In the '90s, I didn't know much about love. But thanks to the long list of teen heartthrobs that ruled that era, I thought I knew what love was (Or at least, what was causing those tingly, good feelings.) In my mind, I was married to many hot men in the '90s and, to be honest, my heart breaks a bit when I see them get married now. But, to some degree, I actually rejoice at my favorite '90s teen heartthrobs who became amazing dads.
As a child, I remember pouring tears and feeling so jealous when I found out Justin Timberlake was dating Britney Spears. I even felt the same way when he began his relationship with Cameron Diaz. As I grew older, I figured I would lose that feeling, but when I heard that he was getting married to Jessica Biel and then having their first child together the next year, a bit of my childhood jealousy resurfaced. Now that their child is here though, I feel happy knowing that my '90s teen heartthrob crush is doing such an incredible job at being a dad.
Aside from Justin Timberlake, there are plenty of other '90s teen heartthrobs that have become amazing dads. These 21 stars are full proof.
1. Freddie Prinze Jr.
Freddie Prinze Jr. made all the girls swoon with roles in films such as She's All That and the I Know What You Did Last Summer franchise. Now married to teen idol Sarah Michelle Gellar, Prinze told Huffington Post that he works hard in the kitchen to feed his wife and two children, Charlotte and Rocky.
2. Ryan Phillippe
Though Ryan Phillippe held the title of teen heartthrob in the '90s, that hasn't stopped women from fawning over him current day. Previously married to Reese Witherspoon, the former "it" couple have since divorced and according to Us Weekly, have remained amicable in raising their children Ava and Deacon.
3. Devon Sawa
Receiving his heartthrob status from the '90s films such as Little Giants, Casper, and Idle Hands, talented actor Devon Sawa managed to make '90s girls wish to stay young forever. Now a married man, Sawa welcomed his second child Scarlett this year, E! Online wrote.
4. Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake took over everyone's heart in the '90s as *NSYNC's frontman, but his marriage announcement to actress Jessica Biel is what broke them. In an interview with Today, Timberlake revealed that he tries to give his son Silas perspective so that he understands what it does and doesn't mean as he gets older.
5. Kel Mitchell
Starring in All That, Kenan & Kel, and the '90s film Good Burger, Kel Mitchell became the ditzy cutie that every girl wanted to meet. After divorcing from his first wife in 2004 and suffering from depression, Mitchell has built a positive relationship with his children, Lyric and Allure, Page Six noted.
6. Jason Priestley
Stealing hearts in the '90s as a star of the hit show Beverly Hills, 90210, Jason Priestley is now a dad of two adorable children, Ava and Dashiell, with whom he poses on Instagram for regularly.
7. Joey Lawrence
Joey Lawrence has been making waves in the industry for decades, but it was his roles in the '90s that made the girls fall in love. Now a father of two, People noted that Lawrence's youngest daughter Libby was born 6 1/2 weeks early with Rh disease.
8. Mark-Paul Gosselaar
Saved by the Bell star Mark-Paul Gosselaar told Today that his four children Michael, Dekker, Ava, and Lachlyn binge watch the famed '90s show.
9. Mario Lopez
Co-starring alongside Mark-Paul Gosselaar in Saved by the Bell, Mario Lopez showed a little love to his fictional character, A.C. Slater, by dressing his son Dominic in a muscle shirt featuring his face, Us Weekly wrote.
10. Joseph Gordon-Levitt
People wrote that Joseph Gordon-Levitt welcomed his first son in 2015 with wife Tasha McCauley.
According to Entertainment Tonight, Tyrese purchased his daughter Shayla her own island for Christmas in 2015. Talk about a present!
12. Mark Wahlberg
Mark Wahlberg may have had all the women going crazy in the '90s, but according to People, Wahlberg's daughter Ella was grossed out when her parents kissed at last December's Lakers game.
13. Kobe Bryant
Former pro basketball player Kobe Bryant became one of heartthrobs of the '90s when he was drafted fresh out of high school to the L.A. Lakers. Though his time as a Laker may be done, his time as a parent isn't Bryant announced that he and his wife are expecting their third daughter, according to People.
14. Nick Cannon
Funny man Nick Cannon found fame and popularity in the '90s as a cast member on Nickelodeon's show All That. Though he and ex-wife Mariah Carey have split, Entertainment Tonight wrote that "Cannon and Carey have been the "epitome of amicable exes" around their twins Monroe and Moroccan.
Securing his spot as one of R&B's most talented during his arrival in the '90s, Usher has since secured his role as most attentive dad. BET wrote that, in 2014 that Usher researched diabetes to make sure his son was eating correctly.
16. Rider Strong
Holding the role as the troubled Shawn Hunter in the '90s sitcom Boy Meets World, Rider Strong was loved by many young girls during the run of the series. Now married, Strong welcomed his first child Indigo last year, Us Weekly noted.
17. Josh Hartnett
Josh Hartnett has been stealing hearts since he appeared in 1998's The Faculty and Halloween H20: 20 Years Later. According to Entertainment Tonight, Hartnett welcomed his first child in 2015.
18. James Van Der Beek
Star of Dawson's Creek, James Van Der Beek, welcomed his fourth child in March of 2016, Us Weekly wrote.
19. Zachery Ty Bryan
Home Improvement star Zachary Ty Bryan confirmed the births of his twin daughters, Gemma Rae and Taylor Simone, in 2014 according to Wet Paint.
20. Fred Savage
Wonder Years star and '90s heartthrob Fred Savage is a father to three children with his wife Jennifer Lynn Stone, according to Huffington Post.
21. Ashton Kutcher
According to People, That '70s Show's star Ashton Kutcher is now expecting his second child with wife and former co-star Mila Kunis.