‘N Sync vs. Backstreet Boys: The True Story Behind Their Epic Boy Band Rivalry

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“We’re on to bigger and better things,” Littrell said of the experience. “And we’re better men for it.”

Ultimately, their respective betrayals brought them together, something “Big Poppa” never would’ve expected and absolutely dreaded, with Wright recalling a big moment just before the bands made their big moves against Pearlman. Both bands were competing in a charity basketball game, with Timberlake, Chasez, Littrell and Carter heading to McDonald’s afterwards. Wright could hear them whispering about Pearlman in the back of the car, both reps from each band airing their grievances.

“That was why he kept the two bands apart from each other,” The Boy Band Con‘s director Aaron Kunkel told People, “because he knew that if they started talking to each other, they could start comparing notes.”

Soon after, a “livid” Littrell went to the other members and said, ‘I want to file a lawsuit.'”

The rest of the band eventually filed suits as well, as they were the first of Pearlman’s acts to take legal action against him.

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