She’s not a little girl anymore! Mady Gosselin was only seven years old when we first met her on the small screen. She and her twin sister, Cara, starred on a television special about how her parents were surviving life as parents to the twins, and their then one-year-old sextuplets Aaden, Collin, Joel, Hannah, Alexis, and Leah. After the success of the one-off program, they came back for a series — Jon and Kate Plus 8 — and the rest is history (although, a very long, very complicated history).
But now that Kate Plus 8 has gone into some sort of hiatus, we have seen less and less of the Gosselins — and it looks like Mady managed to turn into a full-blown adult in the blink of an eye! Kate recently shared a picture of the stunning 17-year-old, and she looks like a totally different person. See for yourself in the video below!
We’re definitely not the only ones who feel like Mady and Cara are growing up way too fast! When the twins celebrated their seventeenth birthday back in October, their mom took to Instagram to celebrate the big milestone and gushed about how the time flew by. “And then you blink, and they TURN SEVENTEEN!! Happy birthday to my girls!” she wrote. “My heart hurts because you’re almost adults and will soon leave for college, yet it smiles because I am seeing who you’ve become: Brilliant, beautiful, kind, caring, logical, responsible, empathetic, honest amazing individuals! I love you both SO VERY MUCH! Let’s have a wonder day together celebrating YOU!”
By growing up both in and out of the spotlight, it’s become clear just how independent and outspoken Mady and Cara are. In a 2016 interview with People, they opened up about their decision not to speak to their father, with Mady calling their relationship “toxic.” At the time, Jon spoke publicly about how he had gone a long time without seeing his older daughters.
“He makes it seem like we’re being kept from him,” she said in the same interview. “Which is insane.”
With an attitude and emotional intelligence like that, we're not surprised to hear what an amazing young woman Mady has become! We can't wait to see what the next chapter of her life looks like!
This article originally appeared on our sister site, In Touch Weekly