When we met, I was 13 and he was 26. OK, so we didn’t exactly meet. From the cover of Tiger Beat magazine his smoldering gaze met mine and I was hooked. It was 1984 and Duran Duran was at the top of the charts, plastered over girls’ lockers and bedroom walls everywhere. The band’s singer, Simon Le Bon—with his spiked, frosted hair, bedroom eyes and poet’s soul—would soon be firmly woven into my adolescent fantasies.
I was a loyal girlfriend. Even after Duran Duran became uncool, seen as bubble-gum pretty boys when harder-edged music took over the airwaves, I stuck by Simon and the band well into my teens. I collected rare 12-inch singles and studied the song lyrics like they were Shakespearean sonnets. When Simon married a model in 1987, I died a little inside.
He’s now middle-aged and paunchy with grown children. I’m (mph)-aged and married with three kids. Still … once in a while, when I see a clip of the band performing (they still do), or stumble upon one of their old music videos on YouTube, I feel that same thrill, like I’m 13 again.
Time for your true confession – who was your first teen-idol crush?