5 Things We’ve Learned From Brian Littrell

It’s February 20th again and you know what that means….

Another BSB Vegas night!

Just kidding. Every good fan knows that it’s the day Brian Littrell turns another year older, but you could never tell by his looks or his spirit. He has the aura of the sun and his energy is absolutely endless. We’re blessed to celebrate another year of his existence.

Just like we have with the others, we’re celebrating his birthday by naming a few of the things we’ve learned from having Mr. Littrell in our lives for the past 26 years!

1. Your Life Can Change In An Instant – Roll With It.

No one has taught us that one moment – one phone call – can change your life more than Brian. Everyone knows the story about him receiving a phone call from Kevin to come to Orlando and audition for the Backstreet Boys. The rest is history. So many of us find ourselves overthinking, trying to predict the future, trying to control our own destiny and forget that one chance moment could change everything, but we don’t always think about the good. If Brian’s story isn’t enough inspiration to do the things, what is?

2. Just Keep Swimming.

Speaking of being an inspiration, if there ever was a person to personify perseverance in the face of obstacles, it’s this man. He’s been dealt a few tough cards in life and he continues on in spite of them. He continues and he finds new ways to be even better. He continues and he fights harder. He continues and man, are we ever in awe of all of the things Brian has proven will not take him down. He calls the shots and he makes the best of every. single. thing. We’re in his corner for sure.

3. Go Out Of Your Way To Be Kind To Others.

A quick scan of social media and mention of Brian Littrell will give you quite a collection of a man who reaches out to hug people mid concert, lays down on stages to take selfies with fans nearby, takes phones to record onstage footage that you wouldn’t be able to get otherwise, and person after person with stories about how he put them at ease during a meet and greet or how genuinely nice he was during a chance meeting. A little kindness goes a LONG way and says a lot about who you are. Brian is definitely one of those people whose reputation precedes him in the best way and again, we’re inspired by it.

4. Be Loud About What You Believe In.

During Brian’s solo career a few years back, a lot of us found ourselves in places we never thought we’d end up – at Christian music concerts and gospel award shows. What some of us really didn’t expect is to be back in touch with our faith (whatever that may be) because of it. Brian has never shied away from talking about his faith, what he believes and the fact that he draws his strength from God and his Christianity. His openness and willingness to share that part of him has made all of us a little more willing to share our own views and understand that different points of view make the world a better place.

5. Age Is Really Just A Number.

Have you seen a grown man jump from 6 feet in the air down onto a stage? Have you seen one swing from the rafters of a house or do handstands on command? We have. Brian reminds us on the daily that you’re only as old as you feel and act. Stay in shape and have a spirit that moves others, kids! Stay light.

We’re wishing you the happiest of birthdays, Brian!

We’re blessed to have had the opportunity for you to touch so many of our lives.

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5 Things We’ve Learned From Nick Carter

For the past 25 years, Backstreet Boys fans worldwide have ended January by celebrating Nick Carter’s latest trip around the sun.

This year, the youngest Backstreet Boy turns 39 and what a life it has been thus far! We have seen Nick literally grow up before our eyes (as we have alongside him) and through the highs and the lows, we have learned so much from him.

As we have with every other Backstreet Boy on their birthdays, we’re celebrating by laying out some of the best things we’ve learned from Mr. Carter.

1. Hard Work Pays Off. 

When we say that Nick is (and has always been) one of the hardest working people we know, we mean it professionally and personally. There’s very few times in his career that Nick has only had one task at hand, always working to create something new and do something better than he has done before – group and solo.

Then there’s the fact that, after fearing a decline in health from years of bad choices, he turned everything around – hitting the gym and taking care of himself on a regular basis. This hard work has turned into Nick living his best life and looking the best he ever has, but also in the best health he ever has been, inspiring many to do the same.

2. The Power Of Positivity. 

Nick has spoken before about a book that meant a lot to him, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale’s The Power Of Positive Thinking, a gift from bandmate Kevin Richardson, and how positive thinking has affected his life and overall outlook on things. This disposition has translated through in many things in Nick’s work, the way he speaks, and has inspired us to think twice about the way we think as well.

3. A Lot of RANDOM Things. 

From aliens to football to video games to high tech computer developments to all the science to the process behind the scenes, Nick has inadvertently taught us so many things we didn’t know before. We guarantee you if you spend five minutes with him, you’re going to learn SOMETHING… whether you wanted to know it or not.

4. Family Isn’t Always Blood Related.

If you’ve followed Nick Carter for any length of time, you’d know that so many of the people he calls his family are people he has chosen – people that have come into his life by chance, fans included. Even now that he is married with a son and has a sweet little family of his own, you’ll find him still referring to the other BSB as his brothers. He has made it clear to so many that family is what you make it and in that, many have been able to come to terms with things in their own life and find their own families.

Because of Nick, a lot of fans have found their families in each other.

5. How To Go Hard For Things We Believe In.

Remember that time we found ways for everyone to watch Dancing With The Stars worldwide and vote an obscene amount of times and forced our friends to do the same? Remember when we voted for “The One” to be a single because of Nick? Remember every moment we’ve rallied for him through in the past 26 years? Remember every football season when Nick himself believes the Bucs will finally make it to the Super Bowl?

He’s taught us to be passionate about what we want, to throw our support full force behind the people we believe in, and inspired us to go hard for those things. No one does it better than Nick Carter.

Happy Birthday, Nick!

We hope that your day (and this year) is nothing short of amazing for you.

5 Lessons We’ve Learned From Kevin Richardson

Everybody loves Kevin Richardson. Even your mom — literally. Everyone has a piece of Kevin that they love the most and those pieces make up one of the best men that we’ve ever had a chance of “knowing”.

And today just happens to be his birthday (unless you’re not reading this on October 3rd — then it’s just a regular day that we appreciate Kevin and stuff).

So, here’s a few things of the many things we’ve learned from the eldest Backstreet Boy…

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All The Things You Need To See From AJ’s 40th Prom Birthday

Last Tuesday, AJ McLean turned 40, joining 4/5 of the Backstreet Boys in the Forty Club.

Friday, he changed his Instagram handle in preparation for coming solo projects and excitedly told everyone that his wife and best friend have been working hard on a surprise party for him.

Saturday…OUR MINDS WERE BLOWN. Rochelle had put together a 80s prom birthday party to remember for her husband who had never had a prom of his own to go to.

Photo after photo, instagram story and instagram story, and video after video flooded in as the party continued on through late Saturday night. With celebrities (Jeff Timmons, Carrie Keegan, Erik-Michael Estrada, and Lance Bass to name a few) and familiar faces (A LOT of the Backstreet team, Nick, Brian, Lauren, Leighanne, Madonna Mark and Tom, Denise Solis, JoJo Wright, etc.) in attendance, it seemed to be the party of the year… so far.

With that being said, we didn’t want everyone to miss out on anything and we’ve done a sweep on social media for the best photos and videos that you might have missed from AJ’s 40th birthday party (NOTE: Not our photos). That includes the sweet speeches from Brian and Nick and the birthday boy himself!

WARNING: You’re definitely going to want Rochelle McLean to plan your party after you see these photos. I mean, there was Taco Bell AND In N Out Burger…

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We LOVE seeing AJ so happy and so celebrated! We hope that this year is an amazing one for you, Mr. McLean. 

Happy Birthday, AJ McLean: Watch Some Of Our Favorite AJ Moments

Another Backstreet Boy has joined the 40 party! Age really is just a number when it comes to AJ McLean though because the man performs onstage just like he did when he was in his 20s and we were in our teens. With his big heart and his knack for conversation about anything under the sun, we’re so thrilled that we get to celebrate another year of Mr. McLean

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 AJ’s latest trip around the sun!



“This is my favorite because it is with Ava. You can see every time he talks about his girls how much he loves them. He was meant to be these sweet girls daddy!! He is an example everyday of what a little girls daddy should be.” – Shannon Link


“My favorite AJ moments are two GIFs I created from my last concert in Toronto at the Jingle Ball North. Why is this my fave? It basically sums up how AJ hits every damn mark with so much swag. Ugh. He’s literally my kryptonite.” – Michelle Johnson


“This was at the NKOTBSB show in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on the 5/23/2012. I had never been sung to by a Backstreet Boy before let alone been given anything from them (apart from their music). AJ sang to me during my favourite song, kissed his handkerchief and gave it too me. As you can hear I was very excited lol. Thanks AJ and happy birthday to you!” – Rebecca McAdam


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“Because what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” – Mayte


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“Because it was the first BSB concert I ever watched and he was amazing.” – Priscila Santos


“These are my favourite AJ moments and my biggest dream is that AJ one day will recognise me and know me by name. AJ, I hope you have THE best birthday possible with your friends and family, and please, please, pretty please leak some solo material soon. Your voice is too wonderful to have studio stuff not released. 😉 Much birthday love from Maria Flygare in Sweden.”


“Love his moves! Love his carefree attitude!! Love him!!” – Victoria Pilgrim


“From 0:12-1:09. This goes beyond the Backstreet Boys as stage personalities and shows us how much they care about one another as people. This was one of the most vulnerable pieces of AJ’s life, which he shared with us, and we got to live that emotional moment with them. There are so many people who love and care about him– and we are so proud of him for continuing to fight the good fight every single day.” – Brittany


“While I love seeing AJ on stage, malin us fans scream, my fave AJ moment comes from a moment with his family that he was kind enough to share with us. Seeing him with his daughters makes my heart melt completely. This moment of them dancing and singing during the Holidays is absolutely adorable. Our “bad boy” has become the most loving father in the world to his baby girls. As a fan, there is nothing better than seeing him happy with his family :)” – Anne


“This is my favorite moment because AJ was hilariously messing up the ‘Larger Than Life’ dance with Brian, while wearing a kilt on the 2010 BSB Cruise.”


“AJ’s solo on the 2016 cruise is my favorite moment because it was done with only acoustic music and you can really hear his amazing voice. Plus, the story was hilarious and him getting on the floor was awesome! AJ is perfect every time he opens his mouth – lol – but I can’t get enough of this performance! And at the end he exclaims “I still got it!” well, yes you do AJ. Yes, you do. :)” – Jennifer Varnum


“This YouTube-video from BSB Cruise 2016 became very special to me last summer. I watched it all day long and it gave me the strength to take the long overdue step to separate me. Get annother boyfriend is one of my favorite songs. I love this acoustic version. AJ’s voice is amazing.” – Antje Behlert


Happy Birthday, AJ! We ❤ you.

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.

We Need Your Help For Kevin’s Birthday!

Another year of Backstreet birthdays.

For some reason, we always start with Kevin. We don’t know how that happened, but that’s how it is.

SO, another year and here we are, with another idea for spreading love, birthday wishes and appreciation for our five. We’ve done words of appreciation from everyone, favorite moments with each of the boys, and simply writing about them.

This year, we want to relive our favorite moments by watching them. Send us your favorite Kevin moment in a video or GIF. 

This can be anything from a music video, behind the scenes moment, tour, cruise, interview, etc. We only ask that it be a YouTube link. If your favorite Kevin moment can be summed up in a GIF, send it our way! (If it’s a GIF and you don’t have the link, send via email to whothebackstreet@gmail.com)

Oh, and tell us why.

Fill out the form below!

Happy Birthday, Howie D.

At the end of Summer, when kids are going back to school and Fall is upon us, Howie D. gives us one more reason to celebrate before the season’s end.

It’s been 44 trips around the sun for the spiciest (and arguably the quietest) of the Backstreet Boys and each year he just keeps getting better. While Howie keeps a pretty low profile when offstage, that doesn’t mean he hasn’t continually made a huge impact on us. The man gets better with age – google his photos RIGHT NOW! We can’t wait for at least 44 more years with Howie. What a fox!

Happy Birthday… to the stealthiest Backstreet Boy we know.

Happy Birthday… to the man who has proven that he can sleep literally anywhere.

Happy Birthday… to the man who stays low key but makes huge contributions.

Happy Birthday… to the man who made winking cool.

Happy Birthday… to the best party crasher.

Happy Birthday… to the man who taught us how to party all night.

Happy Birthday… to the man who apparently created the beat for “The Call”.

Happy Birthday… to the man who is always willing to stop for a fan and live up to his “Sweet D.” name.

Happy Birthday… to the man who puts up with Nick’s antics the most.

Happy Birthday… to the man who shows up to nearly every event, whether it be a BSB event, a wedding, a vow renewal, or a red carpet premiere.

Happy Birthday to the husband, the father, the brother, the son, the giver, the Latin lover, the hip shaker, the Backstreet Boy — our Howie Dorough!

We couldn’t imagine the Backstreet Boys without you. Thank you for giving us your all 110% of the time. We appreciate you more than you know.

 

Happy Birthday, Brian Littrell

We’ve celebrated February 20th every year as another year we’re blessed to have Brian Littrell in our lives. As everyone knows, his life has been one small miracle after another from the very beginning and we’re insanely lucky to be celebrating his birthday. For many of us, his being alive has changed our lives in one way or another, if even just for a small moment.

Now, we celebrate Brian turning 42 (what?!) and we can only hope that we’re lucky enough to have 42 more years with him.

Happy Birthday… to the man whose life has been a miracle.

Happy Birthday… to the man who is living proof that when life knocks you down, it’s best to get back up and carry on.

Happy Birthday… to the man who taught us that faith is everything.

Happy Birthday… to the man who showed us it’s possible to be someone important and remain down to earth.

Happy Birthday… to the man who makes us want to learn how to do handstands.

Happy Birthday… to the man who is always willing to be kind to fans.

Happy Birthday… to the man who took the time to hug every fan onstage during Platinum VIP during the IAWLT tour.

Happy Birthday… to the man who is always putting others first.

Happy Birthday… to the family man.

Happy Birthday… to man who has inspired us to be who we are and make no apologies.

Happy Birthday… to the man who is always ready to make someone laugh.

Happy Birthday… to the man who gives us a heart attack every time he jumps from heights.

Happy Birthday… to the reason we can’t say things like “gotta go” or “alright” like a normal person.

Happy Birthday… to one hell of a fighter.

Happy Birthday… to the Backstreet Boy, the father, the husband, the singer, the performer, the friend, the giver, the brother, the cousin, the son, the human.

Happy Birthday, Brian

We are beyond thankful that you answered the call in 1993 and that we’ve been able to share 24 of your 42 years on earth. We couldn’t imagine the Backstreet Boys (or life) without you.

Thank you for continuing to inspire us.

Happy Birthday, AJ McLean

January 9th.

For as long as we can remember, AJ McLean has kicked off a new year of Backstreet birthdays and a new year that we are so incredibly lucky and blessed to have these men in our lives.

And boy, do we appreciate every year we’ve been able to spend with Alexander James McLean. Why? Keep reading.

Happy Birthday… to the man whose insanely good voice never lets us down.

Happy Birthday… to the man who has never let us down at all.

Happy Birthday… to the man who has never made any of us feel like strangers.

Happy Birthday… to the man who taught us all the things we probably didn’t need to know at the time we learned them from AJ.

Happy Birthday… to the man who wears his heart on his sleeve and we see it in every interaction with his wife and daughter.

Happy Birthday… to the man who keeps us hype (even if it’s because he says something he isn’t supposed to say yet).

Happy Birthday… to the man who taught us that it’s okay to admit your faults and it’s even better to seek help.

Happy Birthday… to the man who taught us that getting better takes time.

Happy Birthday… to the man who has always been so open about what he believes and what he supports.

Happy Birthday… to the man who taught us that tattoos and “hard” exterior don’t reflect what’s on the inside.

Happy Birthday… to a man who has an incredibly huge heart that would and does share it with anyone he can.

Happy Birthday, AJ. 

The world is a stage and it’s so lucky to have you here.

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