Nick Carter Says Justin Bieber and His Wild Antics 'Couldn't Hold a Candle' to What Backstreet Boys Did

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Nick Carter is a little more understanding of Justin Bieber's "bad boy" issues -- and for good reason!

The Backstreet Boys recently talked to Elle magazine about their Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood, where Carter admitted that had their been Instagram and Twitter when they were coming up, they'd probably be dogged by the same image!

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"I'll tell you this," the 37-year-old singer shared. "There is some s**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."


"Just anything from me being drunk or irate at a club," Carter's bandmate, AJ McLean, agreed. "Or me walking naked down the hallway in a hotel for no apparent reason."

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"Just random stuff that never really got out," McLean added, to which Carter replied, "Thank God."

"But, the fame now—it's like night and day," said McLean.

During the interviews, the Boys also took a moment to talk about how boy bands have changed since their heyday, admitting that in some ways, they've had more staying power.

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"I saw a One Direction concert," singer Howie Dorough said. "The new wave of boy band says, 'Oh, we don't do what they do.' But to be honest, to me, it's not as entertaining. What we do is we truly entertain people. Music, staging, dancing, everything."

"Yeah, and I think that's why we're still here in a lot of ways. Because it was always about a show," Carter added. "I think that's what's given us longevity...I kinda feel like we're athletes."

The Backstreet Boys' Las Vegas residency is currently running.

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Meanwhile, the band recently opened up to ET about their complicated feelings surrounding last year's death of their past manager, Lou Pearlman.

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