Backstreet Boys’ AJ McLean SEPARATES from wife Rochelle after 12 years of marriage, but estranged couple say split is ‘temporary’ and hope to ‘build a stronger future’
Backstreet Boys’ AJ McLean is splitting from his wife Rochelle DeAnna McLean.
The couple announced the news to TMZclarifying that they are not divorcing, but separating.
Marriage is hard, but it’s worth it. We have mutually decided to temporarily separate to work on ourselves and our marriage in hopes of building a stronger future,” he told the outlet.
“The plan is to get back together and continue to nurture our love for each other and our family. We ask for respect and privacy at this time.”
“The separation is difficult enough without the comment, please be kind and remember that there are children involved,” the statement concluded.
The couple, who share two daughters, married in 2011 after dating for six years.
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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 he felt his name was not unique.
“When my daughter asked to change her name to Elliot, initially, I didn’t know if she was a transgender thing, which she isn’t, but it’s a personal choice,” she said during an appearance on the Today show, via page six.
Last week, the couple celebrated Lyric’s sixth birthday.
She shared snaps of her birthday party on her Instagram page, writing, “Happiest of birthdays to my mini me.” Dad is very proud of the little woman you are. I love you baby. Happy Birthday my love! Now let’s celebrate!
Family: The couple, who share two daughters, tied the knot in 2011 after dating for six years.