The Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC had been rivals for years, but immediately have managed to however apart their previous variations. Lance Bass tells us how he and BSB member AJ McLean helped finish the longtime feud.
It was a battle of the boy bands within the late 1990’s and early 2000’s between the Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC. Because of this, the members had been bitter rivals and what made it even worse was each teams had been based by the identical man, Orlando, FL primarily based impresario Lou Pearlman. Now males from each bands have been introduced collectively years later because of the documentary Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story which debuts March 13 on the SXSW movie competition in Austin, TX. *NSYNC member Lance Bass produced the movie and divulges that the friendship he developed with BSB member AJ McLean helped deliver his bandmates along with their former rivals.
Lance, 39, tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY that the BSB guys didn’t need to take part within the doc and determined to let AJ, 41, converse for them within the movie.”The Backstreet Boys stated no. They simply stated, ‘look, AJ will inform the perfect story.’ I wished a few them, however no, they didn’t actually need to go down that route. Once more, they didn’t know what kind of documentary this could be, in order that they stated AJ would positively speak for all of them.”
This was a bitter topic for members of each bands. The BSB filed a lawsuit in Federal Court docket in 2005, alleging misrepresentation and fraud towards Pearlman for siphoning off thousands and thousands from the band as supervisor and producer. *NYSNC rapidly adopted go well with, alleging related points. It was a topic that was exhausting for each bands to revisit for the documentary
Lance tells us “We (the bands) actually didn’t have an excessive amount of dialog after the lawsuit. As a result of it was nonetheless so contemporary after we lastly removed Lou, they usually had been nonetheless battling additionally. That we didn’t examine struggle tales simply but, however then, I feel it was within the final 10 years, I’ve simply actually develop into good pals with AJ, and that’s the place we’ve most of our conversations, like, ‘did he inform you this?’ ‘Yeah, however he informed me this fashion.’ It was enjoyable to attempt to resolve what the true story was. Even now, I don’t even know what numerous the true tales are.”
Lance tells us that he and AJ helped bridge the hole of the bands’ rivalry and now males from each teams get alongside. “We’re positively pals now, and it does appear foolish. There is part of me, that claims wow, with out the competitors, each of us wouldn’t be as massive. So it was a pleasant competitors and it was enjoyable. I hate that it was began by somebody like Lou Pearlman, as a sort of evil factor. Ultimately, it sort of labored to have that rivalry, as a result of it made it extra enjoyable for the followers and for us. It made us get higher and higher.” In 2008, Pearlman pleaded responsible to working a ponzi scheme that swindled buyers out of over $300 million. He died in a Florida jail at age 62 in 2016.