Paris Hilton is engaged! PEOPLE confirms the entrepreneur and DJ got engaged to boyfriend Carter Reum on Saturday, Feb. 13 after more than a year of dating. News of their engagement comes on Hilton’s 40th birthday. “This past year with COVID has accelerated so many things. As someone who traveled constantly, I had a chance to stay home and reevaluate what was important to me. My relationship and the time I spent with Carter was a gift,” Hilton says. “I’m excited for our next chapter.”
Reum added, “I have gotten the unique opportunity to get to know the real Paris on a daily basis just the two of us during these past 15 months and I couldn’t be more excited and lucky to have her as my future wife and partner. She shines with her kindness, work ethic, authenticity and her voice in making the world a better place and she will do the same as a future mother and wife.” Reum popped the question — with a ring designed by Jean Dousset, the great-grandson of Louis Cartier — while the couple was celebrating Hilton’s birthday on a private island. For the milestone moment, Hilton donned a Retrofete dress and a Loschy crown while Reum sported an all-white suit.
After he got down on one knee, the lovebirds enjoyed an intimate celebration with family members, including Hilton’s sister, Nicky Hilton, and Reum’s brother, Courtney Reum. A longtime friend of the Hilton family, Reum started venture capital firm M13. The Chicago native, who attended Columbia University, is also an author and entrepreneur known for co-founding the liquor brand VEEV Spirits alongside brother Courtney.
“Paris is so excited, and her friends and family are just thrilled for her. Carter is a great guy and after everything she’s been through, the stable kind of love he brings to her life is what she deserves. She’s sure he’s the one,” a source tells PEOPLE of Hilton, who will discuss her engagement on Monday’s premiere episode of her iHeartRadio podcast, This Is Paris.