Hilary Duff is far more than just an actress. Born on the 28th of September 1987 in Houston, Texas, Hilary’s career took off around her 6th birthday and she got her breakthrough at the age of fourteen by portraying the title character of Disney’s sitcom Lizzie McGuire between 2001 and 2004. She has filled over 45 roles since then.
Apart from acting, she is also a singer, songwriter, producer, entrepreneur, and New York Times’ bestselling author. On the home front, this entertainer has been a loving wife and a good mother with a fair share of the challenges that come with that.
The Actress Has Two Kids From Two Marriages
Hilary Duff has had many publicized relationships mostly with co-stars, but she has only been married twice and each of the two marriages produced a kid. Her first marriage was with a Canadian NHL star Mike Comrie. The couple started dating in 2007 and announced their engagement three years later in February 2010 while their wedding held on August 14, 2010, in Santa Barbara, California.
Born as Michael William Comrie on September 11, 1980, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Hilary Duff’s first husband was 7 years older than her. He had been playing in the National Hockey League for the past 11 years as of when they got married but retired two years into the marriage after undergoing hip surgery for the third time.
Mike’s 12-season long NHL career was spent with 6 teams, namely, Edmonton Oilers (4 seasons), Philadelphia Flyers (1 season), Phoenix Coyotes (2 seasons), Ottawa Senators (2 seasons), New York Islanders (2 seasons), and Pittsburgh Penguins (1 season). He also spent 1 season with a Swedish Hockey League team called Färjestad Bollklubb. Before then, he had played college ice hockey at the University of Michigan.
The marriage between Hilary Duff and the athlete began to fall apart in 2014, just 4 years after it was contracted. Then, their divorce was amicably finalized in February 2016. The marriage produced a son named Luca Cruz Comrie who was born in March 2012.
The pair had signed a prenuptial agreement. So, asset sharing was not a problem. While neither received spousal support, Hilary paid Comrie $2.5 million as his share of their Beverly Hills mansion which she got to keep. Duff also retained ownership of a mobile home in Malibu. In addition to the cash, Comrie got to keep the Bentley, Mercedes, and Jewelry. They co-parent Luca.
Hilary Duff’s Second Husband Is an Entertainer
Three years after she was fully out of her first marriage, Hilary Duff was a bride again in a backyard ceremony in December 2019. The wedding held between her and the singer-songwriter, DJ, and record producer Matthew Bair (popularly known as Matthew Koma).
Before the wedding, however, the couple had been in a relationship since the beginning of 2017. They even welcomed a daughter together in October 2018 before their engagement seven months later. Banks Violet Bair is the name of the child.
Hilary Duff’s second husband has penned several hit songs such as Zedd’s Grammy-winning song Clarity. Koma also co-wrote the title track of Hilary Duff’s album titled Breathe In. Breathe Out.
How The Actress Achieved Her $25 Million Net Worth
According to various reports, Hilary Duff’s net worth is a massive $25 million. That is not surprising when you consider the fact that her acting career was launched at a very young age. She ranked 98th on Forbes’ Celebrity 100 list in 2007 when she was 20. She got the ranking after earning a whopping $12 million that year.
The actress went ahead to make Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Hollywood and Entertainment list 10 years later. How did she become such a big earner?
She Started with Modeling and Minor Acting Roles
Hilary began her journey into the world of entertainment by appearing in TV commercials and modeling for numerous clothing brands. Although she also took acting roles then, during the first 4 years, she received only minor and uncredited roles.
After landing her first major role in the 1997 film Casper Meets Wendy, Hilary’s acting prowess quickly gained acclaim in the industry. She later bagged the title role in the Disney TV series Lizzie McGuire, which became her ultimate breakthrough as an actress. During the two seasons and 65 episodes of the show, it reportedly recorded an average of 2.3 million viewers per episode. It lasted from 2001 to 2004 and birthed a 2003 film adaptation which grossed $55.5 million from a $17 million budget. Hilary Duff reportedly earned $15,000 per episode of the TV series and $1 million for the theatrical release.
Disney also capitalized on the success of the series to release a line of merchandise; from dolls to video games, soundtracks, and books, all of which reportedly made an estimated $100 million.
Since her breakthrough, Hilary Duff has continued to scoop leading roles in movies and TV projects. Some of her movies include Cheaper by the Dozen (2003), A Cinderella Story (2004), Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005), The Perfect Man (2005), Material Girls (2006), Stay Cool (2009), According to Greta (2009), She Wants Me (2012), Flock of Dudes (2015), and a slew of others.
She made her feature film debut in Human Nature (2002) and her 2002 Disney TV film Cadet Kelly became the most-watched in Disney’s history. She also landed her first starring role since Lizzie McGuire in TV Land’s Younger, acting as Kelsey Peters. The series premiered in 2015 and became a huge success receiving high ratings and critical acclaim.
Duff Has Also Made Money Through Singing and Writing
Apart from acting, Hilary has also excelled in the music industry. Her debut pop record, Metamorphosis, went triple-platinum. The actress has sold over 15 million records worldwide. Singing numerous soundtracks for Lizzie McGuire launched Duff’s music career. Her debut album released under Warner Bros Records was certified Gold. Similarly, her sophomore album Metamorphosis (2003), released under Hollywood Records, recorded even much bigger success. The album sold over 3 million copies in the US alone and received the credit for reviving Hollywood Records which had struggled with CD sales in the past 2 years.
Her subsequent albums Hilary Duff (2004) and Most Wanted (2005) sold over 1 million copies each. She released two more albums before parting ways with Hollywood Records.
Hilary Duff returned to music in 2014 signing a record deal with RCA Records. After releasing a couple of singles, her 5th studio album Breathe In. Breathe Out. was released in 2015. The album sold a mere 33,000 copies in the US, becoming her first album that didn’t receive any certification from the RIAA.
The actress and singer is also a successful author. Duff’s first book, a young adult novel titled Elixir (2010) became a New York Times bestseller. The success of the book spawned a trilogy when its sequels Devoted (2011) and True (2013) were released.
She Is an Entrepreneurial Polymath
Hilary is also an accomplished businesswoman who has earned from several business ventures, endorsement and licensing deals. She debuted her first clothing line called Stuff by Hilary Duff in 2004. After the line was discontinued in 2008, Hilary collaborated with DKNY Jeans for a line called Femme for DKNY Jeans.
She debuted her first fragrance, With Love…Hilary Duff, in September 2006 in collaboration with Elizabeth Arden. Sold exclusively in Macy’s stores, the fragrance became one of the three best-selling fragrances launched in the department stores in 2006.