Backstreet Boys Star Brian Littrell Reveals Secret of His 20-Year Marriage with Wife Leighanne

Afouda Bamidele
Sep 21, 2020
06:00 P.M.

Member of the popular music group, Backstreet Boys, Brian Littrell celebrated his marriage of 20 years with his wife Leighanne and shared the secret to their successful relationship.


Backstreet Boys is an American boy-band known for their compelling music. Brian Thomas Littrell, one of the group's founding members, recently celebrated a significant milestone in his marriage and shared the secret to his 20 years of happiness.

Brian and his wife Leighanne Wallace met in 1997 on the set of the "Backstreet Boys" music video for their hit song, "As Long as You Love Me" and the singer described the moment as one of his most treasured memories of their relationship.

Brian Litrell of Backstreet Boys at Arena Monterrey on February 24, 2020 in Monterrey, Mexico | Photo: GettyImages

Brian Litrell of Backstreet Boys at Arena Monterrey on February 24, 2020 in Monterrey, Mexico | Photo: GettyImages

In an interview with "ET", the songwriter and his wife talked about their first encounter. Brian mentioned how he discovered Leighanne's headshot for the shoot, which left an impression on the singer, and he asked her out for a drink that night.


The Littrell's remain a team against all the odds, and the key to their joyous marriage, according to Brian has been a lot of communication and trust.


The model initially declined then suggested they get together the next day. Brian and Leighanne eventually started dating and tied the knot in 2000.

According to the "Napoleon Dynamite" actor, the secret to their successful relationship was "compromise." He emphasized that marriage required you to work together and be a team.


Twenty years later and the Littrell's remain a team against all the odds, and the key to their joyous marriage, according to Brian in an interview with "People" magazine, has been a lot of communication and trust. With a career that frequently made him travel for tours and shows, Brian had nothing but admiration for his wife in the interview when he said:

"I knew she was strong, but I just didn't know she was that strong. She's really been the rock of our family. She's an amazing mom..."


Brian and Leighanne's son, Baylee, who turns 18 in November, chose to follow in his father's musical footsteps. The teenager started writing songs at a young age and even did an opening for "Backstreet Boys."

It still came as a surprise to his parents when the 16-year-old at the time approached them about his dream to become a country singer. Brian admitted that working with Baylee on his first album "770-Country" inspired the dad to relaunch his solo career.


Despite his solo dreams, Littrell remained dedicated to the "Backstreet Boys." Earlier this year, the boy-band announced their plan to launch their first-ever radio show on Apple music called, "All I Have to Give Radio."

The show was named after a song from their second album, "Backstreet's Back," and concentrated on the five members of the band, Nick Carter, AJ McLean, Brian Littrell, Kevin Richardson, and Howie Dorough, who talked about their careers, shared stories from the past and connected with their fans.

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