When you think of boy bands, the immediate thought might be of synchronized dance moves, coordinated outfits, and screaming fans. But behind the scenes and after the curtains close, many of these boy band members experience unique challenges, with some, unfortunately, descending into chaotic personal lives.
Let's dive into the rollercoaster lives of some of these artists.
6. Jeff Timmons (98 Degrees)
While 98 Degrees may not have achieved the global stature of some of their peers, Jeff Timmons was a notable member of this group. In the mid-2000s, Jeff had some skirmishes with the law, including a DUI arrest. He explored various career paths post-98 Degrees, from reality TV to even trying his hand at male revue shows in Las Vegas.
Jeff has since stabilized his life and frequently collaborates on music projects and tours.
5. Nick Carter (Backstreet Boys)
For those who jammed out to the likes of "I Want It That Way," Nick Carter was the blonde heartthrob that likely caught your attention. However, the road was not always smooth for Nick. He battled drug and alcohol addiction and faced numerous legal issues. His younger sister, Leslie, tragically passed away from a drug overdose in 2012, further highlighting the Carter family's struggles.
However, today, Carter seems to be on a more stable path. Thus, finding solace in family life and still enjoying an active music career.
4. Zayn Malik (One Direction)
Zayn’s exit from One Direction in 2015 shocked fans globally. But what was even more surprising was his revelation about the mental health struggles he faced during his time with the band. Anxiety, eating disorders, and bouts of depression were challenges Zayn had to grapple with.
Though he has found success as a solo artist, his battles with mental health and personal relationships have continued to make headlines.
3. AJ McLean (Backstreet Boys)
AJ McLean's iconic voice in songs like "I Want It That Way" and "Incomplete" has been the soundtrack of many of our lives. However, AJ had a very public struggle with addiction. There were times when the singer checked into rehab, taking breaks from the band to deal with his issues.
Over the years, McLean has been open about his recovery journey, aiming to inspire others and raise awareness about the perils of addiction.
2. Michael Jackson (The Jackson 5)
The King of Pop began his musical journey with his brothers in The Jackson 5. His unmatched talent was evident from a young age, but so was the immense pressure on him. As Michael transitioned to a solo artist, his personal life became fraught with controversies, from his changing appearance to legal troubles.
Although he gave us timeless hits, it is hard to ignore the tragedies and controversies that plagued his life until his untimely death in 2009.
1. Robbie Williams (Take That)
Robbie Williams, the charismatic member of Take That, found immense success as a solo artist post his boy band days. But this success came with its fair share of challenges. Robbie openly discussed his struggles with drugs, alcohol, and depression.
His candor about these issues endeared him to many and helped to destigmatize mental health challenges in the entertainment industry.