The Backstreet Boys issed a statement to their fans at BackstreetBoys.com regarding Kevin Richardson’s departure from the group. “Earlier this year, after much soul searching, Kevin Richardson came to us and told us that he had decided to leave the group and pursue other interests,” the statement reads. “He gave his blessing to continue the music without him. We have no intention of replacing Kevin, and the door will always be open for him to return to the Backstreet Boys. We wish him the all the best in his future endeavors. This weekend we are returning to the studio to begin the follow-up to ‘Never Gone’, and will see you later this year with a new album. Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell and AJ McLean.”
Kevin Richardson posted the following message to fans on his Myspace: “Hey everybody, sorry it has been so long since I’ve updated you. I’ve been very busy. I know there are alot of rumors floating around about my status with BSB. After thirteen years of what can only be described as a dream come true, I have decided to leave the Backstreet Boys. It was a very tough decision for me but one that was necessary in order for me to move on with the next chapter of my life. Howard, Brian, Alex, and Nick will always be my little brothers and will continue to have my utmost love and support. I want to thank you all for the beautiful memories we have shared together and look forward to including you in the next phase of my life. I wish my brothers continued success and look forward to their new album. Peace and love, Kevin Richardson.”
Kevin Richardson of the Backstreet Boys phoned in to Atom & Maria on KRBE in Houston on November 4th to promote the group’s appearance on the station’s Jingle Jam concert on December 10th. Kevin was in Vienna, Austria, and talked about what the group members did during the long break between albums. He also discussed his return to musical theater, Nick Carter dating Paris Hilton and what how the heiress “had me fooled for a little while” along with Nick and the rest of the guys, and gave his best wishes for those who suffered from Hurricane Katrina/Rita. 104krbe.com has since removed the audio.
Contributed by elghato:
Jessica Simpson’s 25th birthday party was full of celebrities including Backstreet Boys star Kevin Richardson and wife, Chris Judd, Ashlee Simpson, Eva Mendez, Mandy Moore, Quentin Tarrentino, Jake Gyllenhaul, and Jessica’s husband Nick Lachey. Check out the photos at Backstreet Dirt Forums and WireImage.
Jessica Simpson’s Surprise Birthday
July 15, 2005 – Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Monday night, “Happy Birthday to Jessica Simpson who turned 25 years old on Sunday. Jessica threw a surprise party for herself… and it worked. She had no idea!”
The New York Daily News reports Kevin Richardson is getting his own themed rooms at the Hotel Monaco in New Orleans. Those staying in the rooms will be warned they’ll be billed for anything that goes missing, including a $1,000 antique brick that the Backstreet Boys star donated from his home.
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A few days ago, Brian Littrell of the Backstreet Boys held his annual Healthy Heart Club charity golf tournament. Those in attendance got a surprise gift as the group’s manager Johnny Wright, Backstreet Boys AJ McLean and Kevin Richardson, and Brian’s son Baylee were also in attendance. Fans all noted that Brian made an effort to spend time with all in attendance. AJ was extremely goofy and kept everyone laughing. Kevin brought the Southern charm. Johnny told fans about what he’s setting up for the group in terms of touring, singles, appearances, etc. Near the end of the event, a few fans suddenly heard clips of new BSB music. They turned around and saw Kevin in his car, playing new tracks just for them including “Moving On” (penned by Howie, also the a capella song the group performed at Zootopia and Wango Tango), “Beautiful Woman” (the track that leaked), and Never Gone (a song Kevin wrote about his father who died of cancer).
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The Associated Press reports Backstreet Boys star Kevin Richardson understands that the colon is a difficult subject to discuss, but also acknowledges it’s importance. His own father died in 1991 from the cancer. Kevin points out that “…if it can save someone’s life, it’s worth it.” He is appearing in PSA’s to encourage children to talk about colon cancer with their parents.
Contributed by BSBfanatic935:
Backstreet Boy, Kevin Richardson, and his wife, Kristin, are celebrating 4 years of marriage today, June 17th 2004. Leave a message for the gorgeous couple at Kristin-Richardson.com. The sites owner is in contact with Kevin and Kristin and will be sending the messages to them.
Contributed by elghato:
The Backstreet Boys were guest hosts of Zootopia, the annual summer concert for New York radio station Z100. I have several video files of the group discussing the album, introducing artists like Avril Lavigne, and thanking the audience. When introducing Avril, Nick Carter playfully asked the audience if they like skater boys. Howie Dorough said they were 3/4 done with the album and it’d be out in August/September. Kevin Richardson talked about the song they were going to perform, which was written by Howie Dorough and Wade Robson. He also thanked the fans for all their support. The group got a great response from the crowd. Download the videos at the Backstreet Dirt Yahoo Group.
This morning, Kevin Richardson of the Backstreet Boys appeared on the Kidd Kraddick radio show. He said that the group has 15 tracks finished. They plan to record 25 and then choose the songs that’ll make the album from that group. Kevin said he’s closest to AJ McLean and Howie Dorough, since they all live Los Angeles, but he’s getting closer to Nick Carter since he’s been hanging out in L.A. with Paris Hilton a lot lately. On Monday, the group will head to New York to do some more recording. He wrapped it up by suggesting everyone give their mothers a colonoscopy for Mother’s Day (Kevin’s been doing a lot of work to promote colon cancer awareness). Pictures at kiddlive.com have since been removed.