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The Backstreet Boys Explained "I Want It That Way" To Chrissy Teigen And I'm Like, "Ohhhhhh"

The end of the song has some confusing lyrics that the Boys just cleared up.

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If you've ever heard music before, you probably have also heard "I Want It That Way" by the Backstreet Boys.

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Now, this song has kind of a confusing ending. They sing: "I never wanna hear you say / I want it that way / 'Cause I want it that way."

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It's a little unclear what "it" is to begin with, but now they're saying that they don't want the girl to want it that way, because THEY want it that way? Is that what's happening? My brain hurts.

Since this is a BuzzFeed post, of course Chrissy Teigen is involved. She posed the question we've all been wondering for years:

“I never wanna hear you say, ‘I want it that way’ cause i want it that way”. He doesn’t wanna hear it because he is the one that wants it that way? He wants to be the one to say it? Also what is “it”?

And BY GOD, the official Backstreet Boys account ACTUALLY ANSWERED!

@chrissyteigen Don’t wanna hear you say that you want heartaches and mistakes... or to be 2 worlds apart. We don’t want you to want “it” that way - that’s the way we want it... for you to not want it that way. https://t.co/z7YWFhH8t1

Their answer is still kinda confusing, so let's break that down.

When they sing "I never wanna hear you say, 'I want it that way,'" they're saying that they never want to hear the girl say that she wants them to be "two worlds apart" or any of the other bad stuff in the song.

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So when they say "'Cause I want it that way" at the end, they're saying that THEY want to never hear her say that SHE wants bad things to happen to their relationship.

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Anyway, fans are very thankful.

@backstreetboys @chrissyteigen Dear Chrissy, fans and media have been asking for years but YOU...you have gotten it out of them. You should win a Nobel Peace Prize for this (or something like that).

Now, Chrissy, if you would please tweet at Meat Loaf we would all really appreciate it.

MCA

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