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It doesn’t matter which generation you belong to, you have come across Hilary Duff and her work at some point in your life. Whether it is her music or her movies or her shows. In fact, Hilary Duff continues to be popular, especially with the new show How I Met Your Father (season 2 is on the way!) where she plays the lead. You can’t help but fall in love with Hillary Duff, and if you are currently in your 20s, then you have grown up watching her.
Some people were convinced that Duff’s career ended with Lizzie McGuire, but that most certainly wasn’t the case. She has continued to do some brilliant work, inside and outside the big screen. So keep reading to find out everything you need to know about Hilary Duff, from her net worth to her biography to her dating history and more:
As of January 2023, Hilary Duff’s net worth is estimated to be $25 million. Duff has been acting professionally for over 25 years and has been a part of a number of successful projects. When she starred in the Disney Channel television series Lizzie McGuire, she earned $15,000 per episode – a total of a little under $1 million for the full series. However, when she starred in the 2003 film The Lizzie McGuire Movie, she was paid $1 million. Her film career in the early 2000s made major contributions to her net worth. She went from earning $500,000 for her co-starring role in Agent Cody Banks with fellow former child star Frankie Muniz to earning $2 million per film, including Material Girls, Raise Your Voice, and The Perfect Man. Duff also has invested in the cosmetics brand Nudestix, and she is the co-owner and chief brand officer of the baby products brand Happy Little Camper and its sister company, the feminine care products brand Veeda.
Hilary Erhard Duff was born in Houston, Texas, on September 28, 1987. She was raised between Houston and San Antonio because of her father’s work. Hilary and her sister Haylie took singing, dancing, and acting classes as children and participated in local theater productions, as well as a touring production of the ballet The Nutcracker. The sisters began to show more of an interest in show business and demonstrated their talents, so they moved with their mother to California in 1993 to begin auditioning while their father remained in Texas to take care of his business. At the age of eight years old, Duff began homeschooling in order to accommodate her budding career. Both sisters booked several commercials and modeling jobs for clothing brands.
Duff’s first major role came in 1998 when she booked the lead in Casper Meets Wendy, playing a witch who befriends a ghost, based on the Harvey Comics characters. She won the Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie or Pilot for her supporting role of Ellie in The Soul Collector in 1999. After making several other television appearances, Duff was cast in the title role of the Disney Channel series Lizzie McGuire. The series premiered in January 2001 and had an estimated 2.3 million viewers per episode. She quickly became a household name, especially as Disney released toys, dolls, video games, books, and more related to the series. While still starring on Lizzie McGuire, Duff starred in Cadet Kelly, a Disney Channel Original Movie, in 2002.
Duff’s music career began as she appeared on soundtracks for the Disney Channel, as well as other Disney compilations. Her first single, a cover of “I Can’t-Wait” (originally by Brooke McClymont), was featured on the soundtrack to Lizzie McGuire. Duff released her debut album, the Christmas-themed Santa Claus Lane in October 2002. She soon signed a recording contract with Hollywood Records.
Duff starred in The Lizzie McGuire Movie in 2003 in the dual role of Lizzie McGuire and Isabella Parigi, an Italian pop star for whom Lizzie happens to be somewhat of a doppelgänger. She recorded several songs for the film’s soundtrack, including “Why Not,” which became her first song to chart worldwide, and “What Dreams Are Made Of” for the film’s finale. The soundtrack for the film was certified Platinum in Canada and 2x Platinum in the United States.
Her second studio album, Metamorphosis, was released in August 2003 and reached the top of the Billboard 200 chart in the United States. It was certified 3x Platinum in the U.S. and sold five million copies within the first two years of its release. She went on a short tour to promote the album from November to December 2003. In the same year, Duff also co-starred in the comedy film Cheaper by the Dozen, with Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt starring as her parents. It is her highest-grossing film to date.
The final episode of Lizzie McGuire aired on February 14, 2004, finishing out Duff’s 65-episode contract. 2004 was a busy year for Duff, as she starred in two films (A Cinderella Story and Raise Your Voice), released her self-titled third album, and launched her first clothing line, Stuff by Hilary Duff, which also included cosmetics. In 2005, Duff starred alongside Heather Locklear in the box-office hit The Perfect Man. She then released Most Wanted, her first compilation album. The album also included remixes and several new songs. She also appeared in Cheaper by the Dozen 2 in the same year.
In 2006, Duff co-starred with her older sister Haylie in the comedy Material Girls, and the two recorded a cover of Madonna’s song “Material Girl” for the soundtrack. She partnered with the Elizabeth Arden Company to release her first fragrance, “With Love… Hilary Duff,” which became one of the best-selling fragrances of 2006. She co-wrote thirteen out of fourteen songs on her 2007 album Dignity, but the album was not as successful as her previous releases. After floundering a bit in her acting career as she struggled to transition to more adult roles, Duff took on the role of Olivia Burke on the third season of Gossip Girl. In 2010, she starred in and executive produced the television film Beauty & the Briefcase.
Over the next few years, Duff acted in several projects, but none were too successful, and she did not receive positive reviews for her performances. However, in 2014, she took on the role of Kelsey Peters on the television series Younger. She co-starred opposite Broadway actress, singer, and dancer Sutton Foster. Based on a novel by Pamela Redmond Satran, Foster plays a 40-something mom who has been out of work for some time and finds herself accidentally posing as a 20-something to work at a big-name publishing firm. Duff’s character is another employee at the publishing firm who befriends Foster’s character and eventually learns her secret. In 2014, Duff signed with RCA Records to begin work on her next studio album with English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. The album is titled Breathe In. Breathe Out., debuted and peaked at number 93 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 5 on the Billboard 200.
In January 2022, Duff’s new television show How I Met Your Father, a spinoff of How I Met Your Mother, premiered and was renewed for a second season in February 2022.
Duff’s first public relationship was with the late Aaron Carter, a fellow teen star. Their relationship was confirmed in 2001, and he even appeared in an episode of Lizzie McGuire. Duff and Carter’s romance made headlines when it was reported (and eventually confirmed) that Carter was dating Duff and another Disney starlet, Lindsay Lohan, simultaneously. They continued to date on and off again for about three years before ending things in 2004. When Carter died unexpectedly in November 2022, Duff posted a touching tribute to him on Instagram, saying she loved him deeply when they were together.
Duff’s next relationship made headlines for different reasons. She began dating Joel Madden, one of the singers of the band Good Charlotte, in July 2004. At the time, she was 16 years old, and he was 25. Their relationship was made public by her mother in June 2005, and they broke up in November 2006. Despite their nine-year age gap and her being underage, media outlets never really called out the relationship for being illegal.
In 2007, Duff began dating Canadian hockey player Mike Comrie, whom she eventually would marry in August of 2010, having become engaged in February of that same year. The former couple shares one son born in 2012. Comrie and Duff separated in January 2014, and Duff filed for divorce in February 2015. The divorce was finalized in February 2016. Duff then dated Jason Walsh, a personal sports trainer, from August 2015 through November 2016.
In January 2017, Duff and singer-songwriter Matthew Koma began dating. Koma is also a member of the band Winnetka Bowling League, and Hilary Duff has appeared in several of their music videos. They met while working on her 2015 album Breathe In. Breathe Out. While on a temporary break from her relationship with Koma during the summer of 2017, Duff dated businessman Ely Sandvik. She gave birth to her first daughter with Koma in October 2018 and their second daughter in March 2021. The couple married in December 2019.
Hilary Duff is one of two children born to Susan Colleen Duff and Robert Erhard Duff. Robert is a partner in a convenience store chain, while Susan was a homemaker and is now a film and music producer, thanks to both of her daughters’ careers. Duff has an older sister named Haylie, who is also a singer and actress. The two have recorded music together and even starred in a movie together, Material Girls, in 2006.
Duff has three children. Her eldest, Luca, was born on March 20, 2012. He is her only child with ex-husband Mike Comrie. Duff has two daughters with her current husband, Matthew Koma. Banks was born on October 25, 2018, and Mae was born on March 24, 2021.
We could go on and on about amazing Hilary Duff but we would run out of space on this website if we did so. Do let us know in the comments what your favorite Hilary Duff performance has been and do tune into How I Met Your Mother Season 2 because it surely is going to be a brilliant one!