GARBAGE singer Shirley Manson has shocked her fans by expressing her admiration for notorious American socialite heiress Paris Hilton.

The I'M ONLY HAPPY WHEN RAINS frontwoman credits Hilton's reality TV show The Simple Life with changing her opinion of the hotel heiress - because it's made her realise she adores her "manipulative" personality.

Manson says, "I couldn't stand the mention of her name until just this week, when my brain was repeating, 'I like Paris Hilton. She's a no good, trashy slut'.

"I like the fact she's taking advantage of what is a hideously corrupt system and making it work for her to a ridiculously successful degree, by being a sly, manipulative sexual foreplayer."

22/08/2004 21:21