Reason behind *NSYNC and Backstreet Boys rivalry revealed
There were two kinds of people back in the '90s: Backstreet Boys fans and *NSYNC fans.
The rivalry between the competing boy bands created a deep divide between fandoms, but not many people really know why the rivalry even began.
Now, 20 years later, we finally have some answers. Hallelujah!
In an interview with Billboard, *NSYNC member Chris Kirkpatrick described the boy band rivalry as boiling down to, wait for it, a girl.
“I wanted to punch AJ’s [McLean] lights out for a little while. I was dating a girl, I broke up with her and he started dating her,” *NSYNC member Chris Kirkpatrick said.
“And I guess he was talking smack to her about me, so I confronted him on it and wanted to kick his ass.”
Thankfully, Kirkpatrick decided to let go of his grudge against McLean — though he doesn’t know why.
“I don’t know how it got resolved — I saw him out one night and said I wanted to kill him, but I said, ‘Let’s get a beer,’” he said.
“I think boy band fights are in the same realm as hockey fights. You fight when you’re on TV, but then when you’re not, you get a beer together. Now we’re really good friends.”
As for the musical feud between the iconic boy bands, *NSYNC considered it “friendly competition” — not a fierce rivalry.
Phew! Like they say, 'All is well that ends well'.
Now, that we've got cleared up, let's celebrate by taking a look at some of their best works. Check them out below!
Backstreet Boys - I Want It That Way
*NSYNC - Bye Bye Bye
Backstreet Boys - Everybody
*NSYNC - It's Gonna Be Me