• Mon, Aug 15 2011

Time to Grow Up, Millennials: Hilary Duff/Lizzie McGuire Is Pregnant

Yesterday, Hilary Duff joyfully announced that she’s expecting her first child with hubby Mike Comrie. (They got married a little over a year ago.) The news came not through a rep, but on her official site and was addressed to her supportive fans. But it’s her fans who are reacting oddly to the news: Suddenly, they all feel really old.

Go on Twitter, and you’ll see a ton of retweets of basically the same sentiment: Hilary’s pregnancy means that your childhood is over. @ohmyjustinbiebs best outlines the dilemma of all young Millennials in this tweet.

The thing is, Hilary’s Disney career wasn’t even part of these kids’ childhoods. The Lizzie McGuire movie (which marked the end to the TV series) came out in 2003, four years before Selena Gomez‘s Wizards of Waverly Place even started. Zack and Cody weren’t enjoying the Suite Life until 2005. Lizzie McGuire doesn’t even play in repeats, and it’s listed as “DVD availability unknown” on Netflix.

These younger fans know Hilary Duff, of course, but it’s for her later projects like Material Girls and Gossip Girl. Case in point: Even though she’s trending on Twitter, they’ve misspelled her name as Hillary!

One of my friends (who’s 20) best summarized this divide on her Facebook status: The fact that Lizzie McGuire is pregnant makes me feel really old. The kids who watched Zoe 101 must feel ancient. Because these kids should stop pretending like they ever watched Lizzie hang out with Gordo and Miranda, and instead admit that the only teen-star-turned-mother that they have any emotional connection to is Jamie Lynn Spears!

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  • Stephanie Libous

    Finally someone addressed that these kids did NOT grow up with that show. They’re just jealous.

    • Lucy

      I grew up with Lizzie McGuire!! Read my above comment

  • Lucy

    ACTUALLY – I faithfully watched Lizzie McGuire. I’m 15 now and where I live in Canada, Lizzie McGuire ran every weekday night at 5:30 when I was 5yrs-9yrs. Lizzie McGuire was my FAVORITE show ever!! I watched every single day and I loved Hilary Duff and looked up to her. Now they play Lizzie McGuire re-runs at 2am. So don’t judge unless you know the facts…

  • Gamgee

    I live in Canada and on a channel they do have some former Disney shows on rerun at night. So it’s weird to think Lizzie McGuire is pregnant! I just watched her a few nights ago hanging out with Miranda and Gordo!

    But generally it seems that the younger folks should stfu. Thanks for writing this!

  • Jen

    I watched Lizzie McGuire in first or second grade. I watched Wizards of Waverly Place and Hannah Montana in middle school. Last time I checked the Disney Channel demographic was like 7-14 year olds. Basically, Lizzie McGuire and some of those newer shows are not mutually exclusive.