Hilary Duff on growing up

Hilary Duff reflects on growing up in the public eye – what that means for how old she feels, how she has matured, and the sacrifices she has had to make along the way. And the value she places on privacy.

And, of course, there’s the perfume, clothing line and usual celebrity add-ons – the poor girl hardly has time to grow up! People forget I’m so young – so do I sometimes,” she said.

“I’ve been working adult hours since I started the Lizzie TV show when I was 13 so I have missed out on a lot of normal stuff.

“But I think of myself as lucky and don’t regret any of it – even though it can be tough”

“I feel I have missed out on some things a little bit – I found it hard growing up in the public eye.”

If I lose five pounds I’m on drugs or not eating, if I go outside without a big smile I’m depressed or I’ve split up with my boyfriend.

“I try to be normal and private – I don’t want to make a spectacle of my life.

“But they make me seem crazy for not wanting the press stuff – like Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz, they want freedom but the press make them seem crazy”If young people see me as a role model that is flattering but I have to live my own life.”

And while her weight has been the subject of some pretty intense speculation recently, Hilary insists she is fine – and it’s her business, not ours.

“I’m not too skinny. If you look at pictures of me you can see I’m healthy and I do eat!

“It’s just because there are a bunch of other people out there who are way too skinny and they want to tag me with that same thing.

“I have made a decision to be healthy and happy. I’m getting older so I look older but people want to try to make a story out of it”

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    • http://www.hilarynews.com/2005/11/01/hilary-duff-on-growing-up/ Nikki

      Hilary,
      I think that you look great girl! I just turned 18 and I think I have missed alot too and I want to look good and mature too!! I think you look awesome!!

      Nikki

    • terrell_marie

      Hil,
      U look fantastic! you were beautiful b4 u lost weight now ur even more gorgeous. Press is retarded. forget ‘em.

    • http://notjet Thereza

      yes thats true.. but now she is a natural beauty!

    • http://www.freewebs.com/heartalways Danielle N holt

      hilary has grown up very quick. and for growning up quick she’s very smart wise when it comes to trend and personalities. Other celebs want to be thin as a tooth pick and so forth. yea hilary lost a lot of wait but she’s still got common sence to stop… unlike nicole richie (no offence if you like her but damn)***

    • http://hilarynews.com branly

      hilary your so cute if eany one say ur ugly it not true girl ur hot from head to toe but dont be like britney spears

    • http://HilaryDuff.com Milica95

      I really like her. She is so cute and beatiful. You are the best actress and singer.