Is there anything in the world more beautiful than a boy band? The gel-heavy hairdos. The choreographed moves. The matching outfits (so often suits, so often made of leather). The cuddly, goofy photo ops. Being in a boy band isn’t just a job, it’s an art form. As someone who once cried in the middle of 40,000 screaming girls when Donnie Wahlberg sang “Cover Girl,” seeing them perform live can be a life-changing experience. (NKOTB 4ever.)
Our friends over at MTV are honoring this special species of man music with their Battle of the Boy Bands, and the final round of voting begins today. In honor of the competition we’ve selected the best photos of the best boy bands of the past 20 years for you to swoon/LOL/and get nostalgic over. Be sure to view the pics while listening to our boy band playlist, featuring some of our favorite boy band jams.
As usual, we were tuned into the Howard Stern Show this morning, where the gang had former LFO singer Rich Croninspilling the dirt on his romance with former flame Jennifer Love Hewitt. He may have written one of the worst songs known to mankind (“Summer Girls,” obvs), but he managed to charm us with his Boston accent and underdog attitude. Here’s just some of the juicy deets Howard was able to squeeze out of the former boy-bander – which we must point out – may not be true. The newly single Jenn-Love deserves a say!
Love supposedly made Rich wear two condoms when they had sex.
The actress apparently dragged her man to Cartier, where she purchased an “infinity ring” for the singer and declared that she wanted to one day marry him.
While appearing on VH1′s Mission: Man Band, Rich met 98 Degrees member Jeff Timmons, who revealed that Hewitt had supposedly given him the same ring while they were dating.
Cronin alleges that Hewitt cheated on him with actor Patrick Wilson, who she fell for after seeing him perform on Broadway. She eventually dumped him.
His pet name for her vagina was “missy.” Ew.
Cronin – who beat leukemia in 2005 – is in the process of launching a comeback, after he and the rest of LFO were screwed out of most of their earnings by creepy boy band manager Lou Perlman. You can check out his new video for the single “Story Of My Life” above. Did Love make a mistake by dumping this dude?
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