Though the group has been on hiatus since 2002, Chris Kirkpatrick says there is a still a chance that he and Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Lance Bass, and Joey Fatone will reunite.
"You never know what the future holds. Anything could happen," says Kirkpatrick, 38, who now fronts the pop/rock band Nigels 11. "We're all just being ourselves for a little while."
Still, he insists, "I think when the stars are aligned, the time is right, and all five of us have our heads on straight and know the direction we're going as a band, it'll eventually happen. If not, I know we'll be best friends forever."
The guys, in fact, still hang out together: Chasez co-wrote a Nigels 11 song with Kirkpatrick, who recently participated in Timberlake's charity golf tournament in Las Vegas. "Justin is a little better golfer than me," he says, adding with a laugh, "But I look way better."
Mini-ReunionThere will be another semi-*NSYNC reunion on Oct. 30, when Bass and Fatone – along with Ryan Cabrera and DJ White Shadow – will join Kirkpatrick in Orlando for a Halloween bash to benefit the Chris Kirkpatrick Foundation, which helps underprivileged kids.
The next day, Kirkpatrick will throw a Halloween Spooktacular for more than 100 homeless and foster children. "I grew up in an underprivileged home," says the singer. "I was blessed enough to have the band and all the things I've gotten through that, [so starting the foundation] was my way of saying, 'I know where I came from.'"
When it comes to his costume, "I'm still debating. I'm definitely not going as Chewbacca, 'cause it's Florida. It's going to be way too hot." A Lady Gaga-style lace face covering, perhaps? "As long as you're just talking masks I might be alright," he says. "I think Lady Gaga's outfits I might fall out of."
As for whether he'd ever slip into spandex and sequins for Dancing with the Stars, Kirkpatrick (who has appeared on VH1's Man Band and CMT's Gone Country 2) says he won't be following in Bass and Fatone's footsteps.
"That will never happen. That's not really my thing. Joey and Lance it were perfect for it – they're great dancers and real spunky." Besides, he says, "I've had two knee surgeries in the last three years. I just worry that I might buckle, literally, on stage."