I’ve loved BSB since the video for “We’ve Got It Goin’ On” debuted on MusiquePlus (Canada’s Francophone version of MTV) on Christmas Eve, 1995. I have no shame in admitting my love for them, because my story is similar to “Janette“‘s… In 1997, almost at the Boy’s height of fame, and at 13 years old, my father died. He was also my best friend. I was left with a mother and stepfather who were more interested in their newborn son and weren’t really that into me, no other siblings, few friends… and the Backstreet Boys. My obsession with them was the only thing that kept me feeling positive, and they carried me through my awkward, potentially depressive or suicidal teenage years. Their posters kept watch over me, keeping me safe. I hope to meet them one day, so I can tell them so. As an adult, I grew up to be a sufferer of all kinds of mental health problems, most notably, alcoholism. I knew that AJ was a recovered alcoholic, and that was one of the many guideposts I used to find my own way to recovery. Today I’m clean, sober, and feeling better than ever! I hate to see One Director, Justin Bieber etc get torn down by adults who think they know best. A teen idol may literally be the only thing keeping a kid from killing themselves. Do you really want to take that away from them?