Celebrity kids often receive a lot of flack in the media. For a youngster, it can be hard to shake off the family name, especially when your parents are the likes of Michael Jackson or Madonna! Furthermore, a lot of celebrity offspring often end up trying to make it big in the world of show business, leaving them open to criticism about their famous parents helping them to get ahead of the competition. But not all celebrity kids go down that route, with some children actively shunning the limelight in favour of a more normal life that doesn’t involve trying to emulate mum and dad. In the article below, we’ve compiled a list of 15 famous celeb kids and what they’re up to in 2018. Some of the results may well surprise you!
1. Hailie Jade Scott Mathers
Hailie Jade Scott Mathers is the daughter of superstar rapper Eminem and his ex-spouse Kimberley Anne Scott. Kim was Eminem’s high school sweetheart and the pair were married twice, with Kim giving birth to Hailie on Christmas Day, 1995. After a tumultuous relationship with Kim, Eminem released the track Hailie’s Song in 2002 to celebrate gaining full custody of his daughter.
Hailie is now 22 years old and attends Michigan State University, where she studies psychology. She has generally chosen to stay away from the limelight but recently returned to Instagram where she now has over 700,000 followers.
2. Suri Cruise
Suri Cruise was born in 2006 to actor parents Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. She’s pictured above as a youngster at an LA Galaxy game in her famous dad’s arms, clutching a Disney princess water bottle. Suri is now 12 years old and is often pictured out and about with her mum shopping and at sports events. Most people will probably be pleased to know that there is a clause in her parent’s divorce contract which means that Suri is banned from being exposed to any Church of Scientology teachings.
3. Paris Jackson
Paris Jackson is the middle child of the late great King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Like the Beckham children, Paris is named after the French city where she was conceived. Her mother is Debbie Rowe, who was so overwhelmed by the publicity of being married to Michael that she eventually filed for divorce in 2009. Paris is now an activist, model, singer and actress who made her film debut this year in Gringo. She also appeared in the 30 Seconds To Mars video ‘Rescue Me’.
4. Harper Seven Beckham
Harper Seven Beckham was always going to be in the limelight thanks to her very famous family – she’s the daughter of David and Victoria Beckham, after all. Harper was born on 10th July 2011 at Ceders-Sinai Hospital in LA and is now 7 years old. Her big brothers Brooklyn, Cruz and Romeo are very protective of their little sister and recently posted a slew of Instagram photos online showing the family celebrating Harper’s big day. She can often be seen out and about in LA and London with various members of her family.
5. Maddox Jolie-Pitt
Maddox Jolie-Pitt was born in Cambodia in 2001 and was adopted out of poverty by two of the most famous actors in the world – Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Maddox is now 16 years old and acted as a producer on his mum’s film First They Killed My Father which detailed the crimes committed by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. Despite this foray into show business, it’s thought that Maddox is not keen to follow in his parents footsteps and isn’t a fan of the celebrity circuit. Unfortunately, his parents are currently in the middle of a bitter custody battle concerning himself and his five siblings, which is still waiting to be resolved.
6. Jaden Smith
Look at that cute little face! Jaden Smith was shown off to the world by famous parents Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith on the Oprah Winfrey Show, in true celebrity offspring style. He was born on the 8th July 1998, and despite being a youngster he’s already got some serious acting work under his belt. Jaden famously starred alongside his dad in The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) and played a lead role in The Karate Kid (2010) four years later. He is now 20 years old and had just released a hip-hop album – not a bad list of achievements for someone so young!
7. Willow Smith
Willow Smith is Jaden’s younger sister. She was born on the 31st October 2000 in Los Angeles and, like her bro, she’s managed to pack a lot into her short life so far. Despite being only 17 years old, she’s had a single at number 11 in the Billboard Top 100 with ‘Whip My Hair’ and she made her acting debut in 2007 with the blockbuster I Am Legend. On her last birthday she released a second album, The 1st, which received critical acclaim for Willow’s ability to take 90s hip-hop R&B sounds and give them a modern twist.
8. Bindi Irwin
Bindi Irwin has gone from a baby being cradled in her late father’s arms to a young actress and conservationist in her own right. Bindi was only 8 years old when her dad tragically died, but she had already made appearances on Crocodile Hunter Diaries and even started presenting her own programme, Bindi The Jungle Girl. “I don’t want Daddy’s passion to ever end,” she said in her eulogy at his funeral. “I want to help endangered wildlife just like he did.”
She’s certainly done just that – Bindi works at the Australia Zoo, has hosted various animal-themed TV programmes and even performs in a band named Bindi and the Jungle Girls.
9. Lourdes Leon
Lourdes Leon is Madonna’s oldest child with ex-partner and personal trainer Carlos Leon. She is a student at Michigan State University (her famous mother’s alma mater) and is currently enrolled in their School of Music, Theatre and Dance. Although she’s studying for now, it appears that Lourdes might be tempted to follow in Madonna’s footsteps and forge a career in pop music. She’s already sung backing vocals on her mother’s tracks and even performed as a backing dancer on tour with the pop legend, so we have a feeling that Lourdes is one to watch for the future.
10. Ava Phillippe
Ava Phillippe is the celebrity offspring of ex-couple Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe. She was born on 9th September 1999 and has three siblings. Ava is 18 years old and recently posted pictures online of her and her friends attending their high school prom. What’s next for this famous celeb kid? Ava loves drawing, photography and sculpture, so a career as an artist may well be on the cards! However, she’s also done some modelling work for Rodarte so we can’t rule out a life in front of the camera as a future path for Ava. Whatever she chooses, we’re sure she’ll be as successful as her actress mother Reese, who is currently wowing audiences with her performance in Big Little Lies.
11. Sofia Richie
Sofia Richie (pictured above with famous dad Lionel and sis Nicole) has already managed to cram a lot into her 19 years. She learned to play piano and sing at the age of 5, and later recorded tracks in the studio with her brother-in-law Joel Madden (of Good Charlotte fame). After deciding that a career in music was too overwhelming given her father’s legendary status, she moved into modelling and signed with Select Model Management at the age of 15. Sofia has already fronted campaigns for Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Adidas, Michael Kors, and Tommy Hilfiger. We can’t wait to see what she gets up to next!
12. Kaia Gerber
Kaia Gerber is the daughter of supermodel Cindy Crawford and ex-model/businessman Rande Gerber. At the tender age of just 16 years old, she has already taken the world of modelling by storm, following in her mother’s footsteps to become one of the most recognisable faces in fashion. Kaia has walked the runway for pretty much every designer out there and has already graced the cover of Vogue Paris. She currently fronts the Marc Jacobs Daisy fragrance campaign alongside Israeli model Sofia Mechetner. Older brother Presley is also a model, so between them, the pair are certainly making sure to carry on the legacy of their parents.
13. Frances Bean Cobain
Frances Bean Cobain was born in 1992 to two of the biggest rock stars on the planet – lead singer of Nirvana Kurt Cobain and his Hole frontwoman wife Courtney Love. Frances is an only child and suffered a rough childhood – her father committed suicide in 1994 whilst her mother has had a well-publicised battle with drugs and alcohol. However, Frances has managed to overcome these difficulties and is currently working as an artist. She is now 25 years old and has already featured her work in several art galleries, as well as doing modelling work for designers such as Marc Jacobs.
14. Scott Eastwood
Clint Eastwood is a Hollywood legend, and it looks as though his son Scott is currently trying to emulate his father’s success in the world of acting. 32 year old Scott is the child of Clint and air hostess Jacelyn Reeve. He is the fourth of Clint’s seven children and has one sister as well as five paternal half-siblings. In recent years his acting career has gone from strength to strength – Scott has appeared in the likes of Snowden (2016), Suicide Squad (2016) and Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018). However, he’s had to do it all himself, and has actually been rejected for several parts in nearly all of his dad’s films!
15. Brooklyn Beckham
Brooklyn Beckham is the second of Victoria and David’s kids to make our list. He’s their eldest child and was born in Westminster on 4th March 1999. The 19 year old is now an aspiring photographer, but recently quit his place at the prestigious Parsons School of Design in NYC. Rumour has it that he was extremely homesick and has instead taken up an internship with a well-known fashion photographer. Mum Victoria is said to be delighted at the news and hated Brooklyn being so far away from the rest of the family.