Backstreet Boys are back with their much anticipated comeback album! Nick Carter spoke to NW about the new album and about his personal life(which is always juicy).
Read the full Q&A below:
__You've lost one of your members, Kevin Richardson, who quit last year. Was it hard to go into the studio without him? _It was definitely a little weird at first - after 14 years of being in the same band, it's just kind of a shocker. But we got past that. In reality there are no hard feelings and it's one of those things where we've just got to move on. And I don't know if you've looked at the music in depth, but it still feels like the Backstreet Boys, you know.
____Is it true that former *Nsync star J.C. Chasez wrote some songs for the new album? _ _Well, no, he wrote one song. He and A.J. [McLean] wrote a song together and we liked it, so we decided to record it.
____Has it weird to put the old *Nsync/Backstreet Boys rivalry to one side? _ No, not at all. It felt great. I don't think there's rivalry in the pop industry to that extent anymore. Just to be in the same boat [as J.C.] and reminiscing was great.
____Does it grate to still have people calling you a "boy band"? __No, because they don't say that anymore. We're like, "Backstreet Boys are still here - they won't die so, whatever!"
____You have huge fan support. Do you have the same people turning up to your gigs as in the early days? _ _We have some new fans and we definitely have some older fans. We treat them very well and we love them very much, that's why they stick around. We understand they are the best, we know that.
__ __Have you ever got used to being a teen heart-throb? __Nah. [Laughs.] If you get used to that stuff I don't know if that's necessarily a good thing. I always feel like it's an honor.
____You started in the band when you were 12 years old. How did you deal with having so many things thrown at you from such a young age? __It was definitely tough. All those things you go through as a child entertainer can affect you because your sense of reality is basically tarnished. Now it's starting to get better and I'm starting to realize what's going on, so I don't want to be a victim.
____You did a reality TV show with your family which really laid your problems bare. Having always led such a public life, in hindsight do you have any regrets about exposing yourself even more? _ _I never have any regrets because the things I've gone through have taught me to be the person I am right now, you know? And as far as the reality show goes, it really gave me a chance to look at myself. To judge myself. It really made me aware that I had issues I had to deal with.
____Have you dealt with those problems now? __Well, as you've seen with a lot of other artists - like Britney Spears - they've had meltdowns because they don't know how to handle it. They don't know how to give themselves a break and that time [to] come down to reality. That's what happened to me. I've had a lot of reality checks along my life - a lot of reality checks with everything that's gone on.
____Are you in a happy place now? __Absolutely! I really feel so strong and ready to take on the world. Ready to start touring, start working on my record label. I'm also acting.
____You've just finished filming a movie called Fast Glass with Heroes star Greg Grunberg. How was it? __It was amazing. I met lots of great people, I learnt a lot, it was awesome. Also, I met a great director [Kim Ball] who was also the writer of the movie and we wrote a short film together. So next year I'm going to film it. I'm directing it, acting in it, and I'm also one of the writers. _
___So you're a bit of a workaholic? __Well, I've got to keep myself busy.
____How do you prioritize things? __I've turned out to be really good at multi-tasking. That's something that comes along later on in life. __
__What do you like doing in your free time? __Playing basketball, working out, watching American football, writing or recording music, playing video games. And I love to sleep! _
___Do you have to get really fit to go back on the road? __Absolutely. You can't have fat Backstreet Boys on the stage! _
___Is there any chance you'll tour here with the new album? __Absolutely, there's no doubt about it. I can't wait to get back to Australia. I love it, it's my favorite place in the world. __
__You're just saying that because we're in Australia _..._No, it's true! I love that accent. I hope I'm going to meet an Australian girl. _
___You're single at the moment? __Yes I am.