The Backstreet Boys will celebrate 26 years as a band with their 2019 DNA World Tour and the release of their tenth studio album, DNA, next year. In an in-depth discussion, the boy band reveals the highs and lows of their career with Vevo. Titled “The Backstreet Boys: Their Bond, Breaking Points and Finding Balance,” here are five things we learned from the original interview.
1. Their bond wasn’t always what it is today.
“There was no time off at that time,” Kevin Richardson explains of their height of fame in the late ’90s. “All of our dreams were coming true and we were all tripping out inside. Instead of us coming closer and tighter together, we almost retreated from one another to get that space and our bond wasn’t as tight in those moments as it could have been.”
2. They learned the hard way that they needed to find balance.
In 1998, Brian Littrell had open heart surgery. It forever changed the band’s perspective on what is most important in life. While their career was priority, his health trumped BSB.
“I had a 22 percent chance that I wouldn’t wake up,” Brian admits. “I couldn’t just walk back in and go, ‘Hey, guys! We’re back together!’ because it wasn’t like that for me. It was like a complete disconnect between me and all four of you guys. I delayed my surgery twice so we could have two different tours. And then I got managers screaming at me saying tickets are sold, you gotta keep it going. They didn’t give a s–t.”
3. A child changes everything.
“Me going to rehab the first time, that was one of the two most humbling moments for me. That and having Ava was the next most humbling moment,” AJ McLean says of his first daughter. “I can deal with my wife if I were to relapse, I could deal with you guys. Now having a child who doesn’t understand . . . that really messed with my head but it messed with my head in a good way.”
4. The grass isn’t always greener on the other side.
“My grounding moment was truthfully my failed solo album attempt. I still basically have a teenage mentality and rebelling against the family that I have, that I didn’t know was more of a family than my real family,” Nick Carter says of the decision to take a break from the band to pursue a solo career. “Sometimes the grass isn’t greener on the other side and that’s OK.”
5. Family comes first.
After BSB won their first MTV Award, Howie Dorough learned some devastating news: his sister Caroline, who had lupus, was back in the hospital.
“Caroline went to the hospital for a routine checkup. She had a situation where things went bad. I got there and by the time we were sitting in the waiting room, within an hour the doctor came in and said, ‘We lost your sister,'” he recalls. “I didn’t understand that. I remember going from an extreme high [after winning the award] to 24 hours of extreme low knowing that we would have to bury our sister within a few days.”
He adds, “We all have sacrificed for each other in so many different ways. I think over time we have been able to grow into the understanding and appreciate the sacrifices.”
Backstreet Boys’ tenth studio album, DNA, will be released on Jan. 25.