Currently making the rounds to promote her just published semi-autobiographical novel, "The Truth About Diamonds," Nicole Richie is denying that the book's villian is a thinly-disguised Paris clone.
Nicole depicts herself as the heroine in the book. The main character, Chloe Parker, is a beautiful, exciting young Los Angeles socialite with a drug problem and a rock star father, which is identical to Nichole own life: she went into rehab in 2002 and her father is singer Lionel Richie.
The obvious Paris Hilton clone is named Simone Westlake and is shown to be a spoiled rich girl who makes sex tapes, hangs out in nightclub restrooms, and drops her so-called best friends for no apparent reason. Nicole calls Simone "an all-around professional fake-rich girl" in the book, and while she's denying that the character is based on her former friend and co-star, she admits, "Simone and Paris have similarities."
Um, LOTS of similarities. Such as: In the book, Simone boasting about having a strain of marijuana named after her. Inside TV magazine reports: "Paris always bragged about how she had a type of weed named after her back in high school." Other similarities include a mockery of Hilton's penchant for stealing catchphrases from other people and wants to be the center of attention at all times.
Inside TV magazine is also reporting that Nicole sent Paris an advance copy of the novel which upset the hotel heiress, according to friends, because of the very obvious way the Simone character is written.
In her electrifying first novel, Nicole Richie tells the sensational story of Chloe Parker, a rock royalty princess and a card-carrying member of Hollywood's inner circle. At the age of seven, Chloe was adopted by a music superstar and his wife, transforming her life from rags to riches. What followed was a wild childhood distinguished by parties with movie stars and rock idols, run-ins with the press and the police, and a subsequent stint in rehab.
Suddenly Chloe shoots to instant fame as a spokesmodel for a national ad campaign. When her long-lost birth father appears out of nowhere and her best friend betrays her, she must struggle to keep it all together -- her sobriety, her friendships, and her integrity despite the betrayals of those around her. Ultimately, Chloe comes spectacularly into her own, achieving stardom in her own right and finding true love.
Through the eyes of the captivating Chloe and the talented voice of Nicole Richie, we are given a no-holds-barred look at Hollywood's new elite, behind the velvet ropes, inside star-studded premieres and parties. Whether they're doing the "circuit" (begin with shopping at Barneys New York, Marni, and Fred Segal, then end with the grilled vegetable salad at the Ivy), or ending up on the front page of your favorite weekly magazine, Chloe Parker and her fellow A-listers never fail to dazzle, their larger-than-life dramas more riveting than any reality show.