The Backstreet Boys were one of the largest boy bands back in the day and since their revival from the surge of new boy bands, people are still talking about them. But despite their massive popularity as a band, there may be some little tidbits you didn’t know about the band.
Below is a short list of some interesting facts we bet you didn’t know about the group and the individual artists: Brian, Nick, Kevin, Howie, and AJ.
Ryan Gosling Was A Member
The group made it’s official debut and name back in 1993, however before the band was formed, AJ Mclean invited Ryan Gosling to the group in 1992. During the time, AJ was living in the same building as Gosling but also with singers Justing Timberlake and Britney Spears. He regularly shot hoops with Ryan and at one point AJ invited Gosling into the band. All Ryan did was nod.
The Band Was Scammed
During the beginning of the band’s career, life was very difficult. Their efforts at playing in stadiums gave them barely enough to pay for living expenses. Little did they know that they were actually being scammed by their manager at the time, Lou Pearlman. At the time, Pearlman managed the teenage boy band, they would play at stadiums and earn roughly $100 or less. Pearlman was later caught up in an illegal ponzi scheme that he had been running for 25 years, freeing the band and allowing them to flourish.
AJ Mclean Wasn’t So Clean
It’s no surprise that at various periods, some band members run into drug problems. We’ve seen it all before where some members go to rehab to help sort out the issues. Oddly enough The Backstreet Boys are actually one of the cleanest band in pop music. Up until the early 2000s, not one of the members had to go to rehab or even dipped in drugs.
All of that changed once AJ got his first dose of cocaine around the time that the band was at the peak of their fame. By that point, AJ was already dabbling a little, however it took a bad turn when they filmed “The Call”. For AJ’s part in particular, his shot wasn’t set up until 3:30am so his friend suggested to try some cocaine to help him perk up. When AJ got to the set, he was visibly high. This might explain why he had the sunglasses on in the music video.
From that experience though, AJ developed an addiction towards the drug, eventually getting into rehab by 2001. AJ did come back again in 2002 when Kevin Richardson did an intervention.
The Band Watched Porn Together
When Lou Pearlman was their manager, the band often went to his house to not play video games or shoot some hoops, but to watch porn. On a regular basis they would watch porn after finding Pearlman’s stach of porn movies. This was apparently the first time Howie has seen two women kissing each other.
Kevin’s Life Before The Band
Of course each member had a thing they were doing before the band. For Kevin, he would use his vocal talents by dressing up and performing as Aladdin at the Disney World theme park. He also did work on the side as a model for Versace.
What other facts do you know about this band? Which ones shocked you the most? Leave a comment below!