In 1998 I saw Titanic and fell into a deep, teeny-bopper kind of love with Leonardo DiCaprio. I'd had crushes on boys in my neighborhood and at school before, but this was different. I mean, I could not get enough of looking at his handsome mug.
Around this time, the disney channel was airing re-runs of Growing Pains, and there was an entire season where Leo was basically their foster kid. I taped all of the episodes on VHS and watched them over and over again. I rented other movies he'd been in - What's Eating Gilbert Grape, The Man in the Iron Mask, etc. I collected those Teen magazines with all the fun facts about him that came with fold-out posters. I still remember his birthday (November 11th!) and that his mom took him to K-Mart and bought him a baby blue turtleneck before his first big audition. After a while I had 12 posters of Leo on the walls of my bedroom. Twelve! The infatuation was REAL.
I was only ten at this time, and of course I didn't know how weird I was. I'm sure my parents got a kick out of the whole thing. Or maybe they were worried? But the obsession lasted probably a year before it fizzled out and was replaced with less-intense crushes on certain members of Backstreet Boys and N*Sync.
Who was your first celebrity crush? Were you as obsessive as I was? Maybe it's a phase lots of kids go through... or maybe that's just what I will tell myself!