Skip To Content

    Perez Hilton Apologized For How He Treated Britney Spears, But Many People Think It's Way Too Late For Redemption

    "I can't say I was just young and dumb. I think we know a lot more."

    Perez Hilton tried to apologize this week for more than a decade spent capitalizing off of — and contributing to — Britney Spears' personal challenges, after the singer sought release from her conservatorship during an emotional court testimony on Wednesday.

    Perez Hilton is pictured smiling
    Amanda Edwards / Getty Images

    The blogger is notorious for publishing insensitive, misogynistic, and often downright nasty opinions about celebrities, and he is credited as a principal instigator of the early 2000s' damaging Hollywood gossip machine.

    Perez (whose given name is Mario Lavandeira) attempted to take responsibility for his past actions, specifically those involving Britney, and expressed remorse in an appearance on Sky News yesterday, claiming to now feel "deep shame and regret" over blog posts that mocked and belittled her.

    Watch live: @KayBurley is joined by George Eustice and @Ed_Miliband as the govt is due to update COVID travel advice - and @ThePerezHilton has the latest on Britney Spears speaking in open court for first time about her conservatorship. #KayBurley https://t.co/ZqZE0Jg49o

    @SkyNews / Via Twitter: @SkyNews

    "I can't say I was just young and dumb. I think we know a lot more. And initially, many folks, myself included, were shocked and alarmed and especially concerned for her young children," he said.

    Britney Spears is photographed at a film premiere
    Axelle / FilmMagic via Getty Images

    "I know I did not express myself as well as I could have. I didn't lead with empathy and compassion, which thankfully seems like most people now are understanding the severity of Britney's situation," Perez continued. "I absolutely apologize and carry deep shame and regret."

    Perez Hilton speaks into a microphone
    Duane Prokop / Getty Images for Wellness Your Way Festival

    Following years of prying questions, speculation, and negative press about Britney, a New York Times documentary shed light on the ways cultural sexism and controlling relationships harmed her mental well-being and limited her financial autonomy. 

    While Perez apologized, he hasn't removed old blog posts denigrating her online. His Sky News apology, which came on the heels of another he shared on YouTube, was generally not well received.

    Britney Spears supporters carry signs that read "Free Britney"
    Matt Winkelmeyer / Getty Images

    Many people pointed to his long history of bullying women and trivializing mental health, as well as his treatment of Britney in particular. Additional celebrities, such as Demi Lovato, Mischa Barton, and Kathy Griffin, have publicly called out and condemned him for bullying them and others.

    View this video on YouTube

    MTV / Via youtube.com

    What do you think of Perez's comments? Share your thoughts below.

    Learn more about Britney's conservatorship and the #FreeBritney movement here.

    BuzzFeed Daily

    Keep up with the latest daily buzz with the BuzzFeed Daily newsletter!

    Newsletter signup form