Since Lance Bass, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick took the stage together during Ariana Grande's Coachella set on April 14, 2019, *NSYNC fans have been dying to know if that performance meant a full-blown reunion is underway. And naturally, that's all the guys have been asked about for the last nine months.
Bass has served as the unofficial spokesperson for the group (which, of course, also includes Justin Timberlake, who did not participate in the Grande-union), braving the burning *NSYNC question in countless interviews. Fatone and Kirkpatrick have also chimed in on the matter, and all three of them have masterfully remained vague. But if there's one positive takeaway, it's that at least three *NSYNC members are on board if the opportunity is right.
Fatone most recently chatted with Streets Talkin about the possibility of an *NSYNC reunion while reflecting on the boy band's sophomore album, No Strings Attached, which turns 20 — yes, 20 — in March. With the latest "never say never" assertion out there, we've rounded up everything the *NSYNC guys have said about saying "Hi, Hi, Hi" again below.
Lance / Variety / June
“Coachella was definitely a one-off.”
“There are many, many things coming across our desk because of Coachella that we would be stupid not to discuss and look at.”
“We haven’t talked about what the next step is, but I know we’ll sit down during the summer together and figure it out.”
Lance / HollywoodLife / June
“So, we are actually looking at everything coming our way. I would definitely say that it’s not out of the cards for us to do something. The perfect time to do something with NSYNC, I think, is now. Not only would it be great to make music, our fans [could] enjoy a final concert because they never got that. And make people smile.”
“We will definitely tell people if it is happening or not but we have to talk and figure it out.”
Joey / Us Weekly / June
“You know, we haven’t had a conversation about anything yet, at the moment. So, never say never, or yes or no. I know a lot of people since we did the Coachella thing [with Ariana Grande in April], people are like, ‘What are we doing?’ So it’s one of those things to find out, do we want to do something or do we not? So we haven’t had that conversation yet. Hopefully soon, at some point.”
Chris / KiddNation / July
“Not saying we haven’t been offered all these things, we’re all just doing our thing. We get along great, we’re all friends. Who knows what’s in the future. I couldn’t say no, but I’m not gonna say yes either.”
Lance / ET Canada / July
“We have no reunion planned at all, don’t get your hopes up. But at some point this year, we will definitely have to discuss all these crazy offers coming to us because of Coachella.”
Lance / PopCrush / July
“It’s great and one day hopefully we will be able to figure something out. It’s something we’re not talking about right now, but you never know. Since Coachella there’s been some really crazy offers come our way and it’s the first time people have given us actual offers, so we would be dumb not to talk about it.”
“You know how slow we are, so I don’t see this happening anytime soon. But hopefully soon we’ll be able to discuss it and see what happens.”
Lance / The Jam / July
“I mean, I doubt it, but never say never. I didn’t know I’d be doing Coachella two months ago. So who knows.”
Lance / People Now / August
“I mean, it would be lovely, but I don’t see anything happening any time soon. We have not discussed it yet because we are the worst communicators in the history of Earth… It’s so hard. I mean Justin’s very busy in the studio, and Chris is just, you know, the best dad right now, so he’s never looking at his phone. Joey and I are pretty good at responding, but, oh, JC is the worst, though. It’ll take him three weeks to respond to a text.”
Joey / Entertainment Tonight / November
“There's talks about possibly toying with the idea," Fatone shared. "But we really don't know… I'm only one [member]. There's others."
Lance / Yahoo Entertainment / November
“Look, you don't have to ask me. I'm in! I would love to do more 'NSYNC music. … I mean, it would be a choice. If there's any time, it would be right now. There needs to be some more positivity in this world. It would be nice to make people smile again.”
"I mean, it's hard to get all five of us to agree to do anything. We're such boys, and the communication is horrible. We're great on text about sending silly stupid things, but when it comes down to business, it's really hard for us to make a decision on stuff. And I mean, Justin is killing it right now. He hasn't had a break since we recorded last.”
“The fans are so amazing, they have stuck by us this whole entire time… I’m proud of what we did, and I want to make sure our legacy stays in tact.”
“We feel the love, and we thank y’all very much. And hey, who knows. Never say never, as Justin Bieber says.”
Joey / Streets Talkin / January 2020
"We started getting phone calls, of course. ‘Well, are you guys back together? What are you doing? Oh my gosh! There's an offer here.' This, that. There were offers thrown on the table, but the whole thing was, I don't think we were ready for it yet. I don't think even at the moment, like to really mentally wrap our head around to see what we want to do, and I think that's the conservation that we really have to have that we haven't had yet. It's really going: 'Do we wanna do it, or do we not? And if we do want to do it, what is it?' And that's something that will definitely take some time."
"It's not a no, but it's not a yes, because the thing is, we may come up with an idea that may not work for all of us. … If I did do something like this, I think it's just something that definitely we will wanna do maybe more music, but also have fun, do you know what I mean? … There's not a lot of pressure anymore. Usually back in the day, it was, 'You need to be No. 1. You need to do this. This should be that. This should be this.' For us, if we ever came back out, it's like it'd be nice to do all this stuff and be No. 1, but we've already done it. We're in our 40s! We got kids now! The backstage is going to be completely different, that's for damn sure! There'll be a lot more kids running around, no groupies.”