My impression and thoughts on Brian Littrell
From the beginning Brian has been my favorite. His mostly sweet goofy boy next door image appealed to more than the obligatory heartthrob Nick or AJ's bad boy image in the beginning. To me he was the anti-AJ in the beginning He seemed the most like me in personality and outlook in life. He seemed like the guy you would not mind taking home to your parents In fact if I can find someone similar to him I'd feel lucky. However, he is an enigma to me. He is famous but never craved it. He was ready to go into Christian ministry but chose to be part of a mainstream group instead. The following is some of my impressions and thoughts about him based on what I have observed and read about him publicly
I imagine him as someone who has a love hate relationship with fame. He joined the group for the love of performing but doesn't necessarily the trappings of fame although as someone in his position he sometimes has to participate in them. This is supported by a quote I found attributed to him that I posted above . When he joined I don't he or anyone else group anticipated how big they were going to be or the level of madness that would ensue. If he did he may have stuck to his original plan of studying Christian music ministry
I imagine this was a big adjustment for him .Unlike Nick he was not groomed for fame not did he have stage parents. He didn't spend his childhood in show business the way AJ did. According to what I read he did perform widely until he was 16 encouraged by high school chorus teacher. And it wasn't much just singing a song or two at wedding to earn money for college. This is why to me he has always craved a sense of normalcy. Yes he is a member of one of the biggest groups in history but he doesn't always want to be seen that way as shown in this post by the fan blog What Happens On The Backstreet. 5 Times Brian Littrell Proved He Has A Huge Heart – What Happens On The Backstreet (wordpress.com)
The catch 22 is that one of the more popular members he is in demand. However that fact he was not always happy to oblige upset some fans. They attacked him for being inactive on social media. In fact unlike his wife Leighanne I don't think he has had personal social media accounts . I wish Brian was more visible but I am not going to be selfish about it. I see him and the rest of the group as people not products. He probably want to quit the first time because he felt used especially by management and overwhelmed with all the attention from fans. With his heart problems in the beginning he had an excuse to not be on . I also hate when fans try to make him not. They complain and make fun of him for not being an overt extroverted sex symbol like AJ. I will make one thing clear Brian and AJ are two completely different people from different backgrounds If you prefer the sex symbol then AJ is more your cup of tea.
In times of controversy or difficulty I see his private nature as a weakness. For example his inability to clarify his intentions and reason for joining Parler cost him fans and frustrated others like me who didn't want to see his career ruined over a social media platform. It also allowed rumors and assumptions to spread unchecked. This is puzzling to me since he was the one who tried to get Lou to renegotiate, initiated the suit when Lou refused and got the others involved despite the risk of losing everything if they lost the suit.
He also did with his voice problems. In a way I understand the fear of the reaction is sometimes worse than reaction. He probably could not separate who he was personally and as singer. The singing was so much a part of who was for 18 years before the problem started. This was how the public saw him. It was like being suddenly laid off after working one job for many years or being an athlete with a career- ending injury . He should have at least told the group if not the public at first. Nick was right to call him out on it just not angrily. I imagine Brian was humbled at that moment Seeing how the other have stepped in spontaneously to back him up when he struggled with voice it was ironic that he waited so long to tell them.
.I also see family is important to him. Most of his more recent solo endeavors have involved Leighanne and Baylee. As his fans we have to come expect that he and the family is the package deal so much fan sites are dedicated to all of them together At Leighanne's insistence Baylee was never left behind while he was tour This should give pause to working parents out there trying balance work and family In The love and admiration he has for Baylee is papable In a video Q &A he said Baylee was the reason he stayed in the industry although he thought again he would leave after having him In the same video he also said he'd like to be Baylee for a day. He gave him the same sense of normalcy that he wants for himself. Seeing how family instability combined with sudden fame at a young age affected Nick, Baylee will better off this way.
Living in a world that demands constant attention is not easy for anyone, but Brian has been living in it on his own terms. I always admired him for that The following line from Carrie Underwood's The Champion fits him perfectlyWhen they write my story/They gonna say that I did it for the glory/But don't think that I did it for the fame, yeah/ I did it for the love of the game, yeah