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In 2004, we all had a massive crush on Jesse McCartney. This is what his life is like now.

In 2004, posters of Jesse McCartney adorned the walls of teenage girls around the globe.

Somewhere between the time of NSYNC-era Justin Timberlake and the world’s collective obsession with Zac Efron in High School Musical, the American singer and songwriter burst onto the scene with his debut single, ‘Beautiful Soul’.

At the time, the then 16-year-old was so popular, he was mowed down by hordes of screaming fans during a mall meet-and-greet appearance.

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“We got there, and they were like, ‘We might have to shut the mall down. There are 8,000 people here and we don’t really know how to get you in,” McCartney told Huffington Post in 2018.

“Immediately they started going down one by one – all the security guards… I’m helping them up,” he added.

“It was like my first real experience with sort of mania, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”

Fifteen years on from his rise to fame, there’s still a lot of love for Jesse McCartney.

Now 32 years old, the singer and actor is set to return to Australian shores in April 2020 for So Pop Festival.

Besides McCartney, the cheesy pop-filled festival line-up also features the Pussycat Dolls, British group Steps, Smash Mouth and Sophie Ellis-Bextor.

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Although most people remember Jesse McCartney from his ‘Beautiful Soul’ days, the singer’s career actually began when he was just 10 years old.

After being introduced to a local community theatre production when he was seven, McCartney had his big break in theatre at the age of 10 when he played the lead role in a Broadway play called ‘The King and I’.

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Several years later, in 1999, McCartney became a part of short-lived American boy band Dream Street.

From 1999 to 2002, the band – complete with frosted tips, baggy pants and Britney Spears-esque headset mics – had an opening slot on Aaron Carter’s 2002 tour and even wrote a song for Pokemon: The Movie 2002.

Although the boy band didn’t last long, the group helped launch the solo career of McCartney, as the singer released his first solo album in 2004.

Titled Beautiful Soul and featuring the debut hit of the same title, the album soon reached number 15 on the Billboard 200 and landed the singer a number of awards including Choice Male Artist and Choice Breakout Male at the Teen Choice Awards in 2005.

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Although McCartney’s debut is still considered his most successful album, he’s since released three more studio albums, two live albums and a number of EPs.

In 2007, McCartney also co-wrote Leona Lewis’ hit song ‘Bleeding Love’, which ended up hitting number one on the Billboard charts.

Alongside his career in music, McCartney has also had a strong career in television, appearing in Disney sitcoms The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and Hannah Montana as well as lending his voice as Theodore in Alvin and the Chipmunks and its sequels. He also appeared on Fear the Walking Dead and Major Crimes.

From 2004 to 2005, McCartney starred in American drama series Summerland. The series followed clothing designer Ava Gregory (Lori Loughlin) as she raised her niece and nephews after their parents passed away. The series, which ran for just two seasons, also starred Carmen Electra, Zac Efron and Sara Paxton.

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McCartney's most recent album, In Technicolor, was released five years ago in 2014.

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Since then, he's remained largely quiet on the music front.

"I’ve been travelling quite a bit. I’ve been exploring different creative avenues and not necessarily music. I did a lot of like learning how to cook, learning how to barbecue, learning how to be a grill-master. I’ve been doing music for so long that I’ve never really had a chance to go see the world without having to work," he told Huffington Post last year.

"And I never got to see people and meet people and experience different cultures like people get to when they’re travelling."

Despite taking a short break, the 32-year-old still loves creating music more than ever – and it's clear his fans are still keen to hear it.

In fact, 15 years later, the singer, who has 545,000 Instagram followers, is still selling out tours.

"I have the best job. I really do," he added. "It's just the best gig ever."

 

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Over the years, McCartney has been linked to Arrow actress Katie Cassidy, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody actress Brenda Song, and The Flash actress Danielle Panabaker.

In September, however, the 32-year-old joined the likes of the Jonas Brothers, Chad Michael Murrary and our other childhood crushes who are now married when he proposed to his girlfriend Katie Peterson.

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After seven years together, McCartney popped the question at a restaurant in Beverly Hills.

"The couple were with a group of friends as McCartney got down on one knee," a source told People at the time.

"The whole restaurant fell silent as he asked her to marry him and went into a loud applause and cheered when she said yes."

 

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McCartney confirmed the news on Instagram, posting a photo of him and Peterson kissing.

"Locked it up," he captioned the post.

Peterson, who is the creator of the lifestyle blog Rebel Blonde and an actress, began dating McCartney in 2014.

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