Paris Says She and Benji Are "Taking A Break"
Posted on Fri Nov 21, 2008 09:24 AM PDT

Paris Hilton ParisBreakup200.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - Paris Hilton says she and boyfriend Benji Madden are "taking a break" but remain "really good friends."

Paris talked about the end of her nine-month relationship on this morning's "On Air with Ryan Seacrest" on KIIS-FM in Los Angeles.

"I love him, he's such an amazing man. He's my best friend and he's been so great to me and so loyal. He's an incredible person and we'll always be close," Paris said.

As to the future of their relationship, Paris said she doesn't know what will happen, but added, "I'm still in love with him."

Seacrest asked if pictures that surfaced of Paris with ex-boyfriend Stavros Niarchos had anything to do with the split.

"That's ridiculous," Paris said. "I was in Miami on a girls' weekend with some BFF from the show and we were just sitting there and Stavros came up and said 'Hi. Hello. How are you,' a very quick conversation and someone must have gotten a quick camera phone picture me just smiling and saying hello to someone I haven't seen in a year."

Paris said that Benji wasn't upset by the pictures. "He's not a jealous person and he knows that i have no interest in him [Stavros] whatsoever," Paris said.

Hilton also said infidelity wasn't an issue in the break-up.

"I've never been treated so well in my life or trusted anyone like this," Hilton said. "He's a very special person. There's no one like him."

Paris said that she didn't think the break up would affect her relationship with friend Nicole Ritchie, who has a child with Benji's brother Joel.

"I love Joel and Nicole and their whole family," Paris said. "Nicole and I don't get in each others' relationships. We've had a friendship that's been going on since we were two years old and nothing would change that."

The newly single Paris says she has no plans to start dating again anytime soon.

"I still obviously have feeling for Benji. I'll always love him and don't want to see anyone, " Paris said. "The thought of that just grosses me out."

Paris says she's sad she'll be single for the holidays, but is looking forward to a trip to Australia with her sister Nicky where the pair plan on hosting a New Year's Eve party.

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