Nick Carter admits Backstreet Boys don’t even know what I Want It That Way means

The Backstreet Boys don’t even know what their song I Want It That Way means (Picture: Getty Images)

We may know the lyrics to the Backstreet Boys’ classic hit I Want It That Way inside out, but as for the actual meaning of the song, we’re a bit stumped.

Luckily, so are they.

Nick Carter revealed that ignorance truly is bliss as he replied to a tweet pointing out: ‘It’s been 20 years and we still don’t know what the lyrics to the Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way” mean.’

‘Neither do we,’ he admitted.

However, the band have made no secret of the fact that the 1999 hit is absolute gibberish over the years, with the 39-year-old previously explaining to Huffington Post: ‘Well it’s funny, we actually were OK with the lyrics when we heard it first.

‘And then the president of JIVE records at that time – I mean he’s a genius – but he and some of the A&R people wanted to change the lyrics.’

‘To make the song make more sense,’ Kevin Richardson added.

So turns out the song has a counterpart, which actually makes a little more sense, but the boys quite literally didn’t want it that way.

‘I don’t think that it would have ended up the way that it did had we gone with the proper version. I guess you could say, you know, the one that made sense,’ said AJ McLean.

However, the lack of meaning in their hit song doesn’t seem to have held them back as, twenty years on, the boys are still touring.

During their show in Vegas, the band called YouTube star Lilly Singh onstage and she was all of us as she visibly fangirled her heart out.

Back in the crowd afterwards, the star clutched a rose while looking around in disbelief.

The 30-year-old later replied to a fan who tweeted: ‘Backstreet boys just called lilly on stage ..r u kidding me..!!omg! @IISuperwomanII the younger u will be so proud!!’

‘Ded,’ she replied.

Honestly, same.

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