It’s easy to see celebrity children as being sort of frozen at the point in time in which their parents were most popular. However, they do grow up and mature and find their own way in life just like anyone else. And these 20 celebrity children probably don’t look anything like how you remember them. Get ready to do a double take!
20. Lourdes Leon
With a mother like Madonna, surely there was never any doubt that Lourdes Leon would grow up to be both beautiful and successful. And sure enough, Madonna’s mini-me grew from a cute, pigtailed little girl into a remarkably down-to-earth model. In fact, the 19-year-old is currently one of the fabulous faces of Stella McCartney’s “Pop” fragrance campaign. But the pretty teen doesn’t seem quite as fond of the spotlight as her mother is; in fact, you won’t even find her on Instagram or Twitter.
19. Ava Phillippe
Ava Phillippe, the inevitably good-looking offspring of Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe, looks exactly like her stylish mother and apparently always has. But mother-of-three Witherspoon actually thinks her daughter is the cooler one. “[Ava is] so much cooler than I am!” she told US Weekly in April 2016. “She’s very cutting-edge and she knows a lot about fashion.”
18. Jaden Smith
Audiences watched Jaden Smith grown into a young man on screen with movies like The Pursuit of Happyness and The Day the Earth Stood Still. Nevertheless, they may not realize just how grown-up Will Smith’s son is now. The young talent is now 18 and the ultimate hipster teen.
17. Apple Martin
Her superstar parents may have “consciously uncoupled,” but it looks like young Apple Martin is doing just fine. Plus, the 12-year-old daughter of Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay vocalist Chris Martin looks a lot like her mom these days, which is no bad thing. And, hopefully, before long she’ll be famous for much more than just being named after a fruit.
16. Coco Arquette
Coco Arquette, daughter of Friends favorite Courteney Cox and her ex-husband David Arquette, is 12 years old now and already making waves. In fact, she’s literally had a piece of music written for her! Northern Irish singer Foy Vance penned the song “Coco” in honor of the youngster, while Cox directed the music video and little Coco herself starred in it.
15. Blanket Jackson
The world still remembers Blanket Jackson as either the baby who was dangled over a balcony by his famous father or the young child weeping at his dad’s funeral. However, the youngest offspring of Michael Jackson and an anonymous surrogate is 14 now. What’s more, he’s no longer known as Blanket or indeed by his other, grander title of Prince Michael II, preferring instead to now be called “Bigi.”
14. Sean Preston Federline
There was a time when little Sean Preston was rarely out of the papers, because his parents Britney Spears and Kevin Federline were involved in a vicious custody battle over him and his brother Jayden. Luckily, the pair eventually worked things out, and now Sean Preston appears to have grown into a happy, healthy and gorgeous little ten-year-old.
13. Harper Seven Beckham
With Victoria Beckham as a mother and David Beckham as a father, Harper Beckham is virtually guaranteed a pretty sweet life. The once cherub-faced tot just turned five, but it seems like only yesterday that she was born and christened with her famous father’s shirt number.
12. Sasha Obama
When President Obama first took his family on the campaign trail, everyone aww-ed over how cute his youngest daughter Sasha was. But now she’s a mature 15-year-old who’s grounded enough to take a summer job waitressing in a fish restaurant – even when her dad is the Commander-in-Chief.
11. Kaia Gerber
Kaia Gerber is currently doing exactly what any of us would do if we were the offspring of Cindy Crawford – namely showing off our fabulous genes on Instagram and launching a modeling career. And while the stunning teen is only 14, it looks like she’s already poised to become a huge star.
10. Zoë Kravitz
Zoë Kravitz’s parents are musician Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet, and the 27-year-old has been lucky enough to inherit the creative talents of both parents. Her striking looks and acting skills have seen her gradually become one of Hollywood’s biggest up-and-comers, and she’s already bagged roles in blockbusters like Mad Max: Fury Road and Divergent. And, just like her dad, she sings, too – in her case, as part of the electropop group Lolawolf.
9. Violet Affleck
Violet Affleck suddenly transformed from a cute little one-year-old to a virtually identical copy of her famous mother. And while the daughter of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner may be only ten, she’s almost certainly got a bright future ahead of her. Plus, her dad is Batman!
8. Shiloh Jolie-Pitt
Shiloh Jolie-Pitt was once one of the most famous babies in the world, seeing as how she was born to megastar couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. But her parents eventually eased her out of the spotlight and away from the public eye. And now little Shiloh is ten – and already better traveled and better dressed than most adults.
7. Lila Grace Moss
It’s easy to see why people are so jealous of celebrity kids when you look at Lila Grace Moss. The 13-year-old daughter of Kate Moss and Jefferson Hack has already got a Vogue cover under her belt, not to mention some of the best genes imaginable!
6. North West
People giggled when Kim Kardashian and Kanye West gave their daughter the unfortunate moniker of “North West,” but she’ll probably be the one laughing in the future. The super cute tot is four now, but on her 21st birthday her father is going to gift her $10 million of his fortune. Something to look forward to!
5. Brooklyn Beckham
Brooklyn Beckham grew up in the spotlight provided by David and Victoria Beckham, but he seems to have grown into the celebrity life well. These days, he’s no longer the little boy running around in his dad’s soccer shirt but a sophisticated 17-year-old who has perfected the hipster casual look. Oh, and he’s already bagged himself a Hollywood girlfriend in the form of Amityville Horror actress Chloe Grace Moretz.
4. Frances Bean Cobain
Frances Bean Cobain, the only daughter of Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain, had a childhood marked by tragedy. At two weeks old she was briefly taken from her parents’ custody; and at less than two years old she lost her father to suicide. Her relationship with her mother was also fraught with difficulty – but life thankfully seems to have settled down for the rock heiress, and now she’s a mature 23-year-old woman.
3. Sailor Brinkley Cook
Of course the daughter of Christie Brinkley was going to grow up to be a model at 17. But Sailor Brinkley Cook is planning to be a different, more conscientious one than the norm. After all, this teen has had had the media reporting on her weight since she was still a child, and so she’s been busy promoting body positivity and health at her high school.
2. Willow Smith
Willow Smith is definitely not the little girl from I Am Legend anymore. In fact, with the help of her parents Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith, the 15-year-old has already managed to launch her own music career, and now she’s one of the hottest teens in the celeb world.
1. Suri Cruise
Suri Cruise is probably the most reported-on ten-year-old in the world by this point – not least because she became a pawn in the well-documented divorce between mom Katie Holmes and dad Tom Cruise. It was recently reported that Scientologist Cruise hasn’t actually seen Suri in years, but her mom at least seems to be doing a good job of giving her daughter a shot at a normal life.