Why Joey Fatone isn’t vying for TikTok fame

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Some celebrities can’t seem to get enough of TikTok — but Joey Fatone doesn’t want any strings attached to his account.

“I am not saying that I am old, but I think for me I am at the age where you can do TikTok, but not religiously and make it a career,” he recently told Page Six while promoting Heluva Good!. “Let’s go there. I wouldn’t make my TikTok a career, but it’s fun.”

When a then-and-now video that the former *NSYNC star, 43, made with bandmate Lance Bass poking fun at their younger selves (with a pineapple sitting in for Chris Kirkpatrick) went viral earlier this year, he was surprised.

“I was like, ‘Oh, this is going to be a good idea’ … I didn’t think it’s going to be that funny, but it turned out really just funny. But somebody thought [Kirkpatrick] passed away. They thought it was an urn! That’s what I thought was funny!”

Now that the Boy Band Challenge is making its rounds on the app, Fatone told us that he’s going to have to get to work after he watches the Super Bowl virtually with Heluva Good!’s Virtual Snacking Buddy — which fans can enter to win from Jan. 21 until Jan. 28.

“I have already gotten called out by Jeff Timmons,” he said. “Wayne Brady even called me and said he wanted me to do it. I think Lance did it already. I have to be creative with this. I just can’t throw it out there and do something. So I haven’t accepted the challenge yet, per se, but I’m sure I will, but I have to figure out what I’m going to do to make it unique.”

He teased he’ll post his when fans least expect it, but he’s appreciative there’s still interest.

“It’s cool now, though, because now the older generation is still introducing *NSYNC to the younger generation, which I think is awesome,” he said, noting that his kids, Briahna, 19, and Kloey, 11, are part of that group.

“My older one, when she was younger, she did ask me a lot of questions because we were still actually in our career,” he said. “This one time it was kind of after we split and I was doing something for New York, I think it was lighting a Christmas tree or something like that, we were going and people were screaming my name and when Briahna was young at the time, she was like, ‘Dad, why are they screaming your name?’ I was like, ‘Because Dad’s the coolest!’ And she’s like, ‘What do you mean?’ And she started crying. And I was like, ‘Why are you crying?’ She’s like, ‘Well, you’re in a band and you’re cool and I’m not cool.’ I’m like, ‘Are you kidding me? I said that’s all just B.S. in a sense. That’s my job. I said, You’re the coolest thing that ever happened to me.’”

But the coolest thing that may have happened to Briahna was most likely seeing Fatone perform alongside Ariana Grande at Coachella in 2019.

“She was like, ‘This is the weirdest thing,’” he recalled. “Yeah, it was one of the weirdest things because again, she’s 18-years-old [at the time]. Coachella is the thing for those kids to go to those things. So for her to see me at Coachella performing with Ariana, it’s kind of like ‘This is so weird.’ And it was really cool, though, because she came with me… I said, ‘You want to go with your old man to Coachella?’ She’s like, ‘What? Are you kidding?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, I’m performing [with] Ariana.’ And she’s like, ‘Are you serious?’ So it was like such a weird thing about that. You know, your kid all of a sudden is like, into these groups and you’re like, ‘Yeah, I’m about to perform with somebody that you actually enjoy listening to.’”

Grande sampled the band’s hit, “It Makes Me Ill,” in her track, “Break Up With Your Girlfriend.” The group performed a collaboration of their hits with her before performing their first single, “Tearing Up My Heart” during her set.

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