Hilary Duff Lyrics That Define Your Breakups

by Kelsie Gibson

Growing up, I was such a huge fan of anything Hilary Duff. Lizzie McGuire was my fashion icon, "I Can't Wait" was my jam, and the singer/Disney star was my tween role model. Let's be real: If you're being completely honest with yourself, she was probably your tween role model, too. She was America's sweetheart, or at least Disney Channel's It girl. She was super sweet, down to earth, and wise beyond her years, setting her apart from any other stars in her league. In some ways Hilary Duff was like the Taylor Swift of an earlier time. Not only did she steal our hearts with her romantic comedy movies, she also reached deep into our tween souls with her perfect sugar-pop lyrics about life, boys, and breakups.

Which is why most '00s kids are super excited that she is finally making a comeback. Although her most recent return to TV with her show Younger has caused a delay in her music career, we can rest assured she is finally getting back into the studio. So much has changed in Hil’s life since her last record (marriage, a baby, and now divorce), but I'm excited to see how that will affect her new sound. While we patiently wait for her triumphant return to music, here are Hilary Duff’s best breakup lyrics.

"How can you hang up if the line is dead / If you wanna walk, I'm a step ahead / If you're moving on, I'm already gone…" From "So Yesterday"

As one of the best breakup songs of the '00s, this one is all about moving on from your former love (before they move on from you, of course) because they're just so yesterday.

"'Cause different / Doesn't feel so different / And going out is better / Then always staying in…" From "Come Clean"

Don't stay in the house with all your snotty tissues watching sad movies in bed. Take Hil's advice and get out with your friends.

"Don't need a man to make things fair / 'Cuz more than likely he won't be there / Listen girl, gotta know it's true / In the end all you've got is you…" From "Inner Strength"

Preach, Hilary! This song may be short, but it's packed with words of wisdom.

"And you're just not so deep / I've had too many cries / Mr. Prince Charmin g/ Sorry, you could never be…" From "Mr. James Dean"

Yeah, your ex could never measure up to Ryan Gosling or Ryan Reynolds. Sorry bout that.

"Giving mixed signals and signs / It's so hard to let you in / Thinking you might slam the brakes again…" From "Getaway"

In one of those crash-and-burn relationships that just keeps going? Take this pop star's advice and get away!

"Cry at the end / Cry cause it all begins again / Here you are / And so am I / And we cry…" From "Cry"

When all else fails, don't be afraid to let out a few tears. It may be over, but something brand-new is in store for you.

"So look what you did to me / You got the best of me / And now I'm stuck with all the rest…" From "Break My Heart"

Heartbreak is the worst, and Hilary knows it.

"You're not the person that I once knew / Are you scared to let them know it's you? / If they could only see you like I do / Then they would see a stranger too…" From "Stranger"

You hate your ex for how they treated you, but you hate them even more for playing nice to all your mutual friends.

"And I'm too busy with the million things I'm doing / You can't make up for what you've done / But you still try to be the one…" From "Play With Fire"

Oh, so your ex wants you back now? Well, that's just too bad.

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