Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - ■ by JAMES DESBOROUGH

RE­AL­ITY star Paris Hilton has de­scribed the leak­ing of her sex tape as “like be­ing raped”.

She broke down in tears as she spoke in the doc­u­men­tary The Amer­i­can Meme on Net­flix.

Paris said: “It was like be­ing raped. It felt like I’ve lost part of my soul and been talked about in such cruel and mean ways.

“Lit­er­ally overnight my en­tire life changed... ev­ery­one was mak­ing fun of it.

“I didn’t leave my house for, like months. I was so em­bar­rassed. I felt like ev­ery­one on the street was laugh­ing at me.”

Af­ter the sex tape was leaked she landed a re­al­ity show with her friend Ni­cole Richie in The Sim­ple Life which then turned into a suc­cess for four years until 2007.

Paris, who re­cently an­nounced her split from longterm boyfriend Chris Zylka, also spoke about feel­ing closer to fans than to her friends.

She said: “I love my fans just as much as they love me. I feel closer to them than most peo­ple I know.

“My par­ents think I am crazy [ask­ing] ‘why do you let these peo­ple into your life, giv­ing them your phone num­ber and let­ting them stay at your house? What is wrong with you?’.”

“I’ve been through so much in life and I don’t re­ally trust peo­ple. With my fans, I don’t feel like that at all.

“They say that watch­ing me go through so much re­ally helped them be stronger. I’m al­ways try­ing to be there for them and let them know it’s OK to be them.”

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