Where is Natalia Grace now in 2024 and what is her real age?

The Curious Case of Natalie Grace gained popularity in 2023, but people are wondering what she's up to now...

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(Image credit: ID/Michael Barnett)

The Curious Case of Natalia Grace centers around Natalia, an orphan from Ukraine, and the Barnetts, her adoptive family. Now, in 2024, we reveal what we know about her real age, where she's living, and what her adoptive parents are up to.

Presented by ID and Discovery+, The Curious Case of Natalia Grace is now available to stream, and this bone-chilling story will have you gripped from the start. 

The three-night streaming series kicked off on 20 May, 2023, with each episode airing on sequential nights. The whole series will is available to stream on FuboTV, as well as Hulu if you have a premium subscription.

Since the docu-series aired, however, the question on everyone's mind is what Natalia is up to now - and how old is she, really? When the docu-series aired, that was the biggest question that went unanswered. That's why the producers got Natalia's side of the story in a new series on the same network called The Curious Case of Natalia Grace: Natalia Speaks, on which Natalia gives her side of the story.

Now, a DNA test seemingly has revealed Natalia's real age, and even we were shocked by the results. 

Here's what we know...

How old is Natalia Grace as of 2024?

According to the new series, a recent DNA test by medical lab TruDiagnostic revealed that Natalia is approximately 22 years old as of now. This new information suggests she was just nine years old when she was adopted by the Barnetts in 2010.

In 2019, Natalia Grace spoke with Dr. Phil in an all-encompassing interview after the Barnett family had charges pressed against them for "neglecting" Natalia after some allegedly disturbing things happened in their home. For example, the Barnetts reported there was a point when Natalia had started throwing herself out of the car, attempting to poison the mom with bleach, placing clear thumbtacks on the stairs, and even standing at the foot of the parent's bed with a knife. And, although her birth certificate at the time of adoption said she was six, they believed her to actually be older. 

The Barnetts legally requested an age change for Natalia in 2012 when her birth certificate stated that she was 8 years old. 

"Nobody knows quite what age, but she has not grown in four years, so the judge came up with his own little formula: ‘Well, you stop growing at 18 – if she hasn’t grown in four years then she’s at least 18 when she entered their lives. And I’m gonna add four years," Michael Barnett, Natalia's previous adoptive father, says in the documentary. Thus, the judge ruled her to be 22 years old in 2012, which would have made her 33 years old now - if that were true. 

However, four years ago during an interview with Dr. Phil, he asked her the golden question directly: "How old are you?"

"Sixteen," Natalia replied at the time. Turns out, she wasn't too far off.

Because Natalia has spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenita, a rare form of dwarfism, no one was truly aware of her age - but now, with medical records to show for it, Natalia is speaking up for herself. 

"This is so big. Because literally, this has been 13 years of just two people lying their butts off. They ruined a kid’s life. They painted [me] as some big monster," she said on the new series.

Where are Natalia Grace's adoptive parents, the Barnetts, now?

In 2013, Michael, Kristine, and their sons moved to Canada and left Natalia in America, where they placed her in a rental apartment in Lafayette, Indiana. They paid her rent for a few months, and left her with food stamps.

Michael and Kristine Barnett were then charged in September 2019 with several counts of neglect. Michael specifically was charged with neglect of a dependent, neglect of a dependent causing bodily injury, neglect of a dependent causing serious bodily injury, and conspiracy to neglect a dependent. 

All counts against Michael were dismissed in February 2022, and Kristine's charges were dropped by March 2023. 

Who are Natalia Grace's new adoptive parents, Antwon and Cynthia Mans, and is she still living with them?

In the final episode of the original series, Natalia is seen with new adoptive parents named Antwon and Cynthia Mans, a couple from Indiana. 

According to the docuseries, however, six months after Grace's adoption, the producers of the show received a phone call from the couple. 

"This girl is tweakin’. I feel like she’s the enemy in the house. And she said to us, we have held her hostage. Made us look like we’re the enemy," Antwon told the producers, as revealed on the show.

However, Natalia still seemingly resides with the Mans family.

Are the Barnetts still together now?

The couple is now divorced, according to Insider, with Michael even going as far as to say that Kristine is the "epitome of evil" in the series.

Did Natalia Grace kill anyone?

Although Natalia reportedly attempted to harm her family members, and even directly threatened to kill them, says the Barnetts, there is no evidence that Natalia has ever actually killed anyone. 

Madeline Merinuk
US Lifestyle News Writer

Madeline Merinuk is woman&home's US lifestyle news writer, covering celebrity, entertainment, fashion, and beauty news.

She graduated in 2021 with a B.A. in Journalism from Hofstra University, winning multiple student journalism awards, including a National Hearst Award, during her time there. After graduating, she worked at today.com, the digital site for the Today Show, where she wrote pop culture news and interviewed big-name personalities like Emily Ratajkowski, Haley Lu Richardson, Emma Corrin, and more.

Her personal interests, in no particular order, are: cheese, Joni Mitchell, reading, hot yoga, traveling, having multiple chapsticks in every handbag at all times, and dancing to ABBA songs as if she were in the Mamma Mia movies.