The Backstreet Boys, commonly referred to as BSB, are one of the most iconic boy bands for anyone in their 20s and 30s right now. Though they have a long history in the public eye and spotlight, there are some things about this group of boys (now men) that most people don’t know. Here, PPcorn present 15 facts you probably didn’t know about the Backstreet Boys.
Number Fifteen: The Group Almost Included Ryan Gosling
You might recall that Gosling used to be a Mouseketeer, and so he lived in the same building as AJ McLean. McLean asked Gosling to be in the band, but Gosling reportedly thought that the group would be too much like NKOTB.
Number Fourteen: They Used to Watch Porn Together
The founder of the Backstreet Boys, Lou Pearlman, would often have the group over to his home to hang out together. On several occasions, the boys would put on a pornographic film and watch it to entertain themselves. It was not a sexual experience, but more of an entertaining one for them.
Number Thirteen: Nick Carter and AJ McLean Got Into a Fight Over Mario Kart
The two were reportedly playing the cult classic video game when Carter got upset and possibly threw the remote at McLean. They then began fighting each other.
Number Twelve: They Were Paid Very Little in the Beginning
The boys were really young when they started their band, so they understandably were not sure what to expect in terms of money. According to McLean, “I don’t exactly recall the exact amount that it was, but we were on a weekly per diem that we were living on, just for like food during rehearsals. I was living on the McDonald’s diet for the better portion of probably six or seven years of our career.”
Number Eleven: Backstreet Boys Are the Best-Selling Boy Band of All Time
Having sold more than 130 million copies of their albums, they beat out N*Sync for the world’s best-selling boy band. Impressive!
Number Ten: They Have Been Together for a Very Long Time
Though they took a brief hiatus, the Backstreet Boys have been together for 22 years. And they are still going strong!
Number Nine: They Got Their Name From a Flea Market
Apparently, the name “Backstreet” comes from a flea market they saw in Orlando. That was called the “Backstreet” Market.
Number Eight: AJ McLean Tried Cocaine for the First Time Before Filming a Music Video
Known as the wild one, McLean was beginning to experiment with drugs. He tried cocaine for the first time before filming the music video for “The Call.”
Number Seven: McLean Also Like to Run Around Naked
At the peak of his partying days, AJ McLean had VIP status at a strip club in Orlando, and he would often go bowling topless with the strippers. He also enjoyed streaking down hotel hallways while the boys were touring.
Number Six: Brian Littrell Was a Father Figure for Nick Carter
Carter was nearly a decade younger than the oldest member, and he was half of a decade younger than Littrell. According to AJ McLean, Carter began to look up to Littrell as almost a parent.
Number Five: Backstreet Boys Have a Lot of Crazy Fan Stories
Because the Backstreet Boys had such a cult following, they also have some crazy fan stories. Even though the boys would often leave after their last song before the band even stops playing, some fans became aware of this and would still try and hunt them down. According to Kevin Richardson, one night some fans knocked on his door, but he thought it was his wardrobe assistant. He answered the door wearing just a towel, and he saw five screaming fans.
Number Four: Their First Performance Was Opening for Shamu
In 1993, the Backstreet Boys had their first performance together, which was at SeaWorld. They opened for Shamu to the tune of 3,000 people.
Number Three: Two of the Members Are Cousins
It’s true! Brian Littrell and Kevin Richardson are cousins.
Number Two: Nick Carter Is Also an Actor
Remember the movie, Edward Scissorhands? Well, Nick Carter plays a kid on a slip and slide in the movie!
Number One: Briain Has Experience Working in Fast Food
He used to work at Long John Silver’s. Oh, how things have changed!