Backstreetboys.com: “Earlier this year, after much soul
searching, Kevin Richardson came to us and told us that he had decided
to leave the group and pursue other interests. He gave his blessing
to continue the music without him.
have no intention of replacing Kevin, and the door will always be open
for him to return to the Backstreet Boys. We wish him the all the best
in his future endeavors.
This weekend the group Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell and AJ
McLean are returning to the studio to begin the follow-up to Never Gone,
and will see you later this year with a new album.”