Bethany Biron
Updated Feb 25, 2017 @ 11:20 am
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All relationships, platonic or romantic, require care — especially when you’re a member of the Backstreet Boys.

The ’90s pop legends recently admitted that their dynamic is very much like an old married couple. Which makes sense since they’ve been together for 24 years, and experienced hardships just like the rest of us. Now that the crew is settling into their Las Vegas residency, they’re talking about how they’ve been able to maintain their relationship, and it’s kind of adorable.

A big part of staying sane when you’re spending so much time together is maintaining an open line of communication, the band told Entertainment Tonight. Nick Carter said this involves going to counseling from time to time, and making sure to discuss their emotions. The idea to go to therapy was proposed by one of their first managers. Kevin Richardson said he told them, “You guys better get into therapy now, ’cause you’re gonna need it later.”

They’ve been able to continue touring and stay strong, and for that we are thankful.

The band has been surprisingly upfront about their challenges over the years. In 2015, they released their documentary, Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of, which details creative disagreements, Brian Littrell’s vocal challenges, and the departure (and return) of Kevin Richardson.

But regardless of the tough times, they remember to be honest with themselves, whether in therapy or just hanging out before their next gig.