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Duff was thrust into the spotlight ten years ago, at age 14, as the lead character in the Disney Channel's 'Lizzie McGuire.' After going on to release several successful albums and appear in multiple films, Hilary has taken a moment to reflect on her "isolated" childhood in front of the camera and the toll it has taken on her.
She told CNN talk show host Piers Morgan, "My sister [Haylie Duff] and I really showed an interest in this [performing] and dedication, and [my mother] was like, 'How can I tell my kids no?' It's the same as kids that are going into sports. Parents support them and push them."
Although it's what she wanted, Hilary did sacrifice a lot at a young age in the process. "[I missed out on] stupid things like passing notes in school and having a locker and riding the bus, I mean, really stupid things." But it seems it's the "stupid things" that she wants her son to be able to enjoy with the normal upbringing she never had.
Hilary revealed that it was when her music career took off that life in the limelight really started taking its toll. "Once I started touring ... my life ... was very isolated, you know? I lost a lot of my friends. I was on a totally different playing field than anybody else. And I grew up a lot faster, and I think that it definitely put me in a different place."
But don't get her wrong, when all is said and done, Hilary is grateful for the unique opportunities and experiences she's had. "I wouldn't trade it. I had this amazing life. I had these amazing experiences from a young age. And I think I was good at separating that and being, like, OK, well, they get this, but I get this, you know?"
But even with that retrospective appreciation for her child stardom, H-Duff still hopes her son wont get bitten by the showbiz bug. "I think kids know what they want, but I just pray to God that's not what he [my son] wants. From when I started to now, the industry is so different. I mean, there's such an obsession with people's private lives that I really don't think was there before."
She continued, "These [tabloid] shows about digging into people's lives and wanting to embarrass everybody and show that, like, we're human beings, too. It's just so invasive, and it's just a different business than it used to be."
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