Paris Hilton's new documentary This Is Paris features cybersecurity solutions architect and fellow Provo survivor Katherine McNamara (no, not the bright-haired actress), who states that there are other celebrities who have been put through Provo and Paris is the first to speak up about it.
Now, Drew Barrymore is the second celebrity to open up about her experiences as a survivor of a residential treatment center for supposedly troubled youths.
"I wanna talk to you and have you know that I've had the people come and take me away, I've been locked up in solitary confinement, I've been in a place for lengthy periods of time - we're talking a year, year and a half plus. I haven't seen a kind of story like this really reflected out there very often."
Paris reveals that the original premise of her documentary was to show "the real Paris" in order to re-build her brand. She wanted her brand of The Smart Businesswoman to overwrite the dumb heiress image she had benefited off of for so long. The director, Alexandra Dean, made Paris feel so safe and comfortable that she began to open up and reveal a childhood trauma she hadn't revealed before even to her own mother.
"I've had severe nightmares since I was a teenager because of this. Basically, I was just trying to make it look like I had the perfect life and I was embarrassed for people to know. I now know that I shouldn't be ashamed; the people who work at these places, who are abusing children, are the ones who should be ashamed."
When asked about if there was anything about her behaviour that Provo 'corrected', Paris said, "all it did was give me trust issues, post-traumatic stress disorder... I didn't deserve to go there. My mom and dad were just very strict and sheltered. When I lived in L.A., I wasn't allowed to go on dates, couldn't wear makeup, couldn't go to a school dance... they just didn't want me to grow up."