A world without ‘N Sync and Justin Timberlake’s ramen-noodle hair?! A world like that could have existed if the Backstreet Boys didn’t come along first!
Earlier this week, ‘In Touch’ caught up with BSB singer Howie Dorough to talk about the band’s new documentary, ‘Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of,’ which is out in theaters today, and he revealed something pretty fascinating about the rival group.
“I went to college with Chris Kirkpatrick. Indirectly I feel a responsibility for ‘N Sync being developed because of that,” Howie told ‘In Touch.’
Wait — how so?
He explained, “Chris always joked in the early days that I never asked him to audition for the Backstreet Boys. Instead, I had one of the guys in our choir audition. Unfortunately, he didn’t work out, but Chris had the chance to meet Lou Pearlman and it’s all kind of weird how it worked out!”
Don’t worry, Howie has nothin’ but love for the guys now! Courtesy of Giphy.
In case you’re not aware, Lou Pearlman — who’s now sitting in jail after pleading guilty to money laundering among other things — created and managed the BSB in the early 1990s. After meeting Chris, Lou allegedly approached him with the idea of creating ‘N Sync.
Mind = BLOWN.
But if you thought both groups used to throw down and rumble à la West Side Story, you’re wrong!
Once you’re a Backstreet Boy, you’re a Backstreet Boy all the way… Courtesy of Giphy
Despite initially questioning why Lou would create their competition, the guys never really had any problems.
“We were the first child that was born from Lou. To see the second one come along, you get that little bit of a jealousy feeling,” Howie admitted. “But we’ve always wished them good luck. I think as we’ve matured a bit more, we’ve realized there’s enough space for both of us.”
Right you are, Howie!
‘Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of’ is now in theaters and available on iTunes and On Demand.