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Joey Fatone has a message for Nick Carter and the Backstreet Boys: He was just joking.

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The *NSYNC member sparked controversy during an April interview with the Huffington Post when he was asked about the Backstreet Boys' latest tour. "I feel like they just need the money," Joey said, dissing the boy band. "No offense guys!"

Nick was offended and responded to Joey's insult on Twitter. "Just disappointed, I really liked joey..." Nick posted after Joey's interview hit the Web. "I'm proud of who we are and love what we stand for. Truthfully its about not letting our fans down. Sorry bro but you have us all wrong."

During an exclusive interview with Wonderwall at KIIS-FM's annual Wango Tango concert at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., on May 10, 2014, Joey said. "It was all a joke." "It was all nothing but my sense of humor," he said. "Nick is awesome. He's great and the minute it happened, I sent him a text and said, 'You know I'm joking, right?' And he said, 'I actually played into it.' I didn't think it was going to come out the way it did."

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Now that the situation has played out the way that it has, Joey explained that it's time for him to get quiet. "I'm just going to lay back for a minute and let him explain it. The more I talk, the more it's adding fuel to the fire," he told WW.

But what he would talk about is raising two daughters, Briahna and Kloey, with his wife, Kelly. He said he focuses his parenting duties on steering his girls in the right direction. "Just think twice about what you're going to do and be honest about it," he said of the lessons he's trying to teach. "The more honest you are with me, the less punishment you will get if you lie to me. That's what kids don't understand. If you lie, you'll get into worse trouble."

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He also takes his own advice. "I'm actually very open and honest with my daughter," he said. "Anytime I see something on TMZ or somewhere else I go, 'Listen, you're going to see this, and this is what happened. This is the story and that's it.' ... There's no way of hiding it."