It might be a surprise to you, but for the most part, celebrities weren't always famous. With the exception of some extraordinary examples of when kids were put in the spotlight from a very early age, such as Macaulay Culkin, Haley Joel Osment, or Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, famous people were kids like everyone else. And they surely have some goofy and extremely adorable photos of themselves in their family albums. And if you are as curious how celebrities looked as kids as we are, you came to the right place—graphic designer Ard Gelick gives us this opportunity with his awesome twist!

Ard Gelinck has taken us on a trip down memory lane with a modern time machine called Photoshop several times before here, here, here, and here. He's well-known to netizens for putting iconic celebrities side by side with their younger selves, but this collection we've put together is by far the cutest! Gelinck photoshops celebrities with themselves from years ago and it looks as if they had just met themselves as little kids to hang out.

Disclaimer: Some of these "then and now" celebrity photos mashed together might make you feel old.

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Barack Obama

Barack Obama

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Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
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1 month ago

Extremely sweet photograph. I'm not from the United States, but I truly miss Obama's presidential leadership-- he stood for change, tolerance, diversity, and kindness.

Ms.M.
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1 month ago

I miss him so much. He made me proud to be an American.

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Ms.M.
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1 month ago

I love this! BTW, his latest book "A Promised Land" will be released on the 17th of November... I have it on pre-order and I can't wait to read it :)

Lynn Marie
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1 month ago

Thank you for telling us about the book. :-)

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Lisa
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1 month ago (edited)

I've told this before but my ex LOVED fishing, staying at the piers until daybreak or fishing all day was normal. I liked fishing and being outdoors so it was cool. One night we were fishing and somehow we got on the topic of OBama. I said that he'd be cool to hang out and drink a beer with. Well my ex flipped the f out, berated me, made me pack up all the gear, by that time I was crying. All because I told him I thought Obama was cool, policies aside he just seemed like an alright person. And I still think he'd be a great guy to sit around and drink a beer with.

Shawna Kimble
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1 month ago

I see why he's your EX!

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

I'm Canadian, and I was thrilled when Barak Obama was elected and re-elected. I miss his intelligence and integrity. I hope his Obamacare continues because Americans need universal health care. It's selfish people who don't want to pay into it.

Ami Temi
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1 month ago

He is and was so very cute!

ShikamaruPanda
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1 month ago

I agree, Barack was one of the best president's we have. Unfortuanetly we're stuck with some presidents that aren't so amazing.

Bob Belcher
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1 month ago

6 more days

Aragorn II Elessar
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1 month ago

Until Trump starts a civil war because RuSsIa HaCkEd ThE mAiL iN bAlLoTs

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SuavePotato
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1 month ago

He seemed like a great man. I really hate when people say that he was for murder. It should be the woman who is holding the baby's choice, not everyone elses'

tuzdayschild
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1 month ago

Same smile for sure.

Carole Strawn
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1 month ago

He had that beautiful smile even as a child. I so miss his smile. Our current POTUS only has two expressions - pissed and smirking.

CincyReds
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4 weeks ago

so cute

jevais
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1 month ago

We all miss President Obama and First Lady here in Europe. We loved this wholesome family.

Debbie Archimedes
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3 weeks ago

Asshole

Ashley Wright
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1 month ago

Yuck.

Sandy Feuerbacher
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1 month ago

WORST PRESIDENT EVER - DEVIDER IN CHIEF - that's what HE was!!!!!!!!!!

Anthony Goldstein (female)
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1 month ago

...... Trump divided this country and continues to divide it. at least Obama tried to bring it together.

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Damon Tripodi
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1 month ago

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I hate Obama

Daniel Lewis
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1 month ago

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You should have showed him in his hometown in Kenya.

Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
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1 month ago

Well, I appear to have found the angry, bigoted troll. Wow, you guys are crawling out of your subterranean dwellings in droves these days. I'm surprised that you know how to use a keyboard. Go take your racist comments and yell into the void of Reddit.

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Gelinck made the first image for his "Then and Now" series about 10 years ago along with his brother. Fast forward to now, this hobby has escalated very quickly, but it came together naturally as the artist is a fan of the entertainment industry.

"I did a graphic education as a graphic designer. I have had lessons in drawing, design, drama, and photography. I really like the media. I love music, film, and TV. So to put celebrities together was a natural fit," Gelinck told Bored Panda.

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Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama

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Ami Temi
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1 month ago

Such a beautiful, genuine smile! You can see and feel that she's a nice person.

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#3

Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Johnson

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Ms.M.
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1 month ago

Rock vs. Pebble :-D

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Emma Watson

Emma Watson

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Henny Hana
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1 month ago

Unlike harry,the minister of magic seems doing good

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"The edits I post are purely for entertainment. And I like to convey that to people. I like to show what I can, what my talent is. People usually respond positively to photos. They are very surprised and sometimes confused when they see the edits. It also brings a lot of emotion."

Looking at these celebrity transformations throughout the years not only allows us to compare how people age, it triggers memories of our favorite film, TV, and music personalities, especially those who are no longer among us. While once again realizing how old we are and how inevitably quickly time passes, we can also look back at our own changes over the years.

#5

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio

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Ms.M.
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1 month ago

I remember seeing him on "Roseanne" and "Growing Pains"

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#6

Macaulay Culkin

Macaulay Culkin

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Jill Ferguson
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1 month ago

I like how he owns his childhood fame.

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Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston

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MERCI LANGSTON
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1 month ago

I would never know just by looking at the younger one.

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Gelinck has found a unique way of portraying celebrities while also showcasing his amazing Photoshop skills. Some seamlessly edited photos of celebrities hanging out and interacting with their younger selves may even look like a glitch in the matrix. The meticulous blend of tones, contrast, environments, and scale of two completely different photos that, in this case, are decades apart makes us think twice about whether these people are actually the same person. This can only be achieved with great talent and a fair amount of time on hand, as one photo edit might take up to three hours.

"I find it the most challenging when some more difficult compositions have to be made of the 2 versions in the photo such as a hand on the shoulder or where they hug each other. As you can see, I use more diverse compositions in the image."

#8

Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon

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JessG
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1 month ago

Cute kid!

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#9

George Clooney

George Clooney

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tuzdayschild
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1 month ago

He had his grown up face as a child.

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Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts

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Ms.M.
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1 month ago

I had that hairdo too in 80's middle school!

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Ard Gelinck has definitely hit the internet's spot with such a simple and brilliant idea of combining famous people with their much younger selves, showcasing their transformations over time. People love a little nostalgia every now and then, probably as much as they love to see celebrities age. The artist currently has 285k followers on Instagram and counting.

"I could not have imagined that my photo edits would go all over the world. Although in this time of social media, and therefore Instagram, things can go very fast. Photos will be shared quickly and a lot. And once it is on the net, it will never go off the internet. There are still people all over the world who have not yet seen these photos and are new to them. New followers are also added daily. And I am very grateful."

#11

Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon

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Jeri Cooley
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1 month ago

I love the candy necklace !!

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#12

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez

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MERCI LANGSTON
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1 month ago

I remember her on Barney.

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Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

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Denki/Shinkami
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1 month ago

The kid her looks like she is the age that adult her is

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Among his followers are hundreds of famous Dutch people, but also many American celebrities, which the artist finds thrilling but odd. In fact, Gelinck has reached a stage of popularity himself, where some celebrities approach him to make his trademark Photoshop edits of them.

"Famous people who have shared my photos include: Madonna, Robbie Williams, Tina Turner, Annie Lennox, Sylvester Stallone, John Cleese, Alyssa Milano, Jason Priestley, Jason Donovan, Gary Barlow, Barry Gibb, Melissa Etheridge, Viola Davis, Rob Lowe, Lionel Richie, Ricky Gervais, Michael Douglas, John Parr, Ronan Keating, and more," the artist listed a handful of celebrities who enjoyed his photo montages as much as we do.

#14

Usher

Usher

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Ami Temi
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1 month ago

So handsome!

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#15

Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris

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Ms.M.
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1 month ago

DOOGIE!!!

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#16

Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars

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MERCI LANGSTON
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1 month ago

Still has the swag.

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#17

Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe

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Henny Hana
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1 month ago

His work at ministry of magic took a toll on him

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#18

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse

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Lisa
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1 month ago (edited)

hmm this one is very tragic, their positioning make it even more so.

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#19

Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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1 month ago

Rock on, kid.

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#20

Margot Robbie

Margot Robbie

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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1 month ago

Look at that evil little grin!! Love her!

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#21

Haley Joel Osment

Haley Joel Osment

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Tal Jamchi
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1 month ago

He just grew facial hair :D

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#22

Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone

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SylvieSylvieSylvie
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1 month ago

he went to my school! the school history book says that he was a troublemaker.

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#23

Rupert Grint

Rupert Grint

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Kevin Donegan
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1 month ago

Once a ginger, always a ginger. His hair has darkened. I had carrot top red hair as a child and dark auburn hair as an adult.

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#24

Harry Styles

Harry Styles

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Jaylen Strange
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1 month ago

His hair has quite improved...

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#25

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson

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Bonnie Jarrett
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1 month ago

Holy plastic surgery, Batman! Yikes lol

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#26

Conan O’Brien

Conan O’Brien

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Ms.M.
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1 month ago

Those bangs!!!

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#27

LeBron James

LeBron James

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Call Me Mars
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1 month ago

From elephant to basketball! So cute!!

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#28

Eminem

Eminem

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Dianne Zeromski
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1 month ago

Wow, who woulda thort that kid would grow up to be the real slim shady lol 😍

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#29

Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake

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Kevin Donegan
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1 month ago

Justin has gone from the "Ozzie and Harriet" shot to the "Ducks Dynasty" pose.

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#30

Drake

Drake

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Kevin Donegan
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1 month ago

Ah, the work of a great Orthodontist. Priceless!

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Note: this post originally had 87 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.