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Hilary Duff rocks a flashy black sequin mini dress on the cover of ELLE Canada’s December issue and aside from looking fierce, she’s getting pretty personal.

The 27-year old singer/actress recently separated from her former pro-hockey player husband, Mike Comrie, after three years of marriage. Duff opened up to ELLE about how she’s handled all the media attention from the split:

“I’ve dealt with [attention] for such a long time. But some of the bigger struggles that came my way in the past two years—like my separation or when my parents separated—were the first times I had to deal with people knowing about something personal happening to my family. It just felt so invasive and insensitive. It got really gross, and I think part of you gets a bit desensitized. The best way to handle it is by just owning your shit. I’m human and this is what happened. None of us is perfect.”

Duff also dished on her son with Comrie, two-year old Luca, and how he’s beginning to notice that his mom is kind of a big deal.

“I think he’s starting to figure it out, but I don’t really know what he thinks yet. I don’t tell him anything about my job, but he knows Mommy’s a singer and an actress. We have this book called Goodnight Los Angeles. It’s like, ‘Goodnight, movie stars and entertainers of Los Angeles!’ and it shows people working on a set and having their names in lights. Mike’s always telling Luca ‘This is where Mommy is!’ when I’m at work.”

For the shoot, Hilary looked chic in a suit and tie with a fringe vest, and nothing but a blazer and thigh-high boots. If you still needed convincing that Lizzie McGuire really is all grown up, here it is.

PHOTO CREDIT & SOURCE: ELLE