Hilton behind bars: "I'm getting used to it now"

UPDATED: 15:55, June 22, 2007

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Paris Hilton, the 26-year-old heiress, who is set to be released from jail on June 25, said her "gratitude has gone up so much" since she's been behind bars and insisted she would emerge from jail a changed woman.

Speaking in a telephone interview with entertainment television show E! News, she said she had slowly adjusted to life as an inmate.

"I'm so much more grateful for everything that I have, even just to have a pillow at night or food or anything."

"I'm claustrophobic and my cell is really small. There's nothing to do but basically sit. A room with a bunkbed and a toilet and a desk," she said. "I was going a little bit crazy in the beginning. I'm getting used to it now."

Serving time has been tough, she said, and visits with her family has been emotional.

"I am behind glass and I want to give my dad a big hug and they won't even let me do that," she said. "I'm not a criminal, I'm not dangerous. ... It's hard but I'm stronger every day."

Hilton also said she was looking forward to living the simple life upon her release.

"I just can't wait to see my family and have a nice meal and be in my own bed and appreciate all the things I took for granted and never really thought much about," she said.

"I feel like I can't wait to start a new chapter of my life. It feels really great even though I really don't like it here," she said.

Hilton has been in custody since June 3. She is housed in the special-needs unit of the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, a suburb of Los Angeles.


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