As Paris Hilton announces birth of first child, a look at husband Carter Reum and the secret child ‘he’s only met ONCE’ with reality star Laura Bellizzi (who briefly dated Mel Gibson)

Paris Hilton made the surprising announcement on Tuesday that she secretly welcomed a child, a baby boy, with her husband Carter Reum via surrogate.

The Hilton heiress, 41, shared the happy news via an Instagram post, that showed a photo of the new mom clutching onto her infant’s hand. 

This will be the second child for Reum, 40, who has a secret nine-year-old from a previous relationship and has allegedly seen her ‘only once.’ 

Surprise! Paris Hilton made the surprising announcement on Tuesday that she secretly welcomed a child, a baby boy, with her husband Carter Reum via surrogate

‘You are already loved beyond words,’ wrote Hilton, followed by a blue heart emoji.

‘It’s always been my dream to be a mother and I’m so happy that Carter and I found each other,’ Hilton said in a statement to PEOPLE. ‘We are so excited to start our family together and our hearts are exploding with love for our baby boy.’

Millionaire entrepreneur Reum previously fathered a child with reality star Laura Bellizzi, known for appearing on the short-lived VH-1 show Secrets of Aspen, PageSix reported in 2021. 

Dad of two: This will be the second child for Reum, who has a secret nine-year-old from a previous relationship and has allegedly seen her ‘only once’; Pictured 2021

Bellizii – a Chicago native who now lives in California with the child – also briefly dated actor Mel Gibson. Hilton and Reum tied the knot at a lavish ceremony in Bel Air. 

In 2011, when Bellizzi was pregnant, it was reported that the baby was Mel Gibson’s love child, though he vehemently denied the claims. 

DailyMail.com has reached out to Hilton and Reum’s reps who have so far been unavailable for comment. 

Bellizzi also refuted the rumors to TMZ in November 2011, saying: ‘Mel Gibson is not the father of my child.’

As it turns out, she was carrying Reum’s child.  

Revealed: Hilton’s husband shares his first child with reality star Laura Bellizzi who briefly dated Mel Gibson; Pictured 2021

Pictured: Laura Bellizi is seen above pregnant in 2011, and at the time it was speculated she was carrying Mel Gibson’s baby – both ended up denying the rumors 

It is the first time that any significant details from Reum’s relationship history has been revealed, after he and wife Hilton have shared their romance openly in her reality show Paris In Love.

A source claimed to the outlet that Carter has ‘only seen [his daughter] once since she was born 9 years ago.’

In response, a spokesperson for Reum told said: ‘The people who this story matters to have known about it for 10 years. Carter supports this child. While he does not have a traditional father-daughter relationship with her, he has provided for her since she was born, and will continue to do so.’ 

Reality star: Laura Bellizzi pictured in April 2010

Bellizi has kept a low profile since hitting the headlines with Gibson in 2011.

The reality show, VH-1’s Secrets of Aspen, that she appeared on in 2010, only ran for one season and she has not appeared on any other shows since.

A source close to the situation added to the outlet that her daughter had been ‘triggered’ by seeing Reum’s lavish wedding to Hilton, and felt ‘left out’ of her father’s life. 

The source said: ‘Also, she saw the articles of Paris and Carter talking about starting a family. She felt tremendous rejection and felt left out. She wants to have a relationship with him.’

Reum is worth an estimated $40million, after co-founding investment company M13 with his brother Courtney Reum. Meanwhile, Reum’s wife Hilton is worth an estimated $300million.

More coming? Last month, the Simple Life star shared that she and her husband had started their in vitro fertilization (IVF) journey in 2020 before he ever proposed, and that IVF can ensure she can have a ‘boy and girl twin’; Pictured 2022

The source continued that Reum’s daughter wants to ‘know her daddy.’

‘She just wants to really complete the missing pieces of her puzzle,’ the source divulged. 

‘She’s at that age where self-identity is so important, and children want to know who they are and where they come from. It’s important for him to help her with that.’ 

‘It’s not about [Reum] or the mother. It’s about making the child whole. She is absolutely an amazing little girl. She has so much love to give. And she wants to give it to him, his family and whoever he chooses to love.’

A second source told the outlet: ‘She is of an age now where she is cognizant and wants her paternal family to hear her and know her. He may not claim or love her, but she claims and loves him and his family.’

PICTURED: Paris Hilton stuns in Oscar de la Renta wedding gown as she marries Carter Reum at her grandfather’s Bel-Air estate… and declares ‘my forever starts today’

Prior to giving brith, Hilton has made no secret of her plan to start a family with Reum of their own, now they are married.

Last month, the Simple Life star shared that she and her husband had started their in vitro fertilization (IVF) journey in 2020 before he ever proposed, and that IVF can ensure she can have a ‘boy and girl twin.’

She was recently forced to clarify the status of their IVF journey after her mother Kathy Hilton claimed the pair were struggling to conceive.

‘I have tons of embryos that are waiting, we’ve been stocking up on a lot of them,’ Hilton fired back after she was asked about her mother’s remark by TMZ.

She also said she would want ‘maybe a boy first’ since she always dreamed of having an older brother to ‘protect’ her.

The socialite told The Trend Reporter with Mara podcast that best friend Kim Kardashian had introduced her to the idea.

Paris said: ‘[Kim was the one] who told me about that. I didn’t even know anything about it. I’m happy that she told me that advice and introduced me to her doctor.

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He comes from a wealthy family, just like Paris

Carter’s father, the late tycoon W. Robert ‘Bob’ Reum, was the chairman, CEO and president of Chicago-based industrial firm Amsted Industries. The company is currently valued at $4billion, and Bob is said to have left behind $7million when he died in 2017 at the age of 74 and is also said to have had a significant property portfolio. Meanwhile, his sister Halle is married to Oliver Hammond, a scion of the extremely wealthy Annenberg family.

He’s an Ivy League graduate

Ivy League schools are considered to be the best in the country – and Carter received a B.A. in both Economics and Business/Managerial Economics from Columbia University in 2003, setting him on his road to success. His older brother Courtney and sister Halle also attended the same school. 

A good catch: Carter Reum at a sustainable style event in 2019 

He’s a well-respected entrepreneu

Carter’s net worth is estimated to be between $35million-$40 million, and while that is no match for Paris Hilton’s estimated $300million fortune – he has a promising career ahead. For the last four years in a row, he’s been recognized as one of Goldman Sachs’ Builders + Innovators Top 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneur. He and his brother Courtney Reum co-founded their investment company M13, named after the brightest star constellation, after selling their spirits company VEEV in 2016. M13 has invested in over 125 companies including names like Lyft, Pinterest, SpaceX, and more. 

He’s media savvy and has appeared on reality TV in the past 

While Carter may be a private person, he’s also a media-savvy commentator who knows how to handle his public image. He has appeared on the business reality competition show Hatched with his brother Courtney. In 2018, Carter and Courtney released a self-help book for aspiring and seasoned entrepreneurs titled Shortcut Your Startup.

Fun: Carter (right) poses with his brother Courtney Reum (middle) and a male model at a 2006 fashion event 

He’s accepting of his partner’s ‘imperfections’ 

When asked about any of Paris’s annoying habits, Carter said rather diplomatically that her ‘creative mind’ doesn’t always make for a clean or organized house. ‘Yeah, I’m not the most organized person in the world,’ Paris agreed. But Carter reasoned: ‘Yeah, I don’t think we’re gonna change that. I think we’re just gonna have to accept that. If that’s the only reason you’re not perfect, could be way worse.’ 

He’s a private person with a child from a previous relationship  

It was revealed after their wedding that Carter is father to a nine-year-old daughter from a previous relationship with reality star Laura Bellizzi. In 2011, when Bellizzi was pregnant, it was reported that the baby was Mel Gibson’s love child, though he vehemently denied the claims. As it turns out, she was carrying Reum’s child. A spokesperson for Carter said on the matter: ‘The people who this story matters to have known about it for 10 years. Carter supports this child. While he does not have a traditional father-daughter relationship with her, he has provided for her since she was born, and will continue to do so.’

Settling down: The happy couple are seen in a Instagram post from Paris 

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Chris Zylka – 2017-2018 

Paris’s most recent proposal before finding love with Carter was with HBO actor Chris Zylka. The pair began dating in 2017, and he proposed just a year later on a Aspen, Colorado ski trip in January 2018. At the time Paris said of their romance: ‘My best friend & soulmate. Perfect for me in every way.’ They would break up a few months later.

Ex-factor: Paris and ex-fiancé Chris Zylka in 2018 

Thomas Gross – 2016

The Simple Life star and businessman Thomas Gross – who is worth over $200million – dated for a year before they split up in April 2016. The pair met at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015, and were said to have immediately hit it off. She named him her ‘soulmate’ in an Instagram caption at the time and even took him as her date to sister Nicky Hilton’s wedding, but it wasn’t to be.

River Viiperi – 2012 – 2014

This Spanish model River Viiperi and Paris dated for two years – and the pair were often seen packing on the PDA while out partying. But the hotel heiress had moved on in 2014, and confirmed their breakup by kissing a mystery man on the beach in Malibu.

Model ex: Paris and River Viiperiin 2014 

Afrojack – 2012

Paris was linked to Afrojack in 2012. Her reps denied reports that she had been dumped by the DJ, instead insisting that they were ‘best friends’ and ‘love and support each other very much.’

Cy Waits – 2010-2011

The reality star dated nightclub organizer Cy Waits for almost a year before they split in June 2011. Things went downhill for the couple when they were arrested in Las Vegas, with Cy getting busted for driving under the influence. He ended up losing his job as head of nightclub operations for Wynn and Encore in Vegas.

PDA: The heiress seen with Doug Reinhardt in 2009 

Doug Reinhardt – 2009-2010

There was no love lost between Paris and The Hills star Doug Reinhardt. After a messy split, she told UsWeekly: ‘I am, like, so past that – I don’t even care! I don’t even remember that time in my life. I am over it! I just realized that I’m better off without him. So I ended it because I deserve something much better! He wasn’t right for me and I will eventually find somebody who loves me for who I am.’

Benji Madden – 2008

Before he was married to Cameron Diaz, Paris Hilton and Benji Madden dated for nine months. However, it wasn’t to be as she split from the Good Charlotte guitarist in November 2008. ‘She is saddened by the breakup but they’re just too different and they wanted different things in life,’ a source said at the time. ‘He was loyal and sweet but it was time to take a break.’ 

Rocker: The star is pictured with Benji Madden in 2008 

Stavros Niarchos – 2006 

Stavros Niarchos, the son of a Greek billionaire shipping tycoon, dated Paris around 2006 before calling it quits after a year. Before Paris, Niarchos had been linked to Mary-Kate Olsen. The pair pledged to remain friends. 

Paris Latsis – 2004-2005

Paris almost married her namesake Paris Kassidokostas-Latsis, a Greek socialite and shipping heir. They began dating in December 2004 and were engaged just eight months later. But the couple had called things off by September next year. She had famously complained that her 24 carat diamond – reportedly worth $4.7 million – was too heavy on her finger.

Selfie pioneer: Paris takes a snap with Stavros Niarchos

Pose: Paris and Paris Latsis in 2005 

Nick Carter – 2004

The socialite and Backstreet Boys singer Nick were an item for seven months before eventually splitting in July 2004. He would later say some unkind things about Paris in autobiography, writing: ‘Paris was the worst person in the world for me to hook up with. [She] fed my worst impulses as far as partying.’ Paris would respond saying: ‘I don’t believe I was a negative influence on Nick…. I’m glad he got help for his problems and wish him all the best.’

Deryck Whibley – 2003

Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley and Paris Hilton were linked for a few months in 2003. Although they were spotted kissing on the party circuit in Los Angeles at the time, things between the pair fizzled out quickly.


Pop stars the rivals: Paris has dated both Nick Carter from the Backstreet Boys and Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley 

First big love: Paris and her former fiancé, model Jason Shaw, in 2002 

Jason Shaw – 2002

The Hilton heiress was first engaged to model Jason Shaw, just before she turned 21 years old in 2002 but split in 2003. They were linked again later in 2010, though they appeared to be just friends. ‘I love him so much. We’re very close and I’ve known him a very long time,’ she told Ellen DeGeneres at the time.

Rick Salomon – 2001

Arguably one of her most famous exes, Paris and Rick’s relationship hit the headlines when the poker player leaked a sex tape of the two in 2004 years after they’d split. Paris later said she felt ‘so betrayed’ and recently claimed that the whole experience left her with PTSD. ‘It was my first real relationship. Eighteen. I was so in love with him and I wanted to make him happy,’ she said in her recent doc This Is Paris. ‘And I just remember him pulling out the camera. And he was kind of pressuring me into it. It was like being electronically raped.’

Edward Furlong – 2000

Paris confirmed her romance with the Terminator 2: Judgment Day star after rumors were swirling about an engagement and wedding. ‘No, we’re not married, but he is my boyfriend. We’ve been going steady together for about a month,’ she informed the New York Post in September 2000. 

Notorious: Paris is seen with Rick Salomon circa 2001 who she made the infamous sex tape with  

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