Hilary Duff says her friends and family's opinions are the only ones that "matter".
The 26-year-old actress has been in the spotlight since landing the title role of Lizzie McGuire in 2001. Since then she has gone through several high-profile relationships and is currently separated from her husband Mike Comrie, with whom she has son Luca, two.
Now she is older Hilary knows better than to take people's nasty comments seriously.
"To not care what other people think!" she exclaimed when asked by America's OK! magazine what she learnt on the road to adulthood. "When I was younger, I would read stuff about myself online. But I've realised I know who I am, my friends know who I am, my family know who I am - and to me, that's all that matters."
Hilary played the role of Lizzie in the popular sitcom for three years before the show ended in 2004. Even ten years on fans still look to the blonde beauty as the character.
"I don't think people expect me to be Lizzie McGuire forever, but they seem to still have this young image of me in their heads, so it's hard for them to understand that I've grown up a lot," she smiled. "I don't wear a retainer or play with Barbie."
Her onscreen alter ego won the hearts of young girls over the world. It seems Hilary's reputation was also affected by her playing Lizzie.
"People expect me to be perfect, and the fact of the matter is, I'm not," she sighed. "I'm going through life, just like everyone else, finding my own way and my own path. And I make mistakes - but I learn from them, and I don't have any regrets."
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