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Backstreet Boys Call Drake Their ‘Sixth Member’ as He Joins Them Onstage 

Certified Lover Boy Drake wasn’t always so smooth with the ladies, but the rapper revealed that a Backstreet Boys hit gave him the confidence to once ask out a crush.

The Canadian performer delighted fans when he joined the 90s heartthrobs on stage in Toronto over the weekend to join the band as their “sixth member” in a rendition of their hit 1999 single “I Want It That Way.”

The beloved song is perhaps one of the most recognizable and well-known 90s boyband ballads and a love long that defined a generation—and Drake shared a sweet anecdote about how the song once gave him a confidence boost to ask out a girl at his Bar Mitzvah.

“[When] I was 13 years old…I was the awkward kid and I was in love with this girl at the time and she would pay me no mind,” Drake said on stage, per E! News.

“At my Bar Mitzvah, for the first time in my life, this girl who I was in love with came up to me while one of the greatest songs in the world was playing.”

He continued: “She asked me if I would dance with her and it was the first time I ever felt acknowledged. It was the first time I ever felt like I had a shot at being cool. The song that she wanted to dance with me to is one of the greatest songs of all time. And by the way, if she could see me now!”

During the live collaboration, Drake worked his own song “Hold On We’re Going Home” into “I Want It That Way.”

“What’s better than I Want It That Way? I Want It That Way…. f/ @champagnepapi,” the band posted on instagram along with a clip of the performance.

Fans of the “One Dance” hitmaker have also been speculating about another possible collaboration after he shared a throwback picture with Taylor Swift on Instagram earlier this year.

The picture, which seems to have been taken at some point in the last decade, has brought up old dating rumors, a lost collaboration, while many also think it’s a hidden message regarding Swift’s album 1989 (Taylor’s Version).

“They too soft to understand the meaning of hard work,” Drake captioned the post and the final of five pictures showed Swift and Drake together in a dated-looking photo.

Drake released his seventh studio album Honestly, Nevermind in June, following 2021’s Certified Lover Boy.

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