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The late 1990s was the golden age of pop music and boy bands, but *NSYNC was one of the best. Formed in Orlando, Florida, by pop impresario, Lou Pearlman, *NSYNC consisted of singers Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Lance Bass, Chris Kirkpatrick, and Joey Fatone.
Their self-titled debut album was released in 1997 and made the boys of *NSYNC superstars. But, their sophomore album, No Strings Attached (the title of which was symbolic for the band separating itself from Pearlman and his management), went on to break records by selling one million copies in a single day, and 2.4 million copies in one week!
Despite three successful studio albums, eight Grammy nominations, several international hit singles, five nationwide tours, 70 million records sold worldwide, and even a line of dolls, *NSYNC broke up in 2002, never to make music together again.
The men of *NSYNC have gone on to have varying degrees of solo success, but let's take a look at where Justin, JC, Lance, Chris and Joey are now!
You probably don't need an update on how Justin Timberlake is doing now; as the most-successful former member of *NSYNC, he's world-famous- but here's an update, anyway.
Timberlake's solo ambitions were rumoured to be the reason the band broke up in the first place. Like the stars of many bands before him (see Robbie Williams and Take That, or George Michael and Wham!), Timberlake left *NSYNC in 2001 to go solo. His debut album, Justified won two Grammy Awards, and set Timberlake up for superstardom.
His accolades include 5 studio albums (including FutureSex/LoveSounds and The 20/20 Experience), numerous number-one singles (such as "SexyBack" and "Can't Stop The Feeling!"), 88 million records sold worldwide, starring roles in films like Friends with Benefits, The Social Network and In Time, 10 Grammy Awards, and 4 Primetime Emmys.
Timberlake married actress Jessica Biel in 2012, and together they have one son.
As an *NSYNC fan, I always had a hard time deciding who was my favourite singer in the band, Justin or JC? Despite thinking Justin was the cutest -- the second most important quality of a boy band singer -- even at the tender age of 11 I was able to admit that JC had more vocal talent (those held notes!).
Talent aside, JC Chasez hasn't measured up to Timberlake in terms of solo stardom, but his career is nothing to look down on. After *NSYNC, Chasez released his only solo album, Schizophrenic, which spawned the hit single, "Blowin' Me Up (With Her Love)." Chasez also served as a judge on the American reality competition show, America's Next Dance Crew, from 2008-12.
Chasez continues to work behind the scenes as a songwriter and producer for other artists.
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Lance Bass has had an interesting career trajectory after leaving *NSYNC!
Though he hasn't released any music, he made cameo appearances in films like Tropic Thunder and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. He placed 3rd in Season 7 of Dancing With The Stars and competed with his mother in the duo version of My Kitchen Rules, where they were runner-ups. In 2002, Bass undertook training in Russia to become an astronaut (yes, really!), but his plans to go to space unfortunately never materialized.
Bass came out as gay on the cover of People Magazine in 2006, and has since been an advocate for LGBTQIA+ rights. In 2014, he and actor, Michael Turchin, married. They have twins, a boy and a girl.
After *NSYNC broke up, Chris Kirkpatrick continued to make music with his rock band, Nigel's 11. The band released an independent album in 2010 called Clandestine Operation. Unfortunately, the band never reached *NSYNC's level of fame and they split up not long after.
In 2015, Kirkpatrick appeared in the movie, Sharknado 3. He's also been a contestant on several reality TV shows. He appeared on Gone Country in 2008, Celebrity Family Feud in 2017, and Celebrity Big Brother in 2022.
Kirkpatrick got married in Florida in 2013 with all the members of *NSYNC in attendance. He and his wife have one son.
Joey Fatone has had a pretty varied career since *NSYNC called it quits. He acted in My Big Fat Greek Wedding in 2002 and its sequel in 2016. He also reunited with the men of *NSYNC on two different reality shows. In 2017, he appeared with Chris Kirkpatrick on Celebrity Family Feud: Boy Bands vs Girl Groups and in 2021, Fatone, Kirkpatrick, and Lance Bass appeared on the ABC holiday special, A Very Boy Band Holiday. Fatone was runner-up in Season 4 of Dancing with the Stars and placed eighth in Season 1 of The Masked Singer (as the Rabbit). He's also hosted Family Feud, Impractical Jokers: After Party, and Common Knowledge.
Fatone married in 2004 and has two daughters.
An *NSYNC Reunion?
The late 2010s saw a revival of many boy bands. Groups like The Backstreet Boys, B2K, O-Town, and 98 Degrees reunited for tours and albums, but *NSYNC has never gotten back together again in any official capacity.
Still, the men have made appearances as *NSYNC throughout the years. In 2013, they performed a medley of *NSYNC hits at the MTV Video Music Awards. In 2018, the group appeared together to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The band (minus Timberlake) reunited on stage at Coachella in 2019 to perform a medley of *NSYNC songs during Ariana Grande's headlining performance.
The men are still part of each other's personal lives. They've been guests at each other's weddings, and in April 2020, Bass shared that they have weekly happy hours via Zoom.
While fans would love to see them reunite for another album or tour, the band have maintained that there are no plans to reunite in either capacity. Timberlake appears to have moved on with his solo singing and acting career, while the other men are busy with their projects.
But if *NSYNC ever announced a tour again, I'd be the first one buying front-row seats!
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