“I know I can’t take it any longer / It ain’t no lie / I want to see you out that door,” Chris Kirkpatrick
sang as a member of ’N Sync in 2000, and he apparently felt the same way about a certain Backstreet Boy.
Few pop culture fans
can forget the late '90s and early '00s boy-band bonanza, which featured groups such as 'N Sync, Backstreet Boys
, O-Town, Boyz II Men, New Kids on the Block, and 98 Degrees
Kirkpatrick opened up about his friendships with other boy-band singers, particularly AJ McLean of the Backstreet Boys, in an interview
with Variety published Tuesday.
“There was a time when I couldn’t be in the same room with this guy,” Kirkpatrick admitted to Variety. “But there’s always been a mutual respect, and now that we’re all parents, we’ve grown up. Reflecting on things, it’s cool to see what each of the bands did and how it all worked together. It really was this symbiotic relationship with Backstreet, 98 Degrees, us, and even O-Town and other bands that
Fans of both bands will remember Kirkpatrick and McLean as the distinctly "alternative" members of their respective groups, with McLean almost always sporting a goatee, sunglasses, and/or a hat, while Kirkpatrick wore everything from braids to spiky hair
, along with earrings and his own goatee, which may have prompted their feud.
Their rivalry has since died down, and Kirkpatrick now considers McLean to be one of his closest friends, referring to himself, Kirkpatrick, and 98 Degrees singer Jeff Timmons as "the Three Stooges."
According to Variety, the trio has all played in a side band called ATCK (All the Cool Kids), which was founded by McLean and Brandon Mashburn (DJ Lux) and features a rotating lineup of musicians.
McLean, Kirkpatrick, and Timmons even joked about putting on a 98 Degrees, Backstreet Boys, and 'N Sync World Stadium Tour, which would make any J-14 subscriber go crazy.
While Timmons' remark about such a tour was merely a joke, we can't help but think it's a brilliant idea. Get to work, fellas.