Being in the spotlight as a child can be a huge psychological pressure.
In times when most children spend their days learning and playing with their friends and families without much of a life burden, these young celebrities have to deal with paparazzi and sometimes unflattering publication about their personal life.
Many of us have our own favorite child celebrities. It is not uncommon that in our mind we always picture them as the kids we saw in movies or TV shows years (if not decades) ago.
But celebrities also are human, which means they grow up and reach adulthood at some point in life. And just like everybody else, they have gone through some challenges and difficult circumstances from time to time.
It wouldn’t be a farfetched idea to say that certain experiences changed these child celebrities; when you see them today, you may not even realize that they were the kids you used to recognize.
10 Paris Jackson
There is no denying that his late father, Michael Jackson, did his best attempts to hide Paris from the eyes of the media when she was just a little girl.
After all, her father probably was the most popular celebrity in the world for quite a while.
As an adult, Paris Jackson is no longer the shy girl you once knew; she is now in fact embracing the public attention with her works as a model and female actor.
She has appeared on TV shows, music videos, and is associated with IMG Models agency.
9 Abigail Breslin
In 2002, Breslin landed her first movie role as Bo Hess in the movie Signs but many of us were first impressed by her performance in Little Miss Sunshine, a comedy-drama that earned her worldwide recognition as well as multiple international awards.
Long story short, she grew up to be almost completely different from her childhood-self.
She still is a busy actor with at least one upcoming movie in 2020 but life wasn’t always good for Breslin.
In 2017, she revealed a shocking story of her having been diagnosed with PTSD triggered by s*xual assault perpetrated by a partner she once shared a relationship. Breslin is now an active advocate on behalf of victims of s*xual assault.
8 Hailie Mathers
Born Hailie Jade Scott in 1995, Mathers is known for being the daughter of Eminem. She had been born before the father gained commercial success and became one of the most influential hip-hop artist in the world.
Mathers had quite a rough childhood due the volatile relationship between her parents and the fact they needed to struggle to make ends meet.
Despite the eventual financial security she has from her father, Mathers avoided being in the public eye for many years.
Then she suddenly surfaced much to everybody’s shock and revealed herself as just a college girl studying at Michigan State University.
7 Michelle Trachtenberg
If you were born in the late 1980s or early 1990s, you probably remember Trachtenberg from her role as Harriet M. Welsch in the movie Harriet the Spy and as Penny Brown in Inspector Gadget.
In many of her appearances on TV and movies in the past, she typically played the role of quirky and sometimes nerdy characters.
Many of her fans still associate her with that kind of image.
As Trachtenberg grew older, however, she became more familiar with villainous roles.
Even until today, she claims to still get a lot of backlash from her role as Dawn Summers in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.