Backstreet Boys’ AJ McLean SPLITS from wife Rochelle after 12 years of marriage – but estranged couple say separation is ‘temporary’ and they hope to ‘build a stronger future’
Backstreet Boys’ AJ McLean is separating with his wife Rochelle DeAnna McLean.
The couple announced the news to TMZ, clarifying that they are not divorcing, but separating.
‘Marriage is hard, but worth it. We have mutually decided to separate temporarily to work on ourselves, and on our marriage with the hope of building a stronger future,’ he told the outlet.
‘The plan is to come back together and continue to nurture our love for one another, and our family. We ask for respect and privacy at this time.’
‘Separation is hard enough without the commentary, please be kind and remember there are children involved,’ the statement concluded.
The couple, who share two daughters, married in 2011 after dating for six years.
The latest: Backstreet Boys’ AJ McLean is separating with his wife Rochelle DeAnna McLean
AJ and Rochelle are parents to Ava, 10, and Lyric, six. Ava decided to change her name to Elliott last year.
In September 2022, AJ opened up about the name change, revealing that she felt like her name wasn’t unique.
‘When my daughter asked to change her name to Elliot, initially, I didn’t know if it was a transgender thing, which it is not, but it is a personal choice,’ he said during an appearance on the Today show, via Page Six.
Last week, the couple celebrated Lyric turning six.
He shared snaps from her birthday party to his Instagram page, writing: ‘Happiest of bdays to my mini me. Daddy is so proud of the little woman you are. I love you baby girl. Happy birthday my love! Now let’s go celebrate!’
Family: The couple, who share two daughters, married in 2011 after dating for six years