Kevin Richardson says goodbye to Backstreet Boys

Published: 2006-06-26
Kevin Richardson, member of boy band the Backstreet Boys, has left the group.

On June 23rd on the boys' official website Richardson stated, "After 13 years of what can only be described as a dream come true, I have decided that it is time to leave the Backstreet Boys."

At 34-years-old, the oldest of the Backstreet Boys went on to say, "It was a very tough decision for me but one that was necessary in order to move on with the next chapter of my life. Howard, Brian, Alex and Nick will always be my little brothers and have my utmost love and support."

Richardson also thanked his fans "for all the beautiful memories".

Both Richardson and the remaining boys assure fans that the departure is amicable with bandmates Brian Littrell, Nick Carter, AJ McLean and Howie Dorough wishing him luck in his future endeavors and adding, "We have no intention of replacing Kevin, and the door will always be open for him to return to the Backstreet Boys."

But just because this is the end of the road for Richardson, doesn't mean that it is the end for the boys. The remaining boy banders, who have been making music together since 1993, are currently back in the studio making a new album and they say that "[Richardson] gave his blessing to continue the music without him."

Though the reason for Richardson's departure is vague, fans have been speculating on the reasons to include spending more time with his wife Kristin Richardson or perhaps spending some more time on Broadway after a successful stint as Billy Flynn in Chicago. But all fans agree that his presence will definitely be missed.

The upcoming Backstreet album would be the follow up to their 2005 release Never Gone.

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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Hi kevin
we are megha and ritu from INDIA.kevin this news was very shocking for us that you LEAVE BSB.if you will leave then this band will not be the band of BACKSTREET BOYS anymore.
we always want to see you 5 all together so please dont leave the band .its our request to you KEVIN pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee dont go.
Posted by: Anonymous on June 28, 2006
Hi Kvonty...
I Can't believe that you will leave the band it's avery bad news I don't know what to say to you but, I think that you thought alot about this & you've found it the best decision for you soo
Good-Luck in your life sweatheart I Love You & I hope see you soon in anywhere.God Blessed you.I Loove U Kvonty(Noran From Saudi Arabia
Posted by: Anonymous on June 29, 2006
You are without a doubt my favorite BSB and I will miss you like crazy. I cried when I found out about your departure from the group, but I respect that and wish you luck. You and the band have helped me get through a very tough time in my life and it's hard to see you go. I still have the videos and the concerts we bought that we can watch over and over to see you. Once again have a good life and I hope to see you again relatively soon.
Love ya guys!!!!!!!!! :)
Posted by: Anonymous on July 09, 2006
well kevin its quite tough to bid u goodbye but everything has to end.i was always proud of bsb that it was one group which stayed together.its hard to accept ur decision being a fan but then we have to well.i know its hard for u to take this decision.anyways i hope we'll see u in future someday together wid bsb. ill pray to God and all the best to oder 4 i luv u all and specially nick. Jesus is always there with those who do his work u guys always did nobel work. God is with u bye n take care. guys plz come to india once . all fans really wants to see u here. bye rubina
Posted by: Anonymous on August 04, 2006
well kevin i'm sad to see u leaving bsb. It was my fave group. i'll really miss u kev. i always thought you were the group that always held together. but it was you're choice and u had to make a future for you. i've never even been to any of your concerts and if the bsb tour again if i went i woldnt even get to see you. its soooooooo sad. i only wanted to wish you and your wife the best in the future and that you will have a happy family together. do this for me though please? never forget the bsb and all the good times you had with them because the're your friends and they always will be. remember all the laughs you guys had together. all the times you looked after one another when you were down.xxxxxx i love you and wish you all the best babii. and i would also like to wish alex, howard, brian, and nick the best too. i love all you guys sooooooo much.xxxxxxxxxx
Posted by: Anonymous on December 28, 2006
Hey Kevin:
This is one of the worst news I've ever heard from BSB.The band won't be if someone leaves,BSB was proud to be united,to be brothers...Even the group stopped when Nick was on his solo career,remember? BSB won't be Backstreet Boys without all of its members...Don't leave the band ... I know,life is more important than career but there can be another way to solve the problems.It's hard for fans to see the BSB without Kevin ... Don't Leave,Please...
Posted by: Anonymous on June 30, 2007
this is very sad news for me. i really cant believe this. he is one of my favorite in bsb. Kevin and Aj they are both good.i really like them alot. Kevin's departure is really sad and upseting news for me:(
Posted by: Anonymous on October 13, 2007
i cant believe Kevin left the group. Personally, i thought he was the best. When I went to see them in concert. I was awestruck. I seriously wish they would have reconsidered and that he would have stayed with the group but it's his decision.
Posted by: Anonymous on October 23, 2007
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