I’ll go ahead and admit it; I was the girl begging my mom to let me stay up until the end of Video Soul on BET so I could see if “Please Don’t Go” made the top of the countdown. Yes, I was completely and unashamedly in love with Immature lead singer Batman as a pre-pubescent teenage girl.

What’s funny is I can’t even stand to look at Marques Houston as a grown man, but when it was 1995 and that We Got it album came out—what! You couldn’t tear me away from the TV, even though it wasn’t like I couldn’t just look around my room to see his face. Every issue of Right On! magazine that came out and featured them, I owned—which was pretty much all of them from like ’92-96. I spent my days ripping out pages of him and cutting Romeo and LDB out pictures to make my own bootleg wall posters.

Luckily, for the sake of by pre-teen sanity, Batman decided to start rocking a press-n-curl bob by the group’s 1997 album, The Journey, and it didn’t take long for me to get over that crush at all. That’s probably why I have no tolerance for MH today, but when he was rocking that wavy look with the middle part…you couldn’t tell me he wasn’t the finest teenager on the planet.

I know I’m not alone in my pre-teen obsessions.

Who was your childhood crush?

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