Willa Ford is still friends with her ex-boyfriend, Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys. After all, they share five dogs; Ford has the teacup Pomeranian, a miniature Maltese and a pug, and Carter has another pug and a boxer.
The 20-year-old pop singer said she and the 21-year-old Carter, who dated for three years, didn’t talk at first after breaking up in October, but now they’re friends again.
“We learned a lot together. We went through so much at such a young age,” Ford told The Associated Press. “We were put in front of all these people so quickly and were so ridiculed.”
As Carter’s girlfriend, Ford was the target of massive adolescent hatred. When she was the opening act for the Backstreet Boys’ 1999 tour, angry girls held up signs that said “Die Willa.”
“I think at the end of the day, he knows that I caught the brunt of it. Like, I really got the bad part because I wasn’t the boy band celebrity at the time,” she said. “I think he feels bad that it happened.”