Perez Hilton Won't Remove Past Britney Spears Remarks From Site

Perez Hilton has revealed that he will not be deleting old blog posts mocking Britney Spears—despite voicing his support for the pop star after her harrowing testimony on Wednesday.

Spears, 39, spoke for 24 minutes at a court hearing about her conservatorship, which prevents her from making decisions about her life, health or assets.

Although Hilton—real name Mario Lavandeira, Jr.—is counted among the celebrities and fans backing the singer's bid to have the conservatorship removed, his site still hosts posts from 2007, in which he scrawled "I miss rehab" and "loser" on her face.

When contacted by Newsweek, the blogger said he was leaving the posts online as a "reminder and a warning" to readers.

He said: "I have removed posts before that celebrities have reached out and said, 'That article caused me pain.' Or their reps have reached out.

"But, typically, I have left my past awfulness up to speak for itself and serve as a reminder and a warning.

"I am ashamed of my past but I'm not trying to scrub it from the internet or pretend it never existed.

"If I keep all my old posts up, I'm criticized. If I take them down, I'm criticized. I'm genuinely sorry for my behavior over a decade ago and I think my change and growth is obvious. I know I'm a different and better person today."

In April 2020, a Spears fan account, @britmebaby, posted a Twitter thread about the trajectory of Hilton's relationship with Spears, from his "rude" comments about the singer to the blogger playing an "evil queen" on her Circus tour in 2009.

During Britney’s highly publicized mental health problems in 2007 & some of 2008, Perez Hilton constantly bashed Britney with rude, sometimes misogynistic comments, and even blatant lies. These are saved images he has personally edited, which are still on his website.

— brody ☆ (@britmebaby) April 7, 2020

"In 2014, Perez bought a ticket and a meet and greet to Britney's Las Vegas 'Piece Of Me' show," tweeted @britmebaby. "Forgivingly, Britney even brought him on stage during one of her numbers."

On Thursday, Hilton made appearances on U.K. TV to speak in support of Spears and express his "deep shame and regret" for his past behavior.

He told Kay Burley of Sky News: "I take full accountability for how I behaved in the past. I can't say, 'Oh, 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.

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

Hilton added that he believed Jamie Spears, the singer's father, had saved her when he filed for the conservatorship in 2008.

"We forget, but she was really putting herself in dangerous situations," Hilton said. "It was a very scary time."

Fans expressed shock when Britney Spears testified that, under the conservatorship, she is not allowed to have her contraceptive intrauterine device removed.

"I want to be able to get married and have a baby," she said, addressing the court by phone. "I have an IUD inside of myself so that I don't get pregnant, but [my team doesn't] want me to have any more children."

"They have me going to therapy three times a week and to a psychiatrist," she added. "I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive. I don't feel like I can live a full life."

Responding to her testimony, Jamie Spears' lawyers told the court: "He is sorry to see his daughter suffering and in so much pain. Mr. Spears loves his daughter very much."

Newsweek has contacted representatives for Britney Spears for comment.

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Perez Hilton (L) has revealed that he has no plans to delete old posts mocking Britney Spears (R) from his blog. He says they should now serve as a "warning" to readers. Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic/Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images