2gether Star to Kick Meth on Camera

By McCarton Ackerman 06/28/13

Former '90s boy band member Noah Bastian asks for help with a Kickstarter project to film his recovery.

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Noah Bastian, former member of '90s mock boy band 2gether, came out about his meth addiction earlier this week, and now his brother is raising money to shoot a documentary about his recovery. The faux band—whose songs parodied the styles of groups like the Backstreet Boys—went platinum with their self-titled 2000 album that included hits like "U+Me = Us (Calculus)." But after the spotlight faded, Bastian, who played "The Shy One" aka Chad Linus, developed a meth addiction that left him homeless and on the streets. "Drugs completely robbed him of all his drive and motivation," his older brother Tyler Bastian told EnStars. "He is an amazing kid who got caught up in some bad choices while in Hollywood." Since Noah's recent decision to get clean, Tyler has launched a Kickstarter campaign to film a documentary about his brother's recovery, called Noah: Clean, Prison or Dead. "Our goal is to tell Noah's story and shine a light on what quick fame mixed with drugs can do to an aspiring artist. We want to follow him on his journey as he tries to get his life back on track; documenting the struggles and triumphs of a recovering addict," the Kickstarter page reads. "There's a lot at stake in this project. This story has the potential to save Noah's life. And could even help save the lives of others who are struggling with addiction as well."

Earlier this week, Noah, 33, opened up about his addiction in a Facebook post that has since been deleted. "Everyone needs to know that this is hard for me to admit and please, please be gentle with your messages to me because despite what you think you know of me, I am NOTHING more than a human being with feelings and emotions," he wrote. "This is a project that will help me and so many others and open people's eyes up to this EPIDEMIC our world faces called drug addiction!!!! This is something that has taken me years to realize [and is] the reason I am the shell of a person I used to be!" The kickstarter campaign has currently reached $5,151 of its $15,000 goal.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.