When you shoot to fame at a very young age, you often end up sacrificing your chances of a normal childhood – at least these 5 young stars feel that way, and think they missed out on a big part of their young life. Some regret the fact that they didn’t do things that normal kids usually get to do, while others realize it’s something they had to do in order to get to where they are now, so don’t feel bad about missing out on their younger years.
Dakota may have missed out on things, but she doesn’t regret it: “I don’t want to be normal. This is my childhood. I’ve been to Australia, travelled and learned about different cultures – some people never leave the country in their entire lifetime. My job has opened my mind up and enriched my childhood.”
Mary-Kate Olsen has been famous all her life, and often feels detached from her younger years, but she wouldn’t trade her life for a normal one: “I look at old photos of me, and I don’t feel connected to them at all, I would never wish my upbringing on anyone… but I wouldn’t take it back for the world.’
Kirsten admits that she did miss out, and had many responsibilities from a young age: “I feel young but it also feels — at times — that I missed out on so much of my childhood. My mom always had my best interests at heart but was naive to a lot of the circumstances I was going through. I do not think she thought about the consequences — that I would not have freedom and would be constantly watched over my behaviour. I was always a sensible, responsible kid who never had to be told to do their homework or come home early from parties.”
Hilary believes she missed having a normal childhood, but is happy with the path she took because her career has given her stability: “I do feel like I’ve missed out on some of that typical growing-up stuff, but then I can do a lot of things that most people my age never could. And right now my friends are worrying about what to do in the future, while I’ve already got the career of my dreams.”
Tom believes you can’t put a price on your childhood: “One thing that people keep on saying to me is that the wealth and the fame must have made up for missing out on my childhood, but the idea of money – putting a price on your childhood – is ridiculous.” You will never get those years back and you can’t put a price on them. And to me, fame is not a positive thing. The idea of being famous is a lot better than the reality.”