By: Jon Corrigan 

In recent years, public perception of Justin Bieber would indicate he’s a celebrity “bad boy,” with the pop star’s numerous run-ins with law enforcement and TMZ front page stories backing up this claim. However, the Backstreet Boys say it’s nothing compared to their wild past.

In an interview with ELLE.com, Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean and Kevin Richardson discussed fame before the Instagram era.

“I’ll tell you this,” Carter shared. “There is some sh-t that AJ and I both did that I’m really glad that social media wasn’t around for. Because Justin Bieber couldn’t hold a candle to what we did.”

McLean agreed, adding, “We would have been like TMZ‘s saving grace, bro. Just anything from me being drunk or irate at a club. Or me walking naked down the hallway in a hotel for no apparent reason…  Just random stuff that never really got out.”

“But, the fame now—it’s like night and day,” McLean continued. “The other side of that which was different for us: Without social media, without YouTube, without instant access, we had to do everything grassroots. We had to do every interview, every radio show, every outlet. We had to go to every country—that was the only way to do it. There was no Instagram, or posting things on YouTube to get a record deal.”

Care to comment, Bieber?

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