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Boyz II Men: We never said, 'to hell with Michael!’

EARLY DAYS: Michael McCary (far left) left the band in 2003

US R’N’B group Boyz II Men say they have no ill-feeling towards their former band member, Michael McCary.

The Philadelphia super group made their debut as a quartet in 1991, comprised of vocalists Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman and McCary. They went on to score hits with singles including End Of The Road and I’ll Make Love To You, but in 2003, McCary left the Grammy award-winning group due to ongoing health issues.

Rumours emerged that McCary, famed for his distinctive baritone vocals, would return to the group last year, to mark the band’s 20th anniversary. However, the reunion didn’t happen – and the remaining trio say it’s unlikely to ever happen.

“Unfortunately, he’s not coming back,” Stockman said of his former group member. “We wanted to bring him back for the 20th anniversary, which would have been the ideal time for him to come back. It could have been big for him too. But mentally, he’s just not there...he doesn’t have the mental capacity to do what we do as a group.”

AND THEN THERE WERE THREE: Boyz II Men today are (l-r) Shawn Stockman, Nathan Morris and Wanya Morris

Though McCary left the band due to physical illness, [Wanya] Morris claims that his former bandmate’s unwillingness to return to the group is more about “his belief that he can do what he can do on his own.”

However, Morris insists that there’s no bad feeling between the group and their ex-bandmate.

“He’ll always be our brother,” he says. “So regardless of whether he’s in the group physically or not, there’ll always be that thing that binds us together.

“There have been situations when he needed help and we helped him. So it wasn’t like we said, ‘To hell with Michael!’ It’s just that Mike is somewhere else right now.”

Read the full exclusive Boyz II Men interview in the next edition of The Voice, out this Thursday (Feb 9)

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