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BSB and *NSYNC rivalry doesn’t exist

Published 10/07/2015

AJ McLean
AJ McLean

Backstreet Boys singer AJ McLean has insisted there was never a feud between his band and *NSYNC, and the rivalry was something invented by the media.

The boy bands both comprised five members and the groups enjoyed success in the Nineties with a similar pop sound.

However, AJ has revealed in a new interview that any animosity between the two acts was something invented by the media.

"There was never any kind of rivalry," AJ told TooFab. “[*NSYNC singer Joey Fatone] and I grew up in the same town together, Howie [BSB singer D] and Chris [*NSYNC star Kirkpatrick] went to college together. The media just manifested and tried to force it. Two [we had the] same management, same label, there’s gotta be something so let’s make it."

AJ and Joey were attending the Comic-Con event in San Diego on Friday where they promoted their new Syfy movie Dead 7, which was written by Backstreet Boys heartthrob Nick Carter and stars Joey himself.

But while there was no official rivalry between BSB and *NSYNC, AJ admits there was something of a competition between the groups in his family – a contest that he mostly lost.

"My wife was a bigger *NSYNC fan than Backstreet fan," he said. "She saw Pop Odyssey and the tour before that because she was like, 'I think they’re way better dancers than you guys.'"

The Backstreet Boys recently confirmed that they have signed a three-year deal with Live Nation which will see them take on a tour and new album.

"Our music is always evolving. We're getting ready to go back into the studio later this year," the group said. "We also just signed a deal with Live Nation to do 150 shows in the next three years."

The boy band’s last release was In a World Like This in 2013.

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