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Azealia Banks, Justin Bieber, and More Celebrity Crushes (Photos)

Harlem-born rapper Azealia Banks has been making waves with her raunchy lyrics and stylish swag. With a growing following, her single “212” landed on dozens of 2011’s year-end best-of lists, and the 20-year-old singer doesn’t seem to be slowing down. So who does this hipster hottie long for? You’d be surprised. “I love Larry David,” Banks tweeted. “Lolol…in that kinda way...” she wrote. Minutes later, she poked fun at her obviously surprising confession and wrote, “Ewww Azealia Banks has an old man fetish ..... Grosss.. I knew that bitch was a weirdo...” Banks revealing her crush for a man 44 years her senior might sound extreme, but check out these other surprising infatuations.

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Azealia Banks and Larry David

Harlem-born rapper Azealia Banks has been making waves with her raunchy lyrics and stylish swag. With a growing following, her single “212” landed on dozens of 2011’s year-end best-of lists, and the 20-year-old singer doesn’t seem to be slowing down. So who does this hipster hottie long for? You’d be surprised. “I love Larry David,” Banks tweeted. “Lolol…in that kinda way...” she wrote. Minutes later, she poked fun at her obviously surprising confession and wrote, “Ewww Azealia Banks has an old man fetish ..... Grosss.. I knew that bitch was a weirdo...” Banks revealing her crush for a man 44 years her senior might sound extreme, but check out these other surprising infatuations.

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Vera Wang and James Franco

Fashion designer Vera Wang has dressed Jessica Simpson, Ivanka Trump, Chelsea Clinton, and countless other celebrities on their wedding days. But who does Wang lust for? Try 127 Hours star James Franco. “He’s a brilliant actor, and the range of his roles astounds me,” she told The New York Times. “He seems to be quite fearless. He’s been my crush since I saw him in Milk. I wish I knew him better.”

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Carrie Mulligan on Mario Lopez

Drive’s Carrie Mulligan gushed over her celebrity crush—Mario Lopez, er, his character on Saved by the Bell, A.C. Slater. “He hosts a show, and every time, all the way through awards season, every time we did a red carpet and I saw A.C. Slater I was like a complete disaster,” she told the Los Angeles Times. “I went bright red... and they make you stand really close to these people, uncomfortably close, and because of the camera angles and I was always within sort of kissing distance. Every one of my dreams has come true this year, including that,” she confessed about the Extra TV host.

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Osama bin Laden on Whitney Houston

The world’s former Most Wanted Man had a crush of his own: Whitney Houston. bin Laden was vocal about his love for the powerhouse singer, saying he had lusted after her, dreamed of marrying her, and at one point even plotted to murder her husband, Bobby Brown. A sex slave held by bin Laden said he thought the singer was “the most beautiful woman he’d ever seen,” and that he planned to woo her by giving her a mansion he owned in the suburbs of Khartoum. The incredibly racist terrorist also said he would “break his color rule” and make Houston one of his wives.

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Robert Pattinson on Jane Fonda

While Robert Pattinson may be one of the most lusted-over men in Hollywood, he prefers his women somewhat older. The Twilight star confessed a crush on Barbarella’s Jane Fonda to Elle magazine. “I always liked Jane Fonda,” he said. But Pattinson doesn’t have a chance with the 74-year-old actress—he’s been taken for the past few years, seeing on-screen love interest Kristen Stewart.

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Adele on Rihanna

British sensation Adele recently revealed that her celebrity crush is of her own breed—another female chart-topper. “If Rihanna wanted me, I’d do it with her. She’s hot,” she admitted at the 2012 BRIT awards. “She had pinstripe flares on. She whipped them off and there were her stunning thighs. I said to all my girlfriends, ‘Are you feeling a bit gay right now?’” But the feeling might be mutual. “Really I came to the BRITS to stalk Adele,” Rihanna said. “It was nothing about the awards or the performance, for me it was just to see Adele again. She doesn’t know the depth of my affection, just the surface. She has no idea.” We would whole-heartedly root for this (romantic or not) celebrity pairing.

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Frankie Muniz on Rachel McAdams

Malcolm in the Middle’s Frankie Muniz is another star who confessed his love via Twitter. “Have to admit... ‘Morning Glory’ was really good.... Rachel McAdams is still my celebrity crush...” he tweeted. McAdams is seven years his senior, but perhaps he would have better luck if the pair were cast in a movie together, as McAdams has dated two of her on-screen love interests—Ryan Gosling in 2004’s The Notebook, and is now engaged to her Midnight in Paris co-star, Michael Sheen.

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Rosie Huntington-Whitely on Prince Harry

Transformer 3 star and Victoria’s Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whitely is going steady with action star Jason Statham. But Huntington-Whitely may have her eyes on a younger, and more royal man: “I’m waiting for my proposal [from Prince Harry],” she told Live! With Regis and Kelly in 2011. “I keep writing. I think he knows how obsessed I am. Well, he does now. He’s so handsome... Come on Harry!”

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P!nk on Bruce Lee

Rocker P!nk revealed her crush on an equally badass individual: the late martial artist and actor Bruce Lee.  “My celebrity crush growing up was Bruce Lee. He’s amazing, he’s hot, and he can kick people’s asses!” she told Glamour magazine.

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Justin Bieber on Emma Watson

Finally setting his sights on a woman his own age (almost), Justin Bieber announced that he would “love to take [Emma Watson] out for dinner.” The Biebs, who in the past has said he fancies Kim Kardashian and Katy Perry, says he appreciates how “grounded” the Harry Potter actress is. “ I love the fact she is one of the biggest female movie stars, but has chosen to go back to college. It shows she is really grounded and normal." Bieber is dating Selena Gomez, who is almost two years his senior.

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Russell Brand on Dame Helen Mirren

Before they starred in the 2011 remake of Arthur, Russell Brand admitted he had a crush on would-be co-star Helen Mirren. “There’s something about her that drives me wild. She’s so sexy and enchanting, just look at her form... They’re going to have to hold me back when we start work. I’ll be all over her. I don’t know how I’ll get any work done,” he said of the actress, 30 years his senior. He even went so far as to divulge a fantasy involving Helen bathing him “like a nurse in a nursing home.” Dame Helen responded in saying, “I heard he fancies me. I fancy Russell too. I mean, who can resist a man that looks so good in tight trousers? He’s absolutely lovely.”