Perez Hilton used to make other people cry.
Now the reformed blogger, who made his name with nasty posts about celebrities, is himself awash in tears in the weeks following the birth of his son
'The other day I locked myself in the bathroom and started crying because in addition to my brain feeling loopy, I really have felt super hormonal and emotional,' Hilton tells the Los Angeles Times in an interview published today.
'Wow, I really am a dad now and it's awesome.'
His son, Mario Armando Lavandeira III, was born 16 February, exactly month premature.
The baby, born via surrogate mother who was inseminated with a donor egg, was a healthy 5 pounds, 9 ounces.
'I knew it was going to happen this way because boyfriends and husbands may come and go, but kids are forever,' Hilton says of single parenthood.
Hilton, soon to be 35, had already mellowed considerably since his days of outing closeted celebrities, making up unflattering nicknames for people and drawing distasteful doodles on their photos.
'I don't have to give people nasty nicknames anymore,' he says. 'I don't have to say people are stupid, or people are fat, or people are ugly. I don't need to draw inappropriate things on photos or out people. I can still be sassy and fun and do my job.'
He adds: 'I don't need to be liked, but I need to not be considered the downfall of civilization.'