Entertainment TV Paris Hilton Opens Up About Her 'Amazing' Relationship with Boyfriend Carter Reum "I feel like this is meant to be," says Paris Hilton of her boyfriend of nine months, Carter Reum By Aili Nahas Aili Nahas Aili Nahas is the West Coast Deputy News Editor at PEOPLE. She is also the TV deputy in Los Angeles as well as the Weddings Editor. Aili has spent nearly two decades in the entertainment industry and 12 years at PEOPLE. People Editorial Guidelines Published on September 3, 2020 08:00 AM Share Tweet Pin Email For Paris Hilton, there is one upside to the months-long pandemic. "This is the first time I've actually been forced not to travel and stay home," the entrepreneur and DJ — who, pre-COVID-19, was traveling up to 250 days a year for work — tells PEOPLE. "The silver lining is that I get to be with my pets and my boyfriend. We have gotten so close. The amount of time we've had together is what would normally take five years!" For more from Paris Hilton, pick up this week's issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday That boyfriend would be Carter Reum, a 39-year-old businessman and family friend, whom Hilton, also 39, began dating in November. "I've known him for 15 years. Then [Reum's sister Halle Hammond] invited us to Thanksgiving and we just had this incredible chemistry. We had our first date and haven't spent a night apart since. It's pretty amazing." From left: Paris Hilton and Carter Reum. Kevin Mazur/Getty Paris Hilton. Paris Hilton Opens Up About Her Past Abusive Relationships: ‘I Put Up with Things No One Should’ Especially considering that for a time, following the end of her engagement to actor Chris Zylka in 2018, Hilton, whose documentary This Is Paris premieres Sept. 14 on YouTube, wasn't sure if she'd ever find a perfect match. "After my last breakup, I thought I was going to be alone forever," she says. "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." And after a series of toxic past relationships, (in the documentary, Hilton opens up about being abused by five ex-boyfriends), the former reality star says she has finally found the partnership she deserves. Paris Hilton. Ramona Rosales Paris Hilton Celebrates Her Anniversary with Carter Reum: 'My Reason for Me Being So Happy' "I don't think I was ready for it before," she says. "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." Continues Hilton: "Carter actually reminds me of my dad! He makes me feel safe and happy. I finally found the right one."