Don’t they grow up so fast? Some of our favorite celebrities who started out as teeny tiny children have kept the motors going and have pushed on with success, even into adulthood. Others have not been so successful. Actors like Macaulay Culkin and Lindsay Logan started off with such promise, but went off the deep-end.
Not the case for these young celebrities. They’ve been in the spotlight all their lives, and whether they follow in their parents’ footsteps or not, they have all found their own calling in life (or at least started to).
There are tons of child stars - almost every movie needs a kid for that ‘aww’ factor, or plot development, and everyone has to start somewhere - but there aren’t many who can gracefully transition into adulthood, it seems.
Rather than becoming a mini-me of their parents, these celebrities have tried to branch out into other things. One can only imagine how annoying it would be to always be associated with your parents’ success, and these young celebs must know that burden all too well. Whether they’ve found success or floundered, here are 10 celebrity kids all grown up.
10 Kelly & Jack Osbourne (30 and 29 Years Old)
Kelly and Jack Osbourne might have once been best-known as the children of Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne, and for starring on the reality show based around their family, The Osbournes, but they’ve since grown into their own. Kelly was a presenter on E!’s Fashion Police from 2010 to 2015, and she’s also appeared on Dancing with the Stars.
Kelly Osbourne has found continued success as a talk-show host, and as a fashion expert. Unfortunately not all is well in the Osbourne household, medically speaking. She recently announced that she has the same cancer gene as Angelina Jolie, and that she’ll eventually have to have similar surgery - to remove her ovaries, fallopian tubes, and perhaps a double mastectomy.
Jack Osbourne, who’s also a dad now, has become a successful fitness and travel reporter after his rise to fame on The Osbournes. He has presented on shows such as BBC’s Saving Planet Earth, and Jack Osbourne: Adrenaline Junkie. Unfortunately, he also has medical issues, as he was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis in 2012. Since the diagnosis, he has made significant lifestyle changes, such as minimizing stress, exercising regularly, and ceasing any intense physical workouts.
9 Rumer Willis (26 Years Old)
Rumer Willis is the oldest daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore. She followed in her parents’ footsteps and became an actress, starring in her first role at the ripe age of five, in the movie Now and Then. Since then, Rumer has had a steady career. She appeared in the 1996 film Striptease, and in the 2000s she made appearances on shows like CSI: NY, Medium, and The Secret Life of the American Teenager.
From 2009 to 2010, Rumer had a recurring role on the show 90210, and in 2012 to 2013, she played a character on Hawaii Five-0. She has worked with her father twice, first in the film The Whole Nine Yards (2000), and then in Hostage (2005). She was announced as one of the celebrities to compete on season 20 of Dancing with the Stars in 2015, and her first performance - with professional partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy - earned her the highest score of the night.
8 Ireland Baldwin (19 Years Old)
Ireland Baldwin is the daughter of actors Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger. She is a fashion model, and is noted for her tall height of 6 feet 2 inches. In 2013, she signed her first modeling contract with IMG Models, and made her debut in a swimsuit editorial for the New York Post.
She subsequently appeared on W Magazine’s ‘It Trend, It Girl’ feature, and then Vanity Fair’s It Girl later that year. She made her acting debut in 2013’s film Grudge Match, where she played a young version of Kim Basinger’s character in flashback scenes.
Ireland gained public recognition at the age of 11, after her father left an angry voicemail that became leaked to the public. They have since made up. After breaking up with her long-time boyfriend, Ireland began dating female rapper Angel Haze. There has since been speculation that the two women are no longer together.
7 Lourdes “Lola” Leon (18 Years Old)
Lourdes Leon is the daughter of megastar Madonna and her ex-husband (1995-1997), Carlos Leon. When Lourdes was born, in 1996, Madonna achieved a few personal goals. First, she “triumphed on screen” with her leading role in Evita, and then she “achieved her dream of having a child,” which she had always wanted. At this point in time, Madonna was reinventing her image (as she tends to do), while commonly strutting around while holding her daughter.
Fast-forward almost 20 years later, and Lourdes Leon has grown into a beautiful, stunning young woman. She helped design the Material Girl clothing line with her mom, and then she shrugged away her posh lifestyle to go to her mother’s old college, the University of Michigan, while staying in a shared, tiny dorm room. A fellow student told the Daily Mail that, “She’s not as sociable as many people would have thought, and she couldn’t be more different than Madonna’s huge persona.”
6 Brooklyn Joseph Beckham (16 Years Old)
For early fans of the Spice Girls and followers of British soccer, it seems like only yesterday that Brooklyn Beckham became the newest celebrity baby with a quirky name. Now, at 16, he's a long-time resident of the United States and has become a professional model. His British roots are still strong though, and he's followed in his father's footsteps as a keen footballer. With his father's talent and looks, it's no surprise Brooklyn has grown into a dashing young man. A glance at his selfie-laden Instagram profile suggests he's also inherited his mother's self-confidence and charisma.
5 Paris Jackson (16 Years Old)
Paris Jackson is the 16-year-old daughter of the late Michael Jackson and Debbie Rowe. She was always a cute girl who the media couldn’t get enough of, but she’s since become her own beautiful person, and has persevered through some hard times. The teen battled depression, and was hospitalized in 2013 following a suicide attempt.
According to the NY Daily News, it “wasn’t the first time,” as Paris hinted at cutting her wrists in a blog that was filled with disturbing images. Recently, however, she’s been spotted in LA, looking happier than ever with her personal trainer. She left the limelight in recent years and even entered a therapeutic boarding school in Utah, which, according to anonymous sources, was “exactly what she needed.”
4 Bindi Irwin (16 Years Old)
Bindi Irwin first became famous as the adorable little daughter of Steve and Terri Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter extraordinaires. She would often appear on the show as a toddler, but since her father’s tragic death, she’s sprouted into a talented young woman. Her first name came from the name of her father’s favorite crocodile at the Australia Zoo.
After Steve’s death by a stingray barb in 2006, Bindi and Terri announced that they would continue Steve’s conservation and television work. She received a standing ovation after delivering a eulogy for her father in front of 300 million viewers, and a 2006 TV Week readers’ poll voted her speech as the television moment of the year.
Since then, she has hosted shows such as My Daddy the Crocodile Hunter, Bindi the Jungle Girl, and she also made a hip-hop album called Trouble in the Jungle. In 2008, at the age of nine, she became the youngest performer to ever win a Daytime Emmy Award when she won the award for “Outstanding Performer in a Children’s Series,” with Bindi the Jungle Girl.
3 Jaden Smith (16 Years Old)
The son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith has seen a huge rise in popularity in the recent years (as has his younger sister, Willow). He is regularly in the tabloid headlines, and has become a successful actor in his own right. He starred in his first film at the age of eight with his dad in the 2006 film The Pursuit of Happyness.
Smith then went on and appeared in the remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still, and then starred alongside Jackie Chan in the remake of The Karate Kid. His most recent film had him starring with his father again, in After Earth.
Besides acting, Jaden has also signed a record label with Columbia Records. He’s done music with Justin Bieber, such as the platinum certified single “Never Say Never,” and has played on numerous non-album singles. He’s also dating TV personality and Kardashian-sister Kylie Jenner, which definitely doesn’t hurt his fame factor.
2 Ava Phillippe (15 Years Old)
The daughter of Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe was the product of a fairytale Hollywood romance. That was, before the relationship soured and Ryan Phillippe reportedly cheated on his Oscar-winning wife. Ava Phillippe wasn't a celebaby in the spotlight; rather, she had a relatively normal existence and was only ever exposed to the A-list world when making public appearences with her mother or being snapped by the paps.
Recently, apparently tiring of constant comparisons to her lookalike famous mom, the naturally blonde 15 year old Ava Phillippe stepped out with a dramatic new pink 'do.
1 Kaia Gerber (14 Years Old)
Kaia Crawford took the world by storm when, at 13, she appeared in a high fashion spread looking every inch the supermodel. She almost put mom Cindy Crawford to shame. Kaia and her brother Presley are the children of happily married superstar Crawford and her businessman husband, Richard Gerber.
While 16 year old Presley is maintaining a low profile, Kaia has been involved in theatre from a young age and shot her first high-profile fashion campaign at the age of 10. Still just 14 years old, the world is expecting big things from this celebrity heiress.