“I know I can’t take it anymore / It’s not a lie / I want to see you walk out that door,” Chris Kirkpatrick sang as a member of ‘N Sync in 2000 and he apparently felt exactly the same. same thing about a certain Backstreet Boy.
Few pop culture fans can forget the boy band manna of the late ’90s and early’ 90s. With an abundance of bands like ‘N Sync, Backstreet Boys, O-Town, Boyz II Men, New Kids on the Block and 98 Degrees, it’s no surprise that there is some rivalry both on and off the stage.
In an interview with Variety posted Tuesday, Kirkpatrick explained how his friendships with other boy band singers have evolved over the years, particularly his friendship with AJ McLean of the Backstreet Boys.
“There was a time when I couldn’t be in the same room as this guy,” Kirkpatrick told Variety. “But there has always been mutual respect, and now that we’re all parents we’ve grown. Thinking about it, it’s cool to see what each of the bands did and how it all worked together. It was really that symbiotic relationship with Backstreet, 98 Degrees, us and even O-Town and other bands that came in.
Fans of both bands will remember Kirkpatrick and McLean as notably “alt” members of their respective bands. McLean has almost always been seen with a goatee and sunglasses and / or a hat, while Kirkpatrick rocked everything from braids to spiky hair, to earrings and his own goatee. Maybe that prompted their beef?
The world might never know. Either way, their rivalry has since been quashed, and Kirkpatrick says he now counts McLean as one of his closest friends. McLean even called himself, Kirkpatrick and 98 Degrees frontman Jeff Timmons as “the three Stooges.”. “
The trio have all been part of a side group called ATCK (All the Cool Kids), which was formed by McLean and Brandon Mashburn (DJ Lux) and includes a rotating lineup of musicians, according to Variety.
McLean, Kirkpatrick and Timmons even joked about a gig that would freak out any J-14 subscriber: a 98 Degrees, Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync World Stadium tour.
While the mention of such a tour was just a joke from Timmons, we can’t help but add that we think it’s an absolutely brilliant idea. At work, guys.
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