With a new sound and fresh con­fi­dence, orig­i­nal teen queen Hi­lary Duff is all grown up and storm­ing back into the spot­light.

ELLE (Canada) - - Celebrity - By Kathryn Hud­son Photographs by Max Aba­dian

and tweet­ing to fans at the same time, ex­pos­ing the del­i­cate tat­toos that line the in­sides of her pale arms. She’s talk­ing to Luca, her son with Cana­dian for­mer NHL player Mike Com­rie, as she gets ready for the cover shoot; he is teary after an early-morn­ing flight to Toronto and a lit­tle bored of play­ing with toy cars. At 27, Duff has grown up a lot in the decade since she last ap­peared as Dis­ney’s Lizzie McGuire. She was the clean teen queen who wore her plat­inum crown with a smile while her peers, like Lind­say Lo­han, fell to their knees. The ac­tress and singer crafted a multi-mil­lion-dol­lar cloth­ing em­pire be­fore Jessica Simp­son sold her first pair of stacked heels. And then, ex­hausted and over­ex­tended, Duff stepped out of the blind­ing spot­light.

After a seven-year break, she’s re­leas­ing her fifth stu­dio al­bum this month. The heady mix of pop and folk, like the sin­gle “All About You,” which has al­ready ripped through the charts, sig­nals Duff’s re-en­try into star­dom. We sat down to talk to the crossover star about the grow­ing up that hap­pens after first loves, tat­toos and fame.

Why was now the right time to re­lease this al­bum?

“When I de­cided to take a break, I was burned out and wanted to do smaller things that made me happy. Then I had Luca and was just sit­ting and re­flect­ing on my jour­ney; the thing I missed most about my old life was per­form­ing and be­ing on­stage. I didn’t re­ally go into this think­ing ‘Oh, this is go­ing to be my big mu­si­cal come­back.’ I just started writ­ing and it started to feel good in my bones again.”

Is it nerve-rack­ing to change gears after so many years?

“It is. I don’t need to work; I want to work. But I like to be suc­cess­ful, and it can’t be done half-assed in this in­dus­try. I feel guilty a lit­tle bit, but I know that I’m go­ing to be the best mom when I’m a happy per­son, and this makes me re­ally happy.”

Do you think your son is get­ting a sense of your fame?

“I think he’s start­ing to fig­ure it out, but I don’t re­ally know what he thinks h

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