For the last 17-18 years I was a very dedicated BSB fan. 7 years old to 25 years old, a huge chunk of my life. I went on the second cruise. The cruise is what started my decline in the fandom. I just realized how much money I had spent to have very little interaction with the guys. One of the reasons I went was because after the first cruise, everyone said they had so much time the guys. I realize now that my expectation of up-close-and-personal time with them is vastly different than what others are happy to accept. Standing in a crowd waiting for the Boys to show up. Screaming in a crowd when they do show up. Standing a crowd while the Boys interact with each other. That wasn’t my idea of fun. Too much of what they do seems singularly focused on extracting as much money as possible from their fans. That deeply saddens me when these 5 men are millionaires and just rack up cruises, VIP packages, etc. No one forces anyone to get these things, but to be active in the fandom, it feels necessary. The thing that really ended it for me was Nick’s round of fundraising for his movie. This man has a lot of money but uses his fans to finance an independent movie. I am a huge fan of Nick’s and this was so disappointing to me. Yes he had special offers for skype chats, tweets, etc, but if he was feeling generous, he could have just done those things. I will always have love for the Boys as people (and in meeting them have had very pleasant experiences), and respect their musical talents. But I just came to a point where I would rather spend my hard-earned money on vacations with my husband or a concert for another artist I’ve never seen live than a 10th or 11th BSB concert. I don’t fault anyone who enjoys spending all of their money on the Boys, and a lot of what happens does make for a one of a kind experience. All the best to them.