The Hottest Stars of 2004—Where Are They Now?

Jan. 28 2015, Updated 2:08 p.m. ET

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Britney 2004

2004: Britney Spears married (then annulled!) grade school friend Jason Alexander and THEN married KFed – those were the days huh?

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Britney Spears 2014
Source: Instagram

2014: After an infamous head-shaving/umbrella-wielding incident, a 5150 psychiatric hold and an unfortunate performance at the 2007 VMAs, Britney and her team managed to turn her career around. She’s had several hit albums since her rough patch in the mid-2000s and scored her residency at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. And look at those two little munchkins!

Justin Janet Superbowl 2004
Source: CBS

2004: Who can forget NippleGate? Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake shocked the world by showing a little too much skin at the 2004 SuperBowl, and “wardrobe malfunction” became a part of the pop culture lexicon.

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Janet Justin 2014

2014: Janet Jackson remains a private person, but spent the early part of 2014 shooting down divorce rumors. And Justin Timberlake? Well he’s on top of the world. He picked up 3 PCAs at the 2014 People’s Choice Awards AND three shiny gold gramophones.

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Bennifer 2004
Source: Splash

2004: No ifs ands or buts—Bennifer was THE couple of 2004. But after a million magazine covers, countless trips down the red carpet and one unfortunate film called Gigli, the couple broke up for good.

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Bennifer 2014
Source: Getty/FameFlyNet

2014: He’s still Bennifer and she’s still Jenny from the block! But Ben Affleck has moved on to Jennifer Garner (with whom he has 3 children) and he won himself his second Oscar in 2013 for directing Argo. Jlo is at hot as ever, back on American Idol and shtupping a much younger Casper Smart. And she’s got two kids of her own! Everybody wins with this one.

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Passion of the christ
Source: New Market Films

2004: Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ was a HUGE film in 2004, grossing hundreds of millions of dollars worldwide. A lot of people were psyched and a lot of people weren’t, but a LOT has happened in the 10 years since it was released. But we’ll need a whole separate gallery for that one.

Britney Spears
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Mel gibson

2014: Gibson keeps a low prof these days, but he recently showed up at a golf tournament sporting a salt-and-peppered beard. Dare we say we’re into it?

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Ashley Simpson 2004
Source: NBC

2004: The Lip-Sync Heard ‘Round The World. Ashlee Simpson appeared on SNL in October 2004 to sing her hit single “Pieces of Me” and she did great! But when it came time to sing her second song and a weird variation of “Pieces” came on instead, Ashlee jigged herself into lip-syncing history.

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Ashlee simpson evan ross
Source: Instagram

2014: Career-wise there’s not a TON going on with Ash these days. But after her relationship with Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz ended, she began dating Evan Ross, who proposed in 2013. So wedding #2, here she comes!

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502032the simple life fox tv reality show posters
Source: By George Productions (II), 20th Century Fox Television, Bunim-Murray Productions (BMP)

2004: Before there was Kim, there was Paris Hilton—The ultimate socialite and the woman we can blame for making “famous for being famous” an actual career. The Simple Life, co-starring Nicole Richie, solidified Paris as the “it” girl of 2004 and that sex tape was history.

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Paris Hilton Hosts New Year’s Eve Party At Hyde Bellagio
Source: FameFlynet

2014: While she's lost the Kardashian-level fame she once had to Kardashians, Paris is still doing her thing. She's a red carpet staple and apparently a pretty good DJ!

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Mean Girls 2004
Source: Paramount Pictures, M.G. Films, Broadway Video

2004: Remember when Lindsay Lohan was on her way to Meryl Streep-level critical praise? Well perhaps that’s a stretch, but her starring role in Mean Girls garnered her adoration from tweens and adults alike.

Lindsay lohan own reality show
Source: OWN

2014: It’s been a rough 10 years for Linds. She’s been in jail, rehab, and had more unsuccessful comeback attempts than Corey Haim.  But 2014 may be different—She’s got a new docu-series on OWN and with Oprah Winfrey by her side? The sky’s the limit!


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