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Kathy Hilton explains why she was ‘in complete shock’ the moment Paris told her about grandson

Hilton said her mom was emotional to learn her grandson Phoenix had been born a week earlier.
/ Source: TODAY

Paris Hilton kept the birth of her first child, son Phoenix, a secret from everyone — including her mom and sister.

Despite being left out of the big reveal, Hilton said her mom, Kathy Hilton, was more emotional than upset to find out about her new grandson.

The reality star told Rolling Stone in an interview that she invited her mother over one day like nothing out of the ordinary and gifted her a Chanel bag to potentially soften the blow.

“I was like, if I give her Chanel first, maybe she won’t be so upset that I didn’t tell her about this,” Hilton said.

The 42-year-old explained that she was holding the baby in a blanket when she sat down with Kathy Hilton, who asked, “What is that?”

“And I was like, ‘A baby … meet your grandson.’ She’s like, ‘Is this yours?’ And she starts crying. She’s like, ‘Let me hold him. He’s the most beautiful baby I’ve ever seen in my life. Oh, he’s so beautiful.’ She was just in tears,” Hilton told the publication.

In a new interview with “Extra,” Kathy Hilton recalled the emotional moment and said she was “in complete shock” when she met her grandson.

“We didn’t have our Christmas together because she was working out of the country. So, she said, ‘I have a surprise for you,’ and it was my Christmas present,” she explained. “Then she waited a few minutes, and she goes, ‘I have one more surprise for you.’”

The 64-year-old said she never would have predicted what would happen next.

“So I thought maybe it’s going to be a puppy or something, because my husband and I lost our dog,” she said. “Anyway, she walks in and the blanket falls down, and I just go, ‘Who is this? What is this?’”

Speaking fondly of her newest grandchild, Kathy Hilton said he is "such a little angel" and getting "heavier every few days."

After welcoming the baby boy via surrogate, Hilton announced the birth on Instagram on Jan. 24 with a picture of her newborn with his hand wrapped around her thumb. Without revealing her baby's face or name, Hilton wrote, “You are already loved beyond words.”

In her “This is Paris” podcast, she explained her choice to not initially reveal the birth of her son to her mom and sister Nicky Hilton Rothschild. Rothschild has three children.

“I just really felt that I wanted to have this journey with us only,” she said, adding, “It was hard to keep that in because we were so excited and wanted to tell our families, but you’re just nervous because if you tell one person then you know they tell someone and then all of a sudden it’s like in TMZ or Page Six.”

Instead, Hilton and her husband, Carter Reum, decided to keep the pregnancy and birth to themselves amid life in the public eye, as she said on TODAY with Hoda and Jenna.

“I just feel like my life has been so public, and I just wanted something for me,” she said. “I didn’t want the media and people online just speaking about my son even before he was here on this earth.”

On the podcast episode, Hilton similarly spoke of her and her husband's joint decision to keep the experience to themselves, prior to revealing Phoenix to the world.

“We’re just so excited to start our family and can’t wait for you to see him. But for now, you’ve just been keeping everything really private,” she explained in her podcast. “No one knew, literally, until he was, like, over a week old. So it was really nice just to have that with Carter, (have) our own journey together.”

Hilton said on TODAY that she had always wanted to be a mom, but she hadn't found the right person to take that step with until she met Reum.

“I needed to find someone I could trust and open my heart to and this little baby is just my everything,” she said.

Hilton's memoir, "Paris: A Memoir," came out on March 14.