Paris Hilton loves “proving people wrong”.

The 42-year-old star thinks she’s been underestimated throughout her career, and she still loves to prove her doubters wrong.

Paris explained to the Guardian newspaper: “I’m a human being so things would be hurtful when people would just assume … but I always loved when people underestimated me, I loved proving people wrong.”

The blonde beauty found global fame in 2003, when a sex tape involving Paris and Rick Salomon, her then-boyfriend, was leaked.

Paris can still remember feeling devastated at the time.

She said: “It was extremely painful. I did not want to leave my house. I was just so depressed and so humiliated.

“That was just one night, with someone who I was in love with, who I trusted, that was never meant for anyone else to see.”

Paris insists that the public’s perception of her didn’t chime with reality.

She explained: “I was portraying this sex-symbol vibe, but inside I did not feel that way at all. And I did not trust anyone because I had such huge walls that I built around my heart.

“I didn’t want to let anyone in, and I didn’t want to be hurt, so I didn’t want to ever give myself to someone. I thought, if you only kiss them, that’s not a big deal. If something bad happens or they cheat on me, it won’t hurt as bad.”

Earlier this month, meanwhile, Paris revealed that she’s loving her experience of motherhood.

The ‘Stars Are Blind’ hitmaker and her husband Carter Reum welcomed their first child, a baby boy called Phoenix, in January via surrogate, and Paris has relished the challenge so far.

She said: “My favourite moments are when he’s just laying on my chest and he’s looking into my eyes and my heart just melts and I just feel that this is just the most magical time in my life.”