AJ McLean’s marriage crumbled for several months before he announced his separation. Multiple sources told Page Six specifically.
“They’ve been separated since at least January,” revealed one insider, the Backstreet Boys member and his now estranged wife, Rochelle McLean.
“AJ left their wedding home,” the insider added.
meanwhile A second source tells us the couple’s split. “It’s been a long time coming” and “There’s more to the story.”
Representatives for AJ did not respond to Page Six’s repeated requests for comment.
The McLeans issued a joint statement Monday to share the news that they had temporarily “parted” after 11 years of marriage.
“Marriage is difficult but rewarding. Together, we decided to temporarily part ways for our own work and our marriage in the hopes of building a stronger future,” said AJ, 45, and Rochelle, 41.
“The plan is to get back together and continue the love we have for each other and our families. We ask for respect and privacy at this time.”
The singer and hairstylist from “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” also urged fans to “be kind and remember that there are children.”
They have two daughters together: 10-year-old Elliott, formerly known as Ava, and 6-year-old Lyric.
AJ and Rochelle, who married in December 2011, have had their ups and downs over the years.
The Grammy nominee has battled substance abuse and alcoholism for more than two decades, even describing himself as “a genius.” “Chronic Relapses” at one point He celebrated one year of sobriety in September 2022.
“AJ is the type of celebrity who lives the life of a rock star. And Alex was uncomfortable,” he admitted to “Today” at the time, using his real name.
“But now I have come to a place where the two of them can live together.”
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