There is a lot that happens in the Backstreet Boys fandom. There’s excitement about tour announcements, disappointment about tours ended, hysteria about waiting for music, etc. – But none of these things would be as fun without the friends we make through the Backstreet Boys. There are so many fans that would have never known each other if not for the shared love of 5 guys. When I asked a few weeks ago for people to send in their fan-friend stories, I never expected to be so touched.
1. Gavin and Deena
“I’ve been a massive backstreet boys fan since I was 14. I’m 31 this coming May, so they’ve been a big part of my life for a long time now. I’m a singer, and was once in a group similar to the backstreet boys, so I get a lot of inspiration for from…. But the best part is, 8 years ago in 2008 I was on the official backstreet boys website, in the chatroom chatting to a few fans about the upcoming tour they were doing at the time. Little did I know that one of them would one day become my wife! I married Deena in 2011 in Canada (I’m originally from the UK, and she’s from Canada). We travelled back and forth to each other’s countries from 2008 to 2012 when I was accepted for a visa to work and live in Canada. We bought our first house last year, and also became the proud parents of our beautiful little girl Alice. I literally owe my life to the backstreet boys, so I will be eternally grateful for what they have given me. In 2014 they toured Canada and we got to meet them at soundcheck and tell them our story” – Gavin
2. Denise and Iris
Unfortunately, this story doesn’t have a great ending. After a flight to catch up with Brian and Leighanne in Las Vegas she got a very bad chest infection which caused her to need to be put into an induced coma before she had a stroke which killed the left side of her brain and she passed away on July 5, 2010 unexpectedly from complications of cystic fibrosis.
“So this is the way the Pandaskunk Girls first united. Honestly, it’s a strange story. If you couldn’t tell by that first sentence.
Julie (known in the fanfic world as @rokofages75) and I have known each other online for almost ten years. Which is sort of insane when I think about it. I’m pretty sure we met in 2006. The fanfiction community has become almost like a family. It’s shrunk a bit since the glory days in the 90s and early 2000s. In 2006 she asked for help writing a story called Code Blue and was calling out to any writers interested. I wasn’t exactly known in the fandom at all, or even in fanfic yet. I was pretty low-profile in this fandom once upon a time! I signed up. We wrote and talked and between that and a forum for a well known site called “Absolute Chaos” we connected. Basically Julie is the only person in this fandom who I’ve discovered is as crazy as I am. I mean that in a good way too! I could go on and on about how crazy we both are. Lets just say we have a morbid sense of humor that might rival Matt Stone and Trey Parker and leave it at that. Our friends who I will get to in a moment will fully agree with this assessment and call us insane too. But secretly they love it. That or they tolerate it LOL. But I say love cause they totally go along with us. I mean, how many people would dress up as a “Zom-BeeGee” with me for Studio 54 Night, zombie makeup, afro and all? (This was one of the ideas maybe a little “too” crazy for our two friends but that’s okay). Nick loved it! Howie didn’t seem to mind either. If I had a bucket list I guarantee you one thing on there would be posing with BSBs dressed up as a zombie with one of my best friends.
Laureen aka @LaureenM25 was actually a friend of Julie’s longer than I was. I knew her online though Julie because she also read her stories. The two live decently close to each other. One year after Julie and I met I went to Chicago with them for Nick’s I’m Taking Off tour. Laureen is awesome. Simply put. When I met her in person for the first time the three of us hung out and there was no awkwardness. I was worried there might be cause online I didn’t know Laureen too well but nope! You don’t get that lucky with everyone. I didn’t see her again till the cruise last year but again we hung out like no time had passed.
Lynsey. Lynsey @lynsey4 I sort of knew online between twitter and the occasional fanfiction review. That was it. Julie and I were on the 2011 cruise and met her there. Her roommate was strange cause she did the match program so we immediately invited her with us. Turns out she lives not too far from Laureen and Julie! I’m the odd one out on the west coast, unfortunately for me LOL. But I knew Lynsey was epic when she had no problems creeping down a hallway on the boat with us while Julie’s shirt played “Mission Impossible” music. See this is what I mean when I say they feed the crazy! But in all seriousness the three of us simply clicked on the 2011 cruise. We’d never really known her before that but man it felt like we’d known her for years after what, three days?
Remember the “It’s Christmas Time Again” video? Do you remember that weird panda thing (Pandaskunk) that flies across the sky in it? Well Julie and I had the idea to make shirts with it. Cause why not?! Julie and Lynsey were coming to Vegas for the 2013 concert and we wanted to have shirts for VIP. Lynsey was kinda iffy on it. (The front said beneath the Pandaskunk – When the pandaskunk comes flying down, down down… and the back says You know the Boys are back in town, town, town…That’s when it’s Backstreet Time again). Long story short the Boys LOVED it. Security tried to rush us through VIP and the Boys kept telling them they were talking LOL. Lynsey, Julie, and Laureen wore the shirts (and even dressed up as Pandaskunks) on the 2013 Cruise. I was unable to go but their door was dedicated to me in spirit. Finally, all four of us got to go on the cruise together last year. We wore the shirts on the first day. Brian freaking remembered us! LMAO it was hilarious. He was pointing at us and our shirts all excited lol. I gotta admit the red did make us stand out. You can even see where we are in this photo from the BSB website. We pretty much agreed after that we’d wear the Pandaskunk shirts to any BSB function we’re at together. Like I said, Lynsey and Laureen are pretty awesome and great friends for supporting our crazy! And believe me, I know that can be a struggle LOL.
I’m so thankful to the BSB fandom in general. I’ve made so many friends it’s too many to mention. In the fanfiction community or in the fandom outside of that. When my mom passed away in 2012 the show of love and support in this fandom blew my mind. I had countless cards sent to me. Jen @JennayHeartNick along with others sent me flowers. Julie sent me a giant stuffed Platypus. (Long story but it’s name is Platypussy Galore). Tweets and RTs asking fans for their prayers for me and my family. People I didn’t even know were tweeting me with their support. Thank you Backstreet Boys for the friends you’ve given me. We BSB fans might be a dysfunctional family, but we are a family.” – Rose ( @ForeverRebel )
5. Brandy and Kristy
“My name is Brandy and I met one of my best friends Kristy through BSB about 6 years ago at the unbreakable tour at wolf trap in Vienna, VA. Kristy and I met while we were waiting in line for vip and we started talking and we just clicked ..we sat next to each other during soundcheck. We both told each other who our favorite was hers was Nick and mine is Brian…After we met BSB we both cried together and the concert was amazing to. We have been to several BSB events together we even went on the BSB cruise 2013 together and I went on her first plane with her and first cruise and we had a blast..We also visit each other from time to time since she lives in Va Beach and I live in Maryland..We also are alot alike we both love boy meets world and quote it all the time lol…we are always there for each other. .I feel like I owe BSB the world cause if it wasnt for them I wouldn’t have met one of my greatest friends.”
6. Amy and Sara
“So, Sara (the site owner) is the friend that I met thanks to BSB. We originally met on the FB Event page for the Vegas IAWLT show. She wanted a non-crazy nick fan to be in her VIP Pic, lol. The fact that I was a Kevin girl sold her, I am pretty sure anyway. This was my first VIP experience, or backstreet event in at least a decade. We had quite an adventure that night. We will forever hate Chateau together.
“Me and my best friend / roomate Manon ( @musik_freak ) met on the bsb fanclub in 2008 …. I was in school and had time to kill and I remember one girl talk to me about this thread on the forum with girls from Quebec. I start posting on this thread and one time one girl help me revise for one of my test …. Moera that what she was calling herself on the forum… It was a little bit before the Unbreakable show in Ottawa where I was going with friends . First time I met her was there she came out of the VIP and she was screaming because her friend told her to let it out ..I was like ‘’ who is this crazy one ‘’ …The next day we introduce at the Montreal show but nothing more . I remember 1 or 2 weeks later my friends want to go in Sudbury and Sault St Marie but I couldn’t go because I have school during the sault st marie day so I end up going with other friends and since I was talking with Manon I told my friends they could invite her….Since then we were always planning tour all together and in 2009 I move out from my parents home and we move together as roomate… A lot of people call us the Double Trouble * even Nick and Mike are calling us like that lol * …She is like my older sister, she was there for me when I lost my dad in 2010 and I can truly said I don’t know where I would be right now without her. She help me go through this hard pain and support me even if I was a pain in the ass at this moment. We are doing all our roadtrip together because we understand each other because we know we can trust each other.” – Stefie (@girlygirlstefie)