We recently reposted an old post from the first year WHOTB was open about friends who became friends because of the Backstreet Boys. Since then, we’ve grown and there are so many of you who wanted to tell us about your friends so we asked you to share even more!
And you did. We love reading these stories and we hope you do too.
How lucky are we to have a band that has not only given us so much amazing music, but also some of our closest friends? The perks of being a Backstreet Boys fan just keep coming!
Tracy + Stephanie
“I met Stephanie a few years ago, most people know her by her Twitter handle, @steph_ktbspa. We met on Twitter. When I went on the 2013 BSB cruise she and I finally met in person and we hit it off majorly. She’s from Kentucky and I’m from New Jersey. She’s an Aquarius and I’m a Cancer. We are kinda opposites. Air sign and water sign. She’s a little country, I’m a little rock and roll lol. BSB brought us together. We’ve had lots of adventures together, going on the 2014 cruise together and in 2017 going to Vegas for my birthday. She’s one of the few I consider to be basically family and I am so grateful to have her. I guess you could say opposites attract, but great minds think alike, especially when it comes to BSB!”
Tiina + Marika + Johanna
“Our story leads back to the early 2000s. It’s actually been so long that I can’t even remember the year I got to know these girls. I’ve known Marika and Johanna for at least 15 years and Tiina for about 10. We got to know each other online, we are from Finland but from different parts of the county. We talked and talked online and obviously BSB was the reason for it. We met up a few times a year and it was always a “BSB get together” since we’d watch videos, listen to them and just talk Backstreet.
2005 and Never Gone happened and so did our first tour together, we went all over Scandinavia to see the Boys and if I remember correctly, London too. Then we got to know Tiina, first online, then at a “BSB get together” and then obviously on tour.
We’ve traveled all over Europe to see the Boys, some have been on the cruise and the latest trip was last year and obviously it was Vegas. We all have our own lives, but we’re still friends after all these years, with or without Backstreet. These girls are some of my closest friends and the trips we take are hard to top. Being together at a BSB show is just something so magical, we have that connection and so many memories that I just can’t wait for the next possibility to go on the road again!”
Deyanira + Alicia
“I’ve met more friends than I’ve mentioned, but THIS GIRL! We met on Twitter, and have been to KTUPHORIA together twice, Vegas once, we went to see Nick at his All American Tour together, and GMA to see him for DWTS. We’ve also gone to Disaster to see Baylee. We’ve done tons of non bsb related things together too. She’s become one of my favorite people ! That’s my Brian girl ❤ I love that girl! THANKS BOYS!!!!”
Deena + Gavin
“I’ve been a BSB fan since I was a little kid! In 2008 when they announced dates for their tour I was pumped to see they were coming back to my Canadian town, first time in 10 years! So I joined their online fanclub to purchase tickets and I logged into the chat. Started chatting to a bunch of fans and started chatting to Gavin, a male fan from the UK.
Long story short here we are, living in Canada together with 2 kids and happily married for 7 years. All because of a mutual appreciation for the backstreet boys!”
Kathryn + Jamie
“When the 2013 cruise was announced, I knew I had to go. Trouble was no one else in my life would be willing to spend to go with me. Cue the match program!! IIRC the only detail question was who your favorite member is. (Heeeeeey B-Rok 😉) When matches were sent out, she and I emailed a little back and forth and then moved to texting a little, but naturally we were still unsure of each other. Finally the night before departure, we met in person at the big dinner meetup. She was so easy to talk to, and I instantly felt at ease with her. Rooming together was practically a dream, and we barely left each other’s side the whole trip. She’d met them before and I hadn’t, so whenever there was an opportunity, she always pushed me first to get a photo. Our cabin happened to be on the same floor as the boys, and she was the best Partner In Crime to (respectfully of course) scope out Brian’s room 🤣 When I had a panic attack at the last deck party and had to be taken to medics, she left the party and stayed with me till I was discharged hours later.
I don’t know if it was luck or fate or the Powers of Brian, but I couldn’t have been any luckier to have this beautiful soul enter my life. We haven’t been able to see each other in person again since, but we do our best to stay in touch. What a loving husband she has now and about the sweetest little daughter you could imagine. I know we’ll have another chance at cruising again together in the next few years, and as much as I adore our boys, I mostly just can’t wait to see my friend again ❤”
Sonia + Megan
“There are 32 of us. We are all members of the fan club and became friends when Megan asked for members who wanted to send each other greetings cards at Christmas. Since then we have celebrated birthdays together and Valentines and the big 25 year anniversary! We really are there for each other through stresses, illness, sadness and joy with messages of support and little pick me ups or a little gift/token! We would never have got together if it wasn’t for our mutual love of this fabulous group of guys! BSB Happy Mail Exchanges.”
Amanda + Andrezza
“Andrezza and I are Brazilian, so the boys come here a little after the other places. In 2011 I got off my city by myself with only the ticket to the concert and the airplane tickets, no money! I went to São Paulo and, during the long wait in line, Andrezza was right after me with her mom and they started talking to me. We saw a group of girls wearing some nice clothes and found out they were going to the m&g and that moment we looked at each other and promised ourselves that on the next concert we would go together to a m&g. Entering to the concert, her mother, a total stranger that day, took care of my backpack so I could enjoy more. We got lost and I thought I wouldn’t have a day to come back home, but after the end of the concert they were waiting for me. I went to the airport, slept there and in the first flight of the day I came back home, thinking how nice they were but never thought we would see each other again. We talked since then and in 2015 went to 5 concerts and m&g together, that was so great because only us could understand the feeling of that moment. We remain good friends and have the intention of never giving up on our friendship!”
Alicia + Lauren + Jessica
“In response to a post I made in a BSB Cruise Facebook post looking for a cruise roommate in June 2017, Lauren reached out to me to introduce herself. She had already found a roommate but wanted to say hi as another solo cruiser. We started chatting and Lauren eventually added her roomie, Jessica, to our Facebook group chat.
Fast forward to later that month when Jess & Lauren were making plans to attend BSBVegas in February 2018 so they could meet in advance of the cruise. I had had a few drinks as I was on vacation in Nashville for a country music festival. On a whim, I decided to purchase a pit ticket to the same show and join them. We spent the next 7 months chatting almost everyday and getting to know each other.
Before we finally officially met in person in Las Vegas we all felt like we knew each other so well just from our constant online conversations. I’m normally a super introverted person and never one cup to people in person right away. But the instant we all finally met in person I knew this friendship was different. It was like we were old friends getting together for a fun girls weekend. Strangers who found out we had just met in person for the first time told us they would have never guessed because we seemed like such great friends. We had an unbelievable time in Vegas and made SO many memories together.
Ever since our Vegas trip came to an end we’ve become even more inseparable via text. I tell these girls everything and truly feel like I’ve finally found my tribe. We’re soul sisters and will forever be grateful to the Backstreet Boys for bringing us together. I had been going through a hard time feeling like I was incapable of making & keeping friends and these girls saved me. I cannot wait to reunite with them on the cruise and spend 4 days on a boat with them and our Boys!!!”
Victoria + Danielle
“Me and my best friend met at my dad’s work. Her uncle was my dad’s boss. They knew we loved BSB so they got us tickets. We have been best friends and have been to 3 BSB concerts and we’re going in June to Comic Con to see Nick and AJ!! And going to their next concert. We love BSB forever!”
Alisha + Danielle + Sara + Victoria + Amy + Laura + Deanna
“I met these wonderful ladies on line at the Nick Carter all American tour. I got there 5 hours before the show started and sat outside with my friend Danielle. We met these 5 wonderful girls. We instantly started talking about our lover for the Backstreet Boys and singing for hours waiting to go in. I have a disability that I am not able to walk well and don’t have great balance. One of the girls spoke to security and the 7 of us were able to go in first. We were first row. We all had the best time together singing and dancing. We gave ourself the name BsBSheWolfpack! Ever since we have become best friends and attended all of the ktuphoria concerts together for the Backstreet Boys, where we make BsbShewolfpack shirts and made sure ktu knew of us and our love for Backstreet Boys. We also attended the Backstreet Boys concert in the city as well as Vegas! We talk everyday about the Backstreet Boys! I was so lucky to make great friends thanks to the Backstreet Boys. ❤❤❤❤” – Alisha
“We call ourselves the BSB She Wolf Pack, a group of girls that met at Nick’s concert for the All American Tour, right in the heart of NYC. Our story is simple, but it’s important to us:
Being there at the butt crack of dawn, exhausted from trekking all the way from Long Island, but determined to not only get front row, but to have the best time I could (which, of course included meeting Nick!), my friend Deanna and I walked up and down the street anxiously, trying to figure out how and where to line up. As it turns out, we were the first there. So, we choose the most likely of spots and popped a squat. Which, for me, involved involved out a towel, stretching my legs, and making sure my water, cigarettes, phone, and various chargers and extra batteries are easily accessible. For Deanna, it was sharing my towel and then poking fun at me.
It’s a bit common for me, to be the first in line, I am known as Wednesday Girl in some circles because I do my best to be first. It’s only because I don’t have the money for the things other fans can do, the barbeques, the bowling, the cruise…For me, what I can do, I go all out or nothing.
Well, it wasn’t long before some more fans showed up and I, as the extroverted nutcase I am, promptly introduced myself and exclaimed, “Welcome to the Funny Farm!” And that was it! I had wrangled these perfect strangers into my net of crazy and there was no escaping! I found out that they were just like me: not rich. So, they went all out when they could. My kind if people!
It was a few different groups of girls that somehow we managed to crochet together that day. Two friends and two friends and two friends, and so on. All lucky enough to arrive in the order they did so we were grouped together at the front of the line. A perfect storm of crazy fangirls, BSB lyrics, and restless energy.
And so, the hours ticked on. We chatted, we sang, we split sodas, and we bonded. Just one day waiting for a show to start and these girls were cemented into my life. I started calling us the She Wolf Pack, from Fuller House, saying we needed to stick together. The problem was that some more aggressive and self entitled fans had shown up, and these are the types of girls who don’t care that you waited about ten more hours than they did, they would shove you aside in an instant. So, my new band of friends decided that we would look out for each other (A few other friends of mine showed up, girls from other shows, but they were and are more than capable of handling themselves, and were further back in line, so I concentrated on these girls).
In the end, there was some drama, some nasty girls trying to cut in front of us, and some complaining from the self entitled ones who thought they deserved front row more than those who waited (because, like, they spent more, Uhm, money so like, they’re like obviously better fans.), but we held strong. We were, shall I say: Unbreakable?
And I, for one, wasn’t going to let anyone through. I became the Wolf Pack Momma that night, protecting my girls from everything I could!
We got first row, you better believe it! A line of girls who would put their hands up to their ears and howled at any chance they got! Taking selfies with the stage and with each other, bouncing with excitement and elation. (And completely melting down when Brian joined Nick on stage!)
And at the end, we were exhausted, in pain, dirty, and happy. From there we went our separate ways, but that didn’t last. A friendship such as ours, forged in the grimy streets of Manhattan, well, that doesn’t just dissolve. We’re known to KTU as the incorrigible BSB She Wolf Pack now, several DJs at KTUphoria (for the past two years!), have gone out of their way to greet us! We’ve made shirts, we’ve gone to karaoke, and we’ve had a reunion dinner where we hijacked the jukebox and played BSB songs all night (we may or may not have cleared the bar! Whoops!). We talk almost everyday in a Facebook chat, since we live spread across downstate NY, and we tag each other in almost every BSB post, squealing along with each other like we aren’t adults with careers and responsibilities, but still the same preteen girls we were when we first heard the boys on the radio.
The Backstreet Boys seem to have that affect on people, and we’re no different! They also seem to be good at creating friendships in their fans, I wonder if they know!
That’s our story! ❤
To my Wolf Pack: I love you, girls, to the mooooon and back! SHOW ‘EM WHAT YOU’RE MADE OF! AAAHOOOOOO! -Momma She Wolf 🐺” – Victoria
“It was a day I would NEVER forget. Going to meet Nick was the number goal on my bucket list and it was finally happening. He did a solo tour 2 years ago and one of his dates were in NYC. Alisha had an extra meet and greet ticket and asked if I wanted it, obviously I screamed and said yes. Lol. The day of the show, I knew the lines were going to be insane so I got up at 6am, left queens by 7am and got to Manhattan at 8. I walked to the hall and was the 3rd in line!!! So being the outgoing friendly girl who talks to EVERYONE lol, I immediately made friends with the ladies (Victoria and Deanna). As the day went on my 3 friends came who I kept a spot in line for and the BSB SheWolf pack was formed. Now I’ve never been to a concert without my sisters, so I was really nervous about being pushed and not getting front row. But these AMAZING group of girls stuck together and we all made sure we stayed in the front and got front row. From the moment we all laughed sang and talked on that line, we knew we were sticking together for life. It’s been 2 years and we still talk everyday in a shewolf pack Facebook chat. We’ve had reunions were we cleared a bar out because we put BSB on the jukebox and no matter what happens we are all there for each other. Thank you for letting me share my story ❤” – Sara
Taylor + Jennifer
“Jennifer worked with my mom for several years. I knew her, but we didn’t have much contact. In 2013, when tickets for the “In A World Like This” tour went on sale in my city, my mom told me that Jennifer loved BSB too!! I added Jenn on Facebook that day, and we struck a friendship up because of our five boys! We went to our first BSB concert together that summer, then again in December of that year, (except that time we did VIP!). When the doctumentary was released, we took a day trip to see it. Last year, we went to our THIRD BSB concert at Q-TOPIA. She has become a sister to me. If it wasn’t for AJ, Kevin, Nick, Brian and Howie, I wouldn’t have her as a forever confidant, (and someone who understands why I go gaga for Nick).”
Medina + Melissa
“I met my best friend because of The Backstreet Boys. A little over 6 years ago, a lady on Twitter helped me post a birthday message for Howie. She went by @etownmelly. We became fast friends because we both were Howie girls. We started messaging a few times a day on PING, yep, PING. Lol. We found that we had so much in common that we needed to speak more often so we downloaded What’s App, and now there isn’t an hour that goes by without us speaking. Melissa has become my sister. She’s there when I need a shoulder, an ear, or a butt kicking. She is such a beautiful person inside and out. We have had the chance to do such fun things, some BSB related, and some not. I will always be thankful for BSB for bringing Melissa into my life. She’s my kindred spirit and I’d be lost without her.”
Shinta + Theresa
“I am Shinta and I am from Brisbane Australia. I have a mate who lives in PennsyIvania USA. We met back in the day in the old BSB chat room. Way before babies, husbands, buying houses etc.. going on 18 years ago. In 2016, we finally got to meet when I brought my family over to USA on a vacation.”