5 Things That Happen When Your Favorite Boyband Member Gets Engaged

Forgive us, this post is not strictly limited to the Backstreet Boys, but trust us, most of you will relate. Remember a few years ago when you were young and convinced that you would go to a concert, a Backstreet Boy would spot you in the 12th row (you know because you counted 100 times because a number sounds closer than a letter) and immediately fall in love with you. Cue the fireworks!

As we all know NOW, that’s not how it happens – despite what our moms tried to tell us. In light of the crushing blow that Joe Jonas has delivered to fangirls around the world today by becoming engaged and the 2nd Jonas Brother off the market (remember when our numbers kept dwindling?!), we decided that a post walking us back through the painful experience was necessary to let all fans know that we are all in this together / have been there before. It gets better eventually.

Kind of.

Maybe.

With therapy.

1. First, your world will spin in a weird way.

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“[Insert coveted boyband member’s name here] has announced that he is engaged to longtime girlfriend, [insert name of girl you say you care nothing about but know everything about and follow on every social platform here].”

Woah. Even if you knew it was coming, the words are still a shock. Are you numb? Are you happy? Are you suddenly feeling drunk without drinking? Are you palms sweating? WHY DID HE NOT WARN YOU?

2. You’ll act like you’re fine because you’re a functioning adult.

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It’s fiiiiiiiiiiiinnee. I’m fiinnneeee. So happy for them! (You say as you dig your nails into your steering wheel on the way to the liquor store)

If honestly does not even matter if you’re married or single, you’ll have the same knee jerk reaction. It’s fine for you to be off the market, but aren’t you supposed to be able to vote in a TRL sort of way whether or not your favorite member can get married or not? Weren’t you supposed to help pick out the ring? WASN’T IT SUPPOSED TO BE YOUR RING?

3. Go online. You need a support group.

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Everyone knows that if you’re feeling a sort of way, your fan friends are too. Don’t have fan friends? This is the perfect time to make them! There’s some great bonding to be done in the emotional wrecks that losing our faves to another woman make us become. Take it to the DMs though – you may regret what your feelings of loss make you say in the heat of the moment.

4. Feelings will be hard. So hard.

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The fiance is usually a really great woman and you’re all for girl power. Up until engagement day, you probably genuinely liked every one of her posts on social media, thought she was a great catch, and ‘awww’-ed over pics of the happy couple.

But engagement – woah – whole new level outside of the controlled environment that you’re used to. I mean, this is a big life change – for you AND for him AND for her. Up until now, there might still be hypothetical room for you to move in for a second or two, but NOW….nowwwww….this is hard.

While you want to be happy for them (and you WILL wish them ‘all the best’ yada yada), you’re going to be petty for a day …or week…or month…or year or two.

5. You’ll get over it and the sun will rise again! 

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Once you get over the fact that she isn’t you and realize that most of the boyband fiances and wives are actually cooler than the boyband member at times, you’ll forget the feelings you once harbored.

Ok, you won’t FORGET…but you’ll find it in your heart to forgive. You’ll live with the fact that if it wasn’t going to be you, she was the 2nd best choice. And when you realize he’s happy, —LONG SIGH— you’ll be happy too.

You will also most likely spend the wedding day drunk, offline, and in bed. That’s cool too. It happens to the best of us. 😉

Things are going to be okay. Tours will continue. Albums (and really cute babies) will be made and we’ll ALL be one big happy family. Actually, their happiness has made things better all around. At least that’s how it’s gone of the Backstreet side of things.

Best wishes, fellow fangirls. We’re with you. We’ve been there and we’ve made it through (most of us without restraining orders).

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DISCLAIMER: This is all in good humor. We are adults. We know not EVERYONE feels / felt this way. We are obviously very happy for all of the Backstreet Boys and all married boyband members. No need to tweet, comment, etc. about how you were always happy for the couples — we get it. 🙂

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What’s Happening On The Backstreet: September 2017 – October 8, 2017

We know, we know – we said weekly update. Simply put, in the month of September, there weren’t enough things going on for the Boys that warranted such frequent updates. The Backstreet Boys took a bit of a break and so did we.

But we’re back! And they will be too in a few weeks (Are you ready, Singapore? You’re first!). If you guys are still with us, HEY! Welcome back! Thank you for hanging in there and for loving + supporting Kevin, Howie, Brian, Nick and AJ as much as we do. Are you ready for all the things? Because these men are about to GIVE. IT. TO. YOU.

WHO’S EXCITED?!

Here’s a roundup for a few of the most important things + WHOTB posts you might have missed in the past month:

And this…

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Read more about the #LaceUpAMERICA campaign here

Happy Birthday, Kevin: Some Of Our Favorite Kevin Richardson Moments On Video

Another October 3rd, another birthday for Kevin Richardson! As always, we love celebrating this amazing man.

We’ve asked for your reasons why you love him and reflected on everything that he has been for us, but this year – we wanted visuals! We asked you to send in your favorite Kevin moment captured in a video or GIF and that’s exactly what you sent us.

Enjoy all of the best and sweetest moments below as we celebrate another trip around the sun for the one and only Mr. Richardson!


20170624_215544“Here’s the photo of Kevin I took from Vegas. I like this picture because Kevin and AJ were actually having a mini dance off on the catwalk, each showcasing their best moves! And we all know that Kevin has some great moves! The man feels the groove.” – Erin Henderson


“Everytime he says ‘sexy time’ in that accent!” – Hilda Puente


“This my most favorite Kevin moment because after he left the group for a while, this was the very first time that he was seen with the boys singing again, and the year after this tour they have announced that Kevin was back in the group. Bsb will never be the same without Kevin so I’m very happy that he came back where his heart and passion belongs to.” – Mikay Ganaden

“My BSB part of my soul came back to life because Kevin was returning! My wish came true! I had been really sad, and I thought they would never be together again…And, now, the boys could make more music together. AND my second wish came true in 2013. Right now, I’m waiting for my third wish: to meet them and go see them in Vegas (that’s my fourth wish XD.” – Carmen Puentes

” Kevin’s return!!!! ️I don’t think this needs description, and I’m sure it’s what many of the fans picked for their favorite ‘Kevin moment’- but when I saw this video, I cried. Absolutely sobbed. So thankful he is back- as a Kevin girl, it wasn’t BSB without him. I got emotional just watching this again to make sure it was the right video!” – Allison Chickering


“Kevin and Brian speaking with the helium.” – Hilda Puente


“I don’t know if this is my favorite Kev moment, but is one of the most important on my mind. This GIF is from Viña del Mar Festival, when the boys sang on February 14th, 1998. That was the first time they played in my country, Chile, and I can remember everything of that occasion: since I heard the news and I started to scream and cry with my older sister, until we saw them on TV with our best friend, also a BSB fan. My parents couldn’t afford the travel to another city to see them live or buy tickets for my sister and me, so we stayed at home and watched on TV. We even recorded on a VCR!

Until this day, that show is one of the most remembered presentation in the festival, because the boys came when they were BIG and that’s a difficult thing to our country. Next year will be 20 years since that night! We wanted to bring them back to celebrate. So… that’s why I chose this memory! Happy Bday, Kev! :)” – Karina Mondaca


“My first time in a BSB show! I’m a huge fan since 1998 but only in 2015 I had my chance! He’s the best person, my fav! And his eyes can easily break my heart bahaha NAILED AND COMPLETELY FALL IN LOVE WITH HIM!” – Isis Galbiatti


“Because I will never forget the amazing experience of being on stage with Kevin on the cruise in 2016. He was also very sweet during rehearsals. When I bumped into him 10 minutes after boarding the ship and when I was on stage during game night, he recognized me from the video I entered for the singing contest. What a great guy with endless love for all fans!” – Suzanne Rhebergen



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“This is my fave Kev moment cause this is when BSB filmed their first music video, Kevin was acting so cute and smooth while playing to the camera. Happy Birthday Kevin!” – Kyanna


Watch video here – It is blocked in some countries.

“It started at around 1:20 something when this fan showed up near the stage with a huge bouquet of flowers for Kevin. Others would probably just take it, thank the fan or wave a bit and leave, but this guy right here he knelt, hugged and even kissed the girl’s cheek. It wasn’t even a brief hug, it was a bear hug that lasted a few seconds. I’m sure he teared up a bit because we all know how emotional he is. He’s amazing, this guy.”  – Sasa


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“I love everything about Kevin!! Knowing how he likes to get it perfect at rehearsals, and for him to just be goofy like this, it’s my (one of my many) fave moment!! Thanks for being you!! Hope to meet you someday! Happy Birthday! Hope you enjoy your day! Love you!” – Kristin Luna



“I mean come on……can you ever get enough of Kevin dancing? Especially like that.” – Kyleigh


“1:47 to 1:56. That smirk makes me melt.” – Andie


“So this performance is hands down my favorite performance of all the guys. They are absolute perfection!  When I think of things I like about Kevin, I always think of how emotional he gets. That part of him touches me so much. When his part comes at 2:57 and he holds back tears, and can barely get through the lyrics, I lose it and start crying everytime!” – Anne


“On the 2014 cruise my room was in their hall,about 5 doors down. We saw them pass by all the time. Before the ABC party, he offered some memorable wardrobe advice, which I of course followed!” – Laura Fu


 Our favorite moment with Kevin wasn’t captured on video, but in real life. Read about it here.

Happy Birthday, Kevin Richardson – you’re a classic.

22 Backstreet Facts That Will Make You Feel Old

It’s 2017 and we are, as the universe would have it, older than we were when we first because BSB fans. We know this. There are some things though that, when we really think about it, make us make this face…

 

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…. Because 1999 was only like yesterday…RIGHT?

  • The Backstreet Boys will have been together a quarter of a century next year.
  • Baylee Littrell, Brian’s son, is now older than Nick Carter when he joined the group (and will be able to get his driver’s permit this year).
  • It’s been 17 years since the Backstreet Boys flew around the world in 100 hours to promote Black And Blue (and Kevin called AJ a dildo).
  • There hasn’t been a new episode of Nick’s Corner in 6 years.
  • Joseph Kahn, director of the “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” video, was 25 and unknown before the video came out in 1997. Now 45, he’s worked with all of the big names in pop music, including Taylor Swift, Britney Spears and Katy Perry.
  • If you had a baby the same year Backstreet fans shut down Times Square and stood outside the window of MTV studios to catch a glimpse of the Boys for the Millennium release, the baby is now a legal adult. (This was just the first time)
  • ….And it’s been 16 years since crazy fan Tiffany lost in the battle of BSB vs. NSYNC and threatened to kill Carson Daly.
  • Nick’s first solo album, Now Or Never, is 15 years old. Brian’s solo album, Welcome Home, is 11 years old. Howie’s Back To Me is 6 years old  and AJ’s Have It All is 7.
  • We’ve been waiting for AJ’s latest solo album for 3 years. (That doesn’t make us feel old. We’re just saying.)
  • None of the contestants on ABC’s Boy Band, on which Nick served as architect, were alive when the Backstreet Boys were at their peak.
  • It’s been over a decade since Kevin left the Backstreet Boys.
  • Except for Nick and AJ, every member of the Backstreet Boys hasn’t been single in 10+ years.
  • The Rolling Stones article in which Brian proclaimed he only uses curse words in the Bible, there was a masturbation discussion and our squeaky clean views of the Boys were shattered is now 17 years old — and we are now closer to them than ever.
  • VIP Meet and Greets weren’t a thing until 9 years ago – during the Unbreakable tour.
  • People under 18 don’t recognize individual Backstreet Boys right off the bat (or know their songs as a group).
  • We have to take Aleve before we go to Backstreet events
  • We ask if it’s appropriate to take kids to VIP (and we talk to the Boys about our kids)
  • We go to concerts and get impatient about what time they’re actually going to start because we’re getting sleepy
  • We leave concerts wondering why our bones are cracking
  • We’ve gone from throwing bras onstage to Bengay (Help yo boys out!)
  • We’ve started stories with “I remember when the Backstreet Boys did that when I was your age…”
  • The #1 thing that makes us feel old? We’ve gone from having our moms drop us off at concerts in our hometown to not having to ask permission to go to any Backstreet Boys event and paying for it ourselves. With the same band.

We may be older, but we’ve been beyond lucky to grow older with a band who has grown with us.

 

10 Ways Fans Display Their Backstreet Memorabilia

We wanted to see how other Backstreet fans displayed their VIP laminates, concert tickets, autographed items, or any special BSB memorabilia now that we are grown (and know what our parents were mad about when we taped things to paint).

….And you guys answered! We loved seeing everyone’s creative differences.

Enjoy (and become inspired)!


“I have created photo collages that are displayed in my lounge room, I have often been told “wow you have more backstreet boy photos on your wall then wedding photos”. My book case proudly displays some of my keepsakes.” – Ree

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Elia Esther Jaimes Jimenez, fan since 1997, has QUITE a collection down in Mexico!

“Since the past years, well since I had my first VIP photo with the boys I started to put the photos instead of posters. So this happen in 2008 when I had my first VIP photo.

Today my room has photos with each boy and 3 with all of them. My favorite is the big one, the VIP I shared with my sister in Las Vegas.
 
I also have the laminates hanging in the cover of my guitar hero’s guitar (Yes the one from the video game Guitar Hero). The first to signed it were Howie, AJ, Brian and Nick in the Unbreakable tour here in my city Puebla. Kevin signed it for me, even he wrote my name, he did it on the BSB Cruise 2016.” – @fabysc

“I have been a huge Backstreet Boys fan for as long as I can remember. Love these five guys so much! Will always be a Nick girl! Here’s how I show off all these amazing memories!” – Shanna


“I display mine proudly at my desk at work. It is my mini shrine complete with tickets, lanyards, autographs, my photos with the boys and friends and family. Some stories from my BSB shrine include the last thing I did with my mom. In July, 2011, we went on a 3 day, 3 city adventure seeing NKOTBSB in LA, San Jose and Las Vegas. The LA show was my first time meeting the boys. It was fitting that my mom came with me because she was my biggest Fangirl supporter and knew how much it meant to me. When they did their Millennium tour, the best tickets I could get were the very back row. The day of the show she surprised me with 5th row tickets and my teenage heart almost exploded. Anyways, about 4 weeks after we returned from our NKOTBSB trip, she passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. It was tragic but I am so grateful I was able to have that adventure with her. First time meeting the boys, 3 shows, front row in Vegas and they pulled me up on stage and sang to me. All these amazing memories with my biggest supporter. It will always be a precious memory. On a lighter note, you’ll notice pictures with my bestie, Sable. BSB and fate brought us together. We are both from the same city, both went to the first round of IAWLT in Vegas (concert and soundcheck party) alone. We ended up in line next to each other and chatted. 4 years later, we are besties, always have a buddy to travel anywhere, anytime, as many times as we need to see the boys. We’ve also traveled Europe together and are the best of friends, all thanks to our love of BSB.. I love the boys, their music, the fans and all the love and support that comes along with being a proud member of the BSB Army. I’m so excited for everything to come and for all the new tickets and lanyards I plan on adding to the shrine. KTBSPA!” – Taryn

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“I made this shadow box after IAWLT. I wanted to somehow display the poster with my name on it. So…what better way. This tour holds some amazing memories for me. I can’t wait to do the same with my Vegas poster and passes when it gets here.” – Melly

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“This is my latest display for my VIP stuff.” – Carrie Graham

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“I only have some M&G photos and posters, but in the past few weeks, I found a way to display a few of the special items I have.

 I have a baseball signed by all 5 guys from the 2016 cruise. My roommates and I dressed as members of the Rockford Peaches from A League of Their Own, so we happened to have baseballs on us. Long story short, we ran into one of the Boys’ friends, who liked my roommate’s outfit and commented on the baseball. We said how we’d love to have them autographed, and she said she’d make it happen. And she did! I placed this in a baseball display box.
 
I also got some playing cards, one of them signed by Howie. I found a backless frame and put 2 cards in their to display it.
 
And when I saw the Boys in Vegas for my birthday in March, I brought a sign that read, “May I have a rose for my birthday?” I was front row on the side, and Howie saw me (though I almost didn’t!) and tossed me his rose. It landed in the pit and a bunch of girls grabbed for it. A guy got it, and I remember him explained to what must’ve been his girlfriend or wife that the rose was meant for me. Much to her dismay, he gave me to rose, which by then was in 2 pieces. I dried it out and mounted it in a shadowbox.
 
Now I just need to figure out what to do with this bottle of water that Nick left on my table when I saw his final All American tour show in Nashville last year.” -Laura Fu

Kelli Marie Acord’s Collection

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“I have my VIP passes and wrist bands and stuff in a cool thing I made for them. I have a ticket photo album for my ticket stubs. My favorite memorabilia that I have displayed are the custom kicks that Brian made me and gave me on the 2013 cruise.” -Amber America

 

Thank you to everyone who submitted their pictures/stories!

Thoughts We Had About The Backstreet Boys’ ‘Millennium’ Album: Then and Now

If you ask almost anyone about the Backstreet Boys’ Millennium album, they can most likely name at least one song off of the album and know it as the group’s biggest selling album to date.

If you ask a Backstreet fan about the Millennium album, they’ll most likely give you a monologue about which song they thought should have been a single (“Thanks Nick!”), where they were when they first listened to the album and how their parents fought for tickets to the sold-out-immediately tour – just like your grandparents whose stories you never wanted to hear. But this is your story and you’re going to tell it – dammit! (We’re especially going to tell everyone how Nick wrote a message in the liner notes that we had to decode using a PHONE. The original Taylor Swift.)

However, listening to the album now, listening to the songs as an adult, our thoughts are so much different than we were preteens screaming just because our favorite had a verse. Let’s talk about it!

(Also, looking at this tracklisting – wow, what a range of emotions, am I right?)

Larger Than Life

1999 Thoughts:

  • “Thank me in a different way?! WHAT?!” (This song might have created some of our first fantasies)
  • “AJ’s laugh is so scary and hot!”
  • “OMG IT’S FOR THE FANS. They’re so sweet.”
  • “I’m going to put these lyrics on a poster!!”

2017 Thoughts:

  • “Still haven’t thanked me in a different way….Heh heh.”
  • “AJ’s laugh has to be bad for his vocal chords.”
  • “How is this for the fans exactly?”
  • *uses any opportunity to make ‘larger than life’ a pun / adjective*
  • “I CAN STILL DO THIS DANCE! *does dance while trying to drive*”

I Want It That Way

1999 Thoughts:

  • “What does this song even MEAN?”
  • “I’ll NEVER say I Want It That Way.”
  • “KEVIN!!!”
  • “I’m going to put these lyrics on a poster!!”

2017 Thoughts:

  • “What DOES this song mean?”
  • “Again?”
  • “I’m so glad Kevin came back to sing his part. WE MISSED YOU KEVIN!”
  • “They’re still my fire though….”

Show Me The Meaning (Of Being Lonely)

1999 Thoughts:

  • “Who made [insert favorite BSB] lonely?!”
  • *crying because it sounds sad even though we don’t really get it*
  • “This is DEFINITELY my favorite since it has all five Boys singing!”
  • “Eyes of stone observe the trends? Kevin is always SO deep.”
  • “I will NOT show them the meaning of being lonely. Gonna put that on my concert poster.”

2017 Thoughts:

  • “Oh, my feels.”
  • “I feel what you’re saying, Backstreet.”
  • “Remember how sad this video was?!”
  • “Damn, this song is so deep.”
  • “This song was the soundtrack to my teenage break ups!”

It’s Gotta Be You

1999 Thoughts:

  • “BABAY! It’s the way you MAKE MEH!”
  • “Tee hee. What is kindagetmego?”
  • “THIS SONG IS SO CATCHY! Let me turn it up!”
  • “Gonna put THIS on a concert poster.”

2017 Thoughts:

  • “Yessss. One of five upbeat sonnnggss.”
  • “This definitely sounds like a song that would be my go-to while I’m drunk.”
  • “It’s the way you…WOO WOO!” (We still didn’t grow out of this one.)

Don’t Want You Back

1999 Thoughts:

  • “Oh my gosh, what if mom hears him say SEXUALITY? Could he say it any slower?”
  • “I love when he says sexuality. Teehee.”
  • “MAKE ME A VICTIM OF NICK’S SEXUALITY!”
  • “Oh, Backstreet’s back. Clever!”
  • “I’m going to throw this song in my ex’s face one day. When I get an ex.”
  • “Hit me faster than a shark attack – I could use that for a poster.”

2017 Thoughts:

  • “DAMMIT NICK!”
  • “I’m so glad they’re doing this song live. It should have been a single…NICK.”
  • “Why is this song so hot?!”

I Need You Tonight

1999 Thoughts:

  • Every Nick Fan: “OMGHIRGOJWOKBJIGEQOJOJSVNOGOWKEMWOGMLEWE!”
  • Every Non-Nick Fan: *skip*
  • “Ok, wait. Heaven in your eyes or I need you tonight?”
  • “PUTTING THIS ON A CONCERT POSTER, OH MY GAH!”

2017 Thoughts:

  • Every Nick Fan: “OMGHIRGOJWOKBJIGEQOJOJSVNOGOWKEMWOGMLEWE!”
  • Every Non-Nick Fan: *skip*
  • “I really want to hear this with man-Nick singing.”

Don’t Wanna Lose You Now

1999 Thoughts:

  • “I hope my future boyfriend sings this to me. Swoon.”
  • “WHO. WOULD. LEAVE. A. BACKSTREET. BOY?”
  • “Hmmm…concert poster?”

2017 Thoughts:

  • “OMG BRING THIS SONG BACK LIVE!”
  • *Cfrying while driving down the street*

The One

1999 Thoughts:

  • “Oh Brian co-wrote this! I love it!”
  • “Awww, he needs me like I need him. This is what love feels like.”
  • “I’ll be the one!! That’s going on a concert poster.”

2017 Thoughts:

  • “Why do I love this song?”
  • “What tempo even is this? How would you dance to it? Do you dance to it?”
  • “This song is comfort food for your ears.”

Back To Your Heart

1999 Thoughts:

  • “OK. WHO broke Kevin?”
  • “Why did Kevin write a song that he doesn’t even sing in?”
  • “What ARE they saying when they’re all singing different words? Why isn’t it in the booklet?”
  • “Of course he’d write a song with words we can’t really put on a concert poster. No wonder mom likes him.”

2017 Thoughts:

  • *crying, curled up in a bed*
  • “Why is Kevin so good at everything?”
  • “We need the piano back on tour.”
  • “Thank God we found out what those other words were.”

Spanish Eyes

1999 Thoughts: 

  • “What are Spanish eyes?”
  • “Do brown eyes count?”

2017 Thoughts:

  • “What are Spanish eyes?”
  • “Do brown eyes count?”
  • “Is this about Howie?”

No One Else Comes Close

1999 Thoughts:

  • “I hope I have sexual relations to this song.”
  • “AJ SAID DAMN. OMG.”
  • “This is so SWEET.”
  • “Where’s my scented markers? Gotta add this to my poster.”

2017 Thoughts:

  • “Is there a sexier BSB song? No.”
  • “AJ’s. VOICE. DAMN.”

The Perfect Fan

1999 Thoughts:

  • “BRIAN WROTE IT FOR HIS MOM? I gotta tell my mom.”
  • “This is TOTALLY gonna lock my mom in.”
  • *incorporates it into Mother’s Day for the next 8 years*
  • “DOES THIS MEAN I’M NOT THE PERFECT FAN?!”
  • “If I put my mom is the perfect fan on a poster….”

2017 Thoughts:

  • “I hope my kids / future kids know about ‘The Perfect Fan’.”
  • “I’m going to have babies so this song applies to me.”
  • “Getting a tattoo for my mom….that says Perfect Fan.”

How Do You Display Your Backstreet Tix, VIP Laminates, etc.? Share With Us!

For years, Backstreet Boys fans have had posters plastered all over their bedroom walls. Now that we are grown, WE want to see how YOU display or store your VIP laminates, concert tickets, autographed items, or any special BSB memorabilia.

Do you still have those BSB posters plastered all over your bedroom like when we were teenagers, or do you have a BSB shrine for all of your guests to see when they come into your house…

…or do you simply wear your BSB merch to the grocery store?

Do you have any funny stories surrounding your BSB memorabilia? We want to hear and see it all! Send your pictures and/or stories to us using the form below!

Send your photos and explanations to whothebackstreet@gmail.com to be featured in an upcoming post.

 

 

What’s Happening On The Backstreet: August 24 – September 2, 2017

We asked on Twitter if you’d want weekly update posts to help you keep up with what is literally happening on the Backstreet — because these five are BUSY!

You said yes and here we are. These posts will come weekly (I’ll try, at least…) – usually on the weekend – and will not contain new content, but will try to include everything you might have missed from the previous week from the world of BSB (and our posts for the week).

Here are the highlights for August 24th – September 2nd:

BoyBand: The BSB Finale Performance and ‘In Real Life’

BSB + FGL Team Up For ‘CMT Crossroads’ – A Preview

BSB + FGL Perform All The Hits For ‘CMT Crossroads’ Watch online by selecting Xfinity and logging in with Facebook or Twitter

WATCH: Backstreet and Florida Georgia Line Performances 

BSB LIVE in Singapore on October 21st – Tickets on sale now! 

20 Weird-ish Things That Backstreet Boys Fans Love

Labor Day Weekend SALES: Backstreet Boys Merch // Nick Carter Merch 

20 Weird-ish Things That Backstreet Boys Fans Love

Sometimes we say “It’s a Backstreet thing, you wouldn’t understand”, we’re not kidding. After 24 years, there are some normal things any band fan would love, but there are also some very specific things that only Kevin, Brian, Howie, AJ and Nick lovers would get.

We hope that you go through this list with this face….

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1. A Photo Where Every Backstreet Boy Is Smiling.

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This is our Moby Dick (something we chase after, for those who don’t understand the literary reference). As we’ve written before, the Backstreet Boys are guaranteed to do a number of things in most photos. One of those things is have 5 different facial reactions. A photo with every Boy looking like they’re in the same state of happiness is almost unheard of, but is one that will send us into a frenzy and proclaim it is as our new favorite photo. The reason why is unspoken – but we all know.

2. When They Use Nicknames For Each Other.

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As much as we roll our eyes at the things nostalgia fans say (“OMG I loveeee the Backstreet Boys. Remember Larger Than Life?!”), Kevin, Howie, AJ, Brian and Nick calling each other by the nicknames we found out about long ago in an issue of Tiger Beat sends waves of nostalgia and emotion over us in the best way possible. An unexpected reference to “Bone” or “Frick and Frack” makes our tiny little demanding hearts flutter.

It’s kind of like realizing your friend is throwing you a surprise party when you thought they forgot your birthday all together.

“HD” still throws us for a loop though.

3. When Nick or Kevin Sling Their Arms Around The Others.

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Once upon a time, Nick Carter was a tiny little plant. Now, he’s a giant tree with arms along with Kevin Richardson. There’s something heartwarming about the way the stand in just the right spots to sling their branches long limbs over their other little buddies bandmates. Perhaps, like the nickname situation, it’s been happening since the beginning of time and when they do it now, it throws us back. Plus, even though we know they’ve been together a long time, they’re family, yada yada yada… it’s a reminder that they still really do like each other.

4. The Frick And Frack Moments. 

Let’s be real – Frick and Frack was one of the sweetest things about the Backstreet Boys in the 90s. Brian and Nick were the best friends we all aspired to be (or they just gave us an excuse to be both a Brian+Nick girl at once). People grow and people change, but we still get glimpses every now and then of one of our favorite 90s duos. You better believe when they brought back those nicknames for each other in 2016, we were almost to Kim Kardashian tears. ALL THE FEELS.

5. Nick’s Cackle.

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Have you ever heard Nick Carter TRULY laugh? It’s such a national treasure. If sounds could be treasured… (Watch this)

Seriously – if there was merch that played this cackle, we’d be all over it.

6. Howie’s Wink. 

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What is Howie Dorough without that wink? If you haven’t been winked at by Howie at LEAST once in your life, have you really even seen him? The answer is no. Just like the group itself, Howie’s eye never lets us down.

7. Kevin’s Instagram Stories.

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“You’re in my instagram story!” – Kevin’s Attack Phrase

Again, we need it on a shirt. We need more Kevin (and his Instagram stories) in our lives. Kevin, the Backstreet Boy who literally DOES NOT care who you are, where you’re from, what you did, as long as you know you’re in his instagram story.

We especially love AJ in his stories.

8. Catching Brian’s Attention Onstage.

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Whether Brian is your “favorite” or not, no one can say he doesn’t make an effort to see you amidst his onstage performances. In fact, that’s one of the best reasons to be front row (even though he’s been known to see further back and make sure you know he does because he’ll mock whatever it is you’re doing). Not only is his energy contagious, the man literally lays down on stage and takes your phone to capture the perfect selfie. Ugh, our hearts are swelling right this very minute.

9. AJ’s Stories.

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If you ever wanted a story you’ve never heard before, go no further than AJ McLean. There’s almost nothing this man won’t talk about and we are HERE for it. Thanks to AJ, we have the story about Howie’s contribution to “The Call”, a story about Nick being thrown out in his underwear and more.

Not only do we love his stories, but anytime we get a chance to chat with AJ is a good time. He’s never met a stranger and we love him for it.

10. Their PDA.

While we may not understand their constant crotch grabbing, the group hugs, the high fives and the kisses (seemingly intended to annoy each other) is just another reminder that these five are family. It’s a constant in an otherwise unpredictable world.

11. Sneak Peeks In The Studio.

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HIHGJOKWQOWEJGWOGJOSSB << Every text, tweet, social media post from a BSB fan after they’ve been spotted and / or post something from the studio. “But I thought you knew they were recording?” The normies say. To that we say, YEAHBUTTHISISPROOF OMGITSGONNABESOGOOD.

Admittedly, right after that, we start demanding more because sometimes we’re assholes but…such is life. At least we’re hype about it.

12. Those Harmonies. 

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There’s no need for me to write anything right here. You probably read “those harmonies”, salivated a little, then instantly heard your favorite Backstreet harmony in your head. Every fan knows that BSB harmonies are like giant fluffy sweaters for your eardrum. Harmony and chill, you guys.

13. Their Mannerisms. 

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Brian’s leg lift and his hands when he talks. Kevin’s mouth-nose scrunch thing when he sings long notes. Nick’s eyebrows and his point. Howie’s nodding. AJ’s …well…AJ has a lot. We’ve become accustomed to them and we wouldn’t have our Backstreet Boys without them.

14. Old Videos (And When They Remember Things They Do).

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For some reason, we think we’re the only ones who remember scenes from A Night Out With The Backstreet Boys or MTV Diary and we’re not sure why. Of course the Boys remember it; they lived it. It’s always so sweet though when we’re not the only ones reminiscing.

15. Their Most Random Tweets.

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We’ve posted about Kevin, Nick, and Brian‘s tweets, but we really love the most random, relatable tweets that put the Backstreet Boys on an insanely human level. Oh, and we equally love random tweets to ourselves. (We do not love the insane begging for them though – stop it, fans.)

16. Nick’s Corner.

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BSB on Ice. The Backstreet Boys literally stuck their heads in ice to see who could do it the longest. We’ve never loved them or a space “owned” by Nick more.

17. When The Boys Remember Us.

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Dear 12-year-old self,

When you get older, you will get to talk to Kevin / Howie / Brian / AJ / Nick. One time, if you do it enough, they might remember you. Don’t worry – you won’t die. It will, however, be a highlight of your life.

18. ANYTHING BSB-Related That We Can Get Hype About.

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BSB Socks? Yep. BUY THEM.

AJ’s brother-in-law’s 3rd cousin on a TV show? Ok, we’ll watch.

New album in 3.5 years? CAN WE PREORDER NOW?!

There’s nothing we love more than a good hype. Except maybe the other things on this list.

19. Odd Items Of Their Clothing.

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Kevin’s. Red. Pants.

The 5 items of clothing that Nick owns.

Brian’s hats.

AJ’s glittery things.

Howie’s dove shirt, to be honest.

20. Anytime We Convert Someone Into a Backstreet Fan.

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Basically, our mission in life. We’re stealth and we LOVE a good conversion. Don’t show us your weakness! (Or do.)

We just really love them.

For everything.

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What’s Happening On The Backstreet: August 19 – 23, 2017

We asked on Twitter if you’d want weekly update posts to help you keep up with what is literally happening on the Backstreet — because these five are BUSY!

You said yes and here we are. These posts will come weekly (I’ll try, at least…) – usually on the weekend – and will not contain new content, but will try to include everything you might have missed from the previous week from the world of BSB (and our posts for the week).

This one is coming a little early — but there was so much this week and we’re not even through!!

Here are the highlights from August 19th-23rd: