25 October 2011
Pregnant pop star Hilary Duff has revealed she wants to keep her son from a career in show business because she grew up feeling "isolated" as a child star.
Hilary, who is expecting a baby boy with husband Mike Comrie next year, was thrust into the spotlight as a 14 year old with the lead role in Disney TV show Lizzie McGuire.
Duff went on to forge a successful music career, and although she is convinced her fame drove a lot of her friends away, she said she "wouldn't trade" her formative years for a more conventional upbringing.
This week she told CNN, "My sister and I really showed an interest in this (performing) and dedication, and (my mother) was like, 'How can I tell my kids no?'"
"(I missed out on) stupid things like passing notes in school and having a locker and riding the bus, I mean, really stupid things. 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 I wouldn't trade it.
However, Duff is hoping her son will not pursue a career in the limelight saying:
"I don't think there's a way to stop it - 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... it's just a different business than it used to be."