Kevin Richardson tweets losing a friend to QAnon after Backstreet Boys’ Brian Littrell Parler post

Backstreet Boys Kevin Richardson sparked rumors of a rift between himself and Brian Littrell when he posted a cryptic tweet about losing a friend to QAnon, shortly after his pro-Trump bandmate revealed he’d created a Parler account.  

Richardson tweeted just days after Littrel announced he was joining the right-wing social media haven Parler in the wake of Donald Trump being banned from Twitter.  Trump was banned on January 8 for ‘incitement of violence’ over the deadly Capitol riots that left five dead just two days earlier.

Seemingly in response, Richardson shared a Cosmopolitan article titled, I Lost a Best Friend to QAnon, with the caption, ‘Interesting read;’ the article detailed a first-hand account of losing a friendship due to the conspiracy theory-driven beliefs of a QAnon member. 

Dailymail.com has reached out to reps for both Richardson and Littrell for comment on the topic. 

Backstreet Boys Kevin Richardson sparked rumors of a rift between himself and Brian Littrel when he posted a cryptic tweet about losing a friend to QAnon, shortly after his pro-Trump bandmate revealed he'd created a Parler account

Backstreet Boys Kevin Richardson sparked rumors of a rift between himself and Brian Littrel when he posted a cryptic tweet about losing a friend to QAnon, shortly after his pro-Trump bandmate revealed he'd created a Parler account

Backstreet Boys Kevin Richardson sparked rumors of a rift between himself and Brian Littrel when he posted a cryptic tweet about losing a friend to QAnon, shortly after his pro-Trump bandmate revealed he’d created a Parler account 

Richardson shared an article from Cosmopolitan which detailed a first-hand account of losing a friendship due to the conspiracy theory-driven beliefs of a QAnon member

Richardson shared an article from Cosmopolitan which detailed a first-hand account of losing a friendship due to the conspiracy theory-driven beliefs of a QAnon member

Richardson shared an article from Cosmopolitan which detailed a first-hand account of losing a friendship due to the conspiracy theory-driven beliefs of a QAnon member

Littrell's tweet about creating an account on the controversial site which has now been closed, was sent the same night that Trump was banned from Twitter 'due to the risk of further incitement of violence'

Littrell's tweet about creating an account on the controversial site which has now been closed, was sent the same night that Trump was banned from Twitter 'due to the risk of further incitement of violence'

Littrell’s tweet about creating an account on the controversial site which has now been closed, was sent the same night that Trump was banned from Twitter ‘due to the risk of further incitement of violence’

QAnon, the discredited, right-wing group has built steam through the months as far-right supporters of Trump who dig deep into baseless theories about politics and the government. 

Richardson, 49, followed up by sharing another article titled, The Unlikely Connection Between Wellness Influencers and the Pro-Trump rioters. 

In the caption of that tweet he wrote: ‘Another interesting read.’ 

The tweets appear to be sign of a rift between the bandmates, who are also cousins as Littrell’s father and Richardson’s mother are siblings.

Once close, Richardson reportedly was the one who called on Littrell to try out for the Backstreet Boys during a casting call in 1993.

But their relationship between liberal Richardson, and Trump supporter Littrell, appears to have become strained in recent years.

As Long As You Love Me: The Backstreet Boys have sold more than 100 million records worldwide with dozens of No. 1 hits under their belts and legions of fans, making them the most successful boy band of all time; seen in 2019

As Long As You Love Me: The Backstreet Boys have sold more than 100 million records worldwide with dozens of No. 1 hits under their belts and legions of fans, making them the most successful boy band of all time; seen in 2019

As Long As You Love Me: The Backstreet Boys have sold more than 100 million records worldwide with dozens of No. 1 hits under their belts and legions of fans, making them the most successful boy band of all time; seen in 2019

Kevin Richardson sparked concern after tweeting an 'interesting read' about losing a friend to QAnon shortly after Backstreet Boys bandmate Brian Littrell shared his new Parler account with his followers

Kevin Richardson sparked concern after tweeting an 'interesting read' about losing a friend to QAnon shortly after Backstreet Boys bandmate Brian Littrell shared his new Parler account with his followers

The 49-year-old singer appeared to be responding to Littrell's latest dive into the far-right when he tweeted another link to an article about wellness influencers and pro-Trump rioters

The 49-year-old singer appeared to be responding to Littrell's latest dive into the far-right when he tweeted another link to an article about wellness influencers and pro-Trump rioters

Kevin Richardson tweeted an ‘interesting read’ about losing a friend to QAnon shortly after Backstreet Boys bandmate Brian Littrell shared his new Parler account with his followers

Littrel has reportedly been a Trump supporter for years and even voiced his support for the band to perform at Donald’s inauguration in 2017 – something which doesn’t appear to have gone down well with his bandates.

Littrell admitted that the Inaugural Committee approached the band about a possible performance, but things just didn’t work out. 

‘Hollywood needs to chill out, all right? You’re talking about the commander-in-chief, right? We’re talking about respect,’ he told TMZ at the time.

While there’s no clear evidence that Littrell has fallen further into far-right conspiracies, his tweet about creating an account on Parler, which has now been closed, was sent the same night that Trump was banned from Twitter ‘due to the risk of further incitement of violence’. 

Trump was banned from Twitter after he was accused of encouraging his supporters, alongside QAnon, white supremacists and terrorists, to storm the Capitol (pictured) on January 6 while Congress was in session to confirm electoral votes acknowledging Joe Biden's win in November's presidential election.

Trump was banned from Twitter after he was accused of encouraging his supporters, alongside QAnon, white supremacists and terrorists, to storm the Capitol (pictured) on January 6 while Congress was in session to confirm electoral votes acknowledging Joe Biden's win in November's presidential election.

Trump was banned from Twitter after he was accused of encouraging his supporters, alongside QAnon, white supremacists and terrorists, to storm the Capitol (pictured) on January 6 while Congress was in session to confirm electoral votes acknowledging Joe Biden’s win in November’s presidential election.

Richardson spent the day and the following day retweeting reports about the riot and statements denouncing the violence. The Capitol riot led to the deaths of five people and the second impeachment of the 45th president

Richardson spent the day and the following day retweeting reports about the riot and statements denouncing the violence. The Capitol riot led to the deaths of five people and the second impeachment of the 45th president

Richardson spent the day and the following day retweeting reports about the riot and statements denouncing the violence. The Capitol riot led to the deaths of five people and the second impeachment of the 45th president

Parler is favored by many Trump supporters and claimed to have more than 12 million users.  

Trump was banned from Twitter after he was accused of encouraging his supporters, alongside QAnon, white supremacists and terrorists, to storm the Capitol on January 6 while Congress was in session to confirm electoral votes acknowledging Joe Biden’s win in November’s presidential election.

Richardson spent the day and the following day retweeting reports about the riot and statements denouncing the violence.

The Capitol riot led to the deaths of five people and the second impeachment of the 45th president. 

Parler on Thursday urged a US judge to order Amazon to restore the company’s account, saying Amazon had no evidence the social media platform was used to incite last week’s storming of the Capitol.

At a hearing in Seattle federal court, Parler’s lawyer David Groesbeck said the company would suffer irreparable harm if forced to close and that keeping it alive served the public interest. He also downplayed Parler’s role in the riots in Washington.  

Fans caught on to Richardson’s tweet and asked: ‘I don’t think your cousin either cares or realizes the impact this has had. People are Angry. It could affect the future of this fandom and the behavior of people at your concerts. He has now publicly opened the door for division in a fandom that’s always been united.’ 

Another tweet noted the severity of the issue: ‘Ok but on a serious note, it has been heartbreaking to see people we love and respect spiral into living in a land of make believe. A dangerous land, at that. I hope one day they all come to a higher consciousness, but I worry it’s already too late.’ 

The Backstreet Boys have sold more than 100 million records worldwide with dozens of No. 1 hits under their belts and legions of fans, making them the most successful boy band of all time. 

Fans caught on to Kevin's tweet and asked: 'I don't think your cousin either cares or realizes the impact this has had. People are Angry. It could affect the future of this fandom and the behavior of people at your concerts'

Fans caught on to Kevin's tweet and asked: 'I don't think your cousin either cares or realizes the impact this has had. People are Angry. It could affect the future of this fandom and the behavior of people at your concerts'

Fans caught on to Kevin’s tweet and asked: ‘I don’t think your cousin either cares or realizes the impact this has had. People are Angry. It could affect the future of this fandom and the behavior of people at your concerts’

Another tweet noted the severity of the issue: 'Ok but on a serious note, it has been heartbreaking to see people we love and respect spiral into living in a land of make believe'

Another tweet noted the severity of the issue: 'Ok but on a serious note, it has been heartbreaking to see people we love and respect spiral into living in a land of make believe'

Another tweet noted the severity of the issue: ‘Ok but on a serious note, it has been heartbreaking to see people we love and respect spiral into living in a land of make believe’

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