By Stephanie McKinny
Well, it’s official: my favorite Backstreet Boy is in rehab – again. A.J. McLean has willingly checked himself into rehab for the third time. He’s apparently been boozin’ and usin’, or at least one of the two, for the past couple months and either he or the people around him have had enough. It’s reported that the upcoming tour with New Kids on the Block is not in jeopardy, but we shall see. A source reported first that A.J. was in rehab, but soon after A.J. himself released this:
“For personal reasons, I’ve checked myself into a rehab clinic. With 2011 being a busy year for Backstreet, I want to be healthy and perform and sing for people at my very best and happiest. None of this will affect our current tour plans and I look forward to seeing everyone really soon! Thank you for all of your support and respecting my family and friends privacy during this time.”
Speaking of family and friends, I can’t believe that his bandmates or his long-time fiancé have stuck by his side this long. He’s already been to rehab in 2001 and 2002, and he’s had known issues with alcohol and cocaine. A Backstreet Boy using cocaine… that’s like a Carebear hooked on prescription pills; it just ain’t right, man. Best of luck this time around, A.J.