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    N'SYNC's Chris Kirkpatrick Explained How He Once "Couldn't Be In The Same Room" With Backstreet Boys' AJ MacLean

    Chris spilled all the tea!

    NSYNC singer Chris Kirkpatrick and Backstreet Boys member AJ McLean haven’t always been the closest of friends.

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    During a recent interview with Variety, Kirkpatrick recalled his friendship with McLean and said there was once a time he couldn’t stand being around the musician.

    Chris Kirkpatrick arrives for the Maxim Magazine Super Bowl XLIII party
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    "There was a time when I couldn't be in the same room with this guy," Kirkpatrick said. "But there's always been a mutual respect, and now that we're all parents, we've grown up.”

    (L to R) Chris Kirkpatrick, Bobby Brown, and AJ McLean at the live taping of "Boy Band"
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    Kirkpatrick also talked about the boy band era and said his band had a really “symbiotic relationship” with other groups like "98 Degrees," "Backstreet Boys," and “O-Town.”

    (L-R) JC Chasez, Lance Bass, Justin Timberlake, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick of N'Sync attend the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards
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    "It's pretty much like the Three Stooges,” McLean added in the joint interview.

    NSYNC and Backstreet Boys during United We Stand Concert
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    But when 98 Degrees’ Jeff Timmons said that there really wasn’t much competition between boy bands in the early 2000s, Kirkpatrick quickly disagreed.

    98 Degrees, circa 1995. From left to right, they are brothers Nick and Drew Lachey, with Jeff Timmons and Justin Jeffre
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    "That's a lie!" he said. "Back in the day, there was competitiveness. There were underlying things that we all had. I was afraid of you!"

    Chris Kirkpatrick, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone, JC Chasez and Justin Timberlake of NSYNC are honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
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    LOL. Just hearing Kirkpatrick, McLean, and Timmons reminisce about the past feels like I’m already in a time machine.

    (L-R)  Lance Bass, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick, Justin Timberlake of N Sync perform
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