PARIS and Nicky Hilton's mother KATHY has hit out at the way her heiress daughters are portrayed as spoiled brats in the media.

The celebrity sisters' globe-trotting and party-fuelled lifestyle has filled celebrity gossip pages, but Kathy insists most people have the wrong impression of her children.

She says, "It used to really upset me the way my family is portrayed in the media. As parents we try to keep our kids grounded and appreciate the opportunities they're given. I think everyone has an exaggerated idea of who we are. But, all I can really do is laugh it off and realise it's a part of who we are.

"Those stories about Paris and Nicky having credit cards when they were nine and 10 are ridiculous. Paris was 20 when she got her first one and Nicky was 19...

"I think we are nice people, and we are a close family. We go on vacations together, Paris and Nicky babysit their brothers, we like to barbecue and I love to cook a big family dinner at least once a month, like when we are out in the Hamptons during the summer...

"I always try to be nice and thoughtful to everyone I meet, and I want my kids to do the same. I constantly remind the girls of that old saying, 'The carpet can be pulled from under you at any time."

08/06/2005 03:10