, she has one more item on her to-do list: “I am going to kill Paris Hilton.”
Perhaps she didn’t see the Us Weekly apology after all. Hilton might have to make her mea culpa to her friends more personal — if she can only reach them.