There’s some interesting back and forth in the celebrity sites about why Paris Hilton didn’t attend the weekend wedding of her former BFF, Nicole Richie. Richie had a lavish affair by most accounts, with over 150 guests, a ‘winter’ theme and an elephant, but avian Paris was off in Vegas. According to E! Online, Paris was invited but begged off because of a scheduled birthday party for a friend, which was filmed for Paris’ reality show. US Weekly claims that Paris wasn’t invited because Nicole worried that she would steal her thunder. Here are US and E!’s reports:
When Nicole Richie got hitched to Joel Madden this weekend in front of friends—such as Gwen Stefani, Ashlee Simpson-Wentz and Khloé Kardashian Odom—at dad Lionel’s Beverly Hills estate, many were wondering why Paris Hilton wasn’t there.
The former BFFs and Simple Life costars did have a falling out years ago, but have since patched things up.
And although Page Six says Paris didn’t make the guest list for the intimate affair, a Hilton confidant insists that’s not the case…
“She was invited, but she had another commitment,” a source close to the heiress tells me.
So what was the reason she couldn’t be there to see Nicole tie the knot?
Paris was shooting her Oxygen reality series in Vegas this weekend, where one of her castmates was celebrating her birthday (costar Brooke Mueller didn’t attend).
“This was planned months ago,” the source says. “Paris sent Nicole and Joel a wedding gift to congratulate them and wishes them both the best.” – E! Online
“Nicole knew very well that having Paris involved would have inevitably turned a special night into being about their friendship,” a source tells UsMagazine.com. “Nicole’s life is completely different now.”
In fact, Richie didn’t even bother to invite Hilton, her best friend since the age of 2, to attend the winter-themed ceremony. And though Richie’s pals Khloe Kardashian and Samantha Ronson made the final guest list, a source close to Hilton tells Us that the 29-year-old socialite “isn’t dwelling on it too much.”
“She and Nicole aren’t close anymore, but there are no hard feelings there,” the insider explains. “They just grew up and apart.” – US Weekly
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Khloe Kardashian was at Nicole’s wedding, but Paris wasn’t there for whatever reason. I tend to believe US Weekly over E!, where the account sounds straight from Paris’ camp. This isn’t just about two friends who had a falling out. This also signifies Paris’ place on the Hollywood hierarchy. If Paris was still relevant, she would have scored an invitation to Nicole’s wedding regardless of the current state of their friendship or whether or not she used to date the groom’s brother. As it is, she doesn’t rate an invite while Khloe Kardashian does. Burn.