Former Boy Bander’s Daughter Trolled For Dad Being Gay

Duncan James
Duncan James
Singer/actor Duncan James (image via Instagram)

Do people not have anything better to do than harass a pop singer’s teenage child?

Former boy bander Duncan James, of the UK group Blue, told The Sun that his daughter Tianie, like a lot of 16-year-olds, is at an age where she’s totally into her phone and being active on social media.

 

 

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But James wasn’t expecting his daughter to get trolled by haters about her famous dad being gay. “People can be quite nasty about me being gay and say quite horrible things about the fact that I’m a gay dad,” said James.

The 42-year-old singer and actor says Tianie has received messages like, “Isn’t it disgusting your dad’s gay? How do you feel?”

WTH?

“‘You must be ashamed of him,’ and stuff like that, and you’re just like ‘Why are you writing to a kid saying awful stuff like that? Are you really crazy?’ People are just awful.”

James, who came out in 2009, admits he’s had his share of online haters over the years.

“I’ve had quite a lot of people from other countries writing to me in disbelief that I’m gay, saying I’m going to burn in hell, it’s a sin and I’m going to be punished by God,” he shared with The Sun.

 

 

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James was recently in UK headlines for a happier reason as he and his boyfriend of two years, Rodrigo Reis, made their TV debut as a couple in February on the popular talk show Loose Women.

The couple explained they met in Reis’s home country of Brazil at an afterparty following a Blue concert. James admits to being smitten with Reis on the spot saying, “I saw him across the bar – he’s very much my type. I was like, ‘Oh, he’s hot.’”

But Reis told the TV viewers he had no idea who James was.

“In Brazil, where I’m from, they [Blue] are not so famous,” shared Reis. “But I knew this guy had to be mine.”

 

 

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And two years later, James says life is working out great.

“He’s met my daughter and they really get on, so it’s just fantastic,” said James. “I didn’t identify as gay for many years because of my issues with coming out, but finally I’m happy in my skin and this guy makes me proud to be gay.”

Duncan and his Blue bandmates had a string of hits in the 2000s including this cover of Elton John’s “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word.” After their last album had disappointing sales, the group was dropped by its label.

The guys don’t plan on releasing new music but do continue to tour (when…there’s not a pandemic happening). Duncan went on to develop a successful career as an actor onstage and television.

Documentary Chronicles Behind-The-Scenes Scandals Of Boy Band Producer Lou Pearlman

Lance Bass

Lance Bass, the openly gay member of the boy band *NSYNC, has produced a new documentary that chronicles the behind-the-scenes story of his former manager and producer titled, The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story.

In the 1990s, Lou Pearlman became fascinated by the success of the New Kids on the Block and set out to replicate their business model.

Beginning with the Backstreet Boys, the best-selling boy band of all time racking up over 130 records sold, the music impresario would go on to create and manage the bands *NSYNC, O-Town, LFO, Take 5 and US5.

All of those acts would eventually sue him in court for fraud and misrepresentation.

In 2008, Pearlman would be convicted of perpetuating a huge Ponzi scheme that bilked over $300 million from investors. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison, where he would eventually die in 2016 at the age of 62.

Along the way, there were also allegations (never proven) of inappropriate sexual advances to the boys of his bands.

In 2009, Rich Cronin of LFO told Howard Stern that auditioning for Pearlman included the producer asking Cronin to take his shirt off and then massaging the singer’s bare shoulders.

When Stern asked if Pearlman ever made a sexual move on him, Cronin reportedly replied, “Eventually he did – some other dudes went for it. And if you did, he took care of you. He’d buy them cars…”

The new documentary, available on YouTube Originals, is the first time Boy Band members themselves have shared their perspective on Pearlman’s story.

Taking part in the testimonials are Lance Bass, JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick (*NSYNC), AJ McLean (Backstreet Boys), Aaron Carter and Ashley Parker Angel (O-Town).

In the trailer, several of the band members express their surprise when they finally starting making money, but not nearly what they felt they deserved after selling millions of records.

Bass presented the film at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas, this week and sat down with the local ABC affiliate to chat on the film.

Out Music: Echo V “Rainbow”

Jay, Mike, Randy, Devin and Gama are ECHO V, five guys with distinct, echoing voices that combine to create one beautiful sound.  By all outward appearances, they seem to be the typical boyband with good looks, lush harmonies and killer choreography, but they have one important difference: they’re all gay.   Their debut single, “Rainbow,” reflects their decision to be out about their sexuality.  While it is a fun, high energy pop anthem with an explosive hook that will get listeners dancing and singing, it also has an important message.
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Meet Echo V, America’s first all-openly gay boy band.

It’s totally apropos that since the band itself is a virtual rainbow, their first single is titled, “Rainbow,” a high-energy pop anthem that reflects their decision to be open about their sexuality. Check out Jay, Mike, Randy, Devin and Gama in their debut music video below.

 “Our hope is that the song inspires people to stand up and claim their truth, be happy with who they are and find comfort in the fact that they are not alone,” says Jay.

“Rainbow is about unapologetically owning your multifaceted-ness and realizing that you have to live for yourself. It’s a journey to self-discovery and the strength it takes to live life in the open, day in and out.”

The five were united by their management who were looking to build the next generation of boy band. At first, management didn’t know the group they had assembled were all gay. It was the guys that realized it after coming together. They and management decided to go with it.

 “At the end of the day we are musicians who take a great pride in the art we create,” Jay explains. “We want listeners to be proud of who they are and there is no other way for us to do that other than to be honest with who we are.”

Says Mike, “I hope listeners find something fresh in ECHO V. Something different.”

“Is it over zealous to hope they find the voice of a generation?” he questions, with a grin.

Check out the debut song “Rainbow” below, and head over to the official website for Echo V for more info.

Boyband MeseMoa Is Kissing Up The Place In New Music Video “Shadow Kiss”

Back in the 90s, I was all up for boy bands. Catchy tunes, some smooth dance step, sometimes cute guys – what’s not to like?

But we never saw the kind of action on display by Japanese boy band MeseMoa in their new music video for “Shadow Kiss.”

These guys are practically making out with each other the the whole video. Not that I’m complaining.

Apparently, the guys of MeseMoa have been quite coy about their sexuality since the band began. Asked in 2012 by the media if any of them were gay, the only response given was: “I don’t know.”

Watch below.

(h/t NewNowNext)

Hysterical Open Letter From N’SYNC Star “Joey Fatone” To One Direction

Former N’Sync member Joey Fatone has lived the boy-band phenomenon to the max. I mean REALLY lived it.

So if anyone would have the inner wisdom on life as a “BB-er” it’s Fatone.

In light of the news that One Direction has announced a one year “hiatus,” a writer at AboveAverage named Joanna Bradley penned a faux letter of advice from Joey to the 1D guys.

Joey Fatone is actually in the middle of shooting a new “steampunk, futuristic, zombie/cowboy” flick titled DEAD 7 out in Montana somewhere with fellow boybanders Nick Carter, Erik Estrada, AJ McLean, Chris Kirkpatrick and tons of other BBers. He’s a bit busy these days 🙂



In any case, the “open letter” hysterical, AND packed with some reality juice.

From 991FreshRadio:

Dear Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Harry Styles,

Hey guys. It’s Joey Fatone, former member of NSync and current announcer on Family Feud, the job I’ve always dreamed of. This weekend, while sitting on the toilet and crying (I LOVE MY LIFE!!!) I flipped through my iPhone and saw that you’d announced a “one-year hiatus” beginning in March. I just wanted to congratulate you guys and wish you well! I’m sure 2016 will be a wonderful time for everyone from One Direction to pursue some independent projects before regrouping as a stronger band one year later! Here’s to spreading your wings!

HAHAHAHA, PSYCH.

Here’s how it’s gonna go down, fellas. While you’re all on hiatus, Harry will record some dope singles with Beyonce, Ryan Adams and Wiz Khalifa, come out with a killer solo album produced by Pharrell and Timbaland, cut his hair, dye his hair, do a second less awesome album, let his hair grow super long and wear it in two braids, crush a self-effacing cameo in a Judd Apatow movie, buzz his hair and release a third, self-produced album on which he hints at being bisexual that everyone will call his “best work.”

The rest of you are fucked. I mean fucked. I am the second most-successful former member of NSync and I am Joey Fatone. Say that outloud to yourself: “Besides Justin Timberlake, Joey Fatone is the most successful member of NSync.”

Here’s me being a spokesman for Bosley hair restoration last year:

Best case scenario, you’ll do a 6-week stint in Minions: The Musical! on Broadway before you bounce around different hosting jobs on channels like Spike and TruTv. Do you know what Chris Kirkpatrick is doing? Because I don’t. He’s completely unreachable. He might be managing a Best Buy in Sacramento, he might be dead. No one knows. Louis, I’m looking at you.

There is one exception: If one of you is gay you might have a shot. Wait till One Direction has been dead for two years, kiss your hot boyfriend at an awards show, then ride that relevance like a beautiful boner and pray to god you get a show on Bravo.

It’s not that you guys aren’t talented, it’s that Harry is so, so much cuter, cooler and more talented than the rest of you. Deep down, you’ve always known that, but you will never truly understand it until you’re in your grimy little condo, sitting in your boxers, sucking a chow mein noodle off your Playstation controller and watching Harry blow it up on SNL.

Jesus christ I wish I was still in NSync. Jesus…JESUS FUCK! I would give all my hair to go back to that.

Anyway, enjoy the next few months, One Direction, because they’re your last.

One Direction Drops First New Track Minus Zayn Malik – “Drag Me Down”

One Direction apparently surprised folks this morning when they decided to drop their first “post-Zayn Malik” track on the internet – “Drag Me Down.”

Swapping lyric lines (as they do in the boy band genre) the group sounds as bouncy, bright and complete as ever.

From Billboard:

On its first single without recently departed member Zayn Malik — and its first since its five-year anniversary as a group — One Direction romantically alludes to the diehard Directioners and their place in the group’s phenomenal run of success; it’s basically the Backstreet Boys’ “Larger Than Life” with a slightly less bombastic guitar riff.

The best news for One Direction fans is that the quartet does not sound incomplete: the group compensates for Malik’s absence by giving each member ample time to shine, and the harmonies admirably resonate on the call-and-response portions of the pre-chorus.

Take a listen below.

Boyband does naked ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

I’m not sure why naked, but not gonna argue…

Apparently, the young hotties finished fourth on the second season of The X Factor USA, and were subsequently signed on Simon Cowell’s Syco label.

In 2013, they won a Teen Choice Award for Breakout Group. Their debut album, Nothing To Lose, reached #7 on the Billboard 200.

But back to the issue “at hand” (if you will) these guys should cherish their instincts for getting attention.  It seems to be working…

Naked Boy-band Ice Bucket Challenge. Done.

NSYNC to (maybe) reunite tonight at MTV Video Music Awards

Will they or won’t they? Rumors are running wild that 90s boy band NSYNC will reunite at tonight’s VMAs on MTV.

Fueling the fire is a newly opened Twitter account that sends first tweet – “Mic check, mic check one.. two… is this thing on?!”

I freely admit I was a boy-band fan of the 90s. Lots of fun music came out of it, and I love that it’s coming around again now.

Watch the VMAs to see if Justin Timberlake reunites with his former band-mates.

In the meantime, check out just a couple of NSYNC’s biggest hits:


Duncan James tweets shirtless from the gym

Duncan James, of the British boyband Blue, tweeted this pic from the gym:

Mr. James likes to tweet shirtless pics of himself. And to be honest, if I looked like Duncan I’d be tweeting shirtless pics, too.

Blue has a new album, Roulette, set to be released on April 15 and is available for pre-order on iTunes March 28. First single – “Hurt Lovers” – should be out in May.

The band is scheduled to appear on the UK TV show “The Big Reunion” this week, and will be taking part in The Big Reunion Tour this spring.