Hotel heiress Paris Hilton is baffled by how many people hate her - because she's a "humble", well brought up girl at heart.

The blonde party girl and sister NICKY are the target of a number of vitriolic websites which attack their billion-dollar fortunes and dissolute lifestyles - but, the 22-year-old insists, if people actually knew her their opinions would change.

She says, "There's some scary stuff out there. It's full of lies because people love to hate me and my sister. But if you got to know us, you'd love us.

"I've always been taught by my parents to be humble and to treat people like you want to be treated - even if they've been mean.

"My friends and family know what the truth is and that's what counts."

21/08/2003 17:11