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‘Backstreet’ Life Frazzled Ford

March 13, 2001

NEW YORK (AP) _ Dating a Backstreet Boy isn’t all glamour and jet-setting.

Just ask Willa Ford, a 20-year-old singer and former girlfriend of Nick Carter who was one of the opening acts during the boy band’s 1999 United States tour.

``Backstreet (mania) freaked me out,″ Ford says in the April issue of Teen People magazine. She and Carter broke up in October. ``I saw signs like `Die (Willa),′ It was scary.″

Such negative attention didn’t keep her from going after her dream of a singing career, though. The debut album from the Ruskin, Fla., native is expected to come out in July.

``I’ve been working at this my whole life,″ says Ford, whose full name is Amanda Williford. ``Getting here is a mix of talent, luck and God.″

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