AJ McLean: Backstreet Boy Explains Why His Wife Was A Big N’Sync Fan

Singer AJ McLean recently admitted that the Backstreet Boys were not on the top of his wife’s list when it came to her favorite boy bands.

On the contrary, McLean stated that she was actually more of an N’Sync fan instead.

The 37-year-old singer opened up his wife’s preference in an interview with TooFab, confirming that his wife even saw N’Sync perform on tour multiple times.

“My wife [was a] bigger ‘N Sync fan than Backstreet fan. She saw PopOdyssey, and she saw the tour before that, [No Strings Attached], because she was like, ‘I think they’re way better dancers than you guys.'”

The interview was actually a joint discussion at Comic-Con which apparently paired AJ McLean alongside N’Sync singer Joey Fatone.

AJ McLean could have complained about the fact that his wife, Rochelle, was a bigger fan of the boy band that fans and critics viewed as their biggest competitors. However, McLean took a different approach — he actually talked about the N’Sync songs that he personally enjoyed himself.

“I had a couple [favorite ‘N Sync songs]: ‘Drive Myself Crazy,’ ‘It’s Gonna Be Me’ — or, as the memes say, It’s Gonna Be May. ‘Pop,’ too.”

Joey Fatone apparently chimed in by saying that he loved the chart-topping Backstreet Boys album, Millennium. He even found it funny that he would actually catch himself singing the songs at times.

N’Sync and Backstreet Boys were two of the most popular boy bands in the late 90s and early 2000s. With the flame of New Kids on the Block dwindling down, a brand new generation flocked to buy their albums, attend their concerts, and learn their music video choreography.

Both groups were made up of five young men. Both groups were founded by Louis “Lou” Perlman. Both groups were known for beautifully harmonizing their voices and pulling off impressive dance routines. Therefore, it’s not surprising that so many people viewed them as each other’s rivals.

However, AJ McLean set the record straight during the same interview — confirming that the two groups weren’t rivals at all.

“There was never any kind of rivalry. [Joey] and I grew up in the same town together, Howie and Chris went to college together. I think the media just manifested and tried to force it. They’re like, ‘Okay, same management, same label…there’s gotta be something.'”

AJ McLean and Rochelle Karidis became husband and wife in December, 2011. McLean had each of his BSB bandmates in attendance at the ceremony, which was held in Beverly Hills.

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