The Sun reports Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean is beating his chemical dependency by the support of new girlfriend Sarah Martin whom he met at a karaoke bar. McLean, who is living with Martin, says “I thank God every day.”
USA Today talked to Backstreet Boys A.J. McLean and Kevin Richardson following A.J.’s trouble with substance abuse which caused their tour to be sidelined. A.J. admits, “I only dabbled in cocaine – alcohol was the main problem. I was drinking at 9 in the morning – having a shot of Jack (Daniel’s) to get me going. I became distant from all my loved ones. I was seeing a shrink, but it wasn’t helping.” Read more.
Katrillion talked to Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean’s ex-girlfriend Amanda Latone to get her comments on their breakup and how she feels now that A.J. is getting help for his addictions. Amanda admits, “It was really, really hard for me. I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I don’t party. I don’t go to clubs … That’s all he did.” But following A.J.’s rehab, Latone says she sees the difference in him, “It’s almost like he’s more reserved. It’s almost like he’s calmer.”
Overture.com has its top list of Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean related searches queried by users during the month of September posted. A.J. had 8,300 searches while ‘A.J. McLean’ [one word ‘ajmclean’ combined] received 7,223 searches. Since A.J. is pretty broad, a rough estimate would have him receiving about half of Nick Carter’s 22,759 searches for the month. A.J.’s full name of Alexander James McLean received 412 searches.
Kiss 106.1 in Seattle has an interview with A.J. McLean of the Backstreet Boys streaming on their site (since removed). A.J. says he’s been dating a girl for about a year now and adds, “I am hoping to pop the question sometime soon.”
The Chicago Sun Times’ Bill Zwecker reports Backstreet Boys AJ McLean was spotted at Mother Hubbard’s while the group was in town for a performance at the Tweeter Center. Fans who spotted AJ were happy to see he was staying sober, drinking Cokes all night while playing pool.
AJ McLean of the Backstreet Boys talked to Chad of XL 106.7 FM in Orlando and opened up about what exactly happened that got him to go into rehab and revealed that he did dabble in drug use and forceful words by Kevin Richardson calling him “A worthless piece of crap” that served as a wake-up call. For a complete transcript of AJ’s eye opening chat, read on.
The Enquirer reports A.J. McLean’s mother has fired several backup musicians and crew members who have taken drugs with the Backstreet Boy.
Besides A.J. being relocated to Los Angeles away from his drug using friends in Orlando, the mother changed all of A.J.’s home and cell phone numbers.
A friend though says this may not be working as A.J. has been in contact with the negative influences and he’s planning on getting together with his drug using friends.
Will a move to Los Angeles and it’s well known celebrity drug scene be any better for A.J.? Time will tell.
The Globe is reporting comments from Brian Littrell of the Backstreet Boys after his bandmate’s battle with alcohol and depression. Brian thinks A.J. would have avoided rehab had he been married to a wife a good his, Leighanne Wallace.
Brian told the Globe, “The good thing about my wife and I is we can pack up, go home, and be away from everything. We’ve got stability. Some of the guys in the group don’t. I long for them to have what I have.”