'Celebrity Big Brother': Who is Chris Kirpatrick? NSYNC founder grew up homeless

'Celebrity Big Brother': Who is Chris Kirpatrick? NSYNC founder grew up homeless
Singer Chris Kirkpatrick arrives for the Maxim Magazine Super Bowl XLIII party at The Ritz Ybor on January 30, 2009. (Photo by Tim Boyles/Getty Images)

‘Big Brother’ has been one of the most-watched reality shows of all time and provides viewers with a lot of drama. To make things more interesting, the makers introduced a spin-off titled ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ and made everyone curious as fans got to see other sides of their favorite celebrities.

The reality series is back with Season 3 and the celebrities are ready to heat up the competition with all the drama and give fans a chance to fall in love with them again. This year, we have a star-studded line-up that includes Khloe Kardashian’s ex Lamar Odom and former MMA fighter Miesha Tate. However, one of the celebrities that will surely nab attention is the founder of the popular band NSYNC, Chris Kirkpatrick.


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The singer-turned-songwriter took the world by storm by gathering five incredibly talented youngsters, including himself, and starting a group that would turn out to be game-changers in their genres. So, let’s dig a little deeper and get to know more about the musician entering ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ Season 3.



Who is Chris Kirkpatrick? The NSYNC founder grew up homeless

Born on October 17, 1971, Kirkpatrick’s childhood was not like he would have wanted it to be. He was raised by his mother Beverly Eustice, along with his four younger half-sisters. Chris and his family grew up in poverty. The family was moving to different states and was homeless for a long period of time. At one point, the whole family was living in a trailer with no electricity and a giant hole on the side of it.

On various occasions, the musician has said that the family was never aware when and from where the next meal would arrive. They would rely on school lunches and donate items for their survival. He started working very early in his childhood so that he could help his mother. However, there was one thing that never got away from the family: music. His mother was a vocal coach while his grandparents were also trained in music.



When he got older, he moved to Florida to get to know his biological father who helped him in going to college. He majored in Music and got a job as a doo-wop singer at Universal Studios.

Formation of NSYNC

Kirkpatrick formed the band in 1995 and initially consisted of three members. Justin Timberlake and JC Chasez were the first two members of the band. On the other hand, Joey Fatone and Lance Bass joined the group later and completed the boy band.

N'SYNC on MTV Total Request Live in MTV's Times Square studios in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/ImageDirect via Getty Images)


The group achieved massive success with its first studio album, titled ‘NSYNC’, in 1998 (globally). The album went on to sold more than 11 million copies in the US and was certified Diamond by The Recording Academy. It went on to claim 2nd position on Billboard’s Top 200. Meanwhile, in 2001, he and the entire band became global superstars with their hit single ‘Bye, Bye, Bye’. The song reached at number four position at US Billboard Hot 100 and claimed the numero uno position at US Mainstream Top 40 chart. The song was nominated in the Record of the Year category at the Grammys.

In 2002, the group announced that they will be taking a hiatus and concentrating on their solo singing careers. Since then, they have never reunited to release new music since.



Solo Career

After NSYNC disbanded, Kirkpatrick started working on several musical side projects, including writing and singing lead for his rock band, called Nigel's 11. However, the band didn’t continue for a long time and disbanded due to the geographical distance between band members.

After a long period of time, Kirkpatrick will be seen making an appearance on the small screen and will be looking forward to winning ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ Season 3. On his participation, the musician told Entertainment Weekly that it will be difficult to stay away from his family, especially his son. He added, “Hopefully I'll deal with and just cry myself to sleep in the Diary Room.”

‘Celebrity Big Brother’ Season 3 premieres exclusively on CBS on Wednesday, February 2 at 8 pm EST.

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