Our first and worst crushes – warning, may contain mullets

You can tell a lot about a person by their first crush and even more by their worst (most embarrassing, inexplicable) crush, so in the interests of letting you get to know us - the xoJaneUK team - we’ve swallowed our pride and ‘fessed up.
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You can tell a lot about a person by their first crush and even more by their worst (most embarrassing, inexplicable) crush, so in the interests of letting you get to know us - the xoJaneUK team - we’ve swallowed our pride and ‘fessed up.

REBECCAFirst: Joey McIntyre from New Kid's On The Block When I was 7, I adopted all the mannerisms, tastes, likes and dislikes of the older girl next door (so technically she was my first crush). She was a massive NKOTB fan, so I followed suite. Even at that tender age I could see that little Joey M was the least sexually threatening of the lot (what sort of messed-up seven-year-old would get a crush on Donny Wahlberg, for example)? And so I transferred my allegiance from the girl next door to Joey, where it remained for two years until I spotted a poster of Howard Donald from Take That in Fast Forward magazine...

Worst: I've said it before and I'll say again, I love John Nettles, or more specifically, I love Bergerac. But given that fictional characters don't count, we'll go with John Nettles. I'm out and proud about my Bergerac love, so I wouldn't have included him as my worst crush, but Phoebe has assured me that I have plenty to be ashamed about.

PHOEBEFirst: Gary Lineker is the reason I have been a Spurs fan since childhood (apart from a brief flirtation with Man Utd. during The Cantona Years – ahh, Eric…) As a nine year old, I found his cute, slightly chipmunky face, golden tan and squeaky clean record on the field completely disarming.


Despite Gary being dressed as Alan Partridge here, I still love him

Worst: Ed Balls. I’m completely at a loss as to how to explain this one. I think it might be the hair? It’s a little bit ‘20s Brideshead boy gone to seed. Or something. I don’t know. But isn’t that the point of a crush? You just look at someone and go “Oh yeahhhh” and there’s no rhyme or reason to it. DON'T JUDGE ME!

ANITAFirst: Shakin’ Steven. A third-rate Welsh Elvis who sealed my love of rockabilly boys with quiffs for LIFE. I still quiver when I hear Tutti Frutti.

Worst: I really fancy Zac Effron, who is wrong in every sense of the word. I’ve seen everything he’s been in and realise that he’s mass-produced, generic Hollywood and I hate myself for it. I really do.

JULIAFirst: Johhny Depp in 21 Jump Street, in a big big way! Posters on the wall, fantasising every night, wondering how I could possibly meet him and convince him I was the one.

Worst: Gary Oldman as Dracula, weird one huh?! Not when he's all wizened and old obvs, but the dapper dandy version wooing Winona Ryder with his tall hat, sad eyes and tales of his long lost love. Still gets right under my skin...

LINAMy first crush is pretty standard with Andrew McCarthy during Pretty in Pink, however my worst is Declan Donnelly from Byker Grove. Yes, Declan Donnelly, more famously now known as one half of Ant and Dec. Yuck. I had a real thing for boys with curtains. Here he is singing a song at the height of my adoration.  Gorgeous, huh? And so smooth with the dance moves. Haha...

JANE B.My first and worst are one and the same, the one and only Steven Tyler from Aerosmith. I've been crushing on the flamboyant frontman for as long as I can remember, and although once upon a time I was in good company with such a credible crush, the older he gets the more stick I seem to get for it!

ANNA-MARIEFirst: Boy George was my first crush - I fell for his be-plaited charms as a toddler and even won a fancy dress competition as little girl George.

Worst: Probably Brian Molko, the most ridiculous man in Britpop. Yes he could do leopard tights and black hair dye better than most of Camden, but really, what was I thinking.

KELLYMy first crush was Titanic-era Leonardo Di Caprio, we all know the most romantic thing anyone can do is die for the one they love and he did it twice in quick succession, first in Titanic and again in Romeo & Juliet. *swoon*

My worst would have to be back in 2006 when I had a brief thing for John Torode from Masterchef. I don't know if it was the messy way he stuffed food into his mouth or his look of disgust as he bit into a raw potato but for a time he was definitely doing it for me.

Right. Sharing time! Who was your first and who was your worst?

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