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PHOTO: Backstreet's Back – with Panda Cubs!

UpdatePosted 05/31/2013 05:00PM

The Daily Treat: The Backstreet Boys Cause Panda-monium

Originally posted 05/31/2013 12:30PM

Just when you thought the Backstreet Boys couldn't get any cuter!

While on break from touring in China on Thursday, the reunited boy band – members Nick Carter, Brian Littrell, Kevin Richardson, Howie Dorough and A.J. McLean – made nice with a group of panda cubs during a visit to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in the country's Sichuan province.

Judging from the photo, we're not sure which quintet had the better time: While each guy happily cradled his furry buddy, the little ones gleefully kicked back, too, relaxing and indulging in delicious drinks.

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Backstreet Boys Get Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame | Backstreet Boys

Backstreet Boys Get Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Originally posted 04/22/2013 04:00PM

From Backstreet to one of the most famous streets!

More than 15 years after the release of their self-titled debut album, Backstreet Boys A.J. McLean, Brian Littrell, Howie Dorough, Kevin Richardson and Nick Carter were awarded with their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Monday.

Clad in dapper suits – a far cry from the leather and oh-so-sparkly bandanas of their youth – the group grinned as they posed with the brand-new (and 2,485th) star.

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Backstreet Boy Nick Carter Engaged to Lauren Kitt

Nick Carter Engaged to Lauren Kitt

Originally posted 02/22/2013 04:30PM

Nick Carter has found his fire, his one desire.

"I had the ring in my pocket for two weeks," the Backstreet Boy tells PEOPLE exclusively of his engagement to fitness expert/actress Lauren Kitt.

"I was like, 'I don't want it anymore!' It was driving me insane. I just wanted to get it out of my hands and on to hers."

For the momentous occasion, Carter, 33, took his fiancée, 29, to the Florida Keys where he planned a romantic boat ride to a secluded island – but things did not go as smoothly as expected.

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Backstreet Boys Reunite for First Time Since 2006

Backstreet Boys Reunite for First Time Since 2006

Originally posted 08/31/2012 10:35AM

Backstreet is back!

For the first time in six years, all five Backstreet Boys – Nick Carter, Brian Littrell, Howie Dorough, A.J. McLean, Kevin Richardson – reunited professionally, for Friday's Good Morning America Summer Concert series in New York's Central Park.

Band member Richardson, 40, who recently rejoined the group three months ago after quitting in 2006, told the legions of cheering fans, "I'm a person that follows my heart and gut, and my heart said this is the time."

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Inside Leslie Carter's Emotional Funeral

UpdatePosted 02/06/2012 09:00PM

Inside Leslie Carter's Emotional Funeral

Originally posted 02/06/2012 08:00PM

Four days after her death, a funeral service was held for singer Leslie Carter Ashton near her father's home in Mayville, N.Y.

More than 60 mourners gathered on Saturday afternoon at the Freay Funeral Home for a private service that paid tribute to Ashton, 25.

The aspiring singer and sister of pop stars Nick and Aaron Carter suffered an apparent of prescription medication on Tuesday, according to a police report.

"It was a celebration of who she was and how much she was loved by everyone," one guest tells PEOPLE. "There was a lot of crying but there was laughter too – there was joy in the stories people told."

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INSIDE STORY: What Led to Leslie Carter's Depression – and Death | Aaron Carter, Leslie Carter

Leslie Carter's Drive for Fame Fueled Her Depression, Source

Originally posted 02/03/2012 02:15PM

Life did not deliver what Leslie Carter Ashton had hoped for.

"She thought she would become the next famous Carter sibling," says a source who once managed one of her famous brothers.

In Leslie's case, although signed to DreamWorks Records (which released her single from the Shrek 3 soundtrack), pop stardom eluded the 25-year-old, who died Tuesday after an apparent overdose.

Instead of Leslie, after older brother Nick Carter hit it big as a member of the Backstreet Boys, another Carter sibling became famous – younger brother Aaron.

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Nick Carter Dedicates a Song to His Sister at New York Concert | Nick Carter

Nick Carter Dedicates a Song to His Sister Leslie at New York Concert

Originally posted 02/03/2012 10:30AM

In Nick Carter's first live performance since sister Leslie died earlier this week, the singer hit the stage at New York City's Irving Plaza Thursday night with a high-energy show. He also took a moment to dedicate a ballad to his sibling.

Members of the mostly-female audience held up pink paper hearts in honor of Leslie, a gesture Carter acknowledged during the show.

Laura Codd, the fan who made the hearts, said they were also meant to thank Carter for not canceling the show.

"I made 100 of them and passed them out to the crowd ... to show we love him and support him and we appreciate him still coming out and performing tonight," said Codd, 26.

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Leslie Carter Suffered Apparent Overdose: Report

UpdatePosted 02/02/2012 02:00PM

Leslie Carter Suffered Apparent Overdose: Report

Originally posted 02/02/2012 01:05PM

Leslie Carter, the 25-year-old sister of Nick and Aaron Carter, suffered an apparent overdose and had been taking medication for depression, according to a police report released Thursday.

Leslie, who was an aspiring singer, died on Tuesday in upstate New York. An official cause of death is pending toxicology tests.

Her stepmother, Ginger Carter, told authorities that Leslie had "a long history of mental illness" and seemed depressed the morning before she died, according to an incident report from the Chautauqua County sheriff.

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Nick Carter Not Canceling Tour After His Sister's Death | Leslie Carter, Nick Carter

Nick Carter Not Canceling Tour After His Sister's Death

Originally posted 02/01/2012 02:30PM

After news broke of his sister's death Wednesday, Nick Carter said he is not planning to cancel his scheduled tour dates, but will instead dedicate the performances to his sister, Leslie.

"Performing is cathartic to me and I am dedicating the rest of my tour to my sister since she loved to watch me perform," the singer said in a statement released via his publicist, Jack Ketsoyan, on Wednesday.

Leslie Carter was 25. She passed away in upstate New York, though no other details were immediately known.

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Nick and Aaron Carter's Sister Leslie Dies at 25

Nick and Aaron Carter's Sister Leslie Dies at 25

Originally posted 02/01/2012 10:10AM

Leslie Carter, the sister of Nick and Aaron Carter, has died at 25.

The aspiring singer passed away in upstate New York, Access Hollywood reports. No other details were immediately available.

"Our family is grieving right now and it's a private matter," the Carter family said in a statement. "We are deeply saddened for the loss of our beloved sister, daughter and granddaughter, Leslie Carter. We request the utmost privacy during this difficult time."

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