Whatever Happened to… Chris Kirkpatrick?
Justin Timberlake has had an amazing career since breaking up with *NSYNC. He has hosted the ESPYs and “Saturday Night Live,” and starred in movies like “The Social Network” and this month’s “In Time.” Obviously, JT was the most popular member of the boy band, but we’ve heard from most of the rest of them. Lance Bass tried to be a cosmonaut, because apparently he’s too good for NASA. Joey Fatone now has a career in stage acting and TV hosting. JC Chasez has turned into a songwriter, and he now also judges “America’s Best Dance Crew.” Okay, that’s four of them…there was a fifth. Going through the ranks of the *NSYNC-ers, we have just one question: whatever happened to Chris Kirkpatrick?
Unfortunately for Chris, people barely even knew who he was back in *NSYNC’s heyday. He was the fifth member, the one with the weird cornrows and/or bandana, the one whose name nobody could remember other than the diehard fans. Poor Chris, as he was the one who formed the band in the first place. *NSYNC originally became famous in the faraway lands of Sweden and Germany, but we all know what happened when they came back to the States.
The band enjoyed widespread popularity through the early years of the millennium, but fell out of the public eye when Timberlake decided to pursue a solo career. Chris was to be forgotten.
Chris reappeared in 2008 as a cast member on CMT’s “Gone Country,” a show dedicated to trying to turn pop musicians into country stars. Though he was successful on the show, “Gone Country” did nothing to revamp Chris’s career. He has also been a member of the bands FuMan Skeeto, Little Red Monsters and Sureshot, all of which are now defunct.
The former boy band member has sadly fallen by the wayside. He is currently a member of a five-person band called Nigels 11, but by the looks of their website, things aren’t looking too well for them, either. They have no scheduled appearances, and Chris has only tweeted twice since the beginning of the year. Maybe after years of stardom, Chris has become content with a quiet life. We won’t know, though, and will probably always be left wondering whatever happened to Chris Kirkpatrick.