Backstreet Boy Gets Married

Sept. 3, 2000 -- Wedding bells were the music of choice for the Backstreet Boys Saturday, as another one of the teen hearthrobs tied the knot.

Band member Brian Littrell married actress Leighanne Wallace at Peachtree Christian Church in the brides’ hometown Atlanta.

White and black stretch limousines brought about 300 people to the ceremony, which was kept quiet enough to avoid the usual mob of young fans that follow the chart topping band.

Teenage girls may soon be looking for another set of bachelors to dream about, as this is the second Backstreet wedding of the summer. Littrell’s cousin, Kevin Richardson, married his longtime girlfriend, dancer Kristin Willits in early June. Both engagements were announced on MTV in February, just after Valentine’s day.

Littrell and Wallace bought a house earlier this year in an Atlanta suburb. They met in Los Angeles in 1997 when she appeared in the Backstreet Boys video As Long As You Love Me. Wallace has also appeared in films including My Fellow Americans.

New Album This Fall The guys have been out of the spotlight a bit lately, with fellow boy band ’N Sync commanding the charts and the attention of the MTV audience this summer.

That could all change later this fall, when Backstreet Boys release their yet-to-be-named follow up to Millennium which was the best-selling album of 1999. The album also set a new record for first week album sales, with fans snapping up over a million copies. The record has since been broken by ’N Sync’s No Strings Attached which sold 2.5 million albums in its debut week in March.

The new Backstreet Boys album is expected in stores November 21, but for now fans clamoring for more can check out a cartoon version of the band as they pose as cyber-heroes in a Web series from Stan Lee Media. New installments of The Backstreet Project cartoon are posted on their home page every two weeks.

The Associated Press and Wall of Sound contributed to this report.