They’ve dated some of Hollywood’s hottest, but back when they were 17, Good Charlotte’s Benji and Joel Madden were self-described “late-bloomers,” which meant that getting girls was a near impossibility.
“When we were 17, I think people would describe us as awkward,” Joel Madden laughed. “Basically, just like we are now, but a little shorter and a little bit chubbier.”
“We definitely weren’t going on a lot of dates,” his brother Benji added with a chuckle. “None of that happening.”
Still, though they tried real hard to attract members of the opposite sex — “I’ve always been obsessed with girls,” Benji laughed — there was always something getting in the way. But as you’ll find out on the next episode of MTV’s “When I Was 17,” it wasn’t just the usual bit of teenage maladies, it was a decided lack of hair that kept the ladies away.
“I don’t even think I had hair on my legs yet,” Joel said. “I wouldn’t wear shorts to school. I was embarrassed of my legs. It was weird.”
“I couldn’t grow, like, any kind of facial hair at 17,” Benji said.
“There was no shaving going on in our house, at all.”
And as if being hairless weren’t enough, there was the Maddens’ ever-meddling mother too. Seemed that even when her sons were getting close to getting lucky, she was always there to spoil the moment. With, of all things, cookies.
“The only time I only really made out with a girl in high school, my mom caught me,” Benji sighed. “[She] walked in with a plate of cookies, like, on purpose. It was so cruel, Mom. So cruel.”
It’s OK guys. Things have certainly improved for you since then.
“When I Was 17″ — this week featuring Holly Madison, Dwyane Wade, and Joel and Benji Madden — airs Saturday at 11 a.m. on MTV.