Paris Hilton has confirmed she and boyfriend Benji Madden have split.
The socialite appeared on pal Ryan Seacrest's radio show in Los Angeles on Friday morning (21Nov08) and revealed she and the rocker were "taking a break" after nine months.
Hilton said, "We're really good friends. We're very close... I love him, he's such an amazing man. He's my best friend, he's been so great to me, so loyal. He's an incredible person.
"I think right now we're both better off as friends. We're both working so much; I've been travelling, he's been working non-stop in the studio."
And Hilton was keen to clear up reports she ended the romance: "There's all these reports that I dumped Benji; that's not true. This was a decision we made together."
Reports about the split started last weekend (15-16Nov08) when Hilton was photographed partying with ex-boyfriend Stavros Niarchos in Miami, Florida - but she insists the late-night meeting had nothing to do with the break-up.
She added, "That's ridiculous. Really, I was on a girls' weekend... just sitting there (and) Stavros came up and said hello... (It was) a very quick conversation.
"Someone must have got a quick camera phone picture of me just smiling and saying hello to someone I haven't seen in a year.
"He's (Madden) not a jealous person and he knows I have no interest in him (Niarchos) whatsoever."
And Hilton also dismissed reports Madden was too controlling: "He's just very protective... He just wants the best for me, he just wants me to make the right choices."
The socialite also admits she's leaving the door open for a reconciliation: "We'll see what happens in the future; I'm still in love with him. He's a very special person; there's no one like him... I still have feelings for Benji."
And she won't be looking for a new man over the holidays either, adding: "I don't wanna date anyone; the thought of that just grosses me out."