The Backstreets boys have indeed been running the streets of the music industry for a very a long time.From I Want It That Way to I'll Never Break Your Heart, the band have been known to release hit love songs that have gotten many lady fans wishing the songs were written for them.
There personal love lives also seem to have benefited from their inspiring music lyrics. Over the years, all five members of the group — AJ McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, and Brian Littrell — have gotten married and started families of their own.
And each of the band members actually have really sweet stories of how they met the love of their lives turned wives. Not so surprisingly one of the backstreet boys actually met his significant other on the set of a Backstreet Boys music video, while another was already together with his partner even before the band hit the golden mine of fame while he was still working at Disney world. And apparently, tours are now often family affairs.
We have a family room backstage for the family and the wives and the kids to hang out in, Richardson told People in 2018. It used to be the VIP room, stocked with alcohol for our friends and different people that come to see the show, but now it's the family room.
In the same interview, Dorough opened up about how meaningful starting their families has been for the whole band. We got a little jaded, but having our own families gives you those goosebumps all over again, he said. So, just who are the Backstreet wives? Continue reading to get to know them and their sweet love stories!
Leighanne Littrell, Brian Littrell's Wife
Remember the couple that met on the set of a backstreet boys music video, yep that’s Leighanne and Brian. So you could say that the couple has the Backstreet Boys to thank for their romance.
Brian first met the Leighanne on the set of the band's As Long as You Love Me music video in 1997. The pair had sparks flying on their first meeting and barely two years later on Christmas Eve in 1999, Brian proposed to Leighanne, and the two tied the knot in September 2000 in Atlanta, according to People.
Following their blissful marriage, the pair welcomed a son named Baylee in November 2002. They have since continued to be all loveydovey even after being together for more than two decades.
Kristin Richardson, Kevin Richardson's Wife
Kevin and Kristin story is that of a love that surpasses wealth and fame. Many young fans would have loved to marry a backstreet band member after their rise to fame but only a few would have wanted to take a chance with a wanna be celebrity singer who was making just enough at the time..
While Kevin was still working at Disney World, he and Kristin met on set while he played Aladdin, and Kristin played Belle from Beauty and the Beast. The couple announced their engagement on MTV in February 2000 and married in June 2000 in Kentucky. They currently have two sons: Mason, who was born in July 2007, and Maxwell, who was born in July 2013.
Leigh Boniello, Howie Dorough's Wife
Dorough first met his wife in 2000 when she was working as the Backstreet Boys webmaster. He proposed on New Year's Eve in 2006, and the couple wed in December 2007 in Orlando. Together, they have two sons: James, who was born in May 2009, and Holden, who was born in February 2013.
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Rochelle Deanna Mclean, AJ Mclean's Wife
AJ started dating Rochelle sometime in early 2009, and they got engaged nearly a year later when AJ made a heartwarming proposal on stage. In December 2011, the two tied the knot during a goth-themed wedding in Beverly Hills and currently have two beautiful daughters: Elliot, who was born in November 2012, and Lyric, who was born in March 2017.
In March 2023, AJ revealed that he and Rochelle had decided to separate temporarily.
Lauren Kitt, Nick Carter's Wife
The last backstreet band member to get hitched was Nick. According to news from Rolling Stone, Nick first met his wife Lauren who is a fitness expert on a blind date in 2008. After being together for four years, the singer proposed in the Florida Keys in February 2013, and the pair tied the knot in April 2014 in Santa Barbara, CA. They both have a three children together, son named Odin, a daughter named Saoirse, and another daughter named Pearl, who was born in April 2021.
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