While the 34-year-old singer-songwriter relishes being in the spotlight, his wife Lauren Kitt-Carter would much rather hide behind-the-scenes but has been catapulted into the spotlight by the musician.
Popdust caught up with the newlywed as she prepares for her marriage to hit the small screen when I ♥ Nick Carter premieres on September 10 at 10 p.m.
The couple tied the knot on April 12, 2014, after being set up by his sister over six years ago. Since they met in 2008, fitness expert Lauren, 31, has helped Nick drop 40 pounds and clean up his diet after he got sober following a battle with drugs and alcohol. The pro-athlete even competes in body-building competitions, so is definitely strong enough to keep him in check!
Why did you decide to make a reality show?
Nick pushed me to do it and really, really wanted to do the show for himself. Because House of Carters [which aired on E! in 200] was such a train wreck, he wanted to show the world who he is now and how he has changed.
I am doing it to support my husband and be beside him. I am who I am and what we film on camera is 100 percent authentic. What you see is what you get with me, I am not a celebrity and I don’t get valuation from how many Twitter followers I have or people recognizing me.
What was it like being followed by cameras for the first time?
The filming was really easy and our showrunner was awesome, I haven’t seen any of the episodes apart the trailer so I don’t know how it will be received and how the viewers will react yet. I am nervous as I cherish my anonminity, when I am not with Nick I can walk around without anyone taking photographs so that might change. But I’m excited too, because it is all new to me.
Tell us more about the show — is it fun and goofy or serious and gritty?
It is a little bit of everything, there are really funny parts and more serious parts. Our relationship is comical, we bounce off one another and are very strong and comfortable together. It is very relatable as you see everything from us getting engaged and trying on dresses, to dealing with prenups and family issues — I had no idea there is so much drama!
You and Nick sound very different, how do you balance each other out?
Him being a celebrity and me being a normal person provides a good dichotomy. Nick is a larger-than-life character and a constant performer, he loves being a star, so you see me telling him to come back down to reality.
On the flip side, I was introverted and private, so he softens me up and gets me out of my shell – and I have to stuff him back into his!
Do you like suddenly being in the spotlight?
Ask me in a few weeks, and I’ll let you know!
Were you a Backstreet Boys fan before you met Nick?
Not at all, I was a rock fan and grew up listening to Bush, Sublime and Weezer. I knew who he was and I knew the name of the Backstreet Boys, but I couldn’t pick him out of a line-up but I couldn’t ID his songs. I was never a fan of boy bands or that type of music.
Nick has been open about his challenges with drink and drugs, how did it help him get over it by facing the issue publicly?
It has made him accountable because when you speak about it and put it out in the universe, people are aware of the problem. He can’t go out and get shitfaced as everyone knows about. He has suffered from alcohol abuse but never went to rehab, so he will have some wine and drinks occasionally but only once a month — if that. When you have a void and you try to fill it, you often fill it with things that aren’t good for you. He had a very painful void and filled it with the wrong things, and now he does it with activities that healthy.
Now that you’re married, are kids in your future?
Some days I look at children and think that would be so cool, then other days I am grateful I don’t have them. We probably will one day but we are not there yet. I am very selfish and you have to be so selfless! I have a body-building competition in London in November, so I’ll tackle that first.
I ♥ Nick Carter premieres on September 10 at 10 p.m. on VH1, watch the trailer below.