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11 celebrities you inexplicably fancied in the 1990s

From pin-up footballers to those guys who liked to ‘hang tough’… they now make no sense.

WE ALL LOOK back in horror and shame when we remember the posters that adorned our bedroom walls in the 1990s. Like these guys:

Jason Donovan

You were either an innocent child who was drawn to squeaky clean popstars or you were young when Neighbours stars Kylie and Jason launched their pop careers.

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You could also have been a huge soap fan who melted when you saw Charlene walking up the aisle to Scott accompanied by a soundtrack of Angry Anderson’s Suddenly.

Probably the first posters you had on your wall because your mammy approved of people wearing wooly jumpers in posters.

A member or several members of New Kids on the Block

You probably had an older sister who had introduced you to this notion of what seemed like a credible boyband.

You had a favourite of course, which was most likely Joey McIntyre if you were slightly younger, Jordan Knight if you liked the boy next door look and Donnie Wahlberg if you were totally rebellious and cool.


Lee Sharpe and/or Ryan Giggs

You probably had an older brother who made you watch football matches whether you liked it or not.

You decided that you’d have to find an advantage to this situation and so robbed the posters of pin-ups like Lee Sharpe and Ryan Giggs from his Shoot or Match magazines.

It also meant you had serious credibility with the boys in your class. You were delighted that you felt no shame over the Lee Sharpe crush when you watched him on Celebrity Love Island.

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Peter Andre

You pretend now that this period in your life never happened but you actually thought Peter Andre was the business when he released that Mysterious Girl song.

You probably even cracked out a new video tape to record it on the Beat Box. You’ll still sing along to it if you hear it on the radio.

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Chesney Hawkes

Your friends will remind you of this crush next time you drunkenly roar along to The One and Only at a party. You think now that you liked him purely because he had long blonde hair and an earring.

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One of the Backstreet Boys

Before JT started N-Syncing it these guys had the moves. At some point in your life you probably thought Nick Carter was the perfect man with that lovely floppy hair.


One of the cast of Dawson’s Creek (probably Dawson himself)

Oh the teenage angst. Who didn’t love the complicated lives of Pacey, Joey, Andie, Dawson and Jen? But you had to be either Team Pacey or Team Dawson.

Chances are James Van Der Beek was actually the one you fancied from the show even though Joshua Jackson was right there in front of you too. There’s no point in you even trying to explain it. You wouldn’t know where to start.


Jason Priestley

You probably thought Beverly Hills 90210 was the best thing since sliced bread and you almost certainly fancied this hunk who played Brandon Walsh more than the super-cool Luke Perry (he was too aloof!).

You are truly perplexed by his odd hair and strange fashion choices now.

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Somebody who is now appearing in The Big Reunion

It’s probably one of the 5ive guys (most likely Abz or Ritchie, for those freakishly blue eyes) or someone from the PVC-clad Liberty X.


Billy Warlock

The name probably won’t even ring a bell with you now. That’s because you knew him as Eddie from Baywatch (or the reason girls watched Baywatch). He’s 51 now, in case you’re curious.


Do you now cringe when you think back to being told off for tearing the paint off your bedroom wall along with the posters that had outlived their welcome?  Feel free to share your teenage crushes with us in the comments below.

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