Holy adorableness Batman! Perez Hilton’s newborn son, Mario Armando Lavandeira III, a.k.a. Perez Hilton, Jr., is totally edible.
Weeks after announcing Mario’s birth, the infamous gossip blogger formally introduced his bundle of joy to his fans with pictures of the little guy on his website. The new dad is enjoying playing dress-up with his real-life doll and has posted shots of Jr. in a sweet Mickey Mouse costume and giraffe sleeper.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Perez explained how he came to be a single father just before his 35th birthday. After finding an egg donor and surrogate to carry his biological son, he decided to take on fatherhood on his own. “I knew it was going to happen this way because boyfriends and husbands may come and go, but kids are forever. I didn’t want to keep waiting,” he said.
Apparently Perez’s new role as dad has turned him into a kinder, gentler gossip hound. “I don’t have to give people nasty nicknames anymore. I don’t have to say people are stupid, or people are fat, or people are ugly. I don’t need to draw inappropriate things on photos or out people. I can still be sassy and fun and do my job.”
We’re all for a sweeter Perez. After all, the constant attacks on celebrities like Sienna Miller, who he refers to as Sluttyienna, seem a little uncalled for now that she’s a mom too. But fortunately for his fans who look to him to say the things that they dare not, Perez still has his claws out — even if they are shorter and more polished than before.
So we can plan on seeing a nicer Perez, but don’t expect him to start kissing celebrity butt. As far as he’s concerned, “I don’t need to be liked, but I need to not be considered the downfall of civilization.”