NSYNC star Chris Kirkpatrick has felt a rivalry with other boy groups.
The 49-year-old singer admitted that the “Dirty Pop” hitmakers shared their “competitiveness” with 98 Degrees and Backstreet Boys earlier in their careers.
Chris joined AJ McLean and Jeff Timmons for an interview with Variety, and the latter insisted that 98 Degrees didn’t feel a lot of competition.
However, the NSYNC star hit back, âThat’s a lie! Back then, there was competitiveness.
âThere were some underlying things that we all had. I was afraid of you!
And Chris admitted there had been a time when he couldn’t be in the same room as AJ, although they had grown closer over the years.
He said: âThere was a time when I couldn’t be in the same room as this guy. But there has always been mutual respect, and now that we’re all parents, we’ve grown.
âThinking about it, it’s cool to see what each of the groups did and how it all worked together.â
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Chris noted that there is camaraderie among the boy groups of the early 2000s who all went through a similar journey.
He explained, “It was really that symbiotic relationship with Backstreet, 98 Degrees, us and even O-Town and other bands that came along.”
AJ agreed and revealed the close bond he now shares with Chris and Jeff.
He joked, “It’s pretty much like the Three Stooges.”
Meanwhile, Chris previously revealed that he had locked his head with AJ after the “Larger Than Life” hitmaker started seeing an ex-girlfriend he had recently broken up with, and he was so furious that he wanted to “kick his ass **”.
He remembers: “I wanted to hit AJ [McLean’s] the lights go out for a little while. I was dating a girl, broke up with her and he started dating her.
“And I guess he was talking really loud to her about me, so I confronted him about it and wanted to kick his ass **.”
However, the couple quickly patched things up and went out for a drink together.
He said: “I don’t know how it resolved – I saw him go out one night and said I wanted to kill him, but I said, ‘Let’s have a beer. “
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