Wed. Aug 17th, 2022

The Backstreet Boys responded to the rumor that Ryan Gosling was almost a member of the band when they stopped by Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen on Tuesday.

American boyband The Backstreet Boys, circa 1995. They are Brian Littrell, Nick Carter, A. J. McLean, Howie Dorough and Kevin Richardson (Photo by Tim Roney/Getty Images)

“It got so blown out of proportion,” AJ McLean said of the rumor.

McLean explained that the bandmembers lived in the same apartment complex as Gosling when he was on The Mickey Mouse Club. He added that Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera also lived in the complex.

NEW YORK, NY – JULY 13: (L-R) Howie D., Kevin Richardson, Nick Carter, AJ McLean and Brian Littrell of the Backstreet Boys perform on ABC’s “Good Morning America” at SummerStage at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park on July 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

“He never auditioned,” continued McLean. “Somehow the press misconstrued it and it became a thing.”

Brian Littrell added that he thought Timberlake, or any aspiring musician, should remain a solo act. “Being in a group is tough,” he said.