updated 06/28/2006 AT 3:00 PM ET
•originally published 06/29/2006 AT 7:20 AM ET
Just two weeks after American Idol winner Taylor Hicks told PEOPLE about his very first crush, the magazine received a call from the object of his affection, Christy Lee Worsham.
Now 32 and a stay-at-home mom, Worsham tells PEOPLE in its new issue, “I don’t think I realized how big his crush was until I read about it.”
But Hicks, 29, never forgot about her. “I was in the second grade; she was in the sixth,” he told PEOPLE. “To a certain degree, I still like older women. I’ve dated more older women than younger women.”
“He was such a fun kid,” Worsham recalls, and adds that she wouldn’t mind catching up with the Soul Patrolman. “I’m married,” she tells PEOPLE. “But I’d love to reconnect. He was like a brother to me.”
The proof is in the picture: In this 1984 snapshot, the smitten future Idol (left), then 7, poses with Worsham (center), then 10, and a friend at a YMCA summer program they attended in Huntsville, Ala.