We’ve gushed over our favorite actors, singers and sports legends as they welcomed babies and expanded their families, and we’ve watched these youngsters grow into young adults guided by their superstar parents. Imagine growing up in the spotlight of these kids who have adapted to life in the spotlight while trying to enjoy their teenage and teenage years. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that the stars we see on the small and big screens have children who are all grown, especially since some of them have offspring that are now even taller than their famous parents.
Whether it’s Jennifer Garner and her lookalike daughter, or David Beckham’s own son, who surpasses him in height, these kids are giving their celebrity parents a run for their money as they’ve literally reached new heights, and we’re left wondering where the time has gone. Let’s take a look at some star children who have outgrown their parents.
The newest Trump Tower
Whether you love or hate Donald Trump, one thing is for sure — his youngest son literally towers over the former president. He is the only child of Donald and Melania Trump. At 16 years old (as of 2022), Barron Trump is taller than either of Snopes’ parents at 6ft 7in. Former President Trump marveled that his youngest son would also be the tallest at a GOP event in North Carolina in 2021. “Barron is 6ft 7, can you believe it? And he’s 15,” Donald said. “Eric is small – he’s only 6ft 6,” he joked of his 37-year-old son.
Barron has had a growth spurt since he was first introduced to the public at his father’s inauguration, where he looked less than thrilled. It seems height is in his blood as his father stands at 6ft 3in, according to the 2019 White House medical report. Mom Melania is also on the taller side at 5ft 11in. Barron was the first boy to live in the White House in nearly 60 years, the last being John F. Kennedy Jr., according to CNN.
Romeo Beckham has his dad on tiptoe
We’ve all heard of “Bend It Like Beckham,” but what about… “Toe Like Beckham”? That’s the question that springs to mind when you look at the Beckham family’s 2021 Christmas photo. Fans caught a glimpse of David Beckham tiptoeing next to his son Romeo. Romeo has definitely taken note of his own growth spurt and has even raised his old man for his height in the past.
In this 2020 Instagram snap, Romeo pokes fun at his dad a little, captioning the post, “Happy birthday dad…sorry I’m officially taller than you now.” The gentle teasing seems good from David who jokingly accepted defeat in a 2020 Instagram post celebrating his son’s 18th birthday. However, Romeo and his father have more in common than looks. Father and son share a love of football and Romeo has signed to play for Fort Lauderdale FC, which is owned by Beckham’s Inter Miami FC.
Keeping up with Kourtney’s son
Fans probably remember young Mason Disick from his early years on Keeping Up With the Kardashians, so it’s hard to believe just how quickly the near-teen is growing up. The young star was spotted out in Calabasas in the summer of 2022, and the 12-year-old is already taller than his mother. Mason is Kourtney Kardashian’s first child with ex-boyfriend Scott Disick. The two also share Penelope and Reign.
Mason is part of an even bigger blended family, as Kourtney married drummer Travis Barker in 2022. The rocker has son Landon and daughter Alabama. Kim Kardashian shared on a 2022 episode of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” that Mason told her daughter North, “You know, getting a stepdad isn’t that bad.” And [he] was like, ‘These aren’t those bad people you see in the movies. It’s just not like that.'” Mason celebrates new milestones on and off screen as he graduated from middle school and came home from his dad to a balloon-filled setup for Page Six.
Reese Witherspoon’s older children
The Sweet Home Alabama star you know and love has a teenage boy, and he’s a lot taller than his famous mom. Reese Witherspoon’s eldest son, Deacon Reese Phillippe, is 18 and has graduated from high school! Reese recently reunited with her ex-husband Ryan Phillippe to celebrate their son’s milestone with a backyard celebration. Deacon also headed to prom, sharing a collection of photos on Instagram with the caption, “Any prom??” Additionally, the father and son were out and about in Los Angeles, spending some time together and looking alike in demure outfits.
Deacon isn’t the only child Reese and Ryan have together, as the two also share 22-year-old Ava Phillippe, who is also taller than her mother. The two look more like sisters than mother and daughter. Reese has a 9-year-old son named Tennessee with husband John Toth, while Ryan Phillippe has another child with ex-girlfriend Alexis Knapp, a 10-year-old daughter named Kai Knapp.
Lala Anthony and son Kiyan
Being the son of an NBA star means filling big shoes, and Kiyan Anthony seems to be doing just that — literally. The son of Carmelo Anthony and American TV personality Lala Anthony, Kiyan is a basketball rising star who is about 6ft 2 tall, a full head taller than his mother as seen in this Instagram snap in 2022. In another Instagram post from November 2021: The proud mom wrote, “My baby @kiyananthony is growing up sooo fast…he’s taller than me…faster than me.” He’s already following in his dad’s footsteps, and his dad was delighted to announce via Twitter the news that he is playing basketball at Christ the King High School in Queens, New York.
Lala and Carmelo have had their fair share of makeups and breakups over the years, but Lala filed for divorce in June 2021 after 11 years of marriage, according to TMZ. The two have committed to co-parenting their son, sources told TMZ in 2021 that they remain friends and wish Kiyan a smooth transition.
Jennifer Garner and her mini-me
It’s no secret that 13 Goes To 30 star Jennifer Garner bears a striking resemblance to her daughter Violet, who at 16 (as of 2022) is already taller than her mother. Garner shares three children with ex-husband Ben Affleck – Violet, Seraphina and Samuel. A source previously told InTouch: “Not only does she look exactly like Jen, [but] They also share similar personality traits, like their passion for cooking.”
Garner explained her parenting philosophy to Romper: “I have a lot of friends. I don’t need my kids to try to be my friends. You have to focus on yourself. I don’t want them to have the burden of being my best friend.” The actress also works to keep her kids as grounded as possible, even though her family is in the spotlight. “It’s really important for my kids to see “that not everyone has the life that they see in Los Angeles. That doesn’t reflect the rest of the world,” Garner said in an interview with Southern Living.