Paris Hilton has said that being jailed was a ‘traumatic experience’ which saw her curled up in the foetal position crying hysterically.
But the 26-year-old socialite told CNN’s Larry King that she believed God made ‘everything happen for a reason’ and that her time behind bars had changed her.
The hotel heiress said she wanted to cut down on her ‘superficial’ life of partying and use her fame to create a halfway house for her fellow inmates and to support children’s, breast cancer and multiple sclerosis charities.
Paris was released from her Californian prison cell after serving 23 days of a 45-day sentence for a probation violation.
She told King that being strip-searched was ‘the most humiliating experience of my life’ and said her time inside was a ‘new beginning’ for her.
“It was a journey to figure out myself and who I am and what I want to do. There’s so much more to me than what people think,” she said.
She said partying would no longer be the ‘mainstay’ of her life.
She also said when she was released it was ‘one of the happiest days of my life’.
“It’s hard to even describe,” she said. “It was so exciting. It was just pandemonium, and then as soon as I saw my mum I just ran to her to go give her a hug.”
Paris, who has said she had found God, paused when asked what her favourite Bible passage was before she said: “Mmm… I don’t have a favourite part.”