We want to wish one of our favorite Cuban-Americans, celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, a very happy 35th birthday! Hilton, born Mario Armando Lavandeira, Jr. has been quite busy this past year contributing to his ever growing blogosphere, performing Off-Broadway, and, the most life changing of all, becoming a first time dad! To celebrate, we're listing all the reasons we love this media mogul. We only hope the next year of your life is as exciting as the last!
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He’s a Glowing Papi
In early February Hilton welcomed his first born son, Mario Armando Lavandeira, III Perez Hilton, Jr, into the world. The famous blogger personally announced the thrilling news to fans via his website writing, “I am ready to announce that earlier this month I was blessed with the birth of my first child, a beautiful and healthy baby boy – with lots of hair on his tiny head!” Since then we’ve been blessed with beautiful images of father and son hamming it up for the camera, and we can’t come up with anything more endearing than that. Cue the “awwwww!”
He’s Our Go-To Gossiper
Ever since Mario Armando Lavandeira, Jr. transformed into his professional alias Perez Hilton and started his controversial entertainment blog PerezHilton.com (which began as PageSixSixSix.com) in 2004, he’s been a must read for celebrity gossip. His no nonsense writing style and doodles on celebrity images captured our attention and made his site our favorite guilty pleasure!
He Embraces His Cuban Roots
Just like us, Hilton is proud to be Latino! We love that the Cuban-American embraces his heritage and is vocal about his desire for more diversity in the media.
He’s Comfortable in His Own Skin
It can be a struggle to be truly comfortable with who you are and confident in yourself, especially when you’ve been criticized by some of the biggest celebrities in the world! By 35, though, Hilton seems to have done it. In an interview last year he expressed just how happy he finally feels about who he is stating, “I’ve just become more comfortable in my own skin and more mindful of my energy and the energy I’m putting out.”
He’s an Activist for LGBT Rights
For fans there has never been any doubt that the fabulously flamboyant Hilton is out and proud of his sexuality. What we love most, though, is the way he’s chosen to stand up for others to promote same-sex marriage, anti-bullying campaigns, and LGBT rights.
He’s a Published Authors for Adults…
Hilton hasn’t just made a name for himself in the blogosphere. This writer is a published author penning two books for adults, Red Carpet Suicide: A Survival Guide on Keeping Up With the Hiltons and Perez Hilton’s True Bloggywood Stories: The Glamorous Life of Beating, Cheating, and Overdosing, about what else but Hollywood, celebrity, and pop-culture!
And He’s a Children’s Author
Though it may seem like a bit of a departure from his snarky style, it seems like Hilton didn’t let go of his edge when he decided to write The Boy With the Pink Hair. Ultimately, it’s a story about acceptance and not being afraid of who you are. That’s a message we can certainly get on board with!
He’s a Momma’s Boy
Nothing tells more about a man’s character than his relationship with his mom, and Hilton and his mom, Teresita, are exceptionally close. More than that, though, get them in a room together and these two are hilarious! Look up one of the many videos the duo have made together and fans will notice that similar to her son Teresita is not shy!
He’s Physically Fit
Many celebrities can boast that they are physically fit, but only a few can say that they fought blood, sweat, and tears to get that way. Alright, so that might be a bit dramatic, but there was definitely sweat and we’d be willing to guess maybe a tear or two. While some people search for secrets to weight loss success, Hilton shed his extra poundage the old fashioned way with portion control and some serious gym time. Knowing how difficult that can be, we certainly respect his self-discipline!
He Loves What He Does
The difference between many of the bloggers out there today and Hilton is that they start their own sites in search of fame and fortune, but Hilton is just doing what he loves. In an article last year Hilton revealed one of his secrets to success, “I think that’s the message I would tell people. Do what you love and happiness and success will follow.”
He Calls People Out on Their Sh*t
Even though he’s no longer the bully he once was, Hilton still speaks his mind and isn’t afraid to tell people –even A-list people!– when they’re wrong. We have to say, we admire that!
He’s Not Afraid of Hard Work
Sure, he may have started blogging as hobby, but he’s remained relevant because he’s not afraid to take on new projects and challenges. We love that he’s not afraid to put in a little elbow grease! He’s grown from the author of PerezHilton.com to the creator of four additional sites (CocoPerez.com, FitPerez.com, TeddyHilton.com, and Perezitos.com) plus he’s forayed into radio, television, and music.
He’s the Everyman
Another thing we love about Hilton is that despite his proximity to celebrities – not to mention his own celebrity status – he seems to reject that kind of attention. “I don’t consider myself holier than thou. It’s important to be an Everyman and a relatable person. I don’t want to be perceived as a mogul, I want to be perceived as a blogger,” stated Hilton in an article last year.
He Has Crazy Sense of Style
Whether he’s sporting bright pink hair or mismatched patterns, Hilton always seems to pull off a look that comes across as ultra-chic!
He’s Changed His Ways for the Better
When Hilton began his controversial blog, he was notorious for his nasty comments and outing of gay celebs. When the blogger realized that by targeting others he was negatively affecting them and labeling himself as a bully, he looked inside of himself and made a conscious decision to change. He found a way to keep his readers while rebranding himself as someone who promotes a culture of kindness instead of hatred.
He Can Sing
He’s most famous for his blogging empire, but did you know he can sing? Hilton made his Off-Broadway debut this year in the long running, award winning NEWSical which does sketches on current events, celebrities, and hot topics. Sounds like a match made in heaven, right?
He’s an Animal Lover
Hilton doesn’t just love celebrity gossip, he loves animals too! His beloved dog Teddy is the inspiration behind Hilton’s pet-focussed website TeddyHilton.com.
He Wants to Save the Music
Hilton is committed to helping raise funds for Vh1’s Save the Music, which is a non-profit dedicated to putting musical education back in schools, by hosting “One Night In…” shows across the country. You have to love philanthropists!
He Goes After What He Wants
It’s an admirable – and brave – quality to go after what you want, and a lot of people don’t have the courage to do it. Hilton is not one of those people. The Cuban-American knew having children was important to him so, instead of waiting for a partner to settle down with, he took the bull by the horns and chose to raise a child on his own!
He’s Spiritually Grounded
Part of Hilton’s rebranding was accompanied by a kind of spiritual awakening that has helped to mold his outlook on life. “I think it’s healthy to put yourself out there. It’s the law of attraction – as Oprah (Winfrey) says – if you put energy out there, it would come back your way and hopefully if you’re putting yourself out there in a positive way, you’ll get positive things back,” Hilton stated in an article last year. Here’s hoping for good karma for the new dad!
He Loves Eva Mendes’ Boyfriend as Much as We Do
Hilton seems to have a thing for fellow Latino Eva Mendes’ boyfriend, Ryan Gosling. We can’t blame him, though, we love Gosling too!
He Has a Nickname Fit For a Queen
Everyone hopes to someday earn a cool nickname, and if another person doesn’t give you one, give one to yourself! That is just what Hilton did when he dubbed himself the “Queen of Media.”
He’s Been on Glee
That’s right, gleeks! In case you happened to miss this particular episode you might remember that Hilton had a cameo alongside Lindsay Lohan as a judge of New Directions’ Nationals competition.
He’s Not Afraid to Go the Opposite Direction of the Crowd
Remember that time everyone got really mad when Hilton looked into his crystal ball and said he believed that the wildly popular boy band One Direction would go their own separate directions? Yeah, we do too, and what we love is that Hilton was not afraid to speak freely and share his opinion, even when it isn’t what everyone else will agree with.
He’s Loved on Twitter
Hilton isn’t just popular on his website; the blogging mogul is insanely popular on Twitter as well. He was really feeling the love from his six million plus Twitter followers after he announced the birth of his baby. Celebrities like Paris Hilton, Ricky Martin, and Dita Von Teese reached out to him via the social media site to show their love and support of the new dad!
He Can Hold His Own in Trying Situations
Sure, he may have instigated some of it, but that doesn’t mean that Hilton’s not human. The controversial blogger has faced quite a bit of negative attention – including being sued multiple times – but somehow he always seems to bounce back wholly unscathed. It takes a strong person to take on Hollywood, so it’s a good thing Hilton’s built for the job!
He’s Obsessed With Zac Efron
The famous blogger might be a bit obsessed with actor hottie Zac Efron, but that only makes us love him more. We think Efron’s quite sexy ourselves!
He’s a Broadway Enthusiast
Hilton graduated in from New York University in 2000 with hopes of pursuing a career as an
actor. When you consider that coupled with his love of music, it should come as no surprise that
the performer is a lover of all things Broadway!
He Has Pajama Parties
Even though he now has a child of his own, deep down Hilton is still a kid at heart! How is
the Cuban-American choosing to celebrate his 35th birthday? With a massive pajama party of
course! He’s hosting performers like Dev, Angel Haze, Hoddie Allen, Elle King, and more and
is offering the chance for fans to win an invite to his birthday bash by donating at least $10 to
Vh1’s Save the Music Foundation.
He’s a Romantic
With all of the divorce and cheating scandals in Hollywood today we can be hard pressed to find
someone who continues to be a genuine romantic. Hilton has said that he’s unwilling to settle
and continues to wait for “the one.” Be honest, how much does this make your melt? We’ll keep
our fingers crossed that this year is the year!
He’s Prone to Crushes…Just Like Us!
Remember how we mentioned his adoration for hunks like Gosling and Efron? Well that’s just the tip of the iceberg! It’s nice to know that we’re not the only ones who start to drool at the sight of a shirtless hottie!
He’s Helped Launched the Careers of Some of Our Favorite Celebs
If the saying that even bad publicity is better than no publicity, then many stars owe a lot to Hilton. Okay, even if it’s not true many Celebes still him a lot! Posts by Hilton helped make stars like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, the Kardashians, and the lovely Selena Gomez.
He Doesn’t Give Up On His Dreams
He might have taken a different route than most, but Hilton’s dream of making it to the stage in New York finally came true. While he may have become sidetracked with, oh, starting one of the most read blogs in the Unites States, the Cuban American never forgot his dream. “Dreams do come true, if you believe. And I BELIEVE, big time!” Hilton confessed.
He Knows How to Reinvent Himself
Whether altering his outward style, changing his physical appearance, or altering his karma, Hilton knows how to change it up. We’re totally jealous of his ability to successfully reinvent himself!
He Enjoys Traveling and Culture
Just like us, Hilton enjoys travelling to foreign hot spots to soak up the local flavor. With a newborn in tow we’re not sure if he’ll be able to escape to any exotic lands in the near future, but we wonder where his first post-baby vacation will take him!