The Backstreet Boys are “Larger Than Life” again, with a 2019 Grammy nomination in their pockets and a world tour coming up. So when asked if BSB would ever form a supergroup with fellow 2000s boy band ‘NSync, singer Brian Littrell shot down the idea.
“Not right now”, the 44-year-old told TMZ on Thursday, March 7. “I mean, we don’t really need that right now”.
He even joked that ‘NSync “definitely” needs Timberlake, 38, who has enjoyed success as a solo artist after ‘NSync went on hiatus in 2002, outperforming the solo efforts of former bandmates Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone, Lance Bass and JC Chasez.
“No, they’re good guys”, Littrell said of ‘NSync. “They’re good guys. But, you know, yeah, unfortunately, Justin blew up. I mean, no offense. They’re all talented guys. … They would need us a little while until they call Justin Timberlake back. … You know, NSync, you guys are cool. You guys are cool. You just ain’t Backstreet, that’s all”.
Jokes aside, the Kentucky native did speculate that a BSB-‘NSync collaboration would be a crowd-pleaser. “As much talk [as there is] about us being against each other, I think the fans would probably love it”, he said, noting that BSB combined with the New Kids on the Block to form supergroup NKOTBSB in 2010.
“Who knows?” he told TMZ. “Anything’s possible. Just call JT, though”.