Crazy to believe, but it's been a decade and a half since the young Cuban refugee was at the center of international attention ... and 15 years to the day since government officials raided his aunt's home in Miami before returning him to his father in Cuba.
In November 1999, the then-5-year-old Gonzalez was rescued off the coast of Miami after a boat carrying his mother and 9 others capsized. Elian was the only survivor.
A very public tug-of-war began over the boy, as his father wanted him to return to Cuba ... while family members in Florida wished to keep him where his mother was trying to escape to.
On April 22, 2000, it was decided he would be sent back to Cuba, a raid was ordered on his aunt's home and the photo below of him crying while being taken away became history.
The most recent photo of Elian is from December 2014, where he was seen attending an Annual Session of the Parliament in Havana. Much has been made of the now 21-year-old's hotness -- what do you think?
In 2013, he made headlines again for speaking out against the American embargo on Cuba.
"Their unjust embargo provokes an internal and critical economic situation in Cuba,” he said, while bringing up his own mother's death. "Just like her, many others have died attempting to go to the United States. But it's the U.S. government's fault."
"I haven't suffered any consequences because of what happened," he also told CNN. "It has not affected me psychologically, but it has been hard for my family," Gonzalez said. "Those were tough times."
According to ABC News, Gonzalez is an "avid supporter" of Fidel Castro and studies engineering at the University of Matanzas.