Paris Hilton can't wait to be a mother.

The reality TV star - who is dating 21-year-old model River Viiperi - is looking forward to settling down and having children and believes family is an "important" part of life.

She said: "I would love one day to have a family. That's such an important part of life. I'd love to be a mum. For now, I have so many pets; I'm like a mother to all my animals."

The heiress admits she's not sure whether she wants to have a big wedding, and has even considered eloping to a remote island when she ties the knot.

She said: "Sometimes I think I want a big, amazing wedding. Other times, I'd love to go to, like, Fiji or Bora Bora, or a remote island and keep it small and intimate. It's a hard choice to make - maybe do both?"

Meanwhile, River, 21, says he'd love to settle down with his girlfriend of one year and wants to have children while he's young so he can be a "cool dad".

He added to HELLO! magazine: "Ever since I was a kid I have wanted to [settle down]. My parents had me pretty late and my dream is to have a kid and be my kid's friend - to be the cool dad. I'm ready if it were to happen. There's no rush but I have no problem at all. I love kids."