There’s nothing like some good ol’ before and after pictures of pop divas to remind you just how much quicker you age than celebrities.
It’s also a great way to remember decade-old hairstyles that should never come back, questionable fashion choices and several early-to-mid-life crises that you loved to witness.
Aside from some of the younger Disney stars who were still going through their confusing teens in 2007, basically, every pop diva in this list hasn’t changed, proving age is just a number in Hollywood. Either that or time machines are real.
2007:From the end of 2006 to October 2008, pop diva Christina Aguilera was on her Back to Basics Tour which visited Europe, North America, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East. The singer’s Back to Basics Tour was one of the ten highest grossing tours of 2007, as well as the top grossing solo female tour of that year. Aguilera was the nineteenth-richest woman in entertainment in January 2007 according to Forbes, with a net worth of $60 million. Christina took time off between 2007 and 2010 to have her son, Max, with now ex-husband Jordan Bratman.
2017: In 2017 Christina is on her sixth album, a judge on The Voice, and has welcomed a daughter named Summer with current fiancé Matthew Rutler, who she met on the set of her 2010 film Burlesque of which she starred alongside musical legend Cher. The pop diva also voiced the character Akiko Glitter in 2017’s The Emoji Movie and in May it was announced that she’d been cast in the sci-fi romance film Zoe.
2007: It feels almost impossible to pick a time in Rihanna’s career when she wasn’t incredibly successful, groundbreaking or influential. Similar to her image, Rihanna was always reinventing herself in music, trying several different musical directions throughout her career. In 2007, Rihanna had already begun work on her third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad which focused on more uptempo dance tracks. Released in May 2007, Good Girl Gone Bad charted at number two in Australia and in the US, the most well-received of her first three albums. The lead single, Umbrella, remained at number one in the UK for ten consecutive weeks. The songs Shut Up and Drive, Hate That I Love You and Don’t Stop the Music were also released as singles. In support of the album, Rihanna began the Good Girl Gone Bad Tour in September 2007 with 80 shows. Rihanna was nominated for several 2008 Grammy Awards for Good Girl Gone Bad, winning her first for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for Umbrella. After her successful year in 2007, former Barbados Prime Minister David Thompson even made national “Rihanna Day” official in their country in early 2008.
2017: Rihanna’s first release for 2017 was her featured in Future’s single Selfish. Summer 2017 was also the release of Rihanna and DJ Khaled’s Wild Thoughts, and Kendrick Lamar’s single, Loyalty. Rihanna also showed off her acting chops (what can’t she do?) when she played Marion Crane in the final season of Bates Motel. Rihanna also starred in the film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, and will also be in the widely-anticipated Ocean’s 8 which will be released on June 8, 2018. And because having a day named after her isn’t enough, the street where Rihanna was raised was renamed “Rihanna Drive” on November 30, 2017, in St. Michael, Barbados.
2007: Gomez had a reoccurring role as a pop star on Hannah Montana long before she became one herself. While appearing on Miley Cyrus’ show in 2007, Gomez was trying to land her own Disney series. The singer filmed pilot episodes for two potential Disney Channel series (a spin-off of the Suite Life and a spin-off of Lizzie McGuire) before landing the lead of Alex Russo on Wizards of Waverly Place. The series was well-received and launched Gomez towards mainstream success. Gomez also began planting seeds in her music career; she recorded the theme song for Wizards of Waverly Place titled Everything is Not What It Seems, and also appeared in the Jonas Brothers’ music video for their hit single Burnin’ Up.
2017: After recently revealing her struggle with Lupus, Selena Gomez underwent a kidney transplant at the end of 2017. She announced via Instagram in September that her absence was because she was in recovery and that her best friend and actress Francia Raisa had been her kidney donor. In early 2017, Gomez and Kygo collaborated on the single It Ain’t Me, which reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Gomez also serves as executive producer for the successful Netflix series Thirteen Reasons Why. Gomez also released the single Bad Liar on May 18, and the follow-up single Fetish was released on July 13 of 2017. Following her recovery from her kidney transplant surgery, Gomez and EDM producer Marshmello collaborated on the new track Wolves. Gomez’s love life took an interesting turn in 2017 too. She had started dating Canadian singer The Weeknd at the beginning of 2017, making their relationship official at the Met Gala, but they broke up shortly after Gomez’s kidney transplant. She’s now been seen hanging out with old flame and first love, Justin Bieber, doing couple’s activities like hot yoga together.
2007: In 2017 Mariah Carey released her eleventh studio album, E=MC², dropping lead single Touch My Body two weeks before the album’s release. The lead single reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Carey’s eighteenth number one and making her the solo artist with the most number one singles in United States history, surpassing Elvis Presley. Carey is second only to The Beatles, who have twenty number-one singles. E=MC² debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with 463,000 copies sold, the biggest opening week sales of her career. Since 2007, Mariah has released a four more albums, completed a Las Vegas residency, appeared in eight films, and gave birth to twins.
2017: Carey released the single I Don’t at the beginning of 2017. She also voiced the Mayor of Gotham City in the animated film The Lego Batman Movie. She even made a cameo appearance on the comedy film Girls Trip. In early 2017, Carey announced she would be launching her own record label, Butterfly MC Records and went on tour with Lionel Richie later that summer. Carey was featured in the official remix for French Montana’s single Unforgettable. Carey also developed an animated Christmas film, titled Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You, recording an original song titled Lil Snowman. So what’s next for the busy Hollywood star? Carey is set to co-executive produce a scripted drama about her rise to fame in New York City.
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