OFFSTAGE: Will Sugarland Facebook-Stalk Their First Loves?

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Who among us hasn’t looked up some old boyfriend or girlfriend on Facebook, just to see? I have. My friends have. But I know who won’t. Sugarland‘s Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush. I chatted with them both last week, and we talked all about those first loves. “My first one, when you’re really kind of into boys like in fifth grade, when you’re sort of working that out, was Matt McKinnon,” Nettles recalled. “He was red-headed and cute and freckled and darlin’. We went to the 4-H dance together, which is so serious when all the girls are on the one side and the boys are on the other. He broke up with me.” Bush said his first love was Jenny Brown in the second grade, but that was sort of the unrequited kind of love. The first girl he danced with, at camp, was Carla Vines. But when I asked if they’d ever looked them up, just out of curiosity, they said they can’t do Facebook. So no stalking for them. But they can always hold tight to their fond memories. And sometimes, those memories are better the reality of than finding out your ex is living in his parents’ basement — bald and unemployed.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.