Even though the gods are crazy and the stars are blind, Paris Hilton and Carter Reum’s love is as real as it gets. The two were first linked together in November 2019, and have been inseparable since their very first date. After getting engaged in February 2021, Hilton and Reum chose Nov. 11 of that year, often considered a lucky day, as their wedding date, and documented their wedding planning journey on Peacock’s reality series Paris In Love. Now, just over a year after celebrating their first wedding anniversary, the couple entered the next stage of their relationship by welcoming their first child together by surprise in January 2023.
Reum, 40, has apparently been friends with Hilton’s family for years. The businessman co-founded the venture capitalist firm M13 alongside his brother Courtney. Throughout the years, the company has invested in multiple successful startups, including Lyft, Daily Harvest, and Rothy’s. In addition to his investments, Reum is also a published author, releasing his business guide Shortcut Your Startup, which he co-wrote with his brother, in 2018.
In a 2020 interview with People, Hilton revealed they hadn’t spent a single night apart from one another since they started their relationship. “He makes me feel safe and happy. I finally found the right one,” she said, adding that Reum reminds her of her father. Here’s a look back at their entire relationship timeline, from their first date to their first child together.
November 2019: Paris & Carter Begin Dating
Though Hilton told People that she’s known Reum for more than 15 years, the two didn’t officially begin dating until after his sister invited her to Thanksgiving dinner in November 2019.
“After my last breakup, I thought I was going to be alone forever. I was like, I give up. I’ll just focus on myself. I don’t need anyone. So to have actually fallen in love, I just feel so grateful,” Hilton said. “I don’t think I was ready for it before. I just always wanted what my mom and dad have. They’re best friends, he’s so loyal. I was always looking for that, but I was looking in the wrong places.”
January 2020: Paris & Carter Go Public
Hilton and Reum made their official debut as a couple at a Golden Globes afterparty in January 2020. While the new couple did not walk the red carpet together, PEOPLE reported that were seen dancing and kissing inside the soiree.
December 2020: They Celebrate Their Anniversary
In December 2020, Hilton commemorated her one-year anniversary with Reum on Instagram, posting a video of her and the entrepreneur wearing matching Halloween costumes, traveling, and generally being in love.
“I can’t believe it’s only been a year. It feels like I’ve been with you a lifetime,” Hilton wrote, calling Reum her “twin flame,” “best friend,” and “partner for life.” “I have never felt so close to another person in my life. And that’s because you’re the first one who tore down the walls I built around my heart and opened up my heart in a way that I didn’t know was possible. I can’t wait for our future and a lifetime of love and adventures. Because no matter what happens in life, I will always be happy, feel safe and at home in your arms and by your side forever.”
January 2021: Paris Starts IVF
On an episode of “The Trend Reporter with Mara” podcast, Hilton revealed that she’d begun undergoing IVF treatment with the hope of starting a family with Reum. “We talk about [planning a wedding] all the time and planning our baby’s names and all of that,” she said.
February 2021: Paris & Carter Get Engaged
On Feb. 17, 2021, Hilton revealed on Instagram that Reum proposed to her on her 40th birthday. She later said that she was completely surprised because Reum had disguised the proposal as a photoshoot. “He tricked me,” she said on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. “It was one of the most romantic moments of my life.”
At the time, the two were staying on a private island, which turned out to be the perfect backdrop for an engagement. Hilton’s video announcement shows her cradling Reum’s face after his speech before sharing a passionate kiss with her new fiancé. “When you find your soulmate, you don’t just know it. You feel it,” she wrote in the caption. “My love & I have been together since our first date, and for my birthday, he arranged a special trip to tropical paradise. As we walked to dinner along the beach, Carter led us to a cabana adorned with flowers and dropped to one knee. I said yes, yes to forever. There’s no one I’d rather spend forever with.”
Hilton continued to share images celebrating their engagement online, including one of her and Reum posing together with a large engagement ring balloon and another with the hashtag #BrideToBe.
October 2021: Carter & Paris Have Joint Bachelor/ette Parties
One month ahead of their planned wedding, the couple flew to Las Vegas for a weekend-long joint bachelor and bachelorette party. In attendance was a group of close friends and family including the bride-to-be’s mother, Kathy Hilton, and sister, Nicky Hilton, as well as Reum’s brother Courtney. Hilton documented much of the early October weekend via her Instagram Stories, capturing the group as they rode around in a limo, partied by the pool, enjoyed a candlelit dinner, and went clubbing and ziplining.
November 2021: Paris & Carter Get Married
As many couples love to do, Hilton and Reum got married on Nov. 11, 2021, which also happened to be the same day as the premiere of Paris In Love. The Peacock reality show captured the couple and their families as they planned the extravagant wedding, including dress fittings, cake tastings, and deciding on the all-important venues.
Hilton and Reum’s first ceremony and reception took place at her late grandfather Barron Hilton’s Bel-Air estate, which was also the site of a larger wedding reception two days later where guests who weren’t invited to the ceremony could celebrate their nuptials. In between, Hilton hosted a neon carnival night at the Santa Monica Pier. Other A-list stars who attended their ceremony include Demi Lovato, who sang at the reception, Hilton’s Simple Life co-star Nicole Richie, and Kim Kardashian, who shared sweet photos from her friend’s big day on Instagram. “Pumpkin spice and everything nice for Paris’s wedding,” she captioned her post.
Naturally, Hilton shared many photos from their three-day wedding on Instagram, just weeks before it aired on the Paris In Love season finale. She started by teasing her Oscar de la Renta wedding gown just after the ceremony, writing, “My forever begins today… 11/11.” Sharing a photo of her and Reum walking back down the aisle after saying “I do,” Hilton cleverly said, “My 11:11 Wish came true So happy and excited to be your Wife!”
November 2022: Paris Clarifies Her Family Plans
Nearly a year after their wedding, Hilton’s mom Kathy claimed that the couple had been attempting to conceive a baby with no success. “It breaks my heart because I know she is trying and trying and I always say, ‘Just relax,’” the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star said. “So many people, they struggle and it doesn’t just happen like that.”
However, Hilton quickly took to social media to dispel her mom’s claims, stating that she and Reum were planning to wait until 2023 to have a baby. “For those asking, my husband & I wanted to enjoy our 1st year of marriage as a couple & we were planning on starting our family in 2023,” she said. “IVF is a journey for everyone but we’re so fortunate that we have lots of healthy embryos ready & waiting to be part of our Cutesy Crew!”
January 2023: Paris & Carter Welcome Their First Child
When Hilton said she was planning to start her family in 2023, she meant it. On Jan. 24, Hilton announced that she and Reum had secretly welcomed their first child together by posting a touching photo of her holding the baby’s hand on Instagram. “You are already loved beyond words,” she wrote, complete with a blue heart emoji.
Hilton later confirmed to PEOPLE that the couple had welcomed a baby boy who was born via surrogate. “It’s always been my dream to be a mother and I’m so happy that Carter and I found each other,” she said. “We are so excited to start our family together and our hearts are exploding with love for our baby boy.”
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