03/17/2015 10:16 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Hilary Duff Hints That She Lost Her Virginity To Joel Madden

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Let's go back, back to the beginning ...

A year after her relationship with Aaron Carter ended in 2003, Hilary Duff moved on with a very different kind of boyfriend. The then 16-year-old Duff and her romance with Good Charlotte member Joel Madden was publicly scrutinized given their age difference: he was nine years her senior. And because of her squeaky-clean Disney star image, many (creepy?) fans speculated on whether or not Madden took her virginity.

Well, after all these years, Duff is coming clean in the April issue of Cosmopolitan. Kind of.

“I had a 26-year-old boyfriend,” Duff told the magazine of Madden, whom she dated from July 2004 to November 2006. “So everyone can make their own assumptions about what I was doing.”

And just in case you wanted to take a visual walk down memory lane, here are some photos of the couple together:

At Duff's 18th birthday party:


At the 2005 VMAs:


At a 2005 pre-Emmy party:


These days, Duff is newly divorced from Mike Comrie, with whom she has one son, Luca. Madden has been married to Nicole Richie since December 2010.



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