by Heather Salerno
Celeb blogger Perez Hilton will be in New Rochelle to host a Viva Diva wine launch at NoMa Social. / Hannah Ross
Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton — aka Mario Lavandeira Jr. — started out in 2004 as a pink-haired Hollywood rabble-rouser, a guy whose stock in trade were mean-spirited comments and often indecent doodles scribbled on paparazzi photos that skewered many of the famous folks covered by his online gossip column.
That strategy worked: PerezHilton.com is one of the most popular websites for celebrity news, the cornerstone of a media company that now includes other sites (like CocoPerez for celeb fashion and TeddyHilton for pets), books, a syndicated radio show and Hilton’s own record label. Earlier this year, though, after becoming a single dad to a baby boy born to a surrogate, the controversial blogger decided to soften the snark and put out more positive posts.
We caught up with Hilton before Wednesday night’s appearance at NoMa Social in New Rochelle, where he’ll host a poolside launch party for Viva Diva wines. Scheduled guests include Melissa Gorga of “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” Kelly Bensimon of “Real Housewives of New York” and the entire cast of “Big Rich Atlanta.” Hilton agreed to answer a few questions by email in advance.
Q: A few of the Real Housewives will be attending the party at NoMa Social, too. Hoping to get any good gossip while you’re there?
A: Here’s a confession. I’ve never seen a single episode of the Housewives but I’m aware of who they all are and I talk about them on the website all the time. I don’t watch any television but I consume a lot of media online so I’ll watch clips of everything that way.
Q: Congratulations on your new son. How’s fatherhood so far?
A: Fatherhood is awesome and very new. I’ve never done it before but I feel like my instincts definitely come into play, and while it’s not easy, it’s also not hard.
Q: What’s the best parenting tip you’ve gotten from a celebrity?
A: The best parenting tip I got was from David Furnish, Elton John’s husband, which was to put your baby on a schedule, which is what I was already doing instinctually. So you know, like feed him at the same time every day and really give him a routine.
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