Harry Styles' Girlfriend Taylor Swift is Not The 'Yoko Ono' of One Direction, Says Ex Boy Bander (EXCLUSIVE)
98 Degrees member Justin Jeffre says the country-pop crooner should shake off One Direction drama
“I think that Yoko Ono was unfairly treated," 98 Degrees singer Justin Jeffre told Celebuzz of the woman married to John Lennon and widely blamed for the breakup of The Beatles. "And I have sympathy for Taylor Swift as well.”
Drama surfaced on Sunday when Swift attended 1D's X Factor performance in Manchester and then flew with Styles from Heathrow Airport to New York on her private jet.
The rest of 1D reportedly traveled domestic -- and fumed that they weren't offered a ride on the luxury plane.
But Jeffre believes that Swift can shake off the subsequent comparisons to Ono, who married Beatles member John Lennon in 1969.
“Boy band fans can be really passionate, and that can be difficult for girlfriends, but I’m sure Taylor and Harry will be able to work it out," he said. "I think they will be fine.”
“It helps that both are famous in their own right," he continued, "because they have an insight into what that is like, and they can help one another."
In their heyday, 98 Degrees had something in common with 1D: loads of adoring females clamoring after them as they jet-setted around the world. The group -- comprised of Jeffre, Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey and Jeff Timmons -- sold over 10 million records worldwide and had eight Top 40 hits in America.
But the rocky road to stardom was smoothed out by the group's brotherly bond.
"We were lucky because we were really supportive of one another," said Jeffre, who's getting ready to go back into the studio with 98 Degrees while maintaining a career as a political activist. "Those guys were my best friends -- they still are. Most of the other guys were in relationships, and I was actually the one that chose to be single, but that was just a personal choice."
Lachey, for one, famously wed Jessica Simpson in 2002; the couple -- who starred in MTV's Newlyweds -- divorced four years later.
Styles and Swift, meanwhile, went public with their relationship after being spotted holding hands at an X-Factor taping in Los Angeles last month. Previously, Swift has been linked to the likes of Joe Jonas, John Mayer, Jake Gyllenhaal and Conor Kennedy.