28 People Share What Happened to Their High School Crushes Later in Life

I wish I could travel back in time to high school with the knowledge I have now so I could impress my crush…

Actually…I’d still probably blow it and she’d ignore me.

I guessome things never change…

What happened to your high school crush?

Here’s how AskReddit users responded.

1. Nice work!

“I never made a move in high school.

About 7 years after graduating, I saw her on social media and said what the hell and asked her out.

We’ve been dating for about 2 years and I’m about to pop the big question!”

2. Still the same.

“Hot douche who doesn’t really do much except go to the gym.

To be fair, that’s how he was in high school, I just liked it back then.”

3. Crushing all over.

“I had several!

One of them is still a close friend, and he became a primary care doctor. He also officiated my wedding.

I have no idea what happened to another one. We didn’t really have overlapping friend groups and she doesn’t do social media.

One of them is a math professor now, so that’s pretty cool.

My BIGGEST crush in high school was my longtime neighbor, but it also fizzled out pretty quickly after we went to homecoming together. We’re still good friends, and our families still keep in touch.

He’s also the guy who introduced me to my husband.”

4. Happy for her.

“There was a girl I really admired for a while, she didn’t really give me the time of day after freshman year though.

She was co-valedictorian and hugged me as I crossed the stage at graduation, and no one else got one. I’m still really confused about that 6 years later.

She went on to med school and is either married or at least engaged to a guy she met there. Overall she’s doing really well, and I’m happy for her.”

18. Happy ending.

“We reconnected through Facebook when we were in our late 40s and now she is my wife.

Still beautiful.”

6. A perfect 10.

“Still a 10 for looks.

I’m sure she kept on as the amazing, kind person she is. She moved to another country, speaks multiple languages and is more successful than I imagined.

She seems happy but we haven’t talked since the time I told her how I felt about her about 20 years ago.”

7. Success story.

“Went on to be a teenage model for hair products, graduated from Yale, toured Europe, opened her own successful ceramics company that is sold worldwide and is often written up in magazines.

Makes me feel like sh*t every time I think of her.”

8. Wow!

“You made me check and she is actually a very successful artist and an art teacher at a renowned university in France.

She even got decorated for her work (Chevalier des arts et des lettres).”

9. Bummer.

“She ended up dating and marrying the guy who bullied me all through middle school and high school.

They seem like a functional family from what I see on social media.”

10. Life is strange…

“One of them is homeless and a druggie. It’s very sad.

The other one is famous in his home country, is a best selling author, and is regularly on tv.

Don’t have a crush on him anymore, but I’m glad we are still friends, and I’m happy for how well he’s done.

I guess they balance one another out…”

11. It all worked out.

“She was aware then, over 30 years ago, but it was unrequited.

We’ve been in casual contact through Facebook for the past several years, and once before that my wife (at the time) and I had her and her husband over for dinner.

From what I can tell, she’s grown into a person I probably would have been happy with. It’s nice to see my high school perspective got a few things right. I think we’d be good friends if we lived closer.

She appears to be living a good life with her husband and family. With my second wife, I’m happier than I could have ever imagined.

Life worked out well.”

12. Hard pass!

“Back when I was younger and crushing hard I got on AOL instant messenger and had gotten my crush’s screen name from a friend.

I worked up the nerve to start a conversation with him and soon after some awkward small talk he sent me a message in Comic Sans, black background, red lettering, and in French. I then went to google for translation and found out he had just called me a pig, in French. Being a seemingly awkward and chubby teenager, I was literally crushed.

The heartbreak was only made worse by remembering that a few weeks prior I had selected to take French class the next year and couldn’t change it.

Years later now that I’ve blossomed he follows me on every social media platform, has reached out a couple of times to try and flirt/hang out.

Hard pass.

I believe he’s moved away and is a teacher now.”

13. That’s sad.

“Became a professional cheerleader.

Died of breast cancer at 34.

Googling names from high school is crazy!”

14. Tragic.

“Ended up committing suic*de a few years after high school.

She was a teacher and got caught having an affair with a female student.”

15. Look at her now!

“I remember walking up to her and asking if we could talk in private, and she said you can say what you need in front of everyone (her group of friends were all around).

So I asked if she wanted to go on a date. She burst out laughing and said “yeah, Um no..”

Sh*t was rough, man.

Looked her up last year and she’s a cage fighter now. What?”

16. Not one, but two.

“I had two unrealized crushes in high school.

One is a teacher and musician. She is married and has either one or two kids. We’ve kept in loose contact via social media and ran into each other at a NYE party shortly before she got married. I was introduced to her now-husband as ‘favorite ex ever.’ He seemed like a decent dude and I’m happy for her.

I believe the other became a US Attorney. I have not heard from her since google+ almost became a social media thing. I imagine she’s still very productive and would be disappointed in my life choices.”

17. Doing just fine.

“He’s an attractive gay man. I am none of those things.

He was my first serious crush and my first slow dance at a middle school dance. Now he’s gay, attractive, was in the military, and now own a photography studio.

He does some great headshots.”

18. Punk love!

“I met her in 1987.

We got married 5 years ago.

We used to go to the same punk shows, that’s where we met.”

19. That’s creepy.

“Mine was my best friend. She turned out to be a ped*phile.

She always liked younger guys…like when she was 17 she had a 13 year old boyfriend which was weird…but we were kids and I didn’t think about it much.

Turns out she continued to like younger teens as she grew into her 20s and 30s.”

20. Reconnected.

“Found her on Tinder, she said I was hot.

Pointed out that I was that loser she used to know in high school. Had a big laugh.

Been a little over a year, now we send each other memes and hang out occasionally when the pandemic isn’t being a b*tch.”

21.  A wild life.

“He had a rollercoaster of a life.

I admire him more than ever, and more than most people I know, but can’t wrap my head around why I ever found him physically attractive. Maybe it was always just his heart.

By age 25, he had a PhD, a wife, and was a captain in the Navy. By 30, he had two PhDs, a small business where he made a metric *ss-ton of money, and his wife was pregnant.

By 31 he was diagnosed with stage-4 skin cancer that swiftly spread to his lymph nodes, bones, esophagus, and a few other places. He was told he had minimal chance of making it 5 more years. Even with the best health insurance money can buy, it still basically wiped him out.

Seven years later, he’s living a comfortable but not extravagant life as a civilian contractor for the navy, same wife and two happy healthy kids, and spends most of his free time advocating for better public health care.”

22. Still hot.

“She’s still hot, successful and wealthy entrepreneur, and married someone with the same first name as me and who quit his job to brew beer.

I crushed on her for a bit, didn’t think she was interested so I dated others, then come to find out she crushed on me senior year, I was too dumb and blind, we connected freshman year of college, she wrote me letters, and by the time I wised up she had moved on.

No one to blame but myself.”

23. Doing well!

“They started acting.

It’s weird, every so often I’ll see a commercial or something and be like “oh, hey, I know them!”

My crush is an incredibly sweet person, so I’m glad.”

24. Great guys.

“They both ended up as great guys.

One has a huge family and is a minister. The other only has one child and is a college professor. Both married nice people and are happy. They were really good guys in high school and ended up being really good adults.

I’ve got both of them on Facebook and we keep in touch peripherally as we stayed friends over the years.”

25. A real catch.

“An insanely talented molecular biology researcher in Boston.

And she’s still insanely attractive.”

26. Congrats!

“Haha, my husband!

Our first marriages didn’t work out and we reconnected after our divorces.

If only I would have confessed I had a crush on him in high school, might have saved myself a lot of trouble… Lol.”

27. Goal-oriented.

“He’s doing good for himself!

He’s grown emotionally, has a seemingly healthy relationship with a longtime girlfriend, and is working healthfully on all his career and personal goals.”

28. Model alert!

“My first high school crush who sat next to me in freshman year English was a really cute punk rock girl.

She’s gone on to become an incredibly hot fitness model.”

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