Backstreet Boys And NSYNC Members Who Couldn’t Stand Each Other Are Now Best Friends

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With the new collaboration between NSYNC and Backstreet Boys, more stories are coming out about their past.

NSYNC’s Chris Kirkpatrick says that during their heyday, when they were extremely competitive, he couldn’t stand to be in the same room with AJ McLean of Backstreet Boys.

He also said that even during that time, there was still mutual respect. He says… now that they have all become parents, “They’ve grown up.” He now considers McLean as one of his closest friends.

The two groups debuted their new single, “Air,” last weekend in Las Vegas.