Paris Hilton has ended months of speculation, by finally declaring that she and Nicole Richie are no longer pals.

Reports of a rift between the pair have been rife for a number of months, but Hilton and Richie - who grew up together in California - have always denied the rumours.

But when it was recently announced that Rod Stewart's daughter KIMBERLY was in talks to replace Richie in hit reality show The Simple Life, speculation about their relationship rose to the fore once again, prompting hotel heiress Hilton to speak out.

She tells US WEEKLY, "It's no big secret that Nicole and I are no longer friends. It wouldn't be fair to the fans if we pretended to be best pals.

"I will not go into details of what happened. All I will say is that Nicole knows what she did."

21/04/2005 02:40