My very first celebrity crush was David Bowie as the Goblin King in Labyrinth. Maybe it was the accent, or the hair, or the glam eye-makeup — or maybe it was that egregious codpiece that sent my pre-teen heart all aflutter. Whatever it was (codpiece, duh), the crush was instantaneous and intense. And while his romantic pursuit of a teenage Jennifer Connelly in the movie is creepy AF in retrospect, Bowie as Jareth will always hold a special place in my heart. Those early crushes are powerful, so when women reveal the celebrity crushes they’ve had forever, I totally get where they're coming from — even when they are a little, ahem, awkward now.
While celebrity crushes aren't uncommon — I mean, we all have them, right? — I had to wonder if other people’s were as admittedly weird as mine. Naturally I turned to Reddit, where nothing is too strange or personal to confess. Turns out, I'm not alone. There are lots of strange celebrity crushes (and plenty who agree with me that Bowie was hot). And there were lots that, though they weren't my first swoon, are definitely swoon-worthy. Here are the long-time celebrity crushes women confessed to, and honestly, I don't blame them.