When 23-year-old actress Hilary Duff announced last week that she and her hockey-playing husband, Mike Comrie, 30, were expecting a baby, fans weren’t exactly stunned, although it did make them feel old. Yes, Hilary isn’t too far from her tween-star days, but she is, after all, a married woman. (The fact that Hilary’s pregnancy caused her to lose the lead role in a planned remake of The Story of Bonnie and Clyde was, for some, just icing on the cake.)
But the news that Brenda Song, 23, a former star of The Suite Life series, is also knocked up — and that she’ll be bearing the child of Miley Cyrus’ big brother, Metro Station singer Trace Cyrus, 22 —pretty much caused that same post-Disney constituency to lose their heads. “There goes my childhood,” was a common refrain on Twitter, where both Brenda’s and Trace’s names continue to trend.
What these former Disney stars would do well to realize is that these things tend to come in threes. So, who’ll be the next ex-Disney star to spawn? While we think that Selena Gomez, 19, and her boyfriend Justin Bieber, 17, would likely produce the cutest (and most precociously talented) little one, those two seem a bit too careful . . . and too interested in keeping their sterling reputations. Demi Lovato, 19, seems a bit more at-risk, courtesy of her rumored recent dalliance with serial baby-maker Ryan Phillippe. And, at 26, Ashley Tisdale is a more age-appropriate possibility, but she’s worked too darn hard to get those rock-hard abs. So, our money is on Kevin Jonas, 23, who’s been open about his desire to get going on a family with his wife Danielle Deleasa. The real question? Which of these next-generation Disney babies will be the first to get their own show on the channel, around about 2023?