When Wendy Chupp Gossett and her kids got stuck for hours in a snowy traffic jam, Gossett decided to get out of the car and dance to help her anxious son cope.

By Maressa Brown
January 25, 2019
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January 25, 2019

A mom is going viral for dancing on the interstate to Backstreet Boys' "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)." Wendy Chupp Gossett was driving her kids from Denver to Colorado Springs when they got stuck on the I-25 for more than 4 hours. 

“We had been sitting for 4.5 hours in what looked like a zombie apocalypse on I-25 between Denver and Colorado Springs,” Wendy Chupp Gossett told Denver local news affiliate KCNC. “Worst back up in I-25 history!”

In order to better cope with the stressful situation, Gossett decided to get out of the car La La Land-style and get her groove on to the 1997 hit. “This is what happens when you’re stuck for four hours on I-25,” Gossett wrote on Facebook, alongside a clip of the dance, shot by her daughter.

The video also appears to show Gossett's son looking painfully embarrassed by his mom's moves, but she explained on the Facebook post's comments that he was actually more anxious about the traffic jam: "We were lucky enough to have that wonderful song playing on the radio right as I got my inspiration to dance. I was trying to cheer up my son because he was so full of anxiety being cooped up in the car for 4 1/2 hours not being able to get off the highway and moving in the opposite direction of where we wanted to go." 

After five hours, the trio made it to their destination. Gossett took to Facebook again to share that they had checked into the Village Inn in Monument where they spent the night.

Now, not only has the fun video gone viral, but it even caught the attention of BSB member Nick Carter who took to Twitter to share the clip, writing, "OMG!! Get back in your car lol. Ps. Nice jam.”


Goes to show even hours stuck on the interstate can't keep a devoted, fun-loving mama down!