'Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of' Documentary Clip Dishes on Lou Pearlman, 'N Sync Controversy
The Backstreet Boys -- known for popular hits like "I Want It That Way," "As Long as You Love Me" and "Quit Playing Games" -- filmed a documentary called Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of in light of the 20th anniversary of their career. A recently released clip of the documentary gives insight to the group's feelings of Lou Pearlman and 'N Sync.
Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync mogul Pearlman was arrested in 2007 in an Indonesian hotel for bank fraud, defrauding investors for millions of dollars. He is currently serving 25 years in prison, according to the (New York) Daily News.
In a clip of Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of, via Entertainment Weekly, the band mates dished on the betrayal they felt when they found out Pearlman formed 'N Sync.
Kevin Richardson of the Backstreet boys described the moment he first learned of 'N Sync in the clip.
"Around 1995 I came off the road and Lou said, 'Come here, I want to show you something,'" Richardson explained. "He showed be a VHS tape of this group."
The group was 'N Sync, who at the time didn't have a name. To their surprise, the Backstreet Boys later found out that Pearlman had in fact financed 'N Sync and had been working with them.
"When we started out, we're like, 'Yeah we're a team, we're going to take over the world and there's nobody like us,'" he reminisced. "Then you find out, well, actually there is somebody like you."
A..J. McLean of the Backstreet Boys contributed his disappointment.
"We're molding them in your image, that's what they told us," he said. "Damn dude, I guess one wasn't enough? So now you gotta have 15 boy groups."
The documentary was released in January and is available now on iTunes and VOD. It is making its TV debut on VH1 as part of VH1's Rock Doc series, according to EW.
Check out the clip on EW here.