NSYNC star Chris Kirkpatrick felt a rivalry with other boy bands.
The 49-year-old singer admitted the ‘Dirty Pop’ hitmakers shared “competitiveness” with bands like 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 much competition.
However, the NSYNC star fired back, “That’s a lie! There was competitiveness back then.
“There were underlying things that we all had. I was afraid of you!
And Chris admitted there was a time when he couldn’t be in the same room as AJ, despite having grown closer over the years.
He said: “There was a time when I couldn’t be in the same room with this guy. “But there’s always been mutual respect, and now that we’re all parents, we’ve grown.
“Looking back on things, it’s cool to see what each of the bands did and how it all worked together.”
Chris noted that there is a camaraderie between the boy bands of the early 2000s who all went through a similar journey.
He explained, “It was really this symbiotic relationship with Backstreet, 98 Degrees, us and even O-Town and other bands that came in.”
AJ agreed and revealed the close bond he now shares with Chris and Jeff.
He joked: “It’s kind of like the Three Stooges.”
Meanwhile, Chris previously revealed he locked heads with AJ after the ‘Larger Than Life’ hitmaker started seeing an ex-girlfriend he recently broke up with, and he was so furious that he wanted to “kick his ass”.
He recalls: “I wanted to hit AJ [McLean’s] turns off for a moment. I was dating a girl, I broke up with her and he started dating her.
“And I guess he was talking to her about me right there, so I confronted him and wanted to kick his ass.”
However, the couple quickly smoothed things over and went out for a drink together.
He said: “I don’t know how it got resolved – I saw him go out one night and said I wanted to kill him, but I said, ‘Let’s have a beer.