Paris Hilton is engaged to boyfriend Carter Reum as star celebrates 40th birthday

PARIS Hilton is engaged to boyfriend Carter Reum as the star celebrated her 40th birthday.

The couple has been dating for a little more than a year now.

The happy couple confirmed the news to PEOPLE on Wednesday.

Paris told the outlet: "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. I'm excited for our next chapter."

Carter 39, added during their announcement: "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."

Carter popped the question during her 40th birthday celebration, which took place on a private island.

He gifted her a ring designed by Jean Dousset, the great-grandson of Louis Cartier.

A source told PEOPLE about the engagement: "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."

Back in November, The Sun had exclusively reported that Carter was ready to pop the question to his girlfriend.

"Carter has been telling friends for months that Paris would one day be his bride but he's finally taking action," a source told The Sun.

"He has been shopping around for engagement rings and plans to pop the question the moment the ring is complete.

"Paris is head over heels in love with him and all her friends are sure she will say yes.

"Carter and Paris have truly had a fairytale romance. He raves about her non-stop and showers her with gifts.

"He is everything she has always wanted in a partner and she wants to spend every minute with him.

"They literally celebrate anniversaries together every month because they feel so lucky to have found each other."

The source added: "When they are together they are constantly flirting and laughing.

"Those closest to Paris have never seen her this happy and her parents adore him."

Paris and Carter made their relationship official in April, four months after they were spotted together after the Golden Globe awards.

The pair was first seen together holding hands and making out at the InStyle and Warner Bros. Golden Globes after-party back in January.

At the time, an insider told E! News: "Paris was with Carter Reum last night. He is a tech startup entrepreneur and investor and is the Gwyneth Paltrow's circle of friends.

"He is known in Hollywood. They have been seeing each other for a little over a month."

The pair has been living together during lockdown.

Most recently, Paris also admitted that the two have been planning to have children as she undergoes IVF.

The socialite gushed about her boyfriend as she told host Mara Schiavocampo on The Trend Reporter with Mara podcast: “We have been doing the IVF, so I can pick twins if I like.

"Kim Kardashian is actually the one who told me about that. I didn’t even know anything about it.”

The socialite has known the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star for a long time, as Kim used to work for Paris before making a name of her own.

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