Paris Hilton opened about her late grandfather Barron Hilton in her first interview since his passing. The fashion designer got teary-eyed when talking about her grandpa, whom she loved and admired.
"It's been really hard. We were so close and my entire life I have looked up to him and admired him. He's been my mentor and he's such a legend," the 38-year-old told People Now. "I'm heartbroken that he is gone but I have to look at it in a way that he lived a full life and he created this incredible legacy."
"I will continue with his legacy and now he's in heaven with my grandmother," she continued.
Barron passed away on September 19 at the age of 91 in his Los Angeles home. He was the second son and successor of hotelier Conrad Hilton. He was the chairman, president and chief executive officer of Hilton Hotels Corporation.
Paris shared several tributes on Instagram to her late grandpa shortly after his passing. In one post, she shared a sweet video full of throwback photos of them together. She captioned it, "I am deeply saddened by the loss of my grandfather Barron Hilton. He was a Legend, a visionary, brilliant, handsome, kind and lived a life full of accomplishment and adventure. Ever since I was a little girl I have looked up to him as a businessman."
She continued, "I feel so grateful to have had such an incredible mentor. I always wanted to make him proud. The last conversation we had a few days ago I told him how much of an impact he had on my life. His spirit, heart and legacy will live on in me."
The hotel heiress and DJ also posted a clip of Barron with his late wife, Marilyn, who died in 2004. "So sad to have lost my grandfather but it makes me happy to know that he is in Heaven now with his soulmate. My grandmother Marilyn was one of the most beautiful women inside and out. She was charismatic, fun, full of life, and had a heart of gold...I miss them both so much and will always be grateful to have witnessed such a pure true love. Love you Nanu and Papa forever," Paris wrote alongside the video.