The world fell in love with her during her role as Lizzie McGuire on the Disney Channel, and she has been charming fans ever since. “Born in Texas in 1987, actress/singer Hilary Duff came to fame as the title character on the Disney Channel series Lizzie McGuire. Wildly popular with the 'tween set, Duff turned herself into a popular franchise with films like The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003) and A Cinderella Story (2004). She also released several pop albums — her debut record, Metamorphosis(2003), went triple-platinum — and her own clothing lines: Stuff by Hilary Duff and Femme for DKNY Jeans. In 2015 she became part of TV Land's hit series Younger,” states Biography.com.
Duff has been an American Sweetheart figure for well over a decade, and her fame is not fading anytime soon. Along with the birth of Duff’s first daughter last month came a ton of news articles all over the internet, tabloids and the like. Additionally, Duff has been sharing some swoon-worthy pictures over on her own social media accounts. “Hilary Duff gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, named Banks Violet Bair, on Thursday, Oct. 25 at her Los Angeles home. It's the first baby for the Younger star and her boyfriend Matthew Koma. She shared a photo of their daughter, with the caption: "this little bit has fully stolen our hearts,” writes EOnline.com. Below are 20 things about Hilary Duff and her new baby that fans don’t want to miss.
20 She Gave Birth To A Girl On October 25th
Hilary Duff gave birth to her little lady on October 25th this year. “The proud new dad also shared the exciting news, writing, “Banks Violet Bair /// 10.25.18 /// We welcome a beautiful daughter, little sister, and best friend for life. Could not possibly be more grateful for our growing family and for the who makes it all possible. Cloud ten,” shared People.com. This means Duff and Koma have a little Scorpio baby on their hands! “If your baby is born between October 23 and November 21, they are born under the star sign of Scorpio. A water sign along with Pisces and Cancer, these signs are characterised by big emotions and even bigger hearts, despite what can seem at first to be a certain aloofness,” suggests EssentialBaby.com.au.
19 She Named Her Banks Violet Bair
As noted in the fact above, the couple chose to name their daughter Banks Violet Bair. The name is definitely unique and many fans have been swooning over it. Romper.com weighs in on the possible meaning, “As for what, exactly, Banks Violet Bair means... well, that's unclear for now. Banks could very well be a family name, as could Violet and Bair. However, according to Ancestry.com, Banks is of English and Scottish descent and is a "topographic name for someone who lived on the slope of a hillside or by a riverbank." As for Violet, the meaning is simple: purple, as per Nameberry.com. While that isn't exactly very deep, the Smithsonian Gardens claim that a white violet symbolizes "innocence.”
18 Banks Was Born At Home In LA
In Duff’s announcement of the arrival of her daughter, she also announced that the little peanut was born at home. “Banks Violet Bair❤️ this little bit has fully stolen our hearts! She joined our world at home on Thursday afternoon and is absolute magic,” wrote Duff on an Instagram caption. “Prior to giving birth, Duff was a guest on the podcast Informed Pregnancy, People reports. In the interview, she explained that she decided to have a home birth, completely drug-free. On the podcast, Duff explained that when she gave birth to her son Luca six years ago, she labored at home for as long as possible, but "never thought about absolute natural childbirth," referring to giving birth without drugs. This time around, she started to think about how it could be different: "I'm older now," she said. "I love motherhood more than anything. I never thought it would be this way. I never thought I could be so happy and so fulfilled,” writes Refinery29.com.
17 Duff Shares The Child With Her Boyfriend Matt Koma
Miss Banks’s Daddy is Matt Koma, who Duff has been dating off and on over the past few years. “Hilary Duff just welcomed a baby girl with boyfriend Matthew Koma last week, the couple announced on Instagram. The couple has been dating for about a year and this marks their first child together,” writes HarpersBazaar.com. But HarpersBazaar.com also confirms this isn’t the couples first relationship with one another, “She explained, "I think that you have history and a past with someone, and love—just because it doesn’t work out the first time, the second time, as long as there’s not too much damage done, then it can always work out again."
16 Matt Koma Is A Musician
“Koma started writing music at the age of nine and scored a publishing deal at the tender age of 16, according to his bio on All Music. He was then signed him to Interscope Records after being noticed by record producer Jimmy Iovine. Since then, he's released two EPs,” shares HarpersBazaar.com. Among other work, Koma also did some work with his beau. “Duff's fifth studio album, Breathe In. Breathe Out., was released in 2015, and Koma co-wrote the songs "Arms Around a Memory," "Confetti," and the title track,” adds HarpersBazaar.com. Even though he’s just welcomed his first child, it seems Koma has a lot of career left!
15 Banks Is The Couple’s First Child Together
Banks is the couple’s first child together, and they seem to make a great team. As we saw above in Koma’s announcement post, he is one proud Daddy! And of course, the little one has her Daddy’s last name, though it may not seem like it right away. Matt Koma’s actual name is Matthew Bair. “Like many artists before him, Koma decided to use a stage name for he work. He was born Matthew Bair in 1987,” explains HarpersBazaar.com. So that explains little Banks last name situation! Though Banks is the couple's first child, and Hilary’s first daughter, Hilary is not stranger to motherhood.
14 But Hilary Is Not New To Mommyhood
“Duff is already a mom to her 6-year-old son, Luca, with ex-husband Mike Comrie,” shares ETOnline.com. Luca took awhile to open up to the idea of being a big brother, but now that little Banks is here, I’m sure he’s making one heck of a big brother. “Duff joked to Today that Luca is "on the fence" right now about becoming a big brother, but believes "everything will be fine" once the baby girl arrives..."In this late stage, you are tired of running around and stuff, but we are ready," she added. "I'm so excited.” added ETOnline.com.
13 Hilary Has Been Open About Her Pregnancy From The Get-Go
Duff has been very honest and open with fans since she revealed the news of her pregnancy. ““Guess what guys! @matthewkoma and I made a little princess of our own and we couldn’t be more excited!!!!!!🤰🏼👶🏼🎀” she captioned a photo of herself and Koma sharing a sweet smooch, while the mom-to-be wears a long maxi dress that shows off a hint of a baby bump. Wrote Koma on a share of the same photo, “We made a baby girl! She will be as beautiful and sweet as her mother … @hilaryduff another incredible chapter begins,” shares People.com on Duff and Koma’s pregnancy announcement and gender reveal back in June.
12 And She Has No Room For Mommy Shamers
And of course Hilary, bless her heart, has no room for Mommy shamers. In an interview with InStyle Magazine, Duff shared some thoughts on mommy shaming. “Honestly, trying to put into perspective other people's realities. The only thing that matters is you and your family and whatever choices you're making, and how that choice feels for your family. I've seen stuff on the internet a couple years back when we were at Disneyland and I posted a picture of Luca and I kissing on the lips. People were like, 'That's disgusting.' First of all, he was three. Kiss your kids, and anyone who doesn't like it can hit unfollow. Not interested in what you have to say.People can be like, 'Oh you're holding that child? He's six.' Yeah I swing him over my head, when his legs are tired I hold him — it's a little hard right now — but yeah, I give piggy back rides. People just have all these crazy judgments, and I think it's best to not listen and laugh it off,” reports InStyle.com.
11 Her And Her Beau Have A Great Relationship
Despite their on and off again relationship over the years, Koma and Duff seem to be in a really great place in their relationship. They post the cutest photos, videos and Boomerangs on Instagram, and Koma is frequently gushing over Duff. “So what's next for the mom and dad-to-be? Our source says Hilary and Matthew are "definitely on the path" to an engagement. "Hilary really cares about Matthew and could definitely see herself marrying him," the source adds. "They have discussed it. Everyone in her family loves Matthew too and think they are a really good match. He is very chill but has a great sense of humor, and is always making Hilary laugh,” reported EOnline.com shortly after the couple’s pregnancy announcement back in June. And though no ring is in sight yet, it really wouldn’t be a surprise!
10 Koma Even Hunted Down Her Favorite Candy For Her While She Was Pregnant
“The second set of footage saw Duff and boyfriend Matthew Koma conversing in the dark, while the dad-to-be held out two boxes of Good & Plenty and explained he went to several stores to find them...“Good & Plenty — not [to be confused with] Mike and Ikes,” said Koma, 31. “Mike and Ikes suck,” replied Duff, adding with a laugh when her beau revealed he went to six stores to find the licorice candy, “Babe. I’m sorry.” shares Parents.com. If traveling to six different stores in search of a specific candy isn’t going the distance for your beau, I don’t know what is!
9 Fans Are Adoring Duff’s Postpartum Style
As soon as that first photo of Duff, Koma and Baby Banks was released fans were quick to jump on board with Duff’s postpartum style. And soon after, a photo of her and baby Banks had fans swooning over one item in particular. What accessory had fans ogling? Her nursing bra! “Another accessory shown in the Tuesday Instagram Story photo, aside from Duff’s huge grin? The lace-trimmed nursing bra she wore while her newborn napped. There are a slew of affordable options similar to Duff’s, like the Momanda Women’s Lace Trim Nursing Bra ($17), the Gratlin Women’s Softcup Nursing Bra ($18) and the La Leche League Wireless Padded Nursing Bra ($20 to $38),” shares People.com.
8 She only recently shared a picture of Banks And Big Brother Luca
Duff only just shared a photo of big brother Luca with baby Banks, which is actually a bit surprising considering how open she has been with everything surrounding her pregnancy and family life. Though Duff has posted several photos and videos of Banks with herself and Koma, and even Banks with her cousins, fans were kept waiting for that first photo of sweet baby Banks and big brother Luca to share! The photo features the siblings along with their cousin and aunt: Haylie Duff and her new baby. The caption read "We got 3 out of the four littles pictured. No easy feat." I hear that!
7 He Will Obviously Be A Great Big Brother!
“Sometimes he's still paranoid, thinking she's going to drool on his toys. But here's the thing, by the time she is able to crawl around [his] playroom, [he's] not going to be interested in the stuff. I was trying to put it into perspective for him. But he's sweet, he'll rub my belly now and say hi and bye, or good morning to her. Other times he's humorous about it. Like he told his friend at school that he's having a half sister, half red butt monkey. Cool, OK. He thinks it's really funny, so I let him have it,” reported InStyle.com during an interview with Duff.
6 Hilary Is Currently 31 Years Old
Wondering how old our beloved Lizzie McGuire is these days? Hilary Duff was born on September 28, 1987, making her currently 31 years old. Duff was 25 years old when she gave birth to her first child, Luca. Duff’s birthday makes her a Libra sign. “Being a Libra born on September 28th, you are generous and practical. You like to plan but don't necessarily follow what you decide upon. There is a whole list of people who have something good to say about you but also a list of not so good words, all because you are quite direct and not afraid to speak your mind,” shares TheHoroscope.co.
5 The World Fell In Love With Her During Her Role On ‘Lizzie McGuire’
We all fell in love with Duff in her beloved role as ‘Lizzie McGuire.’ And Duff herself has thoughts on why she was so relatable in her role. “Few small-screen heroines were as relatable for early-2000s tweens as Lizzie McGuire. And we asked Hilary Duff to look back on why young viewers fell in love with the clumsy yet charming character.“She was going through experiences through middle school that everybody can relate to, and she didn't necessarily fit into the popular kids or the mean girls or the jocks or the brains,” Duff told TODAY. “You know, she kind of had friends everywhere. But she laid her insecurities out for everyone to kind of relate to, and I think that really resonated with people,” shares Today.com.
4 But She Is Currently Known For Her Role In The Series ‘Younger’
Gone are the days of Lizzie McGuire, though! Duff has had several other roles since but her most recent endeavor has been her role in the comedy series, ‘Younger.’ “Younger is an American comedy-drama television series created and produced by Darren Star, based on the 2005 novel of the same name by Pamela Redmond Satran. The single-camera series stars Sutton Foster as the lead character, with Hilary Duff, Debi Mazar, Miriam Shor, Nico Tortorella, Molly Bernard and Peter Hermann co-starring in other main roles. The series premiered on March 31, 2015, on TV Land and received generally positive reviews from critics.It was renewed for a 12-episode second season in April 2015, and before the premiere of the second season on January 13, 2016, it was renewed for a third season, which began airing on September 28, 2016.On June 14, 2016, the show was renewed for a fourth season,which premiered on June 28, 2017. On April 20, 2017, the show was renewed for a fifth season ahead of its fourth season premiere.The fifth season premiered on June 5, 2018. On June 4, 2018, the show was renewed for a sixth season.On September 5, 2018, Viacom announced that the series would move from TV Land to Paramount Network from its sixth season onward starting in 2019,” states Wikipedia.com.
3 She Is Also Starring As The Lead In ‘The Haunting Of Sharon Tate’
Ready for Duff to get a little spooky? Duff will play the lead in the upcoming rendition of ‘The Haunting Of Sharon Tate.’ “Saban Films announced today that they have acquired U.S. distribution rights from Voltage Pictures for the true-crime psychological thriller The Haunting of Sharon Tate. Hilary Duff will star alongside Jonathan Bennett (Mean Girls, Cheaper by the Dozen 2) and Lydia Hearst (Between Worlds, South of Hell),” writes MovieWeb.com. “The film follows actress Sharon Tate (Duff) in the weeks leading up to her and her unborn child's murder as she is plagued by visions of her impending death. Said Saban Films' Bill Bromiley,” adds the site.
2 So It’s Safe To Say She Is Not Slowing Down Anytime Soon
It’s safe to assume that Duff will not be slowing down her career anytime soon. The star has always been known for her hard work ethic and the addition of another little one doesn’t seem like it will slow her down any. Though Duff has made it clear in the past that motherhood is her first priority. “ "I don't always balance it all, I do the best that I can, and some months are crazier than others," Duff told E! Online in a recent interview. "I'm a mother first, so he's always my number one priority. And then my decision-making process is like, 'Hey can I make this work? Is he going to get enough of what he needs from me?' shares Romper.com on a March 2012 interview.
1 Fans Can Rest Assured They Will See Plenty of Updates on Banks (And Luca)
Duff has been so open about her pregnancy, birth and life with a newborn, that it’s likely safe to say she will continue to share updates. In a 2015 interview with Health.com , Duff admitted that Instagram is her favorite app. "Does Instagram count? I'm totally addicted to it. I also love A Beautiful Mess,” via Health.com. And this is still evident if you peruse her account over on the ‘gram. Check her out @hilaryduff to see for yourself, and to follow all of her Luca and Banks updates! Even if you are not on Instagram, you will still lots of Duff updates on many news outlets.
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