When you think about the great boy bands of the late '90s and early '00s, *NSYNC and Backstreet Boys immediately spring to mind. But real aficionados of boy band groups knew that the boys of 98 Degrees were as hot as could be. So what happened to the members of 98 Degrees, anyway? It looks like Justin Jeffre, Drew Lachey, Nick Lachey, and Jeff Timmons are still burning it up.
These four boys from Ohio had quite the run on the pop charts. Chances are you recall their hits, "I Do (Cherish You)," "Because of You," or "The Hardest Thing." I mean, have you been to a wedding in the past decade that didn't include "I Do"? It's a compulsory play at many receptions. And no one can blame you if you still have their hits tucked away on a playlist somewhere. Their R&B boy band songs are both totally '90s and totally timeless.
So what are the adorable Lachey brothers up to lately? Can you guess who took on a political career, and who found great success with a solo album? They have all gone on to interesting and successful careers. Fortunately, these boys have not left their roots life behind: you just might catch 98 Degrees in a city near you on the My 2K tour, along with O-Town, Dream, and Ryan Cabrera.
1. Justin Jeffre
After his days of crooning "Una Noche" to adoring crowds, Jeffre's career took a more political turn. According to Biography, Jeffre ran for mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio in 2005 (placing fifth in the overall results), and he was even arrested for trespassing in the 2011 Occupy Cincinnati protest. Activism aside, he's rejoined the rest of 98 Degrees for the My 2K Tour.
2. Drew Lachey
Drew Lachey has worked constantly since his initial run with the band. According to his official Facebook page, Lachey won season 2 of Dancing with the Stars, hosted HGTV's $250,000 Dollar Challenge, and starred in Broadway productions of Rent, Monty Python's Spamalot, and Hairspray. Oh, and he's in a new series called Lachey's Bar on A&E. He is married to Lea Dellecave, and they have two children.
3. Nick Lachey
Does this man even need an introduction? Who could forget his appearances on MTV's Newlyweds with Jessica Simpson, which ran for 40 episodes according to IMBD? And in the wake of their breakup, he released the 2003 solo album What's Left of Me, which hit the #2 spot on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, as noted on his official site. Since that time, Lachey has appeared in TV shows such as Charmed and One Tree Hill, and he has also hosted The Sing Off, as his site further indicated. He also hosted Big Morning Buzz on VH1. It looks like this Lachey brother, who is husband to Vanessa Lachey and the father of two, has handled his fame well.
4. Jeff Timmons
Timmons also took a swing at a solo career with 2004's Whisper That Way. And according to IMDB, he appeared in the VH1 series, Mission: Man Band, along with several episodes of Big Morning Buzz Live. He also appeared in the Syfy Channel's Dead 7, the post-apocalyptic zombie flick starring former boy band members. Oh, and he briefly worked as guest performer and M.C. for the Chippendales. He has two children, and is married to Amanda Timmons.