By Joe Royle

12th February 2019

 “In the future, everyone will be world famous for 15 minutes.” 

Well thanks to the internet, this might actually be true! 

To paraphrase William Shakespeare, some were born to be famous, some clawed their way to fame (ahem…Love Island stars) and some had fame thrust upon them…

Seriously, it doesn’t matter what you do, as long as it’s caught on camera, there’s a good chance the internet will eat it up – but just don’t expect the attention to last forever.

While it’s true that our online life is enriched by hilarious memes/gifs/videos, the stars behind them more often than not fade into the background after a few short weeks!

On that note, we thought it would be interesting to dig up the past and uncover what some of the most popular internet stars look like now…

From Side-eyeing Chloe and Success Kid to Nichole337, we’ve got it all right here!

Step right this way for a much needed dose of nostalgia. Side effects may include: feeling old (but we promise, it’ll be worth it!).

1. King Curtis (Wife Swap star) – THEN

You remember King Curtis don’t you? The seven-year-old Wife Swap star who convinced us that eating bacon was actually good for us? That’s the one! He’s that chicken-nugget-loving kid who took the internet by storm after appearing on Wife Swap back in 2009.

We all remember watching the self-appointed ‘King of the House’ as he clashed with his replacement mom – Joy. Unfortunately for Curtis, Joy came from a fitness background and loved munching on salad: she was everything Curtis despised.

But how much has he changed? SPOILER ALERT: He hasn’t. One bit.

Well it looks like 19-year-old King Curtis has put his 15-minutes (or rather, three days worth) of fame in his rear-view mirror and is now working towards becoming a welder!

Welder Curtis – NOW

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